Flee Lord is a 37 year old emcee from Queens, New York who came up under the wing of the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep. However in 2020 alone, he would reveal himself as one of the most consistent dudes in the underground by dropping a new project every month for the whole year. And to finish it off, Flee is enlisting Havoc to produce his 14th EP.
After the intro, the first song “Torch Carriers” with Ransom finds the 2 talking about keeping this grimy East Coast shit alive over an organ-inflicted boom bap instrumental whereas the next track “Infamous Bop” with Big Twins sees the 2 talking about being the hottest in the hood over an uncanny beat. The song “Major Distribution” with Busta Rhymes finds the 2 talking about moving coke over an instrumental with an alluring vocal sample while the track “All for the GOAT” with Conway the Machine sees the 2 shit-talking over some glorious horns.
The song “1 A.M. Music” perfectly lives up to it’s title as Flee talks about what goes down after hours over a dismal beat while the track “Wu-Lords” with Raekwon finds the 2 on the gangsta tip over an instrumental. The song “Raise the Bar” with Santana Fox sees the 2 talking about how they changed the standards over some plinky keys while the penultimate track “Mac in the Engine” with Billy V & Eto finds the trio talking about being bosses over a solemn beat. The EP ends with “Bound to Take Losses”, where Havoc himself joins Flee Lord to talk about life being a gamble over a pessimistic beat.
This has unquestionably been Flee’s most prolific year yet & what a way for him to cap it all off. I could’ve done without a couple of the features, but everyone else kills it on the mid & Havoc’s production is still top-notch almost 26 years later. Curious to hear where he & DJ Muggs take it on Rammellzee in 2021.