Tyran Maxey comes from the ghettos in the city of Chicago. Often referred to as Falckun – fighter against leaders corrupting knowledge universally needed – Tyran is an underground veteran with a blend of influences that stem from the likes of a Biggie, Tupac, Rakim, Naz and Scarface. The Chicago-based conscious rapper has freshly released his 11 track album – “The Rapper, The Devil, The Music Industry”.
Tyran Maxey aka Falckun displays a creativity that exceeds many other albums in the genre. His story-telling is flawless. He proves in this album that he is versatile making both radio friendly songs and hardcore cinematic type street anthems. Throughout the recording you can sense a strong spiritual slant.
This album should not be slept on. Falckun came up with a concept about everyday struggles in a modern urban society and executed it well. The introductory song, “Destination Final” is an exciting love pledge, and draws you into the album and it only gets better from there.
Now that hip-hop has become a certified global language, responsibility rests heavy on the shoulders of rappers. Although intrinsically rebellious, and hardly the stuff role models are made of, these microphone idols now have a duty to fully articulate and represent the struggles of their people. Tyran Maxey aka Falckun can take this weight, and puts his case forward on “Embrace Me”.
On “A Gansta Or Nothing” and “Let Me Tell You A Story”, Falckun shows how powerful poetry can be wrenched from the least salubrious of surroundings. And ‘the streets’ will love him for it. In a superficial, fashion-conscious, money-hungry milieu, this is the type of song that is an eye opener to what’s going on in the real world.
Many tracks on “The Rapper, The Devil, The Music Industry” do seem to have an autobiographical slant to them, but mostly this is Falckun in his role as a keen street observer, ready to dispense wisdom to up-and-coming young-bloods. Something he does impressively on “I Had Enough” and “Riddle Me This”.
In keeping with the current hip-hop penchant for acknowledging old-school ways, Tyran Maxey maintains a strong old-school flavor in his rapping style and storytelling, staying far away from cloying hooks and other modern rap trappings.
Great rappers have an ability to put a stamp on a beat or sample; to leave a mark so strong that years later when you hear it again no matter the context that artist instantly comes to mind. This is what Falckun achieves on both “Sun Day” and “Thunderstormz”.
All throughout “The Rapper, The Devil, The Music Industry”, Tyran Maxey aka Falckun, convincingly raps about love, race, religion and struggles. His insights and observations concerning this generation can be heard from his lyrics as pure prose.
When backed by the sonic collages of the album’s solid productions, the signature combustion that Falckun ignites, gives this recording shimmering vibes with a coast-to-coast aesthetic.