Can Fivio Foreign Change rap?

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Fivio, once a spongy apprentice to Pop Smoke despite his seniority, has occasionally moved towards a cautionary tale. In the two and a half years since he signed a seven-figure deal with a major label, the man, born Maxie Ryles III of East Flatbush, has endured the murders of two close friends and associates, and has been arrested twice, leaving his own musical development has been delayed. †

But a combination of persistence and circumstance — including a stylistic breakthrough he achieved behind bars — has also made Fivio perhaps Drill’s biggest and best hope of settling into something less insecure. “My role is not to let the practice die out,” he said. “Just as it feeds me, it also feeds other people.”

On ‘BIBLE’ the rapper tries to maneuver an unconventional sound on a more conventional path: smoothing the edge of the street into something that is safely negotiable.

Melodic and radio ready, like many major label rap debuts before it, the album relies on singing guests (Kaycyy, Vory, Lil Tjay) and especially the voices of women (Keys, Queen Naija, Chloe Bailey) in an effort to massive attraction. In keeping with Drill’s evolutionary swing toward musical familiarity known as “sample Drill,” there are also big-budget, pop-oriented flavors of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” and Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” throughout.

Conversations about guns and gangs, metaphorical or otherwise, have been purposefully sublimated, though it’s in there too (see: “Slime Them,” a pure growl, or “Left Side,” which nods demurely to Fivio’s long-ignored Crip affiliation). But in general, Fivio said with the discipline of a politician, he hopes to separate the specific musical idiosyncrasies of drill from the expected subject matter.

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