Erase Da Kritic is the latest release from Be-Flow, an up and coming rapper who’s out to prove his critics wrong by displaying his versatility and determination as an emcee. The project is stylistically a platter with 17 tracks (mainly beats and productions from previously popular music by artists such as, Robert Glasper, Ariana Grande, Lil Bow wow, and etc.). On this project it’s difficult to categorize Be-flow as a rapper; he channels many styles lyrically, but manages to stay anchored into works best for him. Being a comedian rapper is something he’s not, at least on this project. He’s sometimes technical, and other times he’s a storyteller. One thing that’s for certain is that he’s honest, there’s no Future here. He’s not selling or promoting vices to the detriment of the listener, which is far too common in the rap industry today.
Right from the beginning Be-Flow sets the tone with a positive flow on “Erase Da Kritic.” An eager Be-Flow jumps on the track (you can hear it in his breath control that he has a lot to get off his chest) tackling relevant topics such as, the upcoming election while at the same time addressing obstacles in his personal life. The latter being one of the rapper’s strengths, as mentioned earlier, he doesn’t hide his humanity. However, his passion to prove himself as an emcee is so strong at times it seems he’s losing his breath after every bar. For instance, the “30 For 30 Freestyle” serves as one of the best examples on the album where Be-flow is a little too breathy and braggy. There is one too many references to his god flow before even getting half way through the album. Xerxes had to conquer much of the known world, and burn Sparta to the ground before he could be recognized officially as a god king. After all of that he was still catching fades; Be-flow has far to go.
The young Windy city rapper also taps into the drill scene on “We Gon’ Party” with his flow to match the heavy bass track. Along with a catchy hook, “ I want a Ferrariiii!” This is definitely a single that deserves a video produced by Azae productions. To add to the pregame, club night roster on the tracklist, “9 Freestyle” pops up, and introduces yet another side of Be-flow. A Waynesque style is implemented over the beat, but the essence of Be-Flow isn’t lost. He still manages to keep it real on the trap beat “wrestlin’ with depression/ music with a message.” Once again listeners get lines that the common man can relate to.
As an emcee, Be-Flow shape shifts for most of the album. “Forget They Opinion” is Be-flow taking up Eminem’s lyrical demeanor with the way words are emphasized throughout the song, which further displays Be-flow’s attempt to master all forms. At the core of the material presented, his realism is present when “Life Is A Bitch,” “Killin’ Me,” “Gotta Take It,” It Takes Courage,” “Roads Flow Freestyle,” and the most intimate of them all, “1989” are played. Collectively, these tracks make the album worth the listen, and showcase Be-Flow’s appeal. When audiences hear lines such as, “sippin’ on my drink so depressed about the future/ coworkers I’m sick and tired of, sick and tired of,” or “I ask the world, and I ask myself, How do I win?” The music becomes immediately relatable regardless with those kinds of bars; his true talent shines, and he becomes the people’s champ. There’s enough of that on the album to overlook some of the blunders that come about from Be-flows style hopping. On “1989” he lays the premise for his struggle “grew up in a building drug dealers and gangstas/ hustlin’ is dangerous/ I see myself in a movie I’m getting’ anxious/ born in 89’ on my legacy they rewind…” His delivery is clear, and his flow is to the point. The gruff-style and odd harmonizing that’s experienced on “Gotta Take It” is left out. Overall, the album is worth the download simply because there’s something for everybody. “Roads Freestyle” is one of the repeatable pieces, because of the popular sound that’s been going around lately. With old school r&b samples being resurrected for hiphop records, dropping rhymes over a Mary J. Blige loop is not a bad idea. It’s clear that the young creative is still finding himself, and that’s even more of a reason to stay tuned for future releases from Be-Flow. Stay up to date with his latest happenings on Instagram, @beflow1; Twitter, @simple2gogreat; and Youtube, youtu.be/wsva0w59cFw.