This is Flo Milli’s world and we’re all just living in it.
If you haven’t heard of the 20-year-old rapper yet, she’s sure to come upon your radar soon because just about everyone is talking about the Mobile, Alabama native. Can you blame them though?
In Milli’s debut album Ho, Why is you Here? released on July 24 with RCA Records, she’s commanded all eyes on her whether you like it or not.
“This project is introducing a revamped newer me, a newer version of myself that I’m still discovering,” Milli said of the mixtape in an interview with RESPECT Mag. “This phase of me comes with an ego and an attitude. This is setting the tone for what I have to come in the future, I want everyone to feel the energy I’m coming with.”
And if singles like “Weak” and her viral “Beef FloMix” are just the beginning, then this young rapper has a prosperous path ahead of her as she’s already received high praises from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR Music, and more.
On her mixtape, Flo Milli has come with 12 no-feature tracks to display her confident personality and skillful bars that resemble the carefree attitude of her City Girl cosigners and a sound reminiscent to Rico Nasty.
“Bitch, I’m better, it ain’t up for debate / When you shine how I shine, you get a whole lot of hate,” she raps over a melody of low piano notes and bass on “Mood Everyday (Intro).”
Milli then progresses to explain why exactly she has this undebatable shine in songs like “Pockets Bigger” that describe her relationship with money and prosperity in ways that other people just don’t understand.
Have we seen this narrative of being rich and better than everyone else before in the rap scene? Of course. But are we tired of it? Not even close.
With the negative stereotypes and burdens thrown onto Black people that the community has aggressively tried to dismantle in 2020, it’s refreshing to see a young dark-skinned woman outwardly boast about wealth and luxury.
Although her content in Ho, Why is You Here isn’t the most innovative or groundbreaking, I’ll bat an eye and celebrate Milli’s big pockets.
Regardless of her actual content, Milli’s skill cannot be ignored. In songs like “May I,” the 20-year-old’s talent is at the forefront where she displays her deep understanding of beat and melody. She continues her consistent personality-packed theme while using unpredictable flows that switch up over a beat inspired from Snoop Dogg’s 1994 song, “Gin and Juice.”
“I’m not your bestie, not your sis / I’m not the one, I am that bitch,” she raps.
Her juxtaposition of politely asking to take your boyfriend out for the weekend is worth consideration with Milli’s skill and craft presented in “May I.”
She also makes it clear that she isn’t to be messed with from men or from her haters. In songs like “Send the Addy,” she expresses that she’s in control of her body and isn’t afraid to leave any type of relationship because she’s got a long line of people waiting to take their place.
“I don’t think he can handle it / I can’t let him post me on the Internet” she raps. “Keep that sh** on the low, I ain’t feelin’ that / Imma make him be quiet.”
And if Milli wants you to know anything, it’s that she’s proud of who she is and where she comes from. She confidently and constantly mentions her Alabama roots saying that Mobile girls are the “trillest.” She’s also proud of her young age and the accomplishments that she’s been able to achieve in such little time. Getting rich at 19 is a feat worth celebrating and Milli is sure to let you know loud and clear that she did just that.
So in her debut mixtape, Flo Milli has certainly made a name for herself while following in the footsteps and styles of other female rap geniuses.
Last year was our Hot Girl Summer, will this summer be Milli’s? With the raw tenacity that this 20-year-old has already given us in her very first project, I think the answer is clear.
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