In contemporary society when it comes to underground trap rap you have to have an eccentric image, a gimmick, catchy minimalistic trap beats, and extremely simplistic wordplay to attract a massive following. And in the past two years you have seen certain artist (Post Malone, OG Maco, Lil Yachty, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Ugly God, Rich The Kid, Trill Sammy and Dice Soho) follow this exact formula and in result have achieved a significant amount of commercial success. And in Chicago rapper's Famous Dex case there is no exception.
Famous Dex (who recently just signed to Rich the Kid's label, Rich Forever) has been making music for about two years now and ever since he has proven an unusual success (maybe you can attribute it to he use to be an affiliate of FBG who consist of reputable underground drill rappers such as FBG Duck, Lil Jay, Billionaire Black, and King Yella).The tracks that made Dex become an underground trap sensation were "Drip From My Walk" which currently has over seven million views on YouTube and "2 Times" which has four million views. Here Dex establishes the sound that his audiences have heard from him for the past few months. Dex is no longer looking for his sound, he has solidified it and it is one that is drug-induced, nearly incomprehensible, and extraordinarily repetitive. And I can completely understand why some listeners may find some of his music unbearable and find his voice nauseating. But if you look at his music for what it is instead of what you want it to be you will come to a different conclusion. His music is for the occasion of doing drugs and partying with friends, and for making music that panders to that lifestyle, Heartbreak Kid is honestly one of the better mixtapes that you will hear this whole year.
The first track,"HBK Intro" is a certified banger and I can guarantee you will that you will play this song at least three times before you move on to the next track on the tape. Dex unintelligible slurring goes well with the clattering high hats and knocking trap beat. There are some catchy bars on here that compliments Dex style very well like the line " I just pull up in Lamborghini, I'm flexing so hard, bitch you see me." or the line "I'm counting this up like I'm Ludacris , I'm getting this money I ain't new to this." Also, the track possesses a surprising somber undertone. The xylophone sample and the airy horns gives off this dark atmosphere. Overall, the track is simply a energetic banger from beginning to end.
On the track "Whatever" featuring Lite Fortunato you get another banger. The beat knocks so hard that you will have to have a seizure to physically parallel the energy on this track. Dex croons on the chorus "Whatever, whatever ever, whtaever ever, whatever ever, fucking yo bitch whatever, I'm getting this money whatever, I'm popping pills whatever, I'm turning up whatever." The simplicity goes a long way on this high-octane trap banger. The beat is so bass heavy, the listener can't help but uncontrollably shake their hear, Dex energy is that infectious and he is very aware of that as he slurs "Dexter, Dexter, Dexter, Nato, Nato, Nato, I'm a leader watch them follow."
In "U Late" featuring Pachino and Rich The Kid you get some of Dex best bars on the whole tape. And the grimy production glides along almost inconspicuously with Pachino and Rich the Kid offering some respectable bars as well. THe track shows some resemblances of his old flow like on his track "Your Fault". You see this on the track "Disrespectful" as well. This exemplifies that Dex is completely aware of the type of music he is making and sometimes reverts back to old flows to give his fans the best of both worlds, the old and the new him.
Overall, Famous Dex does press deeper than usual on songs like "Never Saw" where he talks about his mom dying of cancer. However, even though there are some sentimental moments on the tape, Dex succeeds best when he is presenting slurry bars and enjoying himself over an electrifying trap beat. If Dex sticks to the basis and remember not to take himself too seriously, and make music for people to simply have fun to or sip a an eighth of lean to, he will continue creating a devoted following that with every track or tape he releases will be sitting on the edge of their seats, patiently waiting for another banger.
By: Damani Harris 6/13/16