‘Psycadelphia 2,’ the latest from Macon, Georgia’s Floco Torres is an inspirational hip-hop record. Along the lines of The Roots’ ‘How I Got Over’ album, I interpret it as being about putting one foot in front of the other. Nowadays, albums like this one are welcome due to the fact that an increasing number of people are going through some undesirable situations. We all can use a “pick-me-up” every once in a while. ‘Psycadelphia 2’ provides that through Floco’s introspective lyricism and that signature determination in his voice. Put that together with G!-manFantastic’s versatility on production, and you end up with an upbeat album that’s rooted in reality enough for it to be relatable. It’s an 80s movie montage, but way less cheesy.
The sequel to an EP released back in 2009, ‘Psycadelphia 2’ follows a loose narrative of this world, Psycadelphia, created by Floco himself. His return in 2013 finds him in an attempt to prove himself a capable leader again. Lyrically, the album doesn’t speak to this premise in a literal sense so much. It does, however, clue listeners in to the inspirational aspect of the music I mentioned. In the previous album, the world of Psycadelphia was destroyed. It’s being rebuilt here, and whether or not you’ve heard the first one, what you’re getting here is good music with a purpose.
Starting with ‘Sock It To Ya,’ you get a good sense of how well Floco Torres and G!-manFantastic work together. The beat, with its crazy guitar riffs and horns, pulled me in instantly. To the uninitiated, don’t let that ‘Psycadelphia’ narrative paint a picture of a solemn, overly self-indulgent listening experience. These guys know how to have fun on records (the Big Sean shout-out on the first track is very amusing for some reason…and I’m no Big Sean fan.)
Up next is ‘Construction.’ Floco’s description of the inception of Psycadelphia: “I got tired of not wanting to deal/ So I made up a place based around an ideal. To search for some like minds that possibly could feel/ Then we started to build until it became real” invites listeners to take part in the narrative aspect, but it’s well done in the sense that it doesn’t make you feel obligated. I’ll spare you examples, but sometimes rappers can try a little too hard to make you care for PRECISELY what they’re saying. ‘Psycadelphia 2’ is a bit more magnanimous in that regard. It carries a feel throughout that permits you to enjoy it in whatever manner you choose. Oh, what the heck…I’ll provide an example to reinforce my point: Lupe Fiasco.
The twelve tracks of ‘Psycadelphia 2’ are pretty diverse. Clocking in a bit shy of forty minutes, this record doesn’t stay in any one lane for too long. It has an “alternative” nature to it, but by and large, it’s hip-hop (the bass on the song ‘Feel Good’ killed a pair of my headphones…warranties are wonderful.) Having attended several of Floco’s live shows, I can easily identify the fact that these songs are coming from someone that has impressive stage presence. That being said, the need for “moving the crowd” is preserved on this album. I encourage you to take a trip to Psycadelphia. There’s something for all here.