Published on December 20th, 2017 | by Tariq Peters0
FIGURE FLOWS – BIG FIGURES (MIXTAPE REVIEW) [@FIGUREFLOWS]
After winning his ‘Get Rated’ award at the GRM Daily Rated Awards in 2016, Essex artist Figure Flows has climbed up the ranks as he continues to solidify his name in the UK music scene.
Figure Flows is looking to end the year strong with the release of his brand-new mixtape ‘Big Figures’, an 11-track project showcasing his musical prowess as he gives us the best of both worlds, proving that he can make both Rap and Grime music at a high calibre.
The mixtape offers an all-star selection of features from the likes of Moelogo, Louis Rei (WSTRN), Ardz Adz, Inch (Section Boyz), Sho Shallow and much more that complement the direction of the mixtape.
The mixtape begins with the jazzy, upbeat introductory track “I’m The Man” as Figure Flows speaks on how life used to be, the success the music has brought him over the years and finally being recognised as an artist overseas. Notable lines include: Can’t share my highs if you weren’t there at my lows/Remember they used to laugh when my trainers had the holes/Now you want to tag along when I do my shows/I don’t say no more, you know how the story goes”.
Figure Flows teams up with Footsteps for the club banger “Like You”. The track offers a more vibrant, summery vibe as Figure Flows makes this track more light-hearted and fun as he celebrates the good times and speaks fondly of a woman.
Regardless of the more smooth sounding tracks on offer, Figure Flows proves he can still set alight a Grime track on “Hustle Blad Remix” featuring Ghetts, Safone & Bossman Birdie. Figure Flows stands on his own two feet with an explosive opening verse which goes hand in hand with the guest features, enhancing the track with an array of lyrics and flows from some of the UK’s best.
‘Big Figures’ as a full-length project allows us to get an insight into his versatility as an artist. We get that gritty, bass bumping sound in tracks like “Come Get Me” featuring Ard Adz & Sho Shallow and “More Money” to the more subtle sounding “She’s Different” featuring Pierre Hopkins & Louis Rei and “She’s A Keeper” featuring Ashton.
The mixtape concludes with the endearing “Letter To My Daughter” as Figure Flows speaks of his unconditional love for his daughter, invaluable advice for the future and his desire to win for her. His dedication to chasing his dreams so his daughter can live a better life is a priceless sentiment and ends the project in the best way.
All in all, Figure Flows stays true to his name as we are offered a well-rounded, diverse project showcasing his dynamic flow. His ability to adapt his musical style to a range of genres is noteworthy and as a result, the mixtape has something for everyone.
To end what was an amazing year for UK music, ‘Big Figures’ will be a memorable project and highlights the rise of Figure Flows. As 2017 comes to a close, Figure Flows has aligned himself with some of the greats and this mixtape proves we have a lot to look forward to from him in 2018.
Favourite Track: Letter To My Daughter
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