A menacing laughter greets us as the opening salvo of piano play enters the fold in “Babyfood,” the new single from B Fhukken Have, and with a beat the size of skyscraper circling the bottom of the master mix, we’re instantly hypnotized by a stream of rapping and righteous harmony not soon to be forgotten. B Fhukken Have is cutting loose here, sewing his words into the music as though the two were always meant to be united in some holy sonic matrimony, and despite the gargantuan size of the drum swell, nothing takes away from the real draw in this track – the monolithic lead vocal. “Babyfood” is a dagger of a dirge, but if you think its power-hungry percussion is the best this musician can produce, you’d better think again.
In the mammoth “Resurection Paradise (Beef Music Mix),” B Fhukken Have echoes traces of a dark, neo-gangsta rap without borrowing from any one specific influence, and while it takes the song nearly two minutes to carry us out of the ashes of its intro and into the meat and potatoes of the lyrics, the stone cold melodies of the track’s beginning affect the music well past the halfway mark in the composition. “Beef Stew” is a little more elementary and radio-ready, but this isn’t to say that it’s more of a standout than “Resurection Paradise” is. Both songs reflect the melodic depth of B Fhukken Have wonderfully, and further boast a physicality that most rappers can only create through production bells and whistles.
Even in a slower tempo, like the one we hear in “XIXXCI,” there’s a confident swing to the beats that B Fhukken Have utilizes to underscore his verses. Fascinatingly enough, I actually think that his aesthetically contrasting numbers – like “Windy City,” for example – have just as much of a relaxed, almost R&B-style vibe despite their somewhat conflicted arrangement of melodies. It’s hard to peg exactly what sort of hip-hop subgenre he’s gunning for the most in all five of these songs, but where some critics might find such a feature to be a negative quality, I happen to see it as one of this artist’s most alluring attributes. He isn’t trying to be someone else’s idealized version of a rap icon – he’s making his own beats without bowing down to the establishment, which, for as risky as it might seem, is about the smartest move a performer in his position could make right now.
No matter which one of B Fhukken Have’s tracks you indulge in first, I think he’s a diamond in the rough amid this season’s rather dismal turnout from the hip-hop underground. If pressed I would recommend starting with his latest slab of rhymes, “Babyfood,” as a jumping-off point to his discography, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these five single-quality tracks that he’s released to relative acclaim. Hip-hop is a very complicated genre with an even more complicated talent pool, but under the guidance of indie songwriters like B Fhukken Have, its future is almost certain to bring us as much pleasure as its past has.