There is a lot of great Hip Hop talent emerging in Chicago at the moment and the diversity of their musical landscape has really been highlighted over the past few years. Femdot, a 23-year-old MC, seems primed to be the next artist to shake up the Chi-Town rap scene evidenced by a very personal 13-track album titled Delacreme 2.
Powered by a theme of self-discovery, with societal commentary dispersed throughout, Femdot uses his personal experiences to tackle a number of topics —from issues with the collegiate system to institutionalized racism. One of his best artist traits shines his relatability, best showcased on records like “No Scholarships” and “Empty Bottle,” where on the latter he addresses police brutality and the hypocrisy of the media’s treatment of African Americans. Fem raps “Sandra [Bland] could have been my sister/ Heart hurting need a scripture/That ain’t working still tripping/Rekia [Boyd] could’ve been my sister, I drown my thoughts in the liquor/ and pour out some for my niggas.” It’s easy to come off as preachy when addressing social injustice such passion and engaging deliveries make for compelling listens.
Femdot has a versatile style that allows him to effectively explore different types of production throughout the project. The introspective narrative of the album is consistent from song to song, but you’ll hear his story detailed over a variety of sounds, which sonically worked in his favor. In the sequencing, we hear him rap on a track with trap instrumentation like “Exit (The Bounce)” and then later hear Fem flow just as potently over a jazzier beat like the one supporting “Red Marlboros.” And even though he doesn’t possess a traditional singing voice, his gripping tone on the introductory record “Lost,” finds him convincingly pouring out his soul over a piano-laden instrumental.
The album’s length works at 13 tracks, not being too long or short, but there are a couple records at the midway point that disrupt the pace a bit. Songs like “Your Love” and “0 Somethin” are solid but may have worked better if released as loosies separate from the album Nonetheless, this isn’t a hindrance enough to throw off the flow completely.
Despite its occasional lull, Delacreme 2 is an ambitious effort backed by has a strong societal perspective that is effectively articulated through the music. Femdot’s potential as an artist moving forward is very high, as his ability to balance strong lyricism with melodies is already impressively sharp.