Gritty, not-safe-for-the-heavily-religious rap is an artform that can, in the wrong hands, sound like you’re the Antichrist. Believe me, I know all too well. I had a song called “Warning” where I got on some horrorcore shit and people at my college were looking at me weird for months. Thankfully for Flash E Williams, his newest track, “Heathen,” doesn’t go that far down the darkness rabbit hole. However, it’s definitely not for those who are easily offended or put off by darker imagery.
No, the brother’s not burning people at the stake or crucifying his naysayers. But he raps like you’d think a “heathen” would: without any real regard for the lives and safety of those he may offend. The track reminds me of something, sonically, you’d hear from Griselda or even early Tyler (before he became so R&B-centric). That is, it’s gritty, abrasive and gives zero fucks about who it offends. He and Davinci call into question preachers, false prophets and others while maintaining that humanity is still pretty close to God–even with our sins and transgressions.
At least, that’s what I got from the track.
If you’re in the market for something like that, check the collaborative effort with Mulah Davinci out now and support dope music in all its forms.