By Jack Barnes
A helium-voiced gangster with the respect and admiration of the streets, Ralo is the latest in a long line of ascendant Atlanta trap stars. Bringing out the hottest rappers in his hometown and abroad for his latest project, Ralo demonstrates his growth as an artist with Famerican Gangster 2, a sequel to Famerican Gangster, his introduction to the music industry. In 2015, Ralo emerged from prison a changed man, having sworn off violence and converted to Islam. In his early-20s with the voice and perspective of a wizened vet, Ralo writes aggressive and reflective trap with a message, aimed at shining a light on his experiences and educating the streets. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Featuring appearances from Gucci Mane, Future, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Birdman, YFN Lucci, Shy Glizzy and RT Skool Boi and production from Zaytoven, Southside, Cass
Famerian Gangster 2 is the proper sequel to last year’s acclaimed Diary of the Streets II. An accomplished album stocked with trap bangers with a strong melodic element and personal and introspective lyrics, DOTS 2 spawned several successful singles, including the all-star stocked, Complex-premiered “Flexing On Purpose,” featuring Young Thug, 21 Savage, and a hook and verse from Lil Uzi Vert, the somber, the confessional “Showers in the Dark,” and the somber, Young Scooter-featuring video for “Survivor.” Also in 2016, Ralo appeared alongside Lil Durk and YSL Duke on Young Thug’s “My Boys,” and saluted a Cash Money icon in his “Letter to Birdman.” Born and raised in a notoriously rough Atlanta neighborhood known as The Bluff, Ralo is the founder of a gang turned community organization and movement called “Famerican,” dedicated to helping spread positivity in the streets.
FamGoon and Free Bandz connect on “My Brothers,” Ralo’s video for his current single. Featuring Future and produced by Southside of 808 Mafia, “My Brothers” is a haunting, propulsive banger dedicated to Ralo’s closest associates, with Ralo and Future swapping infectious rhythmic catchphrases on the hook. Premiered today by Billboard, the “My Brothers” video is an exuberant tour of Ralo’s Atlanta and a showcase of their chemistry and shared charisma. It finds Ralo and Future on the lam from the law, racing through the forest until they find refuge with their gangs.
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Explained Ralo to Noisey last summer: “My brother (Future) and I were in the studio and he was saying ‘I got you Ralo, you my brother for life, blood can’t separate our bond.’ And I feel the same. ‘I’ll kill for you if I have to,’ I said. The difference between ‘My Brothers’ and others records I’ve done with Future is that on the other songs, we talked mainly talked about getting money and females. For this record, we connected about our bond and friendship.”
Famerican Gangster 2 Tracklist
1. The Dopeman (Intro) Ft. YFN Lucci (Prod. Zaytoven)
2. Brotherhood (Prod. Staxx)
3. They Traded (Prod. Mario)
4. Calm Down Ralo (Prod. Loby Lucci)
5. How Could You (Prod. Beatmonster Marc)
6. They Can’t Stop us Ft. Gucci Mane (Prod. Ricky Racks)
7. My Brothers Ft. Future (Prod. Southside)
8. I Hope It Dont Jam Ft. 21 Savage & Shy Glizzy (Prod. Cassius Jay)
9. Rico Act Ft. Fam Good Du (Prod. Yokster)
10. Came From The Bottom (Prod. Staxx)
11. Love It (Prod. BCSG)
12. Young N***a Ft. Young Thug, Lil Uzi, & Lil Yachty (Prod. Ricky Racks)
13. They Ain’t Believe Us Ft. Skool Boi (Prod. Frank Forbes)
14. Tell Them Ft. Birdman & Dae Dae (Prod. Goose)
15. Homage (Prod. BCSG)
16. Ralo Escobar (Outro) (Prod. Yokster)
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