Review of RAP Ferreira’s Purple Moonlight Pages
Impossible to pin down like the internet or an idea, is Rory Ferreira, the 28-year-old rapper, producer, father, husband, and A&R. 10 years ago, he emerged onto the internet rap landscape as Milo, bouncing from moniker to moniker before landing on his latest, his initials and last name, R.A.P. Ferreira. An arrival that feels not quite like the end of a journey but a sigh of relief at the very least.
End times may not really be any nearer than they were four years ago but the whirlwind of information, both good and bad but ultimately non-vital, surely makes it feel like we’ve begun a rapid descent. The perfect soundtrack to this anxiety-ridden age has been, for those who know, the work of Ferreira, often rapping ahead of the beat and finishing every bar with a multi-syllabic dismount, a continuous act of tension and release. A simple metaphor for a day in this modern life.
As times get darker, Ferreira’s music does the opposite:
“That’s when I knew I’d found, my way out of this hell”
The refrain in LEAVING HELL leads me to believe that Ferreira is not just going against the grain and he has, in fact, found some peace. Some lightness. He’s gone from southside Chicago, East LA, and Milwaukee to more idyllic, more child-friendly pastures in coastal Maine and Nashville. After all, the number one priority is raising his child. And since his art scene exists on the internet, he can build his army from anywhere with a wi-fi connection.
Credit to the producers on this project, too: the heavy-hitting Hellfyre affiliates Kenny Segal and Mike Parvizi, as well as the ever-so-quiet but truly trend-setting Aaron Carmack.
Standout Tracks: OMENS & TOTEMS, U.D.I.G., CYCLES, NO STARVING ARTISTS, LEAVING HELL, GOLDEN SARDINE.
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