It feels like it’s been a lifetime since I’ve posted on flowsfordays. Shit got serious with my health, but I am feeling better. Thank you to everyone that checked in on me. Dwelling gets us nowhere, so I’m ready to get back into blogging.
NoFace, Rapper has been on my radar since his excellent single No Grammys dropped in early August. He has progressed as an artist in so many ways – flow, cadence, even the mixing. No Grammy’s was his best work yet, and I was hyped for his then upcoming EP Never Fear Rejection. Luckily it’s here to digest, and I am incredibly impressed.
He definitely delivered on these 6 tracks – centered around the theme of making music that not everyone may like. He is ok with that – but I’d be surprised if anyone had a negative response to the project. NoFace has a way of switching flows; almost taking on a new persona on every track. NFR starts off with a bang in Know Face. It’s a clever title – a play on words. It starts off in an ambient wonderland with electronic tinged vocals followed by reflective bars. Instead of being direct, he uses metaphors such as “stay away from the draculas.” It can be interpreted any way you want. I took it as advice to cut off the toxic people in your life; a good reminder.
Sequencing is an underrated part of successful albums, and NoFace put it together perfectly. The next track is the single No Grammys, followed by an abstract instrumental from Tyler Wrighteous. This is where NoFace utilizes a difference voice which you’ll only be able to understand by listening. The interlude is next, a track with NoFace lamenting about his regret for not spending enough time with his grandma who has passed. There is pain in his voice, but venting on the mic seems to have brought some type of acceptance.
Lowkey shows he can make low-key bangers with addictive choruses (which make up most of the 3 and a half minute track.) Although repeated, you’ll most likely experience no boredom as the producer, The Cratez, hits hard on the drums and somehow makes it anthem with a slow tempo. The final track, Divulgence brings the previous 5 songs into perspective. He spends time speaking on his mother’s tears because he can be distant. A choice bar is “I be in disguse, you can’t see in my mind,” which is a bit ironic as he spent a good chunk of time expressing his thoughts, fears and vulnerabilities.
If you want to hear honesty that is never stale, spin this EP.