Wafeek has always revelled in his contradictions. A party animal. A poet. A comedian. A criminal. His personal perspective is so diverse as to confuse many an interviewer, and is matched only by his musical output. The best rapper you’ve never heard of, if you’ve never heard of him, has crafted songs for action movie trailers and underground classics alike. On his new project ERA, we bear witness to a new creature completely.
“ERA” is Wafeek at his most focused, as even his trademark humor is sharper and more aggressive. This project is equal parts painfully personal and pure lyricism, a testament to an artist as relatable as he is unique. The sonic backdrop is a blend of classic 90’s boom bap and modern sensibilities, making it the perfect place for Wafeek to bare his soul “I don’t wanna die but I wish that I was never born” and serve notice at the same time, “Pause and die weak killers in short supply/falsified ghetto passes multiply.” The best rapper you never heard of won’t be so for much longer. Wafeek is out to prove he is the best rapper period.