Christian Farrar is rapper from the skirts of Atlanta. He has been doing shows and releasing solo music since he was 14, he has also done some production work for a few local rappers. Christian has just released his first full-length solo mixtape in 4 years, entitled “Kaizen”.
I am not a big fan of the current state of rap/hip hop but have a few artists I check for. I personally think the lyrics and albums were a lot better about 15-20 years ago. But this album is one of the coolest I have heard in a while. Christian Farrar cleverly switches his flow up throughout the album and raps his verses with a lot of passion. Especially on tracks like “Addie”, “Alchemists”, “Numb5” and “Coast To Coast”.
These songs will all make great singles too, and are easily some of the best tracks on “Kaizen”, though I do like some of the more creatively eclectic stuff like the soulful “Drowning Flowers (Addiction) 1” and “George”. Track for track “Kaizen” shows Christian Farrar’s growth as an artist. Christian is one of the most interesting upcoming rap artists in the game and you have to respect the fact that he stepped up to the plate with a pretty creative set. The mixtape basically shows what you can produce if you believe in yourself.
Another thing I like about the mixtape is that the production on each song is very organic sounding. The drums, basslines and especially the piano sounds are incredibly warm and well-rounded. Which sort of moves away from the tinny synthesizer sounds so often in vogue on a lot of hip-hop songs. This mixtape shows many sides of what can be considered a good contemporary rap recording – lots of samples, effects and modern technology, but always retaining an organic, almost real live sound. Even some major artists don’t quite get this ‘feel’ right on their albums. I’m not saying that “Kaizen” is perfect or flawless in any way, however, considering that it’s a mixtape and an independent recording, Christian Farrar and his production crew (if he has one!) have done a particularly interesting job all-round, in bringing an intriguing listen to our ears.
Often we listen to mixtapes or albums, where we’re almost forced to skip tracks before they nauseate us with boredom. This doesn’t happen on “Kaizen” because each track sounds different than the one before, and Christian makes sure that the production has some interesting turns to keep our attention fixed on the music. The rest is delivered by his rhymes and flow, which is simple and on point, without any overdone swagger or common braggadocio.
All in all “Kaizen” sounds like a good starting point for Christian Farrar, who can only go upwards from here!
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