Hailing out of Jacksonville, Florida, Kelly Hammers and Riversde Ice have finally dropped their long-awaited collaboration project, SFNAM. The full title should bring a certain Outkast album to mind of a similar name.
Fans of the Menahan Street Band may love “Castellano and Lagasse.” Probably my favorite track on the tape, the extent to which these two are able to mesh is fully exemplified here. Listen for a witty Mr. Feeny reference from Hammers, who raps first.
Phenomenal Issac Hayes sample in “Live at The Lounge”. Hooks as a whole are hit-or-miss to me, but I must say liked this one. The entire feel of this song (and this tape, for that matter) is that of a smooth mafioso. Unique, I can dig it.
“Sh*t’ Talkin” is over the instrumental from the classic Biggie track “The World is Filled”. Clever Robert Horry reference by Iceman, here. Hammers articulates about narcotics so explicitly that even one who has never heard of the drug can understand its effects, which is a serious rarity. I suppose it may tie into the mafioso aura I mentioned earlier.
Iceman puts in what I deemed his best verse in “Survival of The Fittest”. He and Hammers are different enough so that you can distinctly tell one’s style from the other, yet are able to easily intertwine thoughts and concepts so that the listener is never lost, persay. Few men can do that, let alone a duo. Recognize and appreciate a unique talent when it is upon you.
Download SFNAM here. I can guarantee it trumps some of the music on your device now. Except even more phenomenal work from these two and several other Jacksonville artists in the coming months.