Big Cig: Fiji Dreams
Fiji Dreams by Big Cig should be the soundtrack to every adolescent house party. The album is fun, ridiculously fun, and yet I still feel like I’m overlooking something. As a teenager, you go through countless magnified emotions within a single day, and just like each song on this album, when you are in your youth, a single night with your friends can equate to a ride on a gut-wrenching rollercoaster, full of ups and downs. Fiji Dreams, “a wild Hip-Hop album” as described by Big Cig, is automatically fun but quietly eclectic.
The album starts out with, arguably, its best song. The three minute and 20 second banger “Blessed Be,” which has one of my favorite choruses that I have heard this year, and as a whole, it really sets the mood for what is to come on the rest of the album. The song will get stuck in your head and make you feel like something truly special as you mumble the lyrics in front of your bathroom mirror. This undeniably smooth track features Merlot Mami, Engima, CruciaL, and MC Freeman who reoccurs the most during this album, on four of its nine songs.
MC Freeman is also featured on my second favorite track of the album “Inky,” which is the album’s third song. At first listen, “Inky” sounds lovingly goofy, for lack of better terms, but as it progresses it somehow makes more sense, and even more oddly, becomes cool, like really cool. I’m not sure how it happened but it may be due to the infectious vocal lines that come in at around 1:40. The vocal melody that comes in around that marker, is good, really good, and could be the song’s “secret ingredient.” I have no clue what keeps being repeated throughout the song, but I promise you, towards the end of it you will be singing, something, along with it.
Each song on Fiji Dreams is appropriately unique and you cannot overlook the seemingly effortless creativity that is vibrantly painted throughout the entire album. You cannot compare tracks like “Plug” or even “Luigi” to anything out there in mainstream music today and frankly, I’m not even sure if calling Tyler Stark’s (Big Cig) music “wild Hip-Hop” would even be fair. With his experimental production and fun off-the-wall lyricism that create vibes that will make you question whether you are on uppers or downers, Fiji Dreams is here, and I condone it.
“This record was largely recorded in late 2016 by a young mind on drugs with his eyes fixed to the stars. Before I felt any real pain or let the world pull my gaze to the ground, I only wished to invite you into my world. I can only hope to return to inspiration and visions of luxury and flesh.” – Tyler Stark (Big Cig)
Big Cig is from Columbus Ohio. You can stream the debut album, Fiji Dreams, here: