If you know anything about the Miami based duo Marty and F.E.R.N., who now go by Social Club Misfits, you know that they don't really fit into any of the proverbial hip hop boxes. The flows are often spit without rhyme or reason, the content is a combination of corny and dopeness, and the overall product is unique in many of its aspects. The tag team has gone the underground/indie route for so long, and their recent grab onto a record label has left many fans, myself included, wondering if SCM would stay true to themselves or try to jump into the mainstream flow of rap tunes. Fans can rest easy as their first full length album, courtesy of Capitol, titled The Misadventures of Fern and Marty is a straight up SCM album and one that longtime fans will enjoy.
Misadventures opens with a typical Social Club Misfits track, with staple rhymes and the flow Marty and Fern are known for. Toss in a perfect message for the misfits of the world and a spoken word ending, and you have a complete song to introduce the fifteen-track ensemble. Throughout the entire album, you'll hear references to Miami, being a misfit, the Yankees, and lots of fun, but ultimately the idea of God's unending love for us is prevalent. "Pop Out Revenge" comes along with that corny-yet-clever theme that SCM often delivers perfectly while "Who Else" features Andy Mineo, and the trio collab on a great track with clever one-liners spit like, "you look like a Men in Black alien trying to blend in on earth," which one can't help but laugh at. Speaking of collaborations, Tree Giants is featured on "Different People" in a great track about marriage, love, and family. Fern rhymes methodically about marriage goals that we should all strive for, and Marty drops the memorable lyric, "she passed the Sonny test that's an old move." Tree Giants and Mineo are just some of the great artists that help make this album complete. Later on, Wordsplayed, Amari, Willow Stephens, and others add to the unique blend of featured artists. SCM didn't just simply add other rappers here, and the entertainment value is superb.
As always with Social Club Misfits, the themes of God's love, the importance of family, and loving others are driven home directly while still enjoying life and having fun. Standout tracks speaking to those ideas would be "A Song for Cami," "Usual Suspects" and "Wayyyyy Back." And of course, we have a couple of straight fire anthem songs. "Social SZN" is thumping, and I can hear people chanting "I'm about to level up" for years, while "Extra Wavy" is banging and a great way to end an almost perfect album with Fern getting listeners yelling "they ask us how we do it, ask us how we do it. Misfit gang, gang you know how we move it." As expected with fifteen tracks, I'm sure not everyone will love every minute of this album, but the flaws are very few and can easily be forgiven.
For two guys who used to hand their music out freely on a regular basis, Social Club Misfits have shown what hard work and patience can do with a label-backed full-length album. And sure, not everyone will love the unique SCM style, but this has to be one of the best Social Club albums ever dropped. It's definitely worth copping if you are into the hip hop scene at all. The album can be played out nicely on repeat with a handful of real gems tossed in, and I plan on bumping this for a long time to come.
- Review date: 1/12/17, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com