The more common rappers you’re reminded of when you think of Philly consist of guys like: Meek Mill, Black Thought, Freeway, and maybe even Will Smith. Artists like these really paved a way for the up-and-coming guys of the same scene; although Five Finger Posse may take a different route than classic Philly standards, these guys are just as serious. Delving into the sub-genre known as “tread”, fathered by producer F1lthy–⅙ of Working on Dying–it has become a very prominent, online movement. Often compared to early New Orleans bounce music, tread has become increasingly popular with rappers such as Black Kray, CHXPO, and Five Finger Posse on the forefront.
And from the depths of hell to the Juuginham Palace, four artists emerge as a group known as the Five Finger Posse. FFP consists of rappers Yung Mojo, Morgue!, Sub9k, Alvin Abyss and 5G who are all based out of Philadelphia, PA. They began recording and distributing their music outside of solo endeavors about year or two ago. During their brief uprising, they have collaborated with artists such as WIFIGAWD to the incredible production group Working on Dying, who are also Philadelphia natives. FFP is a group of soul selling, pentagram toting rappers who make it sound as authentic as ever.
Five Finger Posse is the most solid, DIY group of artists since Odd Future. These guys bring clever, trap talk and mix it with satanic themes over slower, bass heavy production filled with more drums than synths. While the group is not as exuberant as a young Tyler, the Creator, they stay effective by masking these themes in between everyday routines and procedures. Therefore, instead of the satanic themes becoming the domineering context over their projects, they may just simply know a girl who has been practicing witchcraft; gifting their music with ideas of subtlety and realism. The group has released two projects together, the first being “The Bitter End” and the second, released only four months after, is “Trapped in the Trenches”. Both tapes feature production from close collaborators Working on Dying and display the talent that is erupting out of Philadelphia. Stream both projects below.