Milo, a Milwaukee rapper, wordsmith and philosopher known for his abstract philosophical flows, has released his latest LP, “So the Flies Don’t Come.”
Milo has progressed further into the language game. Within this album, the rap is inching away from the scattered cloud of ideas his previous albums consisted of. Though less abstract, the number of references is still dense and may take several listens and Google searches to fully digest all of the meaning in just one song. The themes found within “So the Flies Don’t Come” are more focused, frustrated and always just out of reach of clarity.
Fresh and back from a long trip to Los Angeles, Rory Ferreira, aka Milo, has found his own avenue to success within the genre. From his humble beginnings of releasing mix tapes and EPs, Milo’s sound and subject matter has been progressing from spoken word hip-hop to a slightly more traditional rap flow that is most apparent in the track “@yomilo.” It is within this track where his self-awareness is apparent as he replies to people on his Twitter account. The production behind his work also moved forward into breathing swaying beats and smooth synths that have helped his work achieve the title of “art rap.”
The album’s first single “Zen Scientist,” featuring Myka 9, is kicked off with twisting bells and spinning synths into swaying bass and a minimal muted jazz beat that persists throughout. The featured artist comes in during the hook in a tenor solo echoed by Milo emphasizing the lines, “the soul is fly… I have decided my point of view.” This idea is sharply contrasted against references and bafflegab, Milo has “decided his point of view” and is ready to direct it to subjects ranging from race to death.
Track number five, “An Encyclopedia,” is the most expressive Milo has ever been about his message. Milo comes forward frustrated against a mellow hip-hop beat, focusing on racial tensions. This is one of the most prominent themes in “So the Flies Don’t Come.”
The song begins with a dialogue between Milo and another persona of himself. Milo goes in with the lines, “no one taught me the language of rap song, I was born speaking it. My last name means ‘Blacksmith,’ and yours?” to be later repeated at the end replacing “rap song” with “black man.” Along with numerous other references, Milo includes the murder of Darrien Hunt, a young black man shot in the back four times by the police. The hook of the song “people of color coloring” repeated over itself crystallizes his point.
Although it is not as philosophical as his previous albums, “So the Flies Don’t Come” is one of the best additions to Milo’s discography to date. Showing progression in production, themes and flow, Milo is a name that should be on your radar.