F L A C O’s ‘We On’: Honestly Reviewed

Hear one of F L A C O’s latest tracks.

Photos: Tyler Hoyt


s it just me or have the lyrics in songs nowadays gotten very, very simple? On some cat-hat-bat type shit? Like, my 4-year-old nephew is ghostwriting for them? If he is, he better start breaking bread because he’s killing the game right now! I mean, okay, I get it. When writing a song you want people to sing your lyrics at shows, but let us be honest: No one is saying entire Rittz lyrics. They may catch a few words, but not all. At shows, mostly, fans sing the hook. So I promise, I get it. Right now, it is all about streaming, and who’s killing the game in streaming?

Artists like [Lil] Yachty, Lil Uzi [Vert]—hell, we can even throw in an Ugly God. I am not, in any way, saying I won’t bump “Peek A Boo.” Bruh, I get turnt when that comes on, but I’m also not saying I think Yachty is in any way a good rapper. However, he makes good songs. I can’t deny that—no one can.

Kids having fun; making music is the whole point to me. Let them kids cook!

What seems to be my issue are rappers who actually can rap, rap like they have to fit in with the trend of simple lyrics. Therefore, they create songs with an assured demographic in mind. I mean, that’s fine. Do you want that to be part of your legacy? It trips me out sometimes how the industry works. How trends change and certain things that were popular yesterday aren’t today, like “Bruh, you still on that huh? We stopped that shit an hour ago, you old bruh!” I guess what I’m saying is: Why do them when you can do you?


Photo: Tyler Hoyt

When listening to F L A C O’s new song “We On,” I was somewhat disappointed. Why? I think he can rap. He’s an actual artist. He knows how to put words together with a cadence and make great songs, but on “We On,” it doesn’t come until the end of the record. He added flare here and there, but for two excruciating minutes, he rapped two to three per bar. I struggled. I wanted to turn it off. Then, finally, at the 2:02 mark, he decided to bring me back. He showed me that he could rap. He had me. Then, he gave me the Lil Yachty auto-tuned singing. He lost me again at the end.

I’ll be honest too. The song didn’t do it for me. I will go back and listen to “Cardigan.”

In conclusion, “We On” is below for your streaming pleasure. Let us know what you think. Maybe, I’m just high. Nah, I’m always high. That’s not it.

Written by Manny King John

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