Zackey Force Funk: Money Green Viper

Zackey Force Funk: Money Green Viper

(Hit + Run)

"Cocaine Lady"

It takes a lot of flair to wear a Prince fixation on your sleeve without falling into mimicry. Singer Zackey Force Funk’s falsetto nods not only to The Purple One but to a long tradition of classic disco- and funk-era crooning.

At the same time, Zackey’s oodles of personality ensure that he doesn’t shrink under the weight of his influences. Perhaps best known to Alarm readers for Demon Queen, his collaboration with Black Moth Super Rainbow leader Tobacco, Zackey’s range might surprise even his fans.

Money Green Viper, his full-length solo debut, runs the gamut between prototypical early hip hop, disco, lurid bedroom soul, glitch, drug-friendly experimentation, and (of course) ’70s funk. If song titles like “Cocaine Lady” don’t make it immediately clear, this album takes listeners into a world where the shadows of illicit sex, drug use, drug trafficking, and crime are never far off. But even in that environment, Zackey comes off as something of a romantic with his passionate delivery and devotion to sweet memories.

Meanwhile, production from the likes of Teeko, Max Kane, Mike Gao, and Cupp Cave helps Zackey flesh out his tales of underworld lust. And you have to tip your hat to an artist who makes fun of himself with a line like “…’cause Zackey can’t fuckin’ rap.”