Texas rapper Fatboyshaun and New York’s Ricky Mapes have shared a new collaborative EP called Evil Twin. Following up a prolific release schedule from both artists that included a series of infectious, gritty singles and EPs, Evil Twin showcases their natural chemistry as they trade charismatic verses atop graceful, lush production from Cuffedgod, GRIMM Doza, and more. Their new project is a family reunion of sorts showcasing Shaun and Ricky’s unmatched chemistry. What was once teased as a possible matchup on Shaun’s latest release has now been confirmed as the heavy-hitting dynamic duo that is Shaun & Ricky—or Evil Twin.
You genuinely have no clue which of the two are the “evil twin” as both have a specific demeanor of style and subject they approach each track distinctly. From the beginning, the chemistry the two rappers share is highly tangible, as opener “Evil Twin” finds them trading off evocative verses smoothly, playing off eachother’s energy engagingly. Tracks like “$5 Advil”, produced by Micro, bring in moodier soundscapes with smoky horns and layered keys that create an immersive jazzy soundscape for the rappers’ buttery flows. “Grimm Carey” provides a project highlight with an off-kilter beat from GRIMM Doza that enhances the complexity of the flows in their verses. Closer “Zoo York” slows down the pace with graceful keys and drifting percussion that bring out more a reflective lyrical tone from the duo. A poignant closer, “Zoo York” finds them delivering emotive and detailed verses that have listeners rewinding to catch everything.
The latest from Fatboyshaun and Ricky Mapes, Evil Twin finds them delivering focused, deliberate flows atop layered production from GRIMM Doza, Cuffedgod, and more. From the verses to the beat selection, this project is a testament to the true embodiment of the newly founded brotherhood, and showcases the two artists’ natural chemistry and ear for production.
Listen to ‘Evil Twin’ now: