Lucki reaches his desired sound on "Freewave 3"
It’s getting tougher and tougher for me to listen to the current pop sound of rap. The rappers are so concerned with the speed of their flow and getting a hundred syllables out at once that they end up not saying nothing at all. Lucki is the opposite, his flow is slow and deliberate but each word is spoken with the precision of a poet.
Today’s rap music is mostly concerned with tropes like money, girls, and drugs but Lucki takes these motifs and tells a different story, that of a struggling addict and not of a superhero. I first heard of him with his “Alternative Trap” album, which is now almost five years old but still feels fresh and unique in today’s music landscape with it’s sedated tone and experimental sound. There aren’t many other artist who can pull off mumbling like Lucki who flows in a way which is purposely opaque to display the full effects of a pill problem. While other artists celebrate drugs, Lucki is rebuking and regretting them. The album opens up with a soft melody which sets the speed and tempo for the entire tape in which he says,
It’s a sad song which talks about a girl’s fatal overdose which almost led to Lucki being prosecuted. For anyone thinking drugs are glorious this body of art paints a different picture, one of despair in which Lucki is struggling to battle with his demons.
After releasing “Alternative Trap” a lot of Lucki’s life changed, he became a father and has since struggled to overcome his addictions. His experience have given him a new perspective on his life and definitely made Lucki grow up - he’s not the same 16 year old kid he was on “Alternative Trap”. Now with new experience and insight, Lucki speaks as both an adult and cultivated artist, one that has overcome his struggles and is now able to dabble in faster flows with a less relaxed approach.
“Freewave 3” is on full display as Lucki’s new best project. In this collection he builds on his previous template of music but it’s the work of an older Lucki, one who has been in the game for a half a decade and is now perfecting his grind. The breakout song on this tape for me was “More Than Ever” in which Lucki talks about his intentions to get the shine he deserves. I prefer this type of confident and playful Lucki, it’s good to see him matured and not holding back from discussing topics like depression and anxiety which are typically seen as taboo in the rap scene.
Lucki is one of the few true rappers in the game who honestly talks about how difficult it is for him to deal with his fascination for drugs. While the topic of drugs and addiction have brought Lucki popularity and notoriety the lifestyle of an addict is painful and “hurts his stomach” leaving him discontent despite having all the drugs he wants. Music is therapy for Lucki, a way for him to clear him mind and get his thoughts off his chest even if they don’t make much sense to him.
Lucki’s music tells the story of how getting famous isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s a warning and reflection on his actions as a teenager as he begins to make sense of his past.
Album Score: 7.5