Felly Performs at the Metro Chicago
by Kimberly Grabiec
Felly, a 22-year-old rapper and producer born in Connecticut, began his career in 2009 by posting his beats on YouTube as a teenager. Since then, his popularity and talent have only increased, as he has released albums on Spotify (“Wild Strawberries” is his most recent album) and performed across the country. While his East Coast roots are present in his music, he has moved to California and is currently attending the University of Southern California in order to pursue a degree in Music Industry. His combination of rapping ability, beat-making, and a variety of different musical influences, from reggae to hip-hop, all contribute to his unique sound. Felly’s expertise in combining different genres and vibes makes it hard to tell from his music alone that he is a young, white, middle-class college student living in Southern California.
“Wild Strawberries” has continued his eclectic style, and features collaborations with other artists, such as Trip Carter and Gyyps. In contrast with many of his older songs, his new music is much more laid-back and beat-focused. The songs “Baby Boy,” and “Bring Me My Money,” both display this newer sound, compared to older songs such as “Desert Eagle.”
Felly’s “Wild Strawberries” tour came to The Metro Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 11. The show began with a DJ who disappointingly broke his turntable, and instead had to use an aux cord to play his music. Next came a rapper named Trapo, who coincidentally performs trap style rap and hip-hop music. Trapo’s performance was very high energy, considering the fact that hardly anyone had heard his music before.
After Trapo, Trip Carter came out on stage. Trip Carter was a more familiar face to the audience because he collaborated with Felly on a few of his new songs. Carter performed three of his songs, and then excited the audience by bringing out Felly. Together, they played a song that they collaborated on, which acted as a perfect transition to Felly’s upcoming solo performance.
Felly’s portion of the show had a lot of variety and he made sure to play a combination of his old and new music. He began by playing “First Things First,” a song from “Wild Strawberries.” As the audience yelled out songs they wanted to hear, Felly made sure not to disappoint by choosing the songs he knew the audience wanted. Some other highlights were his songs “Baby Boy,” “Above Water,” and “Desert Eagle.” In many of his songs, Gyyps rapped alongside him, and together the two performers brought a lot of energy and intensity. Gyyps also hinted that he and Felly would make an entire album together, and tour it as well. This surprised the crowd and got everyone excited for what is to come.
To show off his talents outside of rapping and singing, Felly resorted to his beat maker and started a beat for one of his songs on stage. Felly’s amazing beats and cool original graphics on the screen behind him made each track memorable and unique. He also brought out an electric guitar, which contrasted surprisingly well with Felly’s typical rap and hip-hop sound.
After many people left the area in order to buy Felly’s merchandise and to leave, Felly came back on stage for an encore. He decided to play “Chicago Nights” which thrilled the Chicago-based audience. Gyyps came out for this song as well, and made sure the crowd knew about his own new music and merchandise. Afterwards, Felly, Gyyps, and Trip Carter stayed behind to meet any fans and audience members that wanted a picture or autograph.