Music

Edgar Allen Floe: Floe Almighty

On his second release, Edgar Allen Floe talks a lot, but he doesn't really say anything.

Edgar Allen Floe

Floe Almighty

Label: Shaman Work Recordings
US Release Date: 2006-03-14
UK Release Date: 2006-07-11
Amazon
iTunes

Edgar Allen Floe has most of the elements to "make it" in the rap game: a slightly inflated ego, credible beatsmiths like 9th Wonder and Khrysis tossing him loops, and a knack for wordplay blended with a personable character. But in order to climb the lofty ranks of the hip-hop world, Floe still has some kinks to work out, as his mixtape release Floe Almighty simply offers a peek into all things Floe. Over the course of the album, which clocks in at just shy of 40 minutes, Floe rides the syrup-glazed backdrops with ease, connecting the tracks with a breezy soul thread. Unfortunately, Floe seems to be holding back, as his lyrical content is based on the safety net of pimping his status as an up-and-comer on almost all of the record's tracks. On "Floe Free Style", produced under his beatmaking alias Slicemysta, Floe raps over a crumpled jazz riff with the lines "My man Otis compares me to the Game / And I started to wonder / OK, I am a newcomer / I got legends cosigning me / And I got backstabbers out there denyin' me." Despite his limited content, Floe creates carefree hip-hop and delivers in variant ways, like on the rapid-fire "Hostility" and the previously released "The Torch", managing to keep his music lively and palpable throughout. But while there is surely more to Floe than creamy beats and wordplay, a fuller release can only reveal if Floe can match his boasts as part of the next hip-hop generation.

6
Music


Books


Film


Recent
Books

How the Template for Modern Combat Journalism Developed

The superbly researched Journalism and the Russo-Japanese War tells readers how Japan pioneered modern techniques of propaganda and censorship in the Russo-Japanese War.

Film

From Horrifying Comedy to Darkly Funny Horror: Bob Clark Films

What if I told you that the director of one of the most heartwarming and beloved Christmas movies of all time is the same director as probably the most terrifying and disturbing yuletide horror films of all time?

Music

The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

Music

'Modern' Is the Pinnacle of Post-Comeback Buzzcocks' Records

Presented as part of the new Buzzcocks' box-set, Sell You Everything, Modern showed a band that wasn't interested in just repeating itself or playing to nostalgia.

Music

​Nearly 50 and Nearly Unplugged: 'ChangesNowBowie' Is a Glimpse Into a Brilliant Mind

Nine tracks, recorded by the BBC in 1996 show David Bowie in a relaxed and playful mood. ChangesNowBowie is a glimpse into a brilliant mind.

Music

Reaching for the Sky: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Bruce Sudano

How did Bruce Sudano become a superhero? PopMatters has the answer as Sudano celebrates the release of Spirals and reflects on his career from Brooklyn Dreams to Broadway.

Music

Inventions Conjure Mystery and Hope with the Intensely Creative 'Continuous Portrait'

Instrumental duo Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions in the Sky) release their first album in five years as Inventions. Continuous Portrait is both sonically thrilling and oddly soothing.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch Are 'Live at the Village Vanguard' to Raise Money for Musicians

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch release a live recording from a 2018 show to raise money for a good cause: other jazz musicians.

Music

Lady Gaga's 'Chromatica' Hides Its True Intentions Behind Dancefloor Exuberance

Lady Gaga's Chromatica is the most lively and consistent record she's made since Born This Way, embracing everything great about her dance-pop early days and giving it a fresh twist.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Street Art As Sprayed Solidarity: Global Corona Graffiti

COVID-19-related street art functions as a vehicle for political critique and social engagement. It offers a form of global solidarity in a time of crisis.

Music

Gretchen Peters Honors Mickey Newbury With "The Sailor" and New Album (premiere + interview)

Gretchen Peters' latest album, The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, celebrates one of American songwriting's most underappreciated artists. Hear Peters' new single "The Sailor" as she talks about her latest project.

Music

Okkyung Lee Goes From Classical to Noise on the Stellar 'Yeo-Neun'

Cellist Okkyung Lee walks a fine line between classical and noise on the splendid, minimalist excursion Yeo-Neun.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.