“If FLACO is the weirdest emcee working in Indiana right now, then he's also the most prolific.” — Adam Lukach, NUVO News: Indiana’s Alternative Voice.”
It’s difficult to define F L A C O’s style. He crafts addictive hooks, spits heavy bars and switches flows on a dime. He’s constantly experimenting — with production, visuals, subject matter and delivery. Bringing a DIY perspective to his music, F L A C O has created a unique and unpredictable, yet accessible and lyrically-inclined sound — a rarity in hip hop today. Working with multimedia Tyler Hoyt, F L A C O’s visuals enhance his sound and captivate viewers, drawing them into his world.
Since beginning to record in 2009, F L A C O has released 20 projects, including the recent GUNSFORGIRLS, which was highly praised by critics and tastemakers such as Pigeons & Planes and NoJumper. He credits his diverse musical palette to his family’s eclectic tastes. In his house, lyricism took precedence over genre, and F L A C O cites a number of talented writers as influences, including Lupe Fiasco and Julian Casablancas.
To end off 2016, F L A C O is set to release his strongest and most complete project to date — sleepinginjeans. Staying true to his approach, each song is unique, as F L A C O jumps from bangers like “crank that lion king.” about flexing like wrestling star Perry Saturn to softer ballads about his struggle like “dandelions.”
The past seven years haven’t been easy for the rapper. Focusing his energy on rapping, he got kicked out of school and spent time sleeping on people’s floors. As he told Pigeons & Planes, “There’s been a lot of failing to get to this point, and I’m not even shit, that’s the thing.” But sleepinginjeans is a statement, showing why F L A C O is set to break out of Indianapolis’s seemingly non-existant rap scene and onto something bigger. This theme reaches a crux at the end of “bless you,” as he screams “Nobody wants it more than me!” then repeats the line, in a softer, almost broken voice. You can feel F L A C O’s ambition, his drive, his desperation.
In some ways, sleepinginjeans is a culmination of F L A C O’s strongest experiments from his past seven years. “ Each song is intentionally crafted with sharp, introspective verses and hooks made to scream alongside hundreds of other fans. This project is sure to win F L A C O the notoriety demanded by the quality and depth of his songs.
“FLACO is ready to level up” — John Walaszek, Pigeons and Planes
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