Written by: Chay Rodriguez
é·mi·gré : A person who has left their own country to settle in another.
This is not only the title of the latest DJ J Hart and UFO Fev project, but it also defines DJ J Hart, giving the project an authentic them throughout. J Hart is a French native who left his homeland in search of the purest form of hip hop that only NYC can offer and stumbled upon East Harlem’s own UFO Fev.
UFO Fev has been bubbling up the ranks as an emcee, since the first public link to Fat Joe’s RNG back in 2017. From his opportunity to body a Flex Freestyle to the constant release of music and visuals, the artist has not hesitated to collaborate with other creatives and share platforms. Cue DJ J Hart, together the two provide boom bap beats with verses that display Fev’s lyricism; the two create a nostalgic east coast rap feel with cuts that cater to underground hip hop purists that have been feeding on scraps since the beginning of the mumble age.
Emigres hosts songs like “Mr.Officer” that boast a designer bravado with a catchy chorus that can easily garner radio play. With production that places Fev’s voice clearly on top of the beat without losing the sound effects throughout the beat that are reminiscent of a 90’s video game chime and add a different element to the track.
“Jilly from Philly” is a cut for the ladies and one that UFO Fev should try to push with a visual because it displays his ability to tell a story. Storytelling is something that separates the right now rappers from the forever rappers because is is an art and this is what J Hart went looking for when he started on his search for the purest of hip hop, not just bars but skill.
Last but not least UFO Fev delivers “Flow Thug and Harmony”, a track that he has paired with a visual but should get your attention for the sing-songy lines in the beginning. The “harmonies” successfully break up the monotony of pure bars that can overload a project.
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Over all this project is solid, a body of work that only a New York artist can deliver and not bad for a seven song release. The project succeeds in giving variety, something for a commercial listener, something for the female fan base, and a few harder songs for a more underground fan base. It is a quick listen that you shouldn’t have to skip through if you are really listening for lyricism. I look forward to see UFO Fev playing with different cadences and experimenting with more word play in the future.