On his first offering, Fricky undauntedly goes to war, with thought-provoking, witty lyricism serving as his weapon of choice. Each verse is a bullet in the barrel and each hook, the firing pin that sends the song hurtling through your ears. Judging from his love for big bass beats (predominantly provided by Sticky & Miguel), it is clear that the young rapper has little tolerance for quiet.
With over 5000 downloads within 4 to 6 weeks after its release, the first official single off his Resume Mixtape was his “6 foot 7 foot Freestyle”. Released in late 2010, it is still his highest recorded download till date.
Unlike the others, this lad finds as much meaning in writing metaphoric rhymes as he finds in being unhesitant in devouring a beat. The next single “Grinding”, is arguably the most commercial tune on the tape. It was easily the favorite of the masses because of its Afro-pop beat and catchy chorus by Mr. Poa.
His third one was “I Got Next” that features Billy Banger and Drilickxs. Two budding virtuosos, capable of blowing up in a Hip-Hop world marred by overhyped acts and lyrical mediocrity.
Then came the “Enigma Freestyle” produced by Don Jazzy and mixed by Mantis Beats, an established Ghanaian Sound Engineer who is based in the UK. Mantis also mixed about half of the songs on the Mixtape. “You say your money talks, but your wallet never said it/ And I’m so sick, I give painkillers headaches..” he brags. “It is the most lyrically expressive track I have ever done. Some even say it is the hardest flow I have ever spat because it has enough punchlines, wordplay and metaphors. Don Jazzy himself was impressed. He liked it on Twitter.” Fricky explains.
“I Surrender” is the last single he released. Produced by Berni Anti, it is one of his favorites on the Mixtape. This track shows that Fricky has a soft side too. On this pop-rap beat, Syn really showed how well he can sing. His debut album “SYN’D” is one to soon look out for.
As an artist on the come up, Fricky is unsigned but has run into quite a number of recording deals (in Ghana and beyond). After The Resume, Fricky went on a one week music tour in the Volta Region. He has been featured on both the 2010 and 2011 UG Cyphers and has performed at the Face of Volta, Face of Tertiary, Repo Hall Artiste Night, Miss Legon and Face of Legon Pageants. He has also been on ETV’s Mic Check and has been interviewed on several radio stations in the country.
At age 22, Fricky’s achievements are quite remarkable. Lyrically, his dexterity has been compared to that of Fabolous. His yet to be released album, The Collector’s Item, which was originally meant to be a one man show, would feature cats like Felly (@felly2), Braids (@BraidsGH), Buggi (@buggiashley), Looney (@LooneeGH), Lyrix (@ThaLyrix) & Qb. It would basically be a 10 track EP with 2 bonus tracks. “Music” is the first single off the Collector’s Item. This track makes you understand that this kid was meant for this.
His name is Fricky (@frickyc13) a.k.a Mr. Metaphor and here’s his Resume. You can click [here] to join his fanpage.
The Resume Mixtape [here] or listen to it [here]
Music (Prod by Sticky & Miguel) [here]
I’m ILL (freestyle) [here]
Stay Scheming (freestyle) feat. #c13 (Nova, Fricky, Blu Chip, Tsetse & Buggi) [here]
The 2011 UG Cypher [here]
Fricky’s Tribute to the Late Whitney Houston [here]
Sketch Matthews for the Album Art (@SktchMatthews)
Mo4AFRICA for the live updates during the launch (@Mo4Africa)
Executive producers of the Tape, Sticky & Miguel
Sticky & Miguel (@Sticky_beatz)
Ball J (@balljgh)
Billy Banger (@IamBillyBanGer)
Jolly Roger (@Nel_Magnom)
The Don Sed (@don_sedudzi)
Tricksta (@TrickstaGH )
John Foley, Qb, Berni Anti, Mannie Beats, Scarey, Mr. Poa & The entire C13 team.