"With Buck Fotzy, I had no expectations. I completely took everything I had learned, patterns, the motions of how I created things, and scratched it all," says Botzy of his process for his upcoming solo venture. He's accumulated a lot of knowledge about the craft of rap in his years, evidenced by his work with live band Culture Cry Wolf and his previous solo efforts Deaf to the Static and My Friends and I, but his approach on Buck Fotzy is a different beast. While the core sound remains, leaning towards upbeat jazz sampled boom-bap and heart-on-the-sleeve lyricism, there's an emphasis on energy and boisterous flows. Botzy flips negatives into party tracks, instilling a live feel into thematics that strike differently depending on the listeners context. "Learning from Culture Cry Wolf, I was like, I'm gonna get my live set up.
A lot of Buck Fotzy I made because my live set in comparison to Culture Cry was depressing as all hell," says Botzy. The songs never shy from dark territory, but there's a persistent sense of assuredness throughout. With vibrant production from Kudo, Ackronem, and Soulcrate's DJ Absolute, manages a strong singular sound while weaving between topics and pulses. Interspersed are some strong guest spots from other Minneapolis names to know, like The Chalice's Lizzo and Sophia Eris, Audio Perm's Chantz Erolin, and Illuminous 3's Freez. It's a cohesive album with range: The somber tone of "Need A Moment" is contrasted by the shit talking of "Burger Jones"; the blunt confrontations in "You Got It?" are approached with smooth hooks in "Thrill Is Gone". "Everything I recorded I had written and memorized for at least a month before we went in the studio. I knew exactly how I wanted to deliver it. It's a new process," says Botzy, speaking on reshaping his approach. "I don't think I had a concept, the project touches on a lot of different things writing wise. From doing this project I learned this is how I want my writing style and my voice".