Prolific artist Fo Chief has been in the game for years, consistently dropping a myriad of solo projects and group ventures alike. His output has been consistent, but sonically he’s experimented with everything from boom bap, to trap, to records that sound like Rock and Roll, or even Soul. His latest offering, Dark Matter, is a mature blend of his dynamic singing, rapping, and writing talents, cohesively gelled by his unique production ear. With beats from the New York producer 8bars, as well as Anno Domini, Massprod and others, the project has a somber sonic landscape that matches the album’s title and gives way to vulnerable and honest concepts from Fo Chief.
The album is a concise packed 9 songs, standouts include “I’m Not Okay,” “Call Me,” and I “Know,” but every track has its place on the platter. With only a few features from Angeles, Paul Junior, and Namm, Fo easily carries his own weight throughout the project. He’s finally learned to harness his many powers, naturally floating between memorable hooks, intricate verses, and silky backup vocals that display his growth as not only a singer, but as producer, arranger, and recording artist as well. We recommend this one with a nice blunt, if you roll it right, it’ll end right around the same time as this excellent album from one of Denver’s most unique and polished artists.