Foggieraw has finally got what he wished for. The PG county rapper was able to clear samples for two R&B classics, including Alicia Key’s iconic 2003 hit You Don’t Know My Name on new two-pack The Foggie Pound 3. Comprised of Psalm 62 and Ms. Johnson, this latest offering presents Foggie’s lyrical finesse over samples deeply embedded in the soul of any late 90s, early 2000s heads. It’s been over a year since Foggie’s dropped on streaming platforms, and this is a huge victory for fans who have been waiting.
Most notably, The Foggie Pound 3 marks a victory for a rising artist, who got clearance from Keys for the sample. And similarly from Musiq Soulchild who’s 2007 Teachme is sampled on track 2, Ms. Johnson. These nods from legends function as more than Foggie’s legal rights to release the tracks. They are by all intents and purposes a cosign.
On Psalm 62 Foggie unleashes a sermon on rekindling an old flame, which is an absolute masterclass in quotable one-liners. His seamless flow and mischievous punchlines draw parallels to the revered techniques of André 3000. Foggie needs absolutely zero time getting warmed up, and dives right into one of the best segments of the track lyrically off the jump. “Could we go back to bein’ friends after we had dated? /Would our relationship be sacred if I had seen you naked? /You can’t just say we brother-sister, how would we explain it?/ Brothers and sisters don’t relate the way that we related./ I mean, what would talk about?/ LeBron highlights? Your mom’s fried rice? What?/ Run-on sentences? House of Representatives?/ What repentance is? What?”
While the first verse relies mostly on similar clever language, it’s the second that packs an emotional punch. With raw vulnerability, he questions whether he is merely a test subject for someone else’s journey to learn how to love. The lyrics delve into feelings of betrayal and bitterness. Ultimately, exploring the lingering questions of whether love is a game of one-upmanship or a genuine connection. Foggieraw’s words hit hard, expressing the pain of feeling invested and overzealous. All while grappling with the mixed signals and actions of his former partner.
Ms. Johnson uses similar spoken-word style delivery. The track finds Foggieraw reflecting on the aftermath of a relationship and addresses the mother of his former partner. The lyrics express his frustration and confusion about the quick transition his ex made into a new relationship. He reminisces about the love and care he would have provided, emphasizing his desire to protect and support her. Foggieraw acknowledges the importance of familial approval. And questions what Ms. Johnson, the mother of his ex-partner, might think of the situation.
Foggieraw’s brilliant use of sampling R&B tracks in his music, allows him to convey profound messages about broken relationships. By incorporating familiar melodies and lyrics from classic R&B songs, he creates a sense of nostalgia and emotional resonance in both these dope tracks.