"Unapologetic" isn't just a token adjective writers use to describe Fatal Lucciauno's ruthless verbiage on record, it's a well-earned medallion solidified by the genuine callousness of his steroidal bravado. Nearly five years since the release of his street-savvy debut The Only Forgotten Son, Lucciauno returns with The Message EP, which leads up to his formal sophomore effort Respect (which Gwendolyn has already reviewed here), out the 21st of this month.
Sportn' Life Records
When he's on his game, Lucciauno is one of the best in the business, and The Message finds him there. There are times--as on The Only Forgotten Son--when he goes too far, and drops cringe-worthy LGBT-insensitive lines, which, rap-character politics aside, still sound too vile to see past. Otherwise, Lucciauno acts as the natural counterpoint to the sea of upbeat product flowing out of most local speakers, turning a mirror on the gruff reality of his environment that isn't always pleasant to hear about, but one that we shouldn't forget exists.
Listen to The Message for free here.