Album Review: F*** The World

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‘F– The World’ is the third EP from Maryland singer Brent Faiyaz and comes almost two years after his last EP, ‘Lost’. The EP was released on February 7th, 2020 and featured 10 songs with no features. Prior to the EP’s release, Faiyaz released two singles which were “F— The World (Summer In London)” and “Rehab (Winter In Paris)”. Throughout the project, Faiyaz uses angelic singing and soothing production sounds to touch on various topics from critical decision making to expensive spending habits to overindulgence. ‘F— The World’ is available on all major music streaming platforms.

The album begins with the song “Skyline,” which is a track produced by L.3.G.I.O.N., Paperboy Fabe and Faiyaz. Throughout this minute long track, Faiyaz has fans questioning their decisions. “Think it through, What it means to you. And everything you do. Don’t affect just you, oh,” the Maryland singer sings. This track will definitely have you thinking about your actions before you make them.

“Clouded” is the second track on the album. On this track, Faiyaz seems to be in a reminiscent state of mind. He speaks about different experiences during his life that would make one jealous from spending excessive amounts of money to meeting lots of women only to end with the lines, “Her n—- want to be me. But they don’t know I’m fighting demons. I feel like dying every season. I’ve been swimming in the deep end.” Although people want to be Faiyaz, they don’t know the day to day struggles that he really is dealing with and he uses these lines as if to say, “everything that glitters isn’t gold.”

“F— The World (Summer In London)” is the fourth track on the EP. Faiyaz uses this track to straightforwardly tell people what it is and how it’ s going to be. With all bluntness, he sings, “Don’t open your mouth if you ain’t speaking good to me. I ain’t built like him, you f—–in’ with a G. Just ’cause I f— you, that don’t mean I trust you, I don’t.” With these lines, Faiyaz let’s it be known that he is incomparable to the next man and demands good energy and respect. He continues by singing, “I’d prolly be dead if I was basic….I work when I want. I do what I want.” These lines let’s listeners know that Faiyaz isn’t your average working individual. He controls his movements and is his own boss. He goes where he wants to go and does what he wants to do.

“Rehab (Winter in Paris)” is the fourth song on ‘F— The World’. This is personally my favorite track off of the album. In this song, Faiyaz lays all of his thoughts and truths on the table to his lover. “I got too many h—- but they ain’t you,” Faiyaz sings in the opening lines of this track letting his lover know that while he does have a lot of options, his ‘options’ do not compare to her. Also, in the track, while Faiyaz admits that he’s not perfect, he doesn’t let his lover off the hook and points out her flaws as if to say ‘you’re not perfect either.’ With lines like, “You as real as they come. But you would rather be on them drugs and I would rather hang with my thugs,” he admits that just like him, his lover has issues too. Further on in the song, still laying his truths on the table, Faiyaz sings, “I like to run the street ’til it’s dark out. And then come home and blow your back out, I hope that’s okay. I can’t leave you alone.” With these lines, the Maryland singer stands by the saying, “Honesty is the best policy” and keeps it real with this unknown woman letting her know that he would rather hang around his friends than spend time with her.

“Lost Kids Get Money” is the ninth track on ‘F– the World’. Faiyaz uses the 3 minute song to unapologetically brag about himself and his accomplishments. ”F—— in the back, I stay with a b—–. Smellin’ like a lick, smellin’ like Margiela. Seein’ is believin’, I don’t see none of you fellas,” he sings in the first verse. Further on he sings, “I’m still pimpin’ h—- from like 2010. They heard about my moves, they know I’m the man.” In all of his cockiness, Faiyaz lets listeners know that not only does he feel he’s untouchable, he is untouchable.

‘F— the World’ receives 10 stars out of 10 stars. It is simplicity at its finest. From Faiyaz’s soothing falsetto to the calming production, this album is chill R&B in its purest form.

Laura Reed is a Senior Mass Communications major from Sardis, Mississippi. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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