He’s back at it again – the gruff, gravel voiced JFliz drops another fire project, this time teaming up with Onaje Jordan for ‘Paragon’. Fliz puts in work, and more increasingly we are seeing him branch out and continue to challenge himself and his listeners with a variety of tracks that hit different pockets of the hip hop genre. Paragon is arguably his best project to date, as he pairs his raspy flow with some inspired production from Onaje to create six tracks that have a lot to say, and make the head nod in the process.

Fresh off a successful collaboration with Skinny Bonez Tha Godfather, he dropped a loosie about a month ago with ‘The Lab’ and while that doesn’t feature on ‘Paragon’ it showed that Fliz is coming for necks as he won’t shy away from anything. The first single from this project was ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring DJ Decepta and it’s the first track on the EP as well. This track slaps hard, setting the tone for the rest of the project – inspired boom bap production, ominous soundscape, killer cuts and Fliz just spitting bars, before ‘Flow Son’ explodes into the headphones with an enigmatic delivery from Fliz over a delightfully moody, key-driven soundtrack from OJ.

Get Out The Way’ is an anthem, Onaje delivers a really big, bold sound that is in your face like any good theme song should be, and Crotona P delivers a kick ass feature and starts the track with his guttural flow. The stage is then set for Fliz to rip the mic and drop some bars that hit the target dead on. ‘One Reason’ features soundbytes from 2Pac and coupled with the more ethereal production from Onaje, this track has a really different and emotive vibe that permeates the soul as well as the speakers, showcasing the versatility of content Fliz has in the arsenal.

It’s a really motivating and uplifting vibe on ‘Ran Wild’ with some really well-placed strings and dusty drums underpinning the introspective bars from JFliz ‘coming from a dude who’s well paid his dues’ as DJ Decepta does his thing again, and the project comes to a conclusion with ‘The Journey’ featuring the unique and engaging flow from Tali Rodriguez as he speaks on the art, and JFliz really dives deep into the road and path that he has taken to get here.

Bangers: One Reason, Heavy Duty, Get Out The Way.

Score: 9 / 10. This is an inspired project, not over the top but delivered with the full force of his being. Onaje Jordan creates and offers up a beautifully diverse, boom bap themed soundtrack and Fliz attacks each and every track with powerful poise and hunger. The introspective nature of some tracks, coupled with the flat out in your face bars and some creative wordplay means the listening is engaging – while the features are really well chosen and add impact. Plenty more spins in the near future until we get another 6 tracks OR MORE from these two.

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By Brutus Maximus

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