Various Artists, Fool’s Gold Presents: Loosies
A cohesive intro to Fool's Gold's roster
Loosies, from the Brooklyn-based indie record Fool’s Gold, is a selection of self-proclaimed “High Grade Menthol Raps From Fool’s Gold Friend’s & Fam.” The 22-song compilation boasts a mix of Fool’s Gold artists, ranging from Grande Marshall & A-Trak to up-and-coming rappers Troy Ave and Problem. Most notably, Fool’s Gold signee Danny Brown throws in his AraabMuzik-produced track, “Molly Ringwald.” Over a Harlem Shake-inducing, hard-hitting trap beat, he blesses us with typical vulgar Dannyisms on the order of “Your ho pussy like coat hair, I’ll never hang my coat there,” punctuated by the manic “STYLE!” adlibs that are always integral to a Danny track. The song is a little over two minutes but will definitely induce high-octane fist pumping and convulsions on the dance floor, like that one rave you went to in the ’90s that you’ve yet to tell your parents about.
The best part of Loosies is its potential to appeal to a wide variety of audiences, meshing younger, lesser-known artists with older, more established acts. A-Trak shows up with the “Piss Test” remix featuring Juicy J, Jim Jones, the Flatbush Zombies and more. The song is the perfect club banger — a cry of protest for teenagers who had to put the blunt down to get that summer job. Freeway delivers “Dedicated,” which doesn’t stray too far away from the sound he previously explored on tracks like the Just Blaze-produced “What We Do.” There’s also Troy Ave, whose “Vikings” sounds like something 50 Cent would’ve dropped years ago without sounding dated or derivative.
Loosies also offers an array of new faces, like New Orleans-bred Chase N Cashe, who uses his self-produced track “This & That” to alert everyone that he’s “the new hip-hop loudmouth.” Newcomers World’s Fair contributes the fast-paced “Tip Jar” with a catchy hook (“Who gotta dolla dolla? Who got a dolla?”) and raps like, “Only one Metro Card so we gotta double up” that are guaranteed to get stuck in anyone’s head. Gita, the only girl on the compilation, holds her own on “Let That” with a beat that sounds straight out of Tron: Legacy.
Much to Fool’s Gold’s credit, for an album featuring so many different rappers and personalities, Loosies flows extremely well. The compilation maintains its cohesiveness partly because of its beats, which live up to the label’s credo of “bridging the worlds between hip-hop and electronic music.” On Loosies, they do just that, without offering clear-cut-distinctions between the two, and the lack of restraint allows rappers to tap into their wildest, no-holds-barred concepts and topics.