Philly has always been a breeding ground for thoroughbred emcees and its latest prospect, Lucci Loner, fits into the mold with ease. His latest mixtape, The Invisible Man (Hosted by DJ Ace McClowd) is a 20 cut conglomerate of concrete lyricism and rhyme patterns meshed with industry and original instrumentation. His mid-pitched, laid back flow is the prominent feature in each track and has the ability to capture the minds of today’s avid Hip-Hop fans. The Invisible Man features a slew of punch lines, metaphors and one liners that solidifies Loner’s lyrical capabilities. Lucci even brought along some of Philly’s top notch predestined emcees (E. Ness and Classic to name a few) to reinforce the mixtapes potency and validity.
Lucci goes hard on the string laden, ground pounding street anthem “Big F’N Deal”. His miraculous wordplay is volatile but maintains a smooth aura that expertly balances itself between the notes of staccato sequenced drum patterns. The percussion may not contain the deep bass grooves that most beat enthusiasts crave, but the off kilter progression of the patterns will command heads to nod as soon as the beat drops. Slashing guitar riffs tango in unison with African infused drums to grant listeners the ultimate audio experience. It’s one of those tracks that quickly grabs your attention and doesn’t let go
Although there is no questioning Lucci’s rhyme skills, for he is justifiably a dope emcee, most of the songs stick to the same recycled themes (bitches, money and the pursuit of them) and provide negligible amounts of variance. Most of the songs were recorded at relatively the same pace which causes these tracks to virtually bleed into each other, making it hard to distinguish one song from the other. However Lucci sprinkles in some contrast and bounces back with standout tracks like the bubbly and animated “Live Big”, the rugged head banger “Down” and the verbal warfare infused “Welcome 2 the Jungle (f/ E. Ness)”.
The Invisible Man is one of those mixtapes that has endless potential but easily assimilates with the sea of others within its classification. The one aspect that is preventing this mixtape from reaching its full potential is the selection of meager beats. There are only a few instrumentals that clearly differentiate from each other and it’s those notable tracks that allow Lucci to really flex his poetical muscle. The guest spots add a hardy dose of intensity, but not enough to overlook the lackluster, stagnant instrumentation that is displayed throughout this offering. It’s apparent that creating witty metaphors and punchlines come second nature to Lucci; however the beat and subject matter fit the title of the mixtape… Invisible, man.