Even in 2016, white rappers face the dilemma that has only been solved by the most successful of their peers; how do I simultaneously make music I like while also remaining truthful to who I am? Finally past the career stage best described as Soundcloud struggle rapper, Los Angeles vibe maker Felly, real name Chris Felner, seems to have figured out his unique blend for success with his new EP.
Titled Young Fel, available now on all major streaming platforms, is an eight track EP with only one voice that doesn’t belong to Felly. The production is far more polished than most rappers who are still signed to an independent label with their friends. A less hyper Chris Webby and a more sober Mac Miller is found between Felner’s voice, their influences heard throughout the EP.
The strongest aspect of all of the songs, however, is Felner’s ability to draw influences from the most disparate of sounds. Felner and label mate Gyyps trade bars in “Desert Eagle” with an unmistakably Vince Staples cribbed flow before the beat switches with Felner dropping lines about Dimebag Darrell and Robert DeNiro. As effortless as the internal beat switch, other tracks weave AutoTune, chimes, and laid back rhythms for sounds you can picture in a top down convertible as easily as pumping through headphones.
The AutoTune plays through the entire EP and serves as something of a sonic thread as Felner mimics patois (“I Really Need It”), channels the California sun (“Slim Thick”), and delivers the kind of music that his fans have come to expect with precision from the Connecticut-born MC.
As of publication, Young Fel was sitting at #6 on the iTunes hot chart but you can expect that to rise as this project expands the young rapper’s already buzzing fanbase. If you don’t have a full thirty minutes to check out the EP (and you definitely should!), make sure you listen to key tracks “Blue Velour”, “Slim Thick”, and “Very Special (Bless Bless)”. You can stream the project below and make sure you stay tuned to True Too for all the latest in hip hop.