Every once in a while I’ll come across a listen which from the first second cold-cocks me, dominating my every waking second with endless replays. It doesn’t come all that often, but when it does, I’m set.
And that’s what happened just this past Sunday afternoon, when I stumbled across the Bandcamp page of the Topeka, Kansas emcee Stik Figa, whose latest release, As Himself, has become a complete and total earworm for me. I snatched this record up with the quickness and I’m quite glad I did.
A candid and sincere dude, Stik brings plenty of humor and self deprecation to his rhymes. He’s a pretty upfront; a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of dude, who readily admits that he isn’t the coolest, nor the best looking, nor does he have the bling or rep to back him up. He’s an awkward dude, sure, but his heart is in the right place, and he isn’t afraid to be himself. I can always appreciate a humble emcee, especially one with a lot of talent, and Stik puts it down.
But just as punchy as Stik’s words is the production, which compliments the emcee very well. Producer Seven handles all of As Himself‘s sounds, making for a consistent listen with a really snappy, homegrown, Southern-fried ’70s/’80s soul. It sounds terrific, and really adds to the mix.
Though there are three tracks from the record which are mainstays, I elected to share with you the opener, “The Skinny,” the track which made me an instant Stik fan. The track is a perfect introduction to the Stik and his world.