Davajeya Fomenter is an independent hip hop artist from Charlotte, NC, who in 2016 released his dynamic debut album, “Jabos Demo”, to critical acclaim. Since the ten track collection release, Formenter has been hard at work, expanding his craft and completing his latest 11 track album, entitled “Seville”. Much like on his previous release, the rapper sticks to the stories and experiences that have been part of his upbringing. This helps spread a veil of authenticity over his compositions. Another standard from the Davajeya Fomenter template, is his willingness to make space for features on his tracks, which add an extra dimension and interest to the proceedings, and doesn’t subtract from the artist’s personal showcase as he has plenty of bars to shine.
The features, Me$o, Bubba, and Rahim Anthony, on the other hand, make up perfect puzzle pieces in the vivid picture imagery Formentar brings to the table on this recording. Of course one of the main differences from the “Jabos Demo” recording, is that the production duties fall squarely in the hands of Forementar himself. And to be honest, the dude comes shining through with a mix of eclectic beats that are both funky and hard-hitting when needed, as well as sweet and slow on the occasion.
The amount of pressure Davajeya presumably felt to craft a powerful follow-up to “Jabos Demo”, without the help of producers Gaz & Eaze A, must have been palatable, but the he came through with flying colors, often showing flashes of creative skill with a taste for experimentation akin to his peers, the Outkast, who left us with some legendary albums. After the intro, and title track, “Seville”, Davajeya kicks in with an incessant flow and sharp rhyme scheme on “Blvd”, one of the best tracks on the album, which sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Though there are a couple of skits and interludes, they don’t negatively influence the fluidity of the album, but only present an ulterior coloring to the overall theme. “Minutes” ft Me$o is infused with a rich acoustic guitar and a flowing melody, and is another album highlight alongside, “Liquor Route”, “Toilet Tisha” ft. Rahim Anthony and Da Art of Peer Pressure” ft Bubba. All these tracks unfold like an old journal that’s been unearthed and shared with an audience of one – that is, an audience of you.
Low on frills, and rich with introspection and powerful storytelling, this new studio set will immediately resonate with listeners anticipating an album to match the buzz of any previous works. If sincerity and storytelling matter more than sensationalism, then fans will find “Seville” to be a solid album. Davajeya Fomenter digs deep, pulling out his most private thoughts and memories on life’s changing circumstances. On this recording he proves himself to be a good rapper and a very capable producer, and then combines that to his songwriting skills. The result is an artist who deserves the accolades and the buzz, he manages to pick up along the way, as his career builds.