A delicately woven quilt, patterned with thumbnails of New York pop culture, Mickey MauSe, is truly a work of art. Set in the backdrop of New York’s 1980’s Neo-expressionism and Hip-Hop movements, Mickey Factz brings to life an alluring self-portrait of himself as a struggling graffiti artist who eventually finds fame and fortune at his craft. His life in Mickey MauSe is closely juxtaposed with famed artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring (who I’ll refer to as the Big Three) where Factz romanticizes his experiences with art, pain, love, drugs, sex, fame, and death.
It begins with Memoirs of “?” where Factz monologues his experiences as a graffiti artist and his encounter with Tony Shafrazi, another famed artist, who riddles Factz some advice that sets the tone for the duration of the album. There are a total of four Memoir interludes that are cleverly executed. In these interludes he takes vintage audio interviews of The Big Three and inserts his voice into the tracks that creates an organic dialogue between them. Throughout the album Factz makes several references to 1980’s pop culture icons and places like Roy Lichtenstein and Paradise Garage that will have you running to Google to do your research.
Factz seems to be obsessed with greatness, too. In songs like Memorabilia and The Factory he rhymes verses like “When I see Andy and Keith I see pressure. They sat me down for a real lecture…Passing down to me all art intelligence. I wouldn’t even call this membership.” Lines like this gives you the impression that this is sort of Mickey’s Rite of Passage into a circle of esteemed artists that he holds in high regard.
This is a project for Hip-Hop enthusiasts. With heavy sampling from Gnarls Barkley and Nas, in songs like 3rd 3y3 and The Arts (Avant Garde), Mickey MauSe is a niche sound that is audaciously experimental, catered to a demographic that believes Hip-Hop has few boundaries. Because of this Mickey MauSe will always receive critical acclaim but may never be the commercial success that it deserves.
Though there are no throw away tracks on here it could have been shorter. With 18 tracks of heavy content you start to dwindle off by track 14. Nonetheless, Factz delivers a lyrically sound project with impeccable production. With most of the songs produced by Mickey Factz its obvious that he put his heart and soul into this project that he refers to as a “Soundtrack to a Documentary”. Mickey MauSe is definitely one of Hip-Hop’s hidden treasures.
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