The hip-hop duo known as Frhetoric and Rawiri James have released their latest EP record, “D:T:F.” Coming loaded with six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes, the album has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Blasting with bass, thumping with beats and boasting some of the tightest turns of phrase ever to strike a mic, “D:T:F” is clearly one of the best rap records to appear in 2015 so far.
Frhetoric and Rawiri James cite as main artistic influences Ludacris, Tech N9ne, Lupe Fiasco, and Kendrick Lamar. While elements of each of these can be heard on “D:T:F,” their intelligence and creativity have most in common with Lamar, whose music has been helping to reclaim the hip-hop underground from long-tired stereotypes and overused tropes.
Fans of rap looking for something upbeat and new will find more than they can hope to expect in “D:T:F” from Frhetoric and Rawiri James. Regardless of where the listener may be on the globe, these six clever tracks represent a much more engaging hip hop than what's on the mainstream radio anywhere.
In fact, attacking the mainstream is part of what this volatile crew is about. Their current official bio reads, “While the resulting earworms [on D:T:F] are aimed at a mainstream hip-hop audience, the tongue-in-cheek lyrics deliver blows to a music industry that takes itself too seriously.”
The record has also been described as “a journey into a world of braggadocio and innuendo, where mundane objects are turned into lecherous metaphors.”
Asked to describe the themes of their new album, Frhetoric and Rawiri James recite a short list: “Existentialism, intellectualism, delusions of grandeur, and fun.”
If any or all of the above sounds too good to be true, the music fan is encouraged to taste the proof firsthand. This strong little record suggests that the era of bottom-shelf hip hop is finally coming to a close.
“D:T:F” by Frhetoric and Rawiri James is available online worldwide beginning September 18, 2015. Get in early, rap fans. Very, very early.
Lead Press Release Writer
“D:T:F” from Frhetoric and Rawiri James –