FMTYAOY A TESTAMENT OF REECE’S GROWTH
Good day dear readers and welcome to your favorite entertainment column in the land. This week, we review South African youngster A-Reece’s sophomore album titled ‘From Me To You And Only You (FMTYAOY)’
The Pretoria-born youngster released the 15 track album on the anniversary of his award-winning debut album ‘Paradise’ which he released whilst he was still with former record label Ambitious Entertainment, and in this project the youngster is out to redefine and prove his musical prowess.
As I listened to the first track titled ‘The Promised Land’, I remembered words from his interview with us a few months ago where he mentioned that to him music was ‘therapeutic’ and with this first listen of this project, I could literally feel him, his hunger, the burning passion and the aspiration to be the best.
The sound is warm with a melody that hasn’t been heard before in the South African hip-hop music scene. On ‘Promised Land’, he is effortlessly doing what Reece does best –
storytelling. He basically talks about where he comes from and where he is at the moment. This is the introduction of the album, where we also get to hear of Jody’s influence on him becoming who and what he is today, and how he is grateful that his older brother didn’t lose his life when he was shot. “Remember back when I heard Jody spit a verse I was amazed, God knows I relate, I just wanted to be great/Too bad you didn’t know I said this on my first tape/here I am again, aint a darn thing changed/, Fast forward eightgrade, to the first time rapping for a crowd on the stage, right on to the time I heard the studio/right about the first time I hit the studio wave back 2013/far from being drake, but look at how far this nigguh came/got a long way to go/I’m a work in progress and a work that will show/ I made you a promise more of me you yet to know, From Me To You And Only You, you better listen close.”
The second track titled ‘7 Days after, he is still on the very same theme as the first one. He talks about where he is from and how he is amazed at the progress he has made, hence the celebration verse.
“S a y congratulations, b o y you’ve f ina l ly made it. Last year, I used to trip at how they used to m i sp ro - nounce my name, now it’s bucket’s full of cham- pagne a nigguh aint even got to pay.”
He features fellow Pretorian, Zooci Coke Dope who also produced two tracks on the album, and he comes with a very strong verse that complements the first one.
“I always knew that I would make it/I had a dream and then I chased it./Now, my name in conversation/Please don’t kill my dedication/I’m gonna be the greatest, because I came out of nowhere like a wet dream./ What further makes the album exciti ng is how
properly arranged it is, because it’s hard it to jump to the next song, even the ones that may be referred to a ‘trappy’, like the third track titled ‘Rio’ featuring fellow Wrecking Crew star Flame. The beats all carry a similar vibe, and there’s a certain ‘aura’ about them, and the team deserved a props for that.
“I got me a new girl now, she Fuego, she got hair straight from Rio De Jenario/Bad one, Only popping if a ‘younging’ say so, it’s tradition when we love we got a J rolled. On ‘Cheque,’ ‘Rar’i, ‘Until I RIP’ and On My Own, he talks about his hunger and how he is not content with what he has at the moment.
The two most notable tracks that stand out for me are ‘Pride’, and ‘About the Dough’ where Mashbeatz just ‘flexes’ with his mad sampling game – however, t he y oungster although makes sure that he is not overshadowed and that the message is passed across. What a t a l e nt Mashbeatz is!
The features on the project are kept to a minimum to people that Reece is close to, and complement the artist he is at the moment. That’s why he is support e d by mostly his fellow crew members from The Wrecking Crew (TWE) which include Flame on ‘About The Dough’, ‘Rio’ and ‘Feelings.’ Ecco jumps in and makes a great feature o n ‘Calabasas/Fulfillment’, Louw on ‘Until I RIP’ and Enkei on ‘Cheque.’ He also has gawdly vocals from Ayanda Jiya on ‘Starlights’ Rowlene also makes a great mark on ‘Pride’ with her majestic vocals. With, FMTYAOY, something is very different from ‘Paradise’. From his flows, his crazy hooks and to his word-play. He is more at ease; but don’t misinterpret it for complacency though!
He is no longer on the streets hustling and trying to break though, but now, it’s about establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.
I can go on all day about the differences from the ‘Paradise’, but what stands out is that the ‘Baby Boy’ has grown more as a musician. His approach towards everything is more mature. He sounds sincere yet very raw.