City Paper is not for tourists
We put Fat Trel on our cover, reacted to his much-anticipated new mixtape, and now, in this week’s Washington City Paper, Joe Colly gives the Fat Fool’s Nightmare on E Street the full-on review treatment. The issue won’t be on the streets ’til Thursday, but you can read what Colly has to say now:
The pressure of expectation is not lost on Trel, who released Nightmare on E Street last week amid talk of major-label interest and consideration from national media outlets. Unlike 2010’s No Secrets and 2011’s April Foolz, which balanced pop instincts with an aggressively local, crime-riddled brand of goon rap, Nightmare is wider in scope. In addition to the vivid and occasionally conflicted on-the-block bangers that are Trel’s specialty—he’s a gangster, but not always happy about it—here there are also raunchy sex jams, lighter nostalgic fare, and cracks at electronic-tinged, radio-friendly melodicism.
Does Trel live up? Read Colly’s answer to that question here.