Wild, in-your-face, and unapologetic: these are some of the words that come to mind when describing the work of Faded Flex, a rap artist who developed a one-of-a-kind approach to his sound.
Hailing from Baltimore, this charismatic hip-hop performer managed to combine notable chops with a killer beat and great ambient tones, in order to create a catchy, yet direct and edgy sound.
Faded Flex’s recent release, Johns Hopkin, is a great example of his sonic vision, marking a really unique step forward for this artist, whose sound is becoming increasingly more personal and define, one release at a time. The instrumental kick off with a big low-tuned piano melody, with a trap-inspired beat coming in soon after. The vocals have an early 2000s flavor, but they are by no means trying to cash in on the nostalgia bandwagon. On the contrary, there is a unique blend of liveliness to the artist’s delivery, and his lyrical flow is on point and killer, from the first line, to the very last. There is no hesitation in the sharp, cutting edge of the delivery, and it feels like Faded Flex’s voice is always confident and robust. Some rappers feel like they’re running for their lives to catch a breath, but this artist is comfortable in his excellent flow and articulation. The track stands out because of Faded Flex’s distinctive flow, which is unlike the staple sounds of the local scene, diving deeper into something more unique. When most artists wouldn’t feel comfortable getting out of the comfort zone, Faded Flex is all about bringing a breath of fresh air to the scene. “Johns Hopkins” hits you right in the face with so much impact right off the bat. The verses do a great job at building textures, while the choruses are quite unforgettable, giving the song the hooks it needs to stand out.
This charismatic performer is quickly generating quite a powerful buzz around him: due to his distinctive approach to songwriting, Faded Flex has often been compared to artists as diverse as A$AP Ferg or Asher Roth, just to mention a few.
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