It feels like yesterday I was reviewing “Pray for the Evil 2” by Flee Lord and Mephux. Now a month later, Flee Lord drops his NINTH project of the year, and the third and final installment of he and GodBLESS Beatz Lord Talk series with “Lord Talk Trilogy.” “Lord Talk Volume 1” was Flee’s introduction to the rap game. It was his first project, one Prodigy had encouraged him to make after being impressed with the beat packs GodBLESS Beatz had sent after reaching out via instagram. GodBLESS Beatz had been sticking to his grimy, distorted boom-bap sound since the early 2000s, and as an attempt to reach out to P, he had sent Flee some beats. Prodigy told Flee that GodBLESS was “his Alchemist,” and encouraged Flee to cook up a project with the grimy Chicago-born producer. Even though Flee felt he had not found himself as an artist and MC, the two released “Volume 1” to underground heads acclaim. The project featured guest verses from Prodigy and Conway, the legend and soon to be superstar’s presence solidified their approval of Flee as a future force to be reckoned with.
Fast forward to 2018, where the gritty duo gifted us with “Lord Talk Volume 2.” This time around the sound was much bigger, Bless had stepped up his grimy, hard-hitting, grim yet soulful production and the duo enlisted features from the who’s-who of underground rappers. This project not only put Flee and Bless’ music in the ears of a much more widespread audience, but it showcased their status as elites in an ever-growing pool of Hip-Hop talent. With features by Crimeapple, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Termanology and Meyhem Lauren, Flee made his progression as a MC clear by not only rapping among the top-tier spitters, but by proving he was on their same level. Along with the flawless production, Flee carried the project with his elevated confidence and lyrical delivery.
So here we are, “Lord Talk Trilogy.” Bless and Flee took two years as fans anxiously awaited the final segment of one of the most celebrated series in all of underground Hip-Hop. I can start off by saying, they did not let us down. It is also worth mentioning the duo recruited album illustrator extraordinaire Cxppington to craft the artwork for the project. Much like Flee’s last project, “Pray for the Evil 2,” we find Flee spitting from the perspective of a CEO who still has one foot in the streets. There is something about GodBLESS’ production that brings the shooter out of Flee, and it is a special occasion every time the two link up. “We back at it!” Flee exclaims on the project’s intro. Bless brings us a quality mix of prime-time slime production, we still get his signature sirens and sounds of choppers blasting rounds down range, but there is a more refined and crisp sound to each beat. This allows for Flee to show off his lyrical range and cover different topics with ease. Flee taunts the artists who may be bothered by his insane ‘drop a project every month’ gameplan in 2020 on “My Line Stay Buzzin” by expressing “You on the same album? I just made a dozen.” Over a smooth piano loop coupled with menacing strings. We get a more laid back, braggadocios Fleeigo Delgado on “Supply & Demand” where GodBless gifts us with a smooth guitar looped beat. Segments from some of Flee’s interviews with the likes of Peter Rosenberg gives the listener an inside look at the makings of the trilogy as well, which helps to tie the prior two projects together. On “Tfoh” Flee takes us on a journey through his past while painting vivid imagery of his early family life as well, “I’m the same old kid, I ain’t switch up shit,” he says. The next rack, “Real Recognize Real,” has an amazing feature from Ransom, who has been on fire this year. However, it is the next track, “My Life on a Beat” that to me steals the show. Over a somber, soulful beat by Bless, Flee takes us through his past and gets introspective into his life (hence the title) to remind us of how far he has come. It’s a somber moment from one of the hardest rappers in the game.
“Lord Mobbin” features Lord Mobb team member T.F. for a quality feature. The next standout track on the album is “Hell or High Water” featuring Eto. The beat is incredible, we find Flee seemingly reflecting on the accomplishment of completing his first Trilogy, while making it clear that GodBLESS is one of his favorite producers, and we can tell by what his work brings out of him. We get some RocAmerikkka energy on this one, as Eto bodies his feature verse. Eto might be the most consistent rapper in the game when it comes to providing quality features. As the album comes to a close, we get an excerpt from Conway’s recent appearance on “Ebro in the Morning” where Conway announces that Flee had the best feature on “Juvenile Hell” which is no small statement considering he was featured alongside Havoc, Lloyd Banks and the Machine himself. Pete Rosenberg claims Flee is the “most prolific” rapper out right now, and you know what? I cannot disagree.
I give this project a solid (pause) 8/10.