Written by Edward Burrell
Fekky has always been an energetic rapper, but not necessarily a sophisticated one. However, Fekky specialises in greaze and El Clasico delivers that in spades.
Fekky’s El Clasico is an example of the UK’s equivalent of gangster rap, but do not confuse this with UK Drill rap. Although there are a couple conceptual songs on there, El Clasico is even more of Fekky doing what he does best, without apologising for it.
This album is just very uplifting; whether it’s to set the tone at pre-drinks, to get pumped at this gym, or to have it blasting out the whip. The intro gives the title El Clasico some meaning, the “El Clasico” refers to a face-off between the best.
He’s referred to as “El Grand Fekky”, it is essentially a statement expressing his own bravado. Yeah, Fekky has always been ballsy and on that note, it should be mentioned that he wasn’t scared to add some big features to this album either; from Skepta to Neutrino this album is jam-packed with bangers.
Billi is my personal favourite song of the album. It is the best solo song on the album and brings the greaze that Fekky is known for. The fact that he uses a bar from my favourite grime artist of all time (D Double E), drew me to this song. This is the definition of a hype tune, perfect for pres and the whip. The beat makes this song very easy to sing-a-long to, Karlosmusic definitely deserves a shout out for this.
Cappin on the Net (+ Interlude), is the only truly conceptual song on the album and the problem raised is definitely relevant right now. We have all seen the one comment on a 67 (SixSeven) Youtube video where you simple thought to yourself “I hope this is a joke”. The age of internet gangsters are among us and Fekky has clearly had enough of them. The interlude gives insight into what exactly is so annoying about them, and Fekky is venting his frustration in his own personal way.
Rnot is a perfect example of what I meant when I claimed that Fekky is a gangster rapper. The tempo is not much faster to something 50 Cent would rap on, but this song still feels very much like the Fekky we know. The interlude, however, to me is odd, it has a lose relation to the “Brudda’s on tour” vibe from the song, but other than that it’s a bit of a mystery to me. Despite that it’s still a good laugh which is worth it.
Avirex is definitely a throw-back tune with the legendary features of Neutrino and Chip. The garage scene inspired this generation of UK rappers and grime artists. The raves that they would sneak into when they were younger would give them ideas for new bars; Fekky even mentions this in song. What tops it off is having an MC from that garage era on the track, as well as an MC who came into the scene in the same way.
Finally, Call Me Again shows Fekky isn’t afraid to flex on some grime beats, enlisting the aid of Rapid as a producer and Ghetts as a feature. Even the opening four bars shows he wanted to focus more on lyricism than energy. Ghetts is as great as ever, he doesn’t disappoint when it comes to word play and it is quite evident that the chemistry these two artists have is true and organic.
What must be noted, however, is that a lot of the songs on the album have been previously released as singles quite a long time ago, which does appear as lazy.
It can be argued that those singles were released at a time when he didn’t have as much support as he has now. Either way it’s still justified, Fekky still delivers gas tunes by the dozen, which is what everyone respects him for.
Watch the video for Avirex below.