Fortunato Unseen Armada
Published Jan 28, 2014Unseen Armada is Fortunato's first studio album since the official breakup of Angerville. No stranger to solo work — not only has he got a few solo LPs in his discography, the last Angerville album was essentially a Fortunato solo, and is now catalogued as such — this album is business as usual. Being a hard worker who is always on his grind, Fortunatohad a fairly diverse selection of singles/videos already available by the release of the album.
The subject matter tends towards battle raps and calling out wack MCs with lots of talk of burners and deading rappers, the best examples of which are recent single "Stop It," which features a show-stealing verse from Ghettosocks and a sparse Fresh Kils beat, and "Wordfight," with a fun, catchy chorus and an infectious beat by Kils. In other instances, positivity wins with songs like "Everybody's Gotta" and "Burn," both about trying to leave the past behind and pave a new path, and "Fall For It," which advocates perseverance despite the tricks and scams that cause pain in life.
While Unseen Armada could do with more of those tracks, the album remains interesting thanks to Fortunato's confident delivery, solid guests that include Ghettosocks, Bishop Brigante and Spade (of Citizen Kane) and production that hits hard throughout with beats from regular contributors Kils, Vokab, Nock Nock, Philthy Pro, Beeats and Hueco Prods. (Independent)