Album Review: Fore - Going Back Is Not The Same As Staying [GBINTSAS]
This is a solid album!
Belgian born – educated in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Switzerland, India and America – rapper/producer ‘Fore’, invites us into his world, or more so, his journey with his debut album ‘Going Back is Not the Same as Staying’ (#GBINTAS). Last week Fore released his project for free to the masses via his Soundcloud account. With this album, Fore has taken his vast experiences from travelling and learning in almost all the corners of the world and has heavily translated it into this project - from the cover; which spots imagery inspired by middle eastern culture, Africa and the city he has adopted as home – New York. The cover also carries a display of royalty that can not be ignored, as if Fore wants the world to know that he is carving out his own kingdom from his experiences – pioneering a new type of hip-hop that speaks to many people, particularly those who have been raised and identify with one culture but their passport stating otherwise.
The music Fore delivers on #GBINTAS is unquestionable, he has filled the project with complex rhymes and clever metaphors; that if you don’t know his story might fly past your head at 500 miles/hr – for instance his song ‘Three Cities’ sounds like any other song about ‘Pussy’, but at close listen it is actually a song about three different cities that he has had a ‘relationship’ with. His love for New York led me to assume that the second verse was about that city, as he stated that, it is the ‘capital of his world’. Fore also explores issues ranging from a troubled view of his father ‘rushing to become the man his mother deserved’ and touching on immigration - in a way I have not heard any other rapper do before, which is understandable since at one point his visa ‘papers had expired like milk behind a furnace’.
As Fore gets more popular and more exposure he should definitely let the world know that he is also the man behind the production – he has produced 11 out of the 12 tracks and he has proven with this album that he has a PhD in crate digging. The backdrop to his story on this album is told behind some very thick and rich instrumentation, utilizing the use of very lush samples. The music on this project feels very ‘worldly’ but from an East New-York Hip-Hop perspective. The raw emotion and feel of his voice reminds me of a young Tony Starks or if I were to use a more contemporary example, it would Action Bronson. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to #GBINTAS and I think this is one of those projects I will listen too whenever I want to think about life and whenever I want to explore the emotions that I feel about the world and the restrictions that borders can have on ambition. One of my favourite lines from the project comes from C’est Pa Bon, where he says, ‘I went through all this for a visa? Just to die broke on the street of Amriiika? Nah!’ this line can definitely serve as a daily dose of motivation to any immigrant or any well travelled individual.
A few of the standout tracks for me included, The Train, No Grave, Stars are Born, C’est Pa Bon and Don’t Have a clue. #GBINTSAS will surely service the hip-hop heads, the crate-diggers and the hustlers and it will likely help Fore begin to etch his name into the game.
AKWL slaps 4 crowns on this bitch! - Boku