Written by: Devon Culbert (@dc26dc)
A cross country duo combines forces as Canada’s young prodigy Zac Flewids links with Chicago’s own Mick Jenkins on Zac’s latest track “10 Gallons”. This marks the second time the duo of Zac and Mick have collaborated on a track, with the first being Zac’s “Steps” from earlier in the year.
Jittery production comes in courtesy of Zac’s frequent collaborator Cherry Blu, who creates a jarring sonic atmosphere which constantly finds the listener picking up a new layer to indulge in with each listen. The duo tackles the concept of death and how to cope with such a devastating blow that impedes the very fabric of living. Zac describes a stone-cold outlook as someone who has hardened throughout the vicious cycle of death and turned to the very vices and destructive tendencies that might lead to his own. The wordplay is aggressive and clever, with Zac at one point threatening to “pop a motherfucker like Jones no Quincy” after being “on the hunt for the Benjies”.
Mick supplies the hook, a departure from razor-sharp delivery from Flewids and opting for some airy crooning about “homies I miss that died” and having a “ten gallon water for the squad” to commemorate the legacy. The second verse sees Flewids delivering a nuanced approach to the topic, recognizing all of the cash and women are just vices to distract him, taking his mind off of death pleading “I don't want to have another panic and flash back”.
Zac Flewids is a Toronto native who has been steadily dropping music throughout the year, including the earlier release of an EP entitled The Burgundy Cycle with fellow artist Kresent. Stay tuned for more releases by the artist and stream his music below!