From the earliest days of 2000, Nick Fury/Sweet Petey/Nickelus F, what ever you want to call him by, each moniker is only a chapter in his life that shows a natural progression. He was a freestyling champion on BET Network’s “Freestyle Friday’s” and eventually worked himself up to studying with superstars like Drake and even some of the underground masters like Lil Ugly Mane from his sprawling career, Nickelus F has proved time and time again that he can master any microphone, studio, production, and still look calm, collected, and unable to break a sweat.
He begins his personal recollection with the opening track, “Laced Weed.” With a skit/intro that features Nickelus F and a police officer discussing a traffic stop over “no front tag” on his car, the officer then later explains, “The part, the are you live in is not such a good area down here, so when people have violations you know we stop just to make sure everything’s good.” Nickelus F then jumps right into the hook of “Laced Weed” where he almost speaks instead of rhyming and explains, “I leave go out, get to juggin’ unless you got a better plan. Step back and let that boy cook ‘em, whip whip with the left hand… Grew up to be a clever man, T-R-I-F-L-I-N.” The production is a solid mix of piano and 808 drums but does not come swinging in full force for an opening. It is more of a gradual build into some of the later tracks, but Nickelus F still delivers clever wordplay and some interesting one-liners. His clever flow resides into the following track, “Walls of Jericho” and the anthem to his city, “Richmond.”
On his following anthem, “Richmond” is a beautiful track that taps into F’s upbringing and how he made his way into both hip-hop and life. “Richmond” is also a double track that switches beats midway to create a total style alteration that flows effortlessly and keeps Nickelus consistently adapting to his production. He first explains, “It’s where I first learned to smoke the grass, it’s where I got my first piece of ass. We used to shoot dice between the class, and if you don’t pay up we gon’ beat yo ass.” To then using a slight intermission where the percussion is more focused and the production features warped voices that echo almost like ghosts of the track. This style switch fits Nickelus F’s lyrical style as well as he describes, “What you know about dark days, pointing that gun at yourself. Tell me everything about life, man you can blame nobody else…Swear I cried out to God begging for help, and then he gave it to me in the form of a mirror.” Nickelus F uses “Richmond” as more of a personal statement and does an outstanding job with connecting his past experiences and his future ideas into one consistent track.