Boomkat Product Review:
Cowboy-slaying Dallas rapper Lord Byron comes correct with another syrupy selection of tape-saturated doom for fans of SpaceGhostPurrp, Tommy Wright III or The Outfit, TX.
Byron Neal's been a reliable presence in the Dallas rap landscape since way back in 2013 when he was just 20. Now working alongside producer Ben Hixon, he's developed a coherent grimdark shuffle that draws a line in purple sharpie thru Houston and all the way to Memphis, nodding to DJ Screw and darkcore rap innovators Three 6 Mafia. But Byron's flow isn't drowned by its own dread, in fact the rapper's flow is dextrous and funny; he's a natural lyricist and even manages to lose himself in dense tongue-twisters on tracks as seemingly throwaway as 'LICK MY NUTS'.
'B4 FYODOR' immediately stands out for its aesthetic similarities to the run of eerie lo-fi tapes from underground breakouts like Tommy Wright III and Lil Noid. It's a device that was utilized in the late '00s by Miami's Spaceghostpurrp and acolytes like Denzel Curry and Robb Banks, but Byron takes the left hand path. The productions are disintegrated and groan with tape hiss and grit, but his eager, motivated flow almost stands at odds. He's got more in common with Dallas peers The Outfit, TX, who also manage to strike a balance between the gothy darkness of their environment and their borderless, hyperreal lyricism.