"I Got Money" is one of the album's more competent cuts thanks to its reverberating xylophone notes, one of the few unique production elements throughout this 13-track set. And "Heated Nights" has the best instrumental on the album by a mile, featuring a molasses-thick bass line and pitter-patter drums that are refreshingly subtle. Unfortunately, it's followed by another sonic dud, "F.I.L.A. World," which has a nursery rhyme melody and sing-song-y backing vocals that even a toddler would find grating. Fortunately, Raekwon's lyrics are not so juvenile, as he tells a harrowing tale about how his "Mother (is) so vexed," because his "brother is on ex." But those lines are overshadowed by an out of place albeit entertaining guest spot from 2 Chainz, who delivers typically so-bad-they're-good punch lines.
Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Ghostface Killah and Rick Ross also give strong contributions on other songs, but none of their admirable turns are able to transcend the dingy instrumentals, which make FILA a lacklustre affair. Next time, Raekwon should forget about international luxury, and just invest in some decent beats. (ICEH20 Records)