Although sophomore slumps have caused some artists to be faded in obscurity, we don’t anticipate the burgeoning North Cackalacky emcee, Fluent, and his latest effort, Supreme Victory, to fall into this category. While the Tar Heel spit kicker’s debut LP, Retro Future, had him rhyming on production supplied by the likes of Khrysis and 9th Wonder, while rapping alongside famed artists such as SpaceGhostPurrp and Royce Da 5’9″, Supreme Victory keeps the features succinct, allowing Fluent and J. Cardim, who is the sole producer this time around, to create a unified emcee/producer coalescence that’s rare these days.
Cardim, who’s resume includes production from Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli, Fat Joe, The LOX and more, shines as his crisp production blends with Fluent’s journey through the highs and lows of his everyday life. From Boom bap, to trap and even uptempo electric sounds, Supreme Victory is an album that isn’t afraid to tell a relatable story, in a different way.
The LP certainly prides itself on showing the full scale of Fluent’s talent, regardless of what type of beat or subject matter is thrown his way. Between the relationship heavy “Tonight” and the Joe Budden assisted “Take You Down,” Fluent shows us that there’s more to life than the paper chase, as the Chapel Hill native reveals to us his flaws in addition to his strength’s, allowing us to go beyond typical clichés that portray rapper’s as two dimensional characters. With additional guest appearances from Nipsey Hussle, Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson and Kaze, Fluent’s Supreme Victory is now available through all major digital retailers, so give it a spin, and then go support!