After listening to Calix’s The Lesser of your Greater Friends, it kindled a fading fire inside.
Calix’s TLOYGF Feels Like “Being Punched”
The title of Calix’s 2017 release sums it all—the heavy and grimy yet head bopping beats, the raw lyrics on politics, society and other local rappers (Beef, anyone?) alongside with his rapid-fire, agitated yet clearly enunciated flow proved that, Calix, is really “The Lesser of Your Greater Friends” holding a bottle of beer on his hand while talking some sense into your intoxicated mind. Some may find it offensive and rash, but its as true as it gets.
Mapa-pula o dilaw/
Pare-pareho lang silang nanunuklaw/
Ilan sa atin ay silaw/
Sa pangakong huwad at hilaw
It’s straightforward, as if Calix don’t want us to think about what he means rather, he wanted us to immediately get what he is trying to say. The whole album goes on from this— his agitated voice alongside with stellar collaborations with other rappers like BLKD, The Rambling Man and Batas, shouting into your ear, pinning you down into a wall forcing you to understand with their dark-humored, raw and satirical lyrics that contributes on the overall sum of the album.
No One is Safe From Calix
From the the toxic-masculinity in “Binary”, his blitz to the privileged in “Wag Kang Tus” and “Rich Kids Forevah”, to the dreadful truths in “Pinipilas” and “Nalulunod sa Dugo”. No one is safe. Everyone is on Calix’s truculent gaze.
Some may not agree to the type of activism Calix had to offer, but his lyrical jabs and hay-makers comes as timely as it is— where the populace suffers whilst becoming desensitized from extrajudicial injustices, where the poor are being killed on a daily basis—where the streets became a firing range for the promise of change.
“The Lesser of Your Greater Friends” is truly an outlandish, blatant and a sincere articulations to our society’s pestilence. It is truly a masterful collection of one man’s woes into his own society, not a cry for help, but rather a suggestion for us to think about our current situation.
Some may find this offensive, but if you do, this album is probably for you.