In more recent DMV hip-hop and rap news, Virginia rapper, Flair has been undergoing the process of teasing new music from what appears to be a new mixtape entitled, ‘Street Pastor’. By way of Instagram story, in a string of quick “post and delete” 30 second or so snippets, several single-worthy songs are captured, including a track over a beat with the “Aye Terk…Sparkheem!” voice tag, belonging to Maryland-based super-producer Sparkheem. We last heard the rapper and producer combo on Flair’s 2021 record, ‘Wow’. Not much has been heard of from the 24 year old artist after his Instagram was hacked in what many thought was a social media stunt, back in fall of 2021. This came fresh off of the release of Flair’s third mixtape “Revenge 2”.
Thebiggflair is back on Instagram with a new account and if you look away for too long you might miss what may come any day now. If Street Pastor is anything similar to Revenge 2 it will be trap heavy and melodic for sure, with an almost certainty to be concise. Flair’s modern approach to rap gathers from some of today’s biggest stars including Rod Wave, Lil Durk, and Lil Baby to mention a few. Another standout snippet was entitled, what one may assume, “Bring To The Table”. The reason being that this snippet stood out is perhaps that is was a sound that listeners have never heard from Flair. This sonic that Flair was bringing in this snippet seemed very commercially R&B but also like something you may hear in Future’s 2017 full-length project, ‘HNDRXX’. “I’m taking you out I’m taking you shopping what do you bring to the table, what have you done to make me a better man than I was yesterday”, were some of the lyrics that echoed in the sample heavy snippet in a very Kevin Samuels-esque sentiment. With about 4 snippets released and deleted by Flair, if he can drop just ten songs on Street Pastor with seven sounding as good as the ones posted and removed from Instagram, he may just have a bonafide rap classic on his hands.
But why the name, “Street Pastor”, and what significance does it carry to the rising emcee? Well,
Flair was born in Washington D.C. in September of 1997 into a church-going home. With his Father rumored to be a priest and Flair faithfully rhyming about his escapades in the streets, it seems rightfully fit that the budding star known as Flair takes up his role as the self-proclaimed “street pastor”. This should be an exciting era to watch in the saga of this young talent. With more music in near sights, hopefully one day the world will come to know the enigma known as Flair. There is no official music as of Revenge 2 dropped underneath Flair’s 2L imprint but in the meantime please stream Wow, by Flair and produced by Sparkheem.