Father’s latest record is a dive in to a hedonistic world of unbridled vice and pure debauchery.
Packaged as trap music, sure, but look a little further in to the Atlanta artist’s record and discover his chosen medium is little more than a reflection of the artist’s ‘self’; escapist cries-for-help masked by rap-star persona. Where there is narcissism, there is also self-loathing. We see this at the core of the album. Aptly titled I’m a Piece of Shit, Father has made an album about succumbing to earthly pleasures, and to an extent, doing what is natural to humans as self-thwarting animals. It’s an album about what it is to be human in its most dark and lecherous form.
The album starts and the vibe is somber. The party is over and our Father is full of regrets as highs soon become lows and dopamine levels are for a while subdued. Album opener Why Don’t You Love Me again plays in perfectly to our thematic hands. Father spits
I’m tired of looking for love as much as I’m tired of looking for drugs
I’m tired of being high all the time to convince niggas I give a fuck
I just want these riches…
The pursuit of the material is something that repeatedly appears in this album. It paints the picture that, when what you worship is money and material things, you will never have enough to make you truly happy or satisfied. And that’s where we are with this artist; unsatisfied both physically and emotionally and constantly chasing things that lead back to hurt.
After an outstanding guest-verse from iLoveMakkonen, the opening track fades out to Abra’s haunting hook, creating the foreboding tension that plays out for the next thirty minutes.
To break from a rather bleak assessment of the artist’s psyche, here are some fun facts about Father:
- He studied Chemistry at Georgia State University
- He is (was) an avid Batman fan
- His full rapper/stage name is Father’s Liquor Cabinet
- His Twitter handle, incredibly, is @father
The album’s standout moments are littered throughout the eleven tracks but the real gems include the Prince-esque Spit or Swallow, truly diving in to all things freaky and featuring complimentary vocals from fellow Awful Records artist Micah Freeman. Also in full-glo is the slow and wistful Party on Me, again featuring an in-form iLoveMakkonen, effortlessly hook-singing in a desperate, pleading way and fittingly executed.
Other tracks that paint the picture of self-loathing and the pursuit of the materialistic are the equally impressive Big Emblem Benz and Y U Make It Hurt Like This, the latter keeping to Father’s self-indulgent and often self-destructive nature:
All I got is problems, no solutions
I said I’m a Sadomasochistic I like my girls abusive
I wanna die a little, cry a little
Get a little high right now…
I’m a Piece of Shit is unlike anything I’ve heard in rap this year. It’s real, raw, and often shocking material, though not for shock-factor’s sake. It’s an artist making music that reflects the self. And at our very core, we want to succumb to primal pleasures and sexual desires, to use drugs and entertainment as escapism. And just as these pleasures enable us to step outside the box of our mundane lives,
Father really steps outside the box to deliver an unconventional Hip-Hop record that is successful both as an experimental piece of music and a concept album.
I’m A Piece Of Sh*t is out via Awful Records now, purchase via iTunes here.