Mickey Factz is a part of that echelon of MCs who revere the late eighties and early nineties to the point where they relive it verbatim and aspire to bring it back to the charisma and creativity that produced the golden era. Dont get it twisted; Factz isnt stuck in the past. He is creating a new appreciation of Hip-Hop by being retroactive. He and his crew, GFCNY, a group of like-minded fashion obsessed New Yorkers, come together to offer Rap music that isnt stale or overdone. Heavens Fallout(GFC) pushes the boundaries of what Hip-Hop is suppose to sound like. Mickey rhymes over an eclectic mix of beats from Electronica to Rock to House. He doesnt involve himself in hood bravado or making it rain. However, he can name drop little known designers and brag about his travels around the world. He is definitely Lupe Fiascos contemporary.
And like the Midwest maverick he doesnt dum down his lyrics with gratuitous violence or self-righteous preaching. On Never Fallout he rhymes over rock band Fallout Boys smash hit This Aint a Scene, Its a Arms Race. His lyricism reclaims the song as more than a remix, but his own: Here goes the fright / Ni***s read the tabloids just to learn your life / But I keep my arms / So Im ready to strike / When I reach out my arms / You can feel my might / And my wings expand / And I just take flight. He also breathes new life into Prodigys cult classic Smack My Bitch Up. Mickey matches the angry high energy of the song rhyming “Yall know Im not crime related / But yall bout to get annihilated. Addressing the issue that he may be perceived as soft because he makes positive music, he attacks all naysayers with a barrage of rhyming ability that leaves little doubt that he can hold his own.
Still, all eclectic and creative risks arent good ones. His songs for the ladies border on corny. You Remind Me, sounds like a musical score to some fancy RPG game. Let You Go is all White girl 80s pop, complete with synthesizers and a mediocre singer on the hook. Heavens Fallout is more hits than misses though. Mickey Factz steps out of the box on this effort and raises the bar on creativity. His personal style is retro, but the energy he brings to the music is modern and futuristic. Hes definitely one of the front-runners for the leader of the new school.
“Talk Yo Sh*t”