Up there with producers, mixing engineers are also the backbone of the music industry. A song can go from being bottom tier to amazing, thanks to the miracles that engineers make happen. Probably one of the best in the game right now, hands down, has to be Atlanta’s, Fritz Owens. He is responsible for mixing Playboi Carti’s 2020 album “Whole Lotta Red,” which has now sold over 1 million units in the US. When he’s not putting his signature touch on mixes for artists such as Kanye West, Trippie Redd, Offset or Destroy Lonely, Fritz has been secretly working on his own music. He recently released his debut, “Blessed Mess,” and it’s far from a disappointment.
At 17 songs in length and a runtime of 36-minutes, this project proves that you have to take chances on yourself as a creative. We get to see Fritz in full-artist mode, and he sounds good. It starts with “Intro,” which helps establish this project’s triumphant mood. Fritz is at his best when he’s melodically rapping his pain over somber production. “Care Less,” for example, is about him appreciating his new-found wealth and no longer stressing over meaningless problems. But at the same time, his duality lets him make a track like “Black Coffee.” Produced by F1lthy, the vibrant, explosive production allows Fritz to display his natural hit-making ability. My favorite track has to be “Dat Boi,” featuring Opium’s Homixide Gang. The last time they worked together was on their 2021 project “Snotty World,” and their chemistry is still unmatched. The trio looks unstoppable as they build off each other’s flow and energy in their verses.
No doubt in my mind that Fritz Owens is primed for a lengthy, productive career. But with him adding rapping to his arsenal, there’s no limit to what he can’t do. We hope to hear more music from him and see where his career takes him next.
Stream “Blessed Mess” below.