There is a duo that is responsible for the production of some of the most played songs in the rap game today, that duo is FKi. Composed of 1st down and SauceLord Rich they have produced for 2 Chainz, – his most recent single “Felt Like Cappin” – Post Malone’s “White Iverson”, Travis $cott and Iggy Azalea. 

The producers are always heard at work, coming up with fresh beats and tracking the latest in the Atlanta Hip-Hop and Rap game. But there’s a special project that FKi has been rumored to have been working on, and the rumors are true. FKi’s SauceLord Rich has created his first solo album titled, Know Me King Wolf. Produced solely by SauceLord Rich from FKi he worked diligently to create a masterful blend of unique sounds and flavors. This incredibly well crafted 11 track album features a little bit of something for every rap fan and showcases SauceLord Rich’s immense rap talent; it’s also being distributed through 4AM/Cinematic Music (4AM is a label SauceLord Rich created). This is Electric Sloth’s sneak peak review of the up and coming release.

The album begins with “Came From Nothing”. This opener speaks volumes about SauceLord Rich who is from Harlem originally but grew up in Atlanta. The song is an opulent depiction of his life now as opposed to the past, the lyrics, “I just came from nothing, got a whole lot.. now a nigga getting it and the ho’s watch” illustrate that point. Moreover, “FKi production nigga watch out little bitch” and “I don’t do the talking cause that shit still cheap” also speaks to his lavish lifestyle and milestone accomplishments.

Next comes “Crazy”, which lyric wise is dominating. “Don’t ask me if I’m crazy, ask me how my day go, I hit block after block I should be a LEGO, and your girl she obedient do what I say so, and you know she with the Sauce she never say no”. Because that’s not crazy right? We’ll see I guess… The track is a perfect segue as we move on to “Kingwolf” – a heavier bass, almost nightmarish tone. There’s a synth bell tone that rings continuously throughout the song alongside a louder church bell sound that gets thrown in certain phrases. It creates this underworld/lunar night atmosphere. The refrain is simply, “Kingwolf!”, which gets louder as it’s repeated. It’s difficult to describe but the song truly paints SauceLord Rich as the man he claims to be, the “Kingwolf”.

The first three songs are tougher in lyric and beat, but the fourth song on the album is “Butter”, which immediately switches the preceding tone of the song with a piano tune that is much happier than the previous beats. Even though the sound changes, the lyrics are still heavy. “Don’t sell yourself for a Klondike, a blond dyke, SauceLord done nice, everything I’ve done I’ve done twice”. Although a minor shot at Kanye, the lyrics simply encourage the listener to stay true to who they are and uphold their moral code. Followed by “Butter” comes “Too Late”, a heavy guitar riff opens up and SauceLord Rich comes out strong, “Everyday I feel the hatred, I don’t run away I face it, I just want the big bucks, what I got to be Caucasian?”. Spitting about how he’s come to far to ever go back, this track lays down the facts. “It’s too late, too much food on my plate” even if SauceLord Rich wanted to return from his opulent style, it’s beyond his grasp now. This attitude is commonly held by rappers of elite status, looking back at J. Cole’s “Love Yours” we see a similar sentiment expressed.

Sixth on the list is “Stay (Get Down)”  which features a bit more of a classic 90s hip-hop beat: crashes on beat four with a kick pattern and background vocals that are reminiscent of the era.”Fake shit in every direction, I can’t take no more, You look like the type that’ll listen so what you waiting for?” A pretty self-explanatory piece. Now, here comes the seventh and my personal favorite track on the entire album. “Top On Top” is my favorite for two reasons: one, the beat is a laid back banger, and two, the refrain is so much fun to say. “Sauce on top of sauce, ice on top of ice, they say ‘ah’, dress fab nice on top of nice, bought up, but she ain’t with you sike on top of sike, bout to dab on ’em right on top of right, top on top on top…”. Honestly, this is one of those songs that will be played over and over again simply because it’s so invigorating and fun to sing along with. Who doesn’t want to join in unison with their friends singing “Jesus take the wheel” or “Captain America’s shield”. The outro is also one of my favorite bits, it’s a seemingly playful conversation between SauceLord Rich and an unidentified woman. But then he asks, “You want to know why you’ll still be here?” she replies, “Why?”, to which he answers “Because I’m the Lord.”

Coming in at number eight is the one and only Post Malone in “Winter Time” alongside SauceLord Rich. Post Malone’s voice is as silky as ever. With a chilly ambiance set by his tone and the sounds behind the song, coupled with SauceLord Rich’s lyrics like “Jack Frost my weed, now I’m breaking down the ice cause I want slush in my lean” paint an illustrative portrait of their “Winter Time” experience. “Bout It” featuring Zuse is a cold-hard piece demonstrating their “MJ 6 ring about it” attitude on life. Essentially, it highlights how they don’t care about others opinions because the only thing that matters now is that they’re the crucial kings in the world they created. The outro samples from the classic film Juice with Tupac Shakur’s monologue edited to say “sauce” instead of “juice”. If you’ve seen Juice, then you know the inclusion of this sample is connected with two things. One, the craziness of Tupac’s character that SauceLord Rich seems to identify with and his ultimate desire for respect and power.

“SHEAAFREEKE” is my second favorite song on the album. Mostly because I get to hear “Sauce” repeated in a hushed tone in the background. But also because “She just tryna have some fun, she gonna hit the blunt, suck some dick and after that can’t the blunt”. Now I’m not a misogynist, but this image is just to hard to shake. Especially when “she gonna fuck me when I roll the weed” comes next. It’s quite an interesting image of the type of woman SauceLord Rich engages in sexual activity with. Last, but not least on the album is “Keenan Kel”. A song more deeply rooted in profound lyricism, “They trying to war with us, kill all of us… mentally torture us… that’s the problem with America, I’m just trying to say they’re scared of us, use your brain use your mind nigga… I’m too intelligent for all of that…” Express you blackness, and remain in solidarity with your fellow brothers. That’s message I gather from “Keenan Kel”.

Overall, SauceLord Rich has done a phenomenal job with his debut album. There are a myriad of beats, and diverse lyrical content that makes each song set apart from the other. He has truly shown that he can hold his own in the world of Hip-Hop as a rapper of subtlety and rich complexity. But, I am big on lyrical content and social commentary. There is some featured on the album, but the most prevalent theme seems to be SauceLord Rich’s transformation to a “King Wolf” and the attitudes he holds on life. For a first album, it places SauceLord Rich right where I think he is, as a crazy mother fucker who makes novel music.

Stay tuned for when this album is released. Connect with SauceLord Rich and FKi to stay up to date with their latest tracks… and pay special care because FKi’s 1st Down will also be releasing a solo project in the future.

A big thank you to FKi for the exclusive listen to the Know Me King Wolf  project.