I've personally been impressed with the growth of Ray Fame for several years. From his epic freestyle encounters on Facebook and Instagram, to his verbal confrontations on his music history on radio, Fame has always stood out as a well versed artist on the independent scene.
So it comes as no surprise, he came out swinging with his EP, Smoke Klouds.
For those who don't know Fame is well, you know his skills off the dome is unmatched, so hearing this EP I excepted that same energy but that wasn't the case especially starting with "Pain Musik". Storytelling, relation to his life, and of course pain, this was a raw version of the ICMG/2 Deep member.
Same goes for "Thoughts of a Felon" which, for a avid fan of 2000's Hip Hop, reminds me nothing but Dipset & Rocafella vibes. Is Fame rising to the top in the wrong era? Either way I was throughly impressed with this composition notebook-like features.
And of course we all know about "She's My Type" which was a big stand out late last year into this year, but the Thoy Boy himself picked a gem in Ceresse J to counter this boys club single for the remix. And even with the little intricacies such as flipping the beat from the original, it takes the credit to Ray Fame's true dedication to know what the fans want and to what Hip-Hop is about.
While you can read my review and purchase (which we suggest) Smoke Klouds now, or not, this 5-track project just leaves me as a fan wanting more and solidifies Ray's staying power amongst the powerhouses on the underground scene. Congrats Fame, this is a W for you.
If you don't know, now you know.
- DJ Mainstream
Ray Fame - Smoke Klouds
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