Smokin Len Frazier
Head nodding beats
Little visual stimulus
I have to give props where props are due. There’s something special about Long Beach rapper Smokin’ Len Frazier. He’s not the best emcee, nor is he claiming to be. But he is a solid wordsmith who is building an underground following with his bombastic beats and silky flow. He just blessed us with his new record and video “All Love” featuring Tyrus off his release Flyin with the Fishes vol 2. It’s a nice track to sit back and roll to with good visuals to match.
Upon pressing play you’ll be immediately attracted to the infectious sounds of synthesized strings laid out perfectly over a bed of smooth melodic percussion. Frazier’s voice is mellow and coats the instrumental like fresh candy paint dripping off a ’64 Impala. But this isn’t just some ol pimp shit. This is food for thought with Frazier serving fresh punchlines like a skilled sous chef. His subject matter goes far beyond the smoke-filled, black and white tapestry that you see on the screen. Frazier drops meaningful content without the bullshit bravado.
I would have liked a little bit more from the visuals. Don’t get me wrong, director Dezzie Gee does a good job with precisely framing each shot and getting the best out of the monochrome look, but the lack of visual stimuli gets old quick. However, it is the record’s hook that brings it all together. It’s a simplistic earworm that gets stuck in your head quickly. Props to Tyrus for the nice vocals.
Do yourself a favor and invest in this guy. He had some serious talent and will continue to gain notoriety on a larger scale. The visuals could use some sprucing up, but it was nicely shot, edited and served its purpose. Get more from Smokin Len Frazier here. You can thank me later.