Declaime has been a featured west coast artist for about 10 years now. His resume includes collaborations with the Likwit Crew; debuting on the Alkaholiks second album;Coast II Coast and with Lootpack on Soundpieces: Da Antidote. Straying away from the singing and harmonies associated with his alias, Dudley Perkins, Declaime brings us his latest; Fonk.
Fonk is a full out west coast album, inspired by the G-Funk movement. The album is produced entirely by Quazedelic, who is previously known for his work with Snoop Dogg and George Clinton. With that said, it’s no surprise that he and Declaime crafted an album featuring distorted bass lines, winding synth lines and abstract rhymes. Fonk begins with the track “Declaime MC” (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow), a so-so track that shows the strong funk inspiration that the album displays.
The album picks up well with “Light” a funky, inspirational track that instructs the listener to look within themselves for the positives of life. The subsequent tracks “Hungry” and “Warrior” are unspectacular and in the case of “Warrior”, seemingly out of place.However, the funk inspiration is fully displayed on “Dad”, a bouncy synth filled track that catches the listener’s attention and helps to raise the energy level and provides definite satisfaction.
Declaime does well with the next track “Fame”, a track that discusses the effects and outcomes that come with achieving fame. Even more impressive is the standout song, “Gangsta”, a track that discusses the obvious downside of gang life. Though not a super lyricist, Declaime is able to get a strong message across on this track, discussing not only gang life, but also the image that some emcees feel they need to present.Fonk continues, with the decent “One” and the fabulously produced “Dreamer”. The content and the singing are frankly weak as the production definitely outshines Declaime and Georgia Anne Muldrow.
Declaime goes full out funk on the subsequent track “Brotha”, which comes off as a nice jam session. “Brotha” ,while not the standout track, is the height of excellence where Declaime and Quazedelic come together to make magic as a team.The final track “God”, ends the album on a so-so tip, not really blowing us away, but not taking away from the album either.
Overall Fonk comes through as a solid, but not mind blowing release that will take some warming up to.Upon first listen, Fonk will definitely throw listeners for a loop, as it’s not of the boom bap variety, but the engrossing melodies and fantastic production catch the ear.Declaime, is not a wordsmith of the hardcore emcee variety, but his sincerity comes through as he attempts to Fonk up the world.
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