Chicago rapper, Lucki Eck$ has proven himself to be one of the bigger household names in his city. His Xanax and dirty sprite induced rhymes gives his music a unique, incoherent sound that can be compared to A$AP Rocky on his first commercial mix-tape, LiveLoveAsap (2011). Eck$ approach to rap isn't like his other Chicago counterparts like, Lil Bibby, Lil Herb, Chief Keef (although sometimes he shows similarities), Montana of 300, Lil Jay, or any other rapper that has been a part of the drill rap movement. His flow on the new Free Wave Ep is like a cohesive mixture of Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt, Awful Media Records, Playboi Carti (who makes an appearance on Free Wave) and Chicago's own, Chance The Rapper. However, he takes his sound and flow and makes it his own by slurring his verses so much so to the point where his rhymes almost fade into oblivion over the production. Although, this may seem like a weakness for the young Eck$ (only 19 years old) he makes it his own, making his voice almost like an added instrument sample to the beat. Needless to say, Eck$ biggest strength is ability to create a catchy flow through his many time incoherent slurring, and this is what makes the Free Wave EP a near masterpiece.
Furthermore, over the span of his career, Eck$ has made three mixtapes before this EP which includes Alternative Trap (2013), Body High (2014), and X (2015). His latest, X, was probably his most successful mixtape just from the perspective that the song "Stevie Wonder" feat. Chance The Rapper currently sits at over five million plays on SoundCloud.
Free Wave begins with the "Free Wave Freestyle" which samples Three 6 Mafia's own "Slob on My Knob." This is probably the most coherent song lyrically on the whole EP. Here Eck$ displays a contemptuous attitude, boasting on his ability to pull women in lines like "what she know, I'm the one in my Drake voice, she gon' let me f***, I seduce her with my Drake voice." There are many lines throughout this song that you see Eck$ makes references to his ability to drink a lot of lean, smoke a ton of weed, how he can steal your girl, and how he'll rob you if he has to. No matter the content of his lyrics, this song is a certified banger from the production to Eck$ indolent flow.
Eck$ tones it down in the song "newer me free wave 3" where the beat is much slower and appears to be doused in reverb. His flow, however, remains the same, commenting on how he is a newer him and how he trying to find himself through all the different women, the drugs, fans, and the haters. Eck$ sounds high out of his mind on this track but it gives the song a somber atmosphere, as he professes about his struggles in life and his desire to become a better and different person simultaneously. And you get this notion as the beat muddles "love is stronger". This song is the most nostalgic and self-reflective on the whole EP and one of the most redeeming tracks as well.
On the "freewave freestyle 5" Eck$ gives us a hazy illustration of his reality. The song is impeccably produced and it complements Eck$ flow almost too well. This song has a melancholic ring to it even though Eck$ is perpetually referencing his affinity to drugs like in the line "stole his stash up out of his trash can." Eck$ sounds like he is caught between two worlds of trying to find himself and accepting what he is. It is a very interesting dichotomous relationship as he goes back and forth between the two, making this song one of the deeper cuts on the EP.
"Freewave 7" is hands down the best song on the EP from the production to Eck$ flow. The song is so catchy that you will find yourself repeating "ay" throughout your day as you do your various daily activities. This song is a perfect exemplary of how Eck$ voice can fade into oblivion over the production. His voice almost can be seen as an added sample to the beat as he slurs, slurs, and slurs some more. Many will see this as lazy but it is a strength of Eck$ as he proves to not take himself too seriously and just enjoy himself as he pops Xanax and sips on a pint of lean.
The song "Saucin [REMIX] Freewave 9" Feaat. Playboi Carti is one of Eck$ more lighter tracks on the EP but it still a certified banger as Eck$ slurs "she just f*** with me for my views, ay, ay, ay." And Eck$ and Carti are great together as they compliment each other styles very well, both possessing this air of arrogance and apathy when they rap. They use this apathetic attitude to their advantage and it works extremely well, as the listener just listens to have fun and enjoy a night about the town as they sing the lyrics "saucin up like Melo."
Overall, Eck$ creates an innovative, diverse, and drug-induced atmosphere on the Free Wave Ep. The EP is undoubtedly his best work thus far with his various production styles and catchy flows. Eck$ maybe not be a conventional rapper or conscious rapper that many look for, but you have to give him his credit when it comes to creating a sub genre of hip-hop that hardly any contemporary artist has ventures in to. The best part is that Eck$ is young and has a lot left in the tank, can't wait to see Eck$ develop his sound more as he becomes more mature and comes into his own as an artist.