If you’ve read Apex Hip Hop’s 10 Up Next posted earlier this month, then you’ve heard of Mir Fontane. The New Jersey artist has gained some more-than-deserved attention from sites like XXL, Mass Appeal, Billboard, and many other music outlets. His potential is sky high, mixing his unique vocals and new-school hooks and melodies with an impressive streak of lyricism and hard hitting storytelling.
Camden is Fontane‘s latest mixtape and it’s a deep, layered walk through his troubled, gritty hometown of Camden, New Jersey. He described the project as a “mixture of personal stories and some untold stories of my peers, dead and alive.” The tape is a great example of Mir Fontane‘s raw talent and impressive versatility, combining mainstream Travis Scott/Lil Uzi Vert-esque bangers like “WYD” with clever, deep and compelling lyrical displays on tracks like “Down By The River” and “Frank Ocean.” It’s on those two tracks where Mir really displays his lyricism, unique style and musical ability.
Complete with references to fellow rappers like XXL Freshman Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and nods to the greats like his Notorious B.I.G flow on “Cold”, Camden is a great body of work held together with wild ambient jungle sounds and poignant descriptions of what life is really like in the streets of Camden NJ. Give it some time, and Mir Fontane should help usher in the next evolution of hip hop.