Four Fists
6666


5.0
classic

Review

by Nathaniel USER (31 Reviews)
October 13th, 2018 | 24 replies


Release Date: 10/12/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Order in the Dork Court

Back in 2012, Stefan Alexander’s kidneys failed and almost killed him – a result of some unknown trauma that overloaded them with scar tissue. Stef had to put all of his musical projects on hold until he could figure out to do with his weakened kidneys. The road to recovery was long and drawn out, marked by transplant surgeries and bedridden months that held him back from returning to music full time for nearly 4 years. His brief appearances on Doomtree’s 2015 album All Hands was his only notable musical endeavor before officially returning last year with his spectacular album Chill Dummy, which detailed that very struggle back to normalcy. He and close friend Astronautalis teased a collaboration right before the emergency, dropping a single before disappearing completely. It seemed like Four Fists would never see the light of day, and to be honest, I forgot about it entirely, until they came back a couple of months ago with a fiery passion. Each of the new songs released ahead of time were some of the hottest tracks of each rapper’s careers, easily on par with their best. Now, five years in the making, Four Fists’ debut album 6666 takes the best of two respective artists and makes something greater than the sum of its parts.

Now that it’s here though, there’s only one question - was it worth the five year wait? The simple answer is a resounding yes. Lyrically, both Stef and Astro are on the top of their game, coming up with some of their best lyrics ever. Both rappers are lyricists of economy. Not a single line here is wasted, or throwaway worthy. A simple glance at the lyric sheets for Joe Strummr” and “Sid Vishis” show this clearly. We don’t have line upon line of syllable twisting babble, we have short choppy verses that are simple on paper but come out complex in delivery and meaning. Speaking about the delivery, I have to mention how fantastic both Stef and Astro sound. I mean, holy ***, these guys can flow over nearly any beat, no matter how off kilter it is. Instrumentally, the album blows me away with how fire these beats are, especially with tracks like “Annihilation” and “Bobby Hill”. The synth and beat work on this album are ***ing next level. Just look at “Fjortis”, that song is a perfect example that showcases producers Lazerbeak’s and Subp Yao’s way with the studio with icy stabbing synth lines paired with grimy electronic and punk beats littered throughout the album. Add all of these elements together, and the result is some extremely strong collaborative songwriting on an album that ranks in the upper echelon of their brand of alternative hip-hop.

This album does not call attention to itself. It exists in a self-contained microcosm of hip-hop, geared specifically towards the niche it occupies. At this age, P.O.S. and Astronautalis are beyond trying to set the world on fire, these two are only trying to set their little corner of the world on fire, crafting bangers for their small but fervent fanbase. This is an album for the already converted, and for those who don’t like this brand of hip-hop are unlikely to change their minds with this release. However, the apparent fact that these two old heads are having the time of their lives sounding young and hungry is just enough for any one of the faithful to get up and get down like there’s no tomorrow.



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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2018


11746 Comments


Nice review, this looks interesting.

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greencorn5
October 13th 2018


365 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agree with your review 100%. This won't convert many but, as a fan of both of these guys, this album is close to classic range.

Pheromone
October 13th 2018


7360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was gonna review this, really didn’t expect one to come out before me. It’s good, i don’t like it as much as you do but i do like it. The production is crazy good



this isn’t a good first album for either artist tho

theNateman
October 13th 2018


3803 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nah it really isnt a good entry point. I recommend we dont even live here and this is our science for Stef and Astro respectively.

Pheromone
October 13th 2018


7360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is our science is thr goat of Hip Hop / Indie Rock hybrid

greencorn5
October 13th 2018


365 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just listened to This is our science again about a week ago, I agree.

greencorn5
October 13th 2018


365 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I also just listened to this album again twice in a row on a road trip; fuck it, I'm 5-ing this.

Phantom
October 14th 2018


8985 Comments


I prefer this to POS' last full length.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2018


11746 Comments


This rules

Panzerchrist
October 14th 2018


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Holy shit this actually came out??? I'm ecstatic. The self-titled EP was one of my most played albums of the year it came out. Best pairing of rappers since Killer Mike and El-P

Minushuman24
October 16th 2018


2401 Comments


I've only heard Joe Strummr, but shit, it rules hard

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Pheromone
October 16th 2018


7360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love the production on Unjinxed, really reminds me of nujabes

Hawks
October 19th 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules.

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Veldin
October 19th 2018


3889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool review, will jam! love both these guys

Hawks
October 19th 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This kind of hip-hop is hit or miss for me but this is fantastic for sure.

lg433
October 27th 2018


56 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is so hit or miss

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2018


11746 Comments


Yeah some tracks don't do a lot for me, there's some great ones though, opener especially

Asura14
October 29th 2018


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Man the ending of Bobby Hill.... rip my ears.



Some real solid tracks tho, will give it a few more listens

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guitarded_chuck
October 31st 2018


18039 Comments


this is fun

greencorn5
November 2nd 2018


365 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just got tix to see them tomorrow in NOLA



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