|PRhyme — PRhyme 2 (Mar 16, 2018)|
PRhyme — PRhyme 2 (Mar 16, 2018) EDITORS’ NOTES
•γ• As hip~hop’s landscape changes, it’s tempting for older heads to wonder: What happened to “real” rap? PRhyme are only concerned with leading by example. The duo of DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9” bring boom~bap beats and concrete flows with all the flavour but none of the salt. “Streets at Night” and “Rock It” will please Primo fans hungering for perfectly weighted cuts. “Flirt” examines the lost art of getting numbers. And they do all this while mining Philly producer AntMan Wonder’s catalogue for source material. On “Everyday Struggle,” Royce lays out PRhyme’s mindset: “I’m about the youth movement, not about ‘them against us.’”
Birth name: Ryan Daniel Montgomery
Also known as: Nickel Nine
Born: July 5, 1977, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Birth name: Christopher Edward Martin
Also known as: Preem Premo Primo
Born: March 21, 1966, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Origin: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Recording Location: Heaven Studios, Isolation Studios, Detroit; MI, Kaufman Astoria Studios, NY; Mix Factory Studios, Southfield, MI; Plymouth Rock Studios, Plymouth, MI;
Styles: East Coast Rap, Jazz~Rap, Underground Rap, Hardcore Rap
Album release: Mar 16, 2018
Record Label: PRhyme Records
01. Interlude 1 (Salute) 0:40
02. Black History 3:41
03. 1 of the Hardest 2:43
04. Era (feat. Dave East) 3:33
05. Respect My Gun (feat. Roc Marciano) 3:12
06. W.O.W. (With Out Warning) [feat. Yelawolf] 3:29
07. Sunflower Seeds (feat. Novel & Summer of ‘96) 3:35
08. Streets at Night 3:30
09. Rock It 3:49
10. Loved Ones (feat. Rapsody) 3:15
11. My Calling 2:14
12. Made Man (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Denaun Porter) 3:42
13. Relationships (Skit) 0:44
14. Flirt (feat. 2 Chainz) 3:21
15. Everyday Struggle (feat. Chavis Chandler) 2:40
16. Do Ya Thang 4:22
17. Gotta Love It (feat. CeeLo Green & Brady Watt) 4:38
℗ 2018 PRhyme Records
•γ• Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Anthony Reid 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16
•γ• Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Rakeem Myer / Anthony Reid 4
•γ• Michael Atha / Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Anthony Reid 6
•γ• Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Anthony Reid / Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson 7
•γ• Marlanna Evans / Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Anthony Reid 10
•γ• Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Denaun Porter / Anthony Reid / J Scott 12
•γ• Tauheed Epps / Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Anthony Reid 14
•γ• Chavis Chandler / Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Anthony Reid 15
•γ• Thomas Callaway / Chris Martin / Ryan Montgomery / Anthony Reid / Brady Watt 17
•γ• 2 Chainz Featured Artist
•γ• Christopher Ardell Layout
•γ• Asar Vocal Engineer
•γ• Michael Atha Composer
•γ• Big K.R.I.T. Featured Artist
•γ• Thomas Callaway Composer
•γ• Chavis Chandler Composer, Featured Artist
•γ• Tony Dawsey Mastering
•γ• Amanda Demme Creative Director, Photography
•γ• Denaun Featured Artist
•γ• DJ Premier Executive Producer, Mixing, Scratching, Vocal Engineer
•γ• I.V. Duncan Vocal Engineer
•γ• Dave East Featured Artist
•γ• Tauheed Epps Composer
•γ• Marlanna Evans Composer
•γ• Cee Lo Green Featured Artist
•γ• Roc Marciano Featured Artist
•γ• Chris Martin Composer
•γ• Ryan Montgomery Composer, Executive Producer
•γ• Rakeem Myer Composer
•γ• Novel Featured Artist
•γ• Denaun Porter Composer
•γ• Rapsody Featured Artist
•γ• Anthony Reid Composer
•γ• Ryan Hyland Vocal Engineer
•γ• J Scott Composer
•γ• Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson Composer
•γ• Summer of ‘96 Featured Artist
•γ• Parks Valley Mixing, Vocal Engineer
•γ• Brady Watt Composer, Featured Artist
•γ• Yelawolf Featured Artist
•γ• Hip~hop duo PRhyme came into being in 2014 as a collaboration between legendary East Coast producer DJ Premier and Detroit~bred MC Royce da 5’9”. Royce da 5’9” came up working with Eminem, and Premier’s beats defined some of the best hip~hop records of the early ‘90s and beyond, and both brought the strongest elements of their individual talents to PRhyme. The group first released the results of extensive studio sessions in the form of a self~titled full~length record in late 2014. The album featured nine tracks with a long list of guest stars and cameos from Common, Killer Mike, Dwele, Jay Electronica, and many more of the bigger names in hip~hop. A sequel followed in 2018, with Dave East featured on the preview single “Era.” ~ Fred Thomas
RODNEY CARMICHAEL, March 8, 20185:00 AM ET
•γ• Their original plans for the song might’ve been even more groundbreaking.
