Montreal rapper Lou Phelps is making a name for himself with his album, 002 / LOVE ME. Executive produced by his older brother, who happens to be Kaytranada, Phelps’s rapid-fire verses and candid lyrics layered over funky R&B tracks make for an impressive collection. He released his debut album 001: Experiments in 2017 on Soundcloud, which quickly amassed over a million plays and won him a nomination for Canada’s JUNO Awards for Rap Recording of the Year. Featuring guest spots from BADBADNOTGOOD, JAHKOY, Planet Giza and Pony, 002/ LOVE ME is a hard-hitting project with upbeat production that flaunts what Lou Phelps is really made of.
The album thematically touches on misadventures in love and kicks things off with “Fun N Games,” a silky smooth track detailing a dangerous love affair. He sings, “Who’s gunna fuck up first? It’s all fun and games until somebody fucks around and falls in love.” Next up is “Come Inside (Kaytranada Edit),” which has a playful groove and creative language surrounding desire. Phelps confidently delivers every word, creating a song that begs listeners to rap along with lines like “Savory like mustard, baby I want that cake, let me get that custard.”
“2 Seater (feat. Planet Giza)” makes for easy listening with its laidback feel, but the superstar of the album has to be “Squeeze (feat. JAHKOY).” This track is deserving of mainstream radio play and JAHKOY’s vocals push it to the next level. “Miss Phatty” is another standout, featuring bubbling instrumentals paired with crisp snaps under Phelps’s sharp delivery. The accompanying video is a must watch as well. Phelps commented on the meaning behind the track, saying,
“Miss Phatty encourages the kids to go to the stripclub and to fall in love with them. ‘002 / LOVE ME’ is me telling relatable love stories that I have lived/Imagined/fantasized about, it contains the good and bad and the ugly of a relationship.”
“TASTY (feat. Pony)” heats things up, and is sure to grace clubs around the world with its playful laser effects and distinct vocals. Phelps excels when it comes to making danceable music, but follows up with surprisingly thought-provoking tracks like “August Rain.” Beginning with a single drum beat and record cracks, Phelps hits the track with a sung chorus. He sings, “She hit the floor then she evaporate, like August Rain.”
The final three tracks, “Higher,” “GO!” and “Want To (For the Youth)” all provide big energy and aggressive delivery from Phelps. The last track of the album is a call to action for other young people, as Phelps outlines how he makes his life his own. The modern Manifest Destiny attitude paired with a red-hot track makes for an unforgettable song.
Lou Phelps and Kaytranada are representing their family name with fierce individuality, as each of them brings their own remarkable talents to the music. Check out Lou Phelps on tour this fall in Canada at any of the dates listed below.
September 26 - Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth
September 27 - Edmonton. AB @ 99ten
September 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
October 4 - London, ON @ Rum Runners
October 5 - Ottawa, ON @ The Bourbon Room
October 6 - Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
November 9 - Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont
November 10 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground