EXCLAIM REVIEW - 8/10
"There aren't many guarantees in life apart from death, taxes and a new record from Myka 9 and Factor every three years. After 2012's Sovereign Soul proved that a sophomore slump was of no concern to the cross-border combo, the L.A. underground legend and Canadian beatsmith are back to complete the trilogy with Famous Future Time Travel.
Sound-wise, their URBNET debut leans particularly close to the left coast sound, with the influence of the West shining through in Factor-produced stomp-clap of "Next Transpo," the lighthearted bounce of "Stand Still" and the slick "Coastal." Making sure to put his own stamp on the project, the versatile nature that the Saskatoon native has long been recognized for arrives in the reggae of "High Post," the spacy intro of "Cityscape" and the sampling of indigenous chanting on "Smoke Dance."
Naturally, Myka 9 is up to the task in each situation with his signature jazzy, lower register delivery. He makes an effortless switch from soulful singing to razor-sharp rhymes on "One Time" and "Skyscraper," while also serving up bars in patois on "High Post." Myka's clever wordplay on subjects ranging from weed raps ("Coastal") to Aboriginal peoples ("Smoke Dance") is a lot to take in without a few repeated plays, but the duo's incredible chemistry alone warrants multiple listens. "
~~ Calum Slingerland | tinyurl.com/exclaimFFTT
RAPREVIEWS - 7.5/10
"This is a collaboration that has grown and improved over time, and both of them show it on tracks like "Coastal" featuring Paranoid Castle. Though the latter's pimptastic delivery is definitely fitting on the song, it's no substitute for the natural chemistry you can feel when Myka flows to Factor. It's a song of sharp percussive notes that stab through the beat, then quickly repeat, and a melody that feels like an ocean breeze that's just lingering in the air and refreshing you as you dig your toes into the sand. Factor makes mood music that you can lay in the cut and absorb, and 9 delivers the "Cityscape" in his words as he puts you in a Cali state of mind that's relaxed and musical while at the same time "escaping the city lights and madness." I'll go as far as to say it's their best work together to date."
~~ Steve 'Flash' Juon | tinyurl.com/RapReviewsFFTT
SCRATCHED VINYL REVIEW
It wasn’t the most obvious pairing when Myka 9 and Factor first joined forces all those years ago, but I love what these two bring out of each other. Each collaboration is good, and yet they all stand apart. I can’t wait to see what these two do to follow this one up.
~~ Chi Chi | scratchedvinyl.com?q=node/1973
What some say could be the duo’s best work yet, this dope 14 track project packs a punch proving that these two are one of few underground sensations.
Famous Future Time Travel is Myka 9 & Factor’s latest collaboration and debut UBRNET release. Famous Future Time Travel could be the duo’s best work yet, with a banging and fresh West Coast hip hop feel. This hip hop duo’s last joint-effort, on the critically acclaimed album Sovereign Soul, hit #1 on the CMJ Charts. No doubt Famous Future Time Travel will soon boast the same.
Myka 9 is a rapper and producer from Los Angeles, California and co-founder of the legendary hip hop crew, Freestyle Fellowship. Myka 9 has been bringing innovation and his dope skills to the world of hip hop for over two and half decades. Whether Myka 9 is snarling, scatting or singing into the mic, he is always delivering hot and clever lyrics in his signature jazz-influenced style.
Factor Chandelier is a Saskatoon-based producer who started out as a DJ in 1998 and is now one of Canada’s most notable independent hip hop producers. Known for his distinct style and progressive beats, Factor is in-demand and prolific, having an impressive array of both solo and collaborative projects in his discography.
released May 19, 2015