This week on HumpDayHipHop we introduce to you one of the greats in Indie hip-hop.
Felly is a driven, passionate and charismatic rap artists with a lot to say.
His 2016 EP, “Young Fel” is an outstanding collection of songs that blurs the lines between the gritty feel of the old school and the kaleidoscopic production values of the contemporary scene.
Felly’s flow reminds us of talented artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino or Chance The Rapper, while his production values blur the lines between old school sampling and trap, with drum machines and synth melodies heavily featured in the mix. Clocking in at slightly under half an hour, “Young Fel” is an album that packs quite a punch in terms of energy and attitude. One of the most striking features of Felly’s music is definitely the way he can create massive energy through his lyrical flow and beats, while usually preferring to create haunting and chill moods with his instrumental elements. Classic electric piano riffs, the warm and beautiful sound of vinyl record crackling, as well as lush pads and synth leads are only some of the distinctive elements that comprise “Young Fel”, an EP that offers a smorgasbord of different musical ideas and influences that transcend the boundaries of rap music and touch other genres with seamlessness and ease. Felly’s lyricism is witty and clever, while his flow swings masterfully on and off beat, going for a sexy, dynamic and charismatic tone. Originally hailing from Connecticut, Felly has always been one to defy all expectations and his songs are insights into his hands-on attitude and strong personal charisma.
It’s not just about rapping. Felly’s songs are also highly influenced by R&B and Neo-Soul. It’s incredible to hear him channel his inner Frank Ocean on tracks the likes of “Business” or “Very Special (Bless Bless)”. “Young Fel” is a genuinely diverse EP that appeals to a wide audience without even trying. This tastefully produced album gives relevance to quality over fast-consumerism and it shows, particularly through the very detailed lyrical work and through the arrangements that feel very articulated and personal: this isn’t another one of those rappers who are “trying to make it to the top” with instrumental tracks they downloaded off of some dodgy online mp3 database.
Go grab the EP at FellyMusic.com or stream it on Spotify and Apple Music!