Dead Duck is the debut album of New Jersey’s own SaFE, one fourth of beloved Silk City group M.O.B.Stars. With a number of collaborations through producers in every track such as Arkutec, CJ Beatz, Bravestarr and Superstar O, the full-length is clearly set to show creative development and approaches. topics like body image, the Reptilian conspiracy, abortion and domestic violence, courtship and matriarchal religions.
SaFE articulates different moods and intensities throughout his music, and shows this through the long awaited solo project from the first track. “Hunger Music” jumps right in with clear hip-hop and rap elements that somewhat take you back to a more traditional sound within the genre; thought provoking lyrics and a serious subject line that may pull in the listener further. This is clearly a social commentary by SaFE in some areas, and comes off from an educated perspective which flows with his beats throughout the 15 tracks.
“Gotta Be Magic” introduces female vocals in the song that could later become it’s defining feature, laced throughout to create a poetically sound backdrop for SaFE’s rhymes. “Drake’s Lament [Wicked] is similar to this, and despite the diversity throughout the entire album, the tracks remain uniform together, fitting into the debut as a whole. Produced by SoundCloud based musician and producer Arkutec, SaFE represents this whilst also straying away from Arkutec’s personal work, usually straying away from vocals at the forefront.
SaFE declared that he feels hip-hop has grown outdated or is not recognised in it’s full potential today, presenting these thoughts through his lyrics in “Return of the Hustle”, and is said to be presenting failed projects and abandoned goals via the title of the album.
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