The opening cut from South Shields’ emcee Rick Fury’s latest album ‘D.O.A (Death Of Autumn)’, “Sleepless In Seattle” sees the much revered rapper open up about troubled past relationships. 13 tracks, all named after various blockbuster films (Good Will Hunting, Hocus Pocus and so on), ‘D.O.A’ feels born out of feelings of resentment and a need to clear the air, in stark contrast to ‘Orangutan Diaries’; Fury’s chilled out full length ode to the summer released in 2018.
Without question Fury has used negative situations to fuel a positive creative output with this album, a theory encapsulated in a nutshell with the cutting bars and deeply personal lyrics spat with venom on “Sleepless In Seattle”. “It’s not nice when your ex-partner’s a right cunt, you’ve got kids and you’re tryna break the cycle / So spiteful playing with people’s life’s so, I might go somewhere nice and cry over the fact that I’m free now…” Fury raps with a surprising calm, over DJ A.D.S’ expertly constructed atmospheric beat.
Considering the real-life material addressed by Fury on ‘D.O.A’, one way to describe this release would be ‘brave’. The ruthless lyrical content will no doubt split listeners down the middle, yet no one can debate Fury’s skill behind a mic – as far as the North East is concerned, Rick Fury is still hip-hop royalty.