•γ• “[Lil] Uzi Vert was supposed to be on it with us,” Premier says. Royce originally recorded the hook heard on the song as a reference for Uzi to sing, but Uzi wanted to contribute his own hook and verse. He’s poppin’ right now, but he understood the concept. It just never came together schedule~wise,” due to Uzi’s 2017 tour schedule.
•γ• That doesn’t stop PRhyme from making a statement worthy of two of the genre’s ruling statesmen. “As far as years, I been out here moving for 10~plus / ‘cause I’m about the youth moving, not about them against us,” as Royce raps over meditative piano chords.
•γ• In an increasingly divided culture, it’s a message of unity even Lil Yachty can head bop to. (excerpt)
•γ• More at: https://www.npr.org/2018/03/08/591203534/first-listen-prhyme-prhyme-2
Dylan “CineMasai” Green. Mar 16, 2018
•γ• Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier are tired of you pronouncing their group name wrong. Less than a minute into their long~awaited new album, PRhyme 2, the legendary NY~via~Texas producer clarifies the name’s origins over a sinister sample before Royce barrels through to speak to “the real fans, not the ones who call us P~rhyme.” With a combined 50~plus years of experience between them, the duo demands respect — even in their downtime.
•γ• During his recent interview with DJBooth scribe Yoh, Royce mentioned that his work with PRhyme is comparable to his “cheat day,” and at its best, PRhyme has always been as indulgent and satisfying as a large slice of pie from a quality mom~and~pop pizza spot that you don’t have to share. Royce overturns several notebooks with the heart of a schoolyard bully and the mouth of a sharpshooter; only he could make a flex as silly as “My ratchet blows be trappin’ souls like Bryson Tiller” sound suitably hard.
•γ• Much like the original PRhyme, there are several forgettable records (the Yelawolf collab “W.O.W.” being one) but flexed storytelling muscles and a fairly stacked guest list keep things moving between the booms and baps. It’s readily apparent that every feature, from Roc Marciano to Big K.R.I.T., to guest feature killer 2 Chainz, has been waiting to cut loose on a Preemo beat for a minute.
•γ• Philadelphia beatsmith Antman Wonder replaces Adrian Younge as Premier’s one~artist treasure trove this time around, and his compositions grant Premier a more lush soundbed compared to the more analog approach that dominated the original PRhyme. The palette change adds flourishes to Preemo’s signature neck~snapping beats and record scratches, making the overall sound more adventurous. The robotic chimes of “Era” give Royce and guest Dave East room to at least attempt to skate on asteroids. The steely bassline and conga slaps of “Sunflower Seeds” offer a little more body to the slap Preemo sifts out Wonder’s compositions. The airy beat for “Flirt” could’ve been lifted straight out of a Disney World theme park ride if the drums wouldn’t rattle the Hundred Acre Wood.
•γ• Though they both have earned the right to have fun, a truth Royce