For me, it doesn't matter if an artist is making millions of dollars doing what they love or if they are just getting their start. Everyone going somewhere has to constantly refine, redefine and rework their craft to grow. To get to a level where people recognize your talents means that you're doing something right. Previously, I wrote a review of MosEl's album and I'm always open to writing about any album if I feel that it is something that I would genuinely recommend regardless if they are signed or independent. The only rule is that it has to be a full album....no singles. After seeing two videos below, my interest sparked and I had to hear more.
I was recently put onto Forte Bowie's music and I had to post it for people to see another fresh face with promise. He's from Atlanta, but while he has the southern drawl, he doesn't have the stereotypical sound and it's good to see something unique from the ATL. Recently, Killer Mike's album Pl3dge made an impression on me and I will have to keep my eyes open for more talent coming out of Atlanta. Forte Bowie has a solid skill set to succeed in the hip hop world. In some ways, his style leans more toward the southern lyricists like Killer Mike (Mike Bigga), Curren$y and Jay Electronica, but Bowie is individually unique and strong in different ways. I can also get certain hints of K-OS (Toronto), Drake (Toronto) and Mos Def due to his willingness to sing. I don't like to throw comparisons around irresponsibly, so take a look at his videos and the track at the end of the post to make up your own mind. But, in my opinion, Forte Bowie is someone to keep an eye on. He's on The Come UP!!!
UberEargasms: The Life & Times of David Ruffin Jr., Daddy Nino, 2011
Because I'm new to Forte Bowie's music, I wasn't aware that Daddy Nino was an alias of his. I don't write about singles, so I wanted to have a full project of his to work from. UberEargasms: The Life & Times of David Ruffin Jr., is a collection of tracks dropped in March 2011 (according to his Bandcamp page). I've never been a fan of the whole R&B/rapper combo, but I'm not here to tell artists how to develop their style. With that being said, I'm drawn to the tracks that stick to beats and rhymes. The production and sampling is consistent from track to track, but for me to really be pulled into R&B, the voice is so crucial as an instrument. Forte Bowie can hold a tune, but I think his lyrical ability and flow is stronger than his singing voice. With that said, I get the feeling that there are a lot of people that would probably feel different. There are plenty of examples of artists doing well with this hybrid, but it's a tough mixture to master. So again, check it out and let me know what you think. Aside from that, I didn't hear a rap track that I didn't like from the album. The track that combines those hip hop and R&B the best from the album is called Feel It All Around. Check it out.
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The production is diverse and Forte Bowie experiments with synth fueled Euro beats, soulful tracks from Bilal or acoustic tracks like Minnesota. Like I said before, the production is top notch throughout. So, make sure to check out the album on the BandCamp page below or on fortebowie.com.