REVIEW: Two-9 x FRVR Devin Nevett February 27, 2017 Music 536 Tweet Share Share Email WhatsAppShares 0Atlanta’s hip-hop collective Two-9 is undoubtedly one of the most secretive music groups. After a 2 year hiatus they dropped their debut album FRVR on February 9th. The group consists of Key!, Curtis Williams, Ceej & Jace of Retro $ush!, & LightSkinMac11 & Cartier Dave of FatKidsBrotha. As the group Two-9 they’re signed to Mike Will Made It’s Ear Drummer Records and Interscope Records. The album is 12 songs long and features production from Ceej, Curtis, Richie Souf, Caine, Mitch, Apluss, Franchise, Soldado, TrapMoneyBenny, & Childish Major. In the past few years there’s been heavy speculation as to whether or not Key! was still a part of the group, but being on 9 of 12 of the songs cements his very active role in the group. Speaking of Key!, he and Jace connected for the songs “This Way” and “Used To Be Down,” 2 upbeat, feel good tracks. On “This Way” Key! takes a crack at the hook. The first few lines read, “Cut a n*gga off like a temp fade/ Cut a b*tch off like a switchblade/ Yes, this way/ F*ck a n*gga b*tch don’t temp me.” It’s clear that the 9’s aren’t messing around with people outside of the group, no exceptions. Later on “Used To Be Down” Jace explains how they live now that they’re successful. “All them b*tches on us soon as we showin’ up/ See my profile and the city blowin up/ See a nigga shinin how a n*gga blowed up/ Money on me, weed got me floatin/ Riding and I’m f*ckin something very foreign.” Both songs take blowing up and put it into their perspectives as being underground rappers for so long. FatKidsBrotha (Cartier Dave & LightSkinMac11) flex their muscles on “None of These” and “25/8,” coincidentally the first and last songs on the album. The Key! and Jace assisted “None of These” is an anthem of sorts dedicated to the group. As previously stated Two-9 is not very friendly, so if it’s not about the group or about money then the all the talking needs to stop. “25/8” is about working hard and counting money. LightSkinMac11 wholly rips through the first verse, he starts with, “When the MAC talk, that MAC walk/ They hope that they meet me boy/ No bean talk, a lil lean talk/ Slow it down when I e-walk/ Eastside, red clays and sidewalk/ Drive-bys for that side talk/ No leash on when that pit walk/ But her mouth right like a lockjaw.” The whole verse is so aesthetically East Atlanta fueled that it’s ridiculous. Curtis Williams of course left his mark on the debut. He popped up on the songs “Rackades” and “JFK” with Key! and Jace. “Rackades” is the ode to money. Driving multiple cars with desinger drugs, diamonds and a diva – the dream of living fast. Curtis has definitely been living that life since Two-9 released their 2015 prequel mixtape B4FRVR. On “JFK” he continues the theme. He raps up his verse with “Living life fast, but I sip slow/ Rolling a blunt, take it to the face/ Leave me lone on my V-lone/ I spend a check on my denim/ Y-3’s and Raf Simmons/ Human Made and Rick Owens/ N*ggas actin like I owe em.” Backed by Ear Drummer Records Two-9 now has the stage reach greater success as a group as well as individually. Their debut album receives a 9/10 from Freelancer. Listen to FRVR on Apple Music and Spotify and be on the lookout for multiple mixtapes from the respective members.