Frisco - Fully Grown [Review]

After the previous week’s unimaginative release of Blam! By JME, grime fans were hoping for something much better from fellow BBK man Frisco. However, Big Fris has dropped an album full of void, meaningless lyrics and tracks full of commercial vibes in a hopeless attempt to go mainstream. Grime fans could’ve been forgiven for expecting a banger of an album. This is because Frisco obviously felt he had enough quality material in his album to give away the Have That EP so close to his albums release. However, everybody will be sorely disappointed with an album as waste as Fully Grown.

The album does start of bright with Frisco’s quick pace flow over the beat leading to some excitement in the Introduction. However, soon after that the album begins to flop. In almost every song we are reminded that Frisco has a verse in Too Many Man and that he’s in BBK, who would’ve thought it? Oh right, that’s it everyone knows; so it’s time for Frisco to start penning some proper lyrics and (as his friend JME will tell you) to get “serious".

The first proper song on Fully Grown is Bringing it Home which features RnB star McLean. This is the worst song on the album as it reeks of desperation to break the charts. The song is so commercial and features and annoyingly whiny hook by McLean.  Frisco tells us the audience that he no longer wishes to be known as a bad boy MC but as an artist. But unfortunately, with his weak lyrics in this song (and throughout) I’m afraid it doesn’t look like happening anytime soon. He will definitely not impress any proper grime fans with his hollow spits and he’ll struggle to amaze the impressionable thirteen-year-olds who listen to the charts.

The limitation of Frisco’s lyrics is fully proved in Crep Collection, “Creps I’ve got so much of them, Nike and Adidas I got enough of them. But you wont see me rocking off plimsoll trainers, nah got no love for them”. The song features Wiley, and it is shocking to think that an artist that claims to be “fully grown” can dedicate a whole song to trainers with no thought or meaning behind it. The BBK man is not even trying to be funny and it’s appalling that he can create a song with such little thought process and expect it to be successful. In this track Frisco is not even coming up with bars that would impress in freestyle, let alone on a debut album.

She Said and Boyfriend go no further in proving how far Frisco has grown as the MC just spits about how much of "gallis” he is. She Said however is the worst song of the two as Frisco is yet again on a commercial vibe providing weak lyrics over a soppy beat and including and an awful attempt at a hook.

However, there are a FEW positive points to take from this mixtape. Pride seems to have more thoughtful lyrics and Frisco does a nice bit of story-telling in Wrong Side of Town. Also, Training Day, produced by S-X. is a throwback to old-school Grime meaning it is the best tune on the album, although the track wouldn’t stand out on many other grime mixtapes. A brief cameo by Sway in Mash Up the Party makes the song worth a listen as the Ghanaian MC shows us how far ahead of the game is.

Overall, the album is really poor meaning that none of the releases by any of the BBK men have lived up to their hype so far. Frisco appears to be a sell-out MC living off his BBK name, with no mix up in his flow, no thought-provoking lyrics and far too desperate to reach the mainstream. This hopelessness leaves many of his lyrics feeling forced meaning that his flows do not sit right over the commercial beats, resulting in poor tracks which will leave no fan happy. Before the release of this album Frisco had said, “Everything I’ve learnt so far from the music I’ve released is going into this album. It will be all off my mixtapes put together multiplied by one million. I’m fully grown now!”  Well, the songs on this album are some of the worst he has ever produced and it appears from all his mixtapes he has learnt nothing.

Words by Danny Mitchell