AVLPASQUALEE’s music is as authentic as classic hip-hop gets. “SFTW” showcases an artist with a passion for music and lyrics, as well as an artist with fresh lines, a genuine sense of storytelling, and a characterful lead voice.
“SFTW” is a huge track. Stunning production at every moment means that from the minimal and upfront nature of the first few bars right through to the thick and explosive energy of the final section, everything strikes hard. The intro alone, as simplistic an idea as it is, pulls you in with its creative reach. The verse vocal is loaded with character and honesty, the words speak a truth that only the artist can choose to explore and share, the sort that breathes new life into rap and grime. The speed and swagger of the performance are superb.
It’s better to leave him wanting than to overstay your welcome. The energy of the track is intense and gives an uplifting, upbeat, motivational mood that lingers long after listening to the vibes it brings. For a genre titled as anything less than clear or crisp or clean, this unique offering is as stylishly finished as possible, and it works brilliantly in the context of the music.
The track’s hook is on point, with an underlying, easy-going musical vibe that keeps the energy at a slightly hyped level. Lyrically there is a touch of darkness at times, mostly because of the undeniable truth the artist presents his audience with. The lyrics reflect real life, and the return to the hook keeps that uplifting element timeless and powerful. The hook, and indeed the overall atmosphere of the track, pays homage to classic melodic rap from yesteryear. Not overusing electronic samples or aimlessly aiming with the creative mix, the music has a subtle touch of organic music. The track is modest, but it hits with energy, and the artist’s lead vocals and flow will bring true melodic rap fans back again and again.