EP Review | Stik Figa – MOON.

This EP was released on January 18th this year. I almost missed this project. I had no idea it even existed until Big Sto shared it on Twitter earlier this week. Anyway, I haven’t heard every single project Stik Figa has ever released, but I think I’ve heard most of it. I’m not really into any of the stuff he released prior to the collaborative album he did with L’Orange. He was signed to Mello Music Group for a while, but I don’t think that’s still the case. He’s not listed under the “artists” tab of the official MMG website. My favorite project from him is easily his 2017 album, Central Standard Time. I wasn’t really satisfied by that Jewel Ave John extended play he dropped last year, but that was mainly due to the lackluster production. I’m not familiar with Conductor Williams, who produced this entire EP. Hopefully it’s better than the aforementioned EP. I’m not expecting this to be wack, but I’m not gonna get my hopes up to high. Worst case scenario is I’ll feel completely indifferent towards it.

1. Say, Whatever

The beat on this track is actually pretty goddamn nice. It’s a lot more atmospheric and spacey than anything I’ve heard Stik Figa rap over before. The first verse was really good. I loved how he ended it by saying he would slap whoever says that Lil Uzi can rap. The hook is nothing special, but it gets the job done I guess. The second verse was nice. This is a good song. I don’t really have any issues with it. Nothing about it really stands out enough to make it a must-listen track, but I enjoyed it. It’s dope.

2. 7-8-GRIT

This beat is a lot jazzier than that of the previous track. It’s got a really prominent saxophone loop. I think that’s a saxophone. I’m not that great at discerning instruments. Anyway, I’m not really crazy about the production on this track. It’s a little repetitive for me. The verse on this song is okay I guess. It didn’t really impress me. There’s only one line that stood out to me.

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That line is crazy. However, aside from that the verse didn’t really do much for me. The hook is nothing special either. I think this is an okay song, but it definitely lacks replay value for me personally. It’s decent though.

3. Moor

This song definitely has a better instrumental than the previous song. I like it a lot. It’s another kind of spacey, electronic influenced beat. The first verse was pretty dope. I really liked the opening lines. That flypaper bar was pretty smart. I could’ve done without the lines where he brags about fucking some guy’s girl though. The hook is cool. It’s not amazing or anything, but it serves its purpose. The second verse was nice. I don’t really have any issues with this track. I really like the production, and the verses were cool. The hook probably could’ve been a little better, but other than that I enjoyed this. It’s dope.

4. Mama Was Right

This beat is really good. It sounds pretty different from the other songs so far. It’s driven by a piano, and it sounds great. The first verse was cool. He got kinda political. It didn’t come off preachy at all though. The second verse was even better honestly. The hook is fine, but I really wish they didn’t cut out the beat at the end of the track. I don’t wanna hear Stik Figa rapping the hook a cappella. It’s just not entertaining to listen to at all. The rest of the song was dope though. I fuck with this track.

5. Yung Nigga Shit

The beat on this track is pretty jazzy. It’s definitely not one of my favorites on this project, but it’s not bad. The hook is pretty simplistic, but it works. The first verse was cool. It wasn’t amazing or anything. It was solid though. I actually liked the second verse a lot more. Something about the way he was rhyming was just really cool to me. Overall this is a pretty solid track. It’s far from my favorite song, but I definitely enjoyed it to some extent. This shit is dope.

6. The Heart Wants (Henny Mix)

This is a remix of a track that appeared on Central Standard Time. The original version is produced by D/Will. I liked that beat, but I honestly prefer this one. This is the jazziest beat on the project so far. It’s smooth as hell. I think the more laidback style of this beat works better with the content of the song, and Stik Figa actually sounds really great over it. One thing that caught my attention before listening to this track is the fact that it’s about seven minutes and fifty seconds long. The original song is only about three and a half minutes, so I wasn’t sure why this version was so long. I figured that they probably added additional verses or something like that, but that’s not the case. The final three minutes of the track are just the extended instrumental playing out. That might not sound like a good thing on paper, but I actually didn’t mind it at all. The production is so smooth that it sounds good even without anyone rapping over it. This is definitely my favorite track on the project so far. It’s really dope.

7. Oh, Please

I really like the beat on this track, but I’m not crazy about the hook from Stik Figa. It’s kind of annoying. It’s not bad enough to completely ruin the track though. The first verse was decent, although I’m not really a fan of the sexual manner in which it ended. The second verse is alright I guess. I don’t know, man… This song just didn’t really do much for me. I like the production from Conductor Williams a lot, but nothing else about the song really satisfied me at all. I wouldn’t call this a bad song, but I didn’t enjoy it that much. I won’t be coming back to it.

This is a satisfactory project. I definitely think it’s a step up from that Jewel Ave John EP he dropped last year. When it comes to an artist like Stik Figa, the production usually makes or breaks the project in my opinion. He’s a cool rapper, but he rarely does anything himself that really captures my attention. I’ve never heard him spit a verse that was so good that it made me forgive a wack beat. Thankfully, most of the production from Conductor Williams on this project was sufficient. I like most of the songs on this project, but I don’t love any of them. That’s usually how I feel about most of Stik Figa’s work, so I’d say this is on par with the rest of his catalogue. Central Standard Time is still his best project to me, but this was a solid EP. I fuck with it. It’s dope.

Favorite Song: The Heart Wants (Henny Mix)
Least Favorite Song: 7-8-GRIT


Grade: B-


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