Fam Be4 Fame is an introspective Hip-Hop trio consisting of the energetic poetics of Renaissance, the crew’s emcee and the diverse sample-based composition of Aspekt and (Pro)Lifik, the men behind the boards. These Providence natives are looking to make a big splash onto the Hip-Hop scene in 2012. FB4F’s sophomore effort, “The Growth”, is a 17 track piece which contains solid rhymes, ample production and covers a wide range of topics.
The Growth has a theatrical feel to it; with artistically constructed words that cast a visual image during the listening session. Renaissance’s microphone presence is pure and heartfelt, for his poignant lyrics speak volumes to his audience. Aspekt and (Pro)Lifik keep heads nodding with their special blend of samples. They create compositions from a mixture of musical genres. From the opening moments of The Growth the production team demands attention as heard on the album’s title track intro. There are a few moments of subpar production (You Me, Ready to Go) that don’t match the intensity of the topic or the vocal performance. However, the revered production efforts resurface on the Boop-Bap inspired “The Fame” and the Rock/Infused “Last Chance”. The glue that holds this album together is its subject matter. Renaissance empties his mind into each track, placing the listener into his reality one song at a time. His life struggles are transmitted through his music which resonates feelings of love, hate, pain and euphoria. He takes on relationship problems, the pressures placed on the youth to assimilate society’s demands and the pitfalls and proud moments associated with attaining fame (check FB4F’s “The Fame” for an in depth example).
Fam Be4 Fame’s second album is a cognitive collection of insightful lyricism and balanced production. They take an abstract approach to addressing issues that have been spoken about previously by other artists and do so without regurgitating the content. There are a few adjustments that are needed for this to be “must-have” material; however their progressive talents and the hunger displayed in their music can’t be denied.