Though Earl Sweatshirt gets all the hype in the “Can You Believe He’s Only __ Years Old?” category, there’s been another young emcee spitting serious bars beyond his years as of late: Detroit’s Fowl. Way back on Boogie Bang 13, I laced him with slot on the tracklisting when he was only around age 15. He hasn’t yet reached the age to buy liquor legally, but he has won the 2010 Red Bull Emcee challenge, an event judged by Eminem, Alchemist and Mr. Porter, which is pretty impressive. The champion emerged victorious in convincing fashion before a hometown crowd and celebrity judges at just eighteen years old. Now nineteen, he brings you what is already his second mixtape of 2011, Good Vibes.
Rocking over industry beats alongside original production by Mute Music 0, MNDSN and Kuroito, Fowl brings you into his world, showing you Detroit from the perspective of a young spitter with the lyrical ability of a seasoned vet. On “Flava In Ya Ear 2011,” he opens with a Busta Rhymes impression before diving into his verse, stepping to those who think they can tell Fowl what’s best for him: “What the f*ck you hatin fo’/critics talkin bout I need to do this and that, yeah, like they would know”. As much as his forceful vocal performances, his beat choices show a maturity not always seen in the new generation of MCs, as later in the tape Fowl lays out his plan for world domination with a laidback flow over Camp Lo’s “Coolie High”, and then turns Slum Village’s “Get Dis Money” into a smoothed out drinking anthem.
Presented by the fine folks at (free) OnSmash, the project brings you just what the title and Fowl’s pedigree lead you to expect–feel good music with a lyrical edge.
Fowl – “Flava In Ya Ear 2011”
Fowl – “Spirits”