ALBUM PREMIERE: PISTOL MCFLY “SNACK RUN” EP
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Usain stretches before the sprint, Batali preps before the meal and Lebron does that chalk thing before tipoff. And Pistol McFly drops an entire EP one month before an album. The prolific South Central rapper’s Snack Run EP—get it here!—is a heat check, an appetizer before the main course and upcoming full-length Road Trip, out Apr. 26 on Dirty Science. These eight tracks, produced by Power (Rich the Kid, Vic Mensa) are filling as hell, with at-times blistering bars and bombastic production. Opener “Date Wit Destiny” is a searing indictment of trend-hoppers, the shiny-suit men for the modern age: “Social media’s got you fucked up bro / You don’t even know you.”
Standout track “My Place” is a sonically-forward trunk rattler, built around sinewy and loud as hell bass and a seductive vocal arpeggio. McFly is hellbent on getting big paid for his cultural contributions, a through line of his extensive oeuvre. On “Place” he’s determined as ever, delivering a relaxed but unrelenting right-in-the-pocket performance: “I’m way too smart for me to not have a million.”
“I wanted to release Snack Run because I have so much music and so many ranges of style that are very different than Road Trip. Consider this a snack before the Trip,” he says. “My fav song right now is probably ‘Yokohama’ or ‘Dubai Ocean.’ With this project I was wanting to take you to a place creatively where I feel like I haven’t visited that often, but I still wanted to keep it as close to vintage me as possible. I feel like the music embodies the perfect time to twist a few fat blunts before a road trip “
The Blu (interviewed here) & Exile (interviewed here) approved rapper has deepened over time, both lyrically and vocally, with the chipper delivery of earlier releases replaced by a wisened and suspicious gut punching flow. He’s still experimental as ever, though, as proven by EP closer ‘Dubai Ocean.’ Built over a soulful samba, the track sounds like mid-60s mod paradise, an aural ooze that McFly raps over with dexterity and his signature forthrightness: “I been learned my lesson / about leeches and serpents / about peasants and kings / about servants and jesters.”
He’s determined to be the king in this equation, and if he’s dropping warm-ups that are this strong, the crown might not be too far off. McFly’s Snack Run is out now on Dirty Science.