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Album review: 'F*CK Ya Feelings' 

Golden

"F*CK Ya Feelings"

Self-released

golden585.bandcamp.com

Rochester emcee Golden is impressively armored with lethal lyrical dexterity and an upbeat, free-flowing delivery. "F*CK Ya Feelings," Golden's latest release, is a product of an artist's vision made without the normal calculated process; this is more of an impulsive, uninhibited creation. After finding some unused beats, "I decided to stay up all night and just write," she says. "About 10 hours later, I had about 75 percent of 'F*CK Ya Feelings' written. Instead of going to sleep, I went to the studio and recorded about 5 tracks, and within 2 weeks I was about 90 percent done."

This project is an underground album that mainstream hip-hop needs in 2017. Tracks like "Bass Drop (featuring Sun.N.Y)" and "Hustle (featuring Volatile)" are New York club-bangers with grandiose gangsta rap sediments; the production is nostalgic and hard-hitting. The sound is straight out of the renaissance of 1990's East Coast hip-hop with a fierce female attitude. You can definitely pinpoint the influences in her rhymes — especially Jay-Z and Nas — it's flashy, it's playfully aggressive, and it's undeniably authentic. It's hard to believe "F*CK Ya Feelings" hasn't surfaced past Rochester yet, but this focused emcee has a lot ahead of her.

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