South Central LA act Sham1016 explores the karma of wrongdoings on debut album Foul Play, a versatile collection of tracks rooted in vulnerability and soulful sonics. Delving into the circle of hurt, of being hurt versus being the reason for someone else’s pain, the 11-track production brings his signature dark, moody vibe to life while also highlighting his musical growth over the years.
From the sultry yet tight flow and catchy rhymes of “Hurt Yourself,” to the gentle beats of “Get Like Me,”, the melodic nuances and stand-out hook of “Stand on Bidness,” and the luscious layers of title track “Foul Play,” the album moves seamlessly across styles from one rap gem to another.
Accompanied by cinematic black-and-white visuals for “Hurt Yourself,” that captures the intimate angles of the whole project within its crisp and nostalgic framing, Foul Play, is an authentic and observational glimpse into Sham1016’s expansive talents as well as the raw, honest crevices of his heart and mind.
Leaving us wanting more with this latest album as he gears up for another power-packed year in his career, Sham1016 continues to draw us into his playful but heartfelt world of music.