Written by: Jason Young (@jasonyoung1804)
Here we go. Florida legend Plies, links up with Florida’s current superstar Kodak Black for a quick project title “F.E.M.A.”, an acronym for Finesse, Elevate, Motivate, & Achieve. The release 2 release the project after the midst of an hectic hurricane season; titling the tape after the organization in charge of disaster assistance. It’s also released at a time in Plies career where industry attention isn’t as prevalent for him, but the power of social media continues to allow him to prosper; & in Kodak Black’s career where his ascension that was streamlined, is now in question due to his upcoming trial (where he is facing 30 years on a sexual assault charge).
“Jack call, i’m going to get it, ain’t no time to sleep
I ain’t trying to make friends, bitch i’m trying to eat” - Plies
The projects intro “FEMA”, a solo single by Plies, starts with an authentic Florida sound; simple, serious in tone, and straight gutter. Plies starts venting about the drama going in his universe on the daily, addressing his thoughts on the escalating beef of his peers, Yo Gotti & Young Dolph, to the rigorous schedule/lifestyle the underworld presents to you in his quest for economic independence. He continues to drop gems in which one could use to feed their motivation. I made a list of a few, let’s call its “Plies’s 6 Commandments”:
That’s just to name a few. With the tapes leading single - “Too Much Money” following the intro, Plies & Kodak switches up the mood to a livelier, street vibe. Here is where the Florida arrogance kicks in. That ‘thugish-rugish’ attitude that out of towners can’t seem to comprehend; this continuing into “No English”.
“First of all, baby i ain’t even romantic
But every thug need a lady though - i understand it.” - Kodak Black
Half way through the tape, the duo introduces to us the romantic vibes on Florida in “Still Got Luv Fa Ya”. Plies sounds as if his verse and is an open letter to his mate, Angela Yee (alternative fact). He pens about his trust issues, and how it affects his relationship with this mysterious woman. Kodak takes us down a different, also reminiscing about a past relationship but his view about her is indifferent, borderline vindictive. Fallback game on Neo mode from the Matrix. Plies eventually joins Kodak in his perspective of balancing his love life with his career on “Headache”. Self explanatory much?
The tape ends on an ignorant note with “Potato”. If there’s any record on this tape that i can guarantee every street-wise individual will be playing on repeat - it’s this one! All in all, the tape is of nothing extraordinary, but more so necessary for the culture of South Florida to progress in a unified fashion. This project symbolizes the official passing of the torch from Plies to Kodak Black. This is for those on the path of elevation from the life of desperation. “F.E.M.A”; Finesse, Elevate, Motivate, Achieve.