Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In today’s Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be shining our light onto Flyer, a rising hip hop artist living in Orlando. Now, when delving into an artist, I typically have a good deal of information about them. Flyer’s camp, however, didn’t provide me with much. His bio? “A man and his muse.” Now, this was actually a good thing: it allowed me to approach his new EP, ‘Till The Grave’ unadulterated by any other information. How does the five track collection stack up against its myriad of other indie hip hop counterparts?
‘Scott Jordan,’ the opener of ‘Till The Grave,’ defines Flyer as a rather unique sounding wordsmith. His atmospheric, reverb-heavy production is simplistic: a few tight beats, light synthesizers, and accenting back-up vocal pieces all make up ‘Scott Jordan.’ Let’s break it down to brass tax. The production is excellent, as is Flyer’s delivery. His lyrics are sharply written and executed throughout a solid effort. A+ for the beginning of ‘Till The Grave.’
‘Dancing Alone’ has a particularly good instrumental production. I dig the bass beat, synthesizer banter, and snapping percussion. Lyrically, the song is somewhat shallow: sex and partying. That’s not a bad thing, however, and it isn’t a half bad party tune. I do think that Flyer’s potential is somewhat wasted on crass veiled blowjob references, though.
Fortunately, the song following, ‘Fly,’ is perhaps the most well-organized piece of the collection. Flyer’s delivery is right on mark, providing one of the most memorable tracks of the EP. Plus, the its lyricism is some of the best as well. That excellence extends to ‘Presidential Suite,’ too. That track has some of the strongest instrumentation on ‘Till The Grave.’ Finally, ‘4th Wall’ ends ‘Till The Grave’ on a resounding high note. “You’re going to have to break the walls down,” Flyer croons over a heavy beat.
Right, so what’s the verdict? ‘Till The Grave’ is an intensely satisfying experience that marks Flyer as a huge potential talent. That talent still isn’t fully realized, but it is getting there. I’ll be intrigued to see his next effort and how he grows as an artist. He has a lot of room to grow, which is a good thing. Check out ‘Till The Grave’ below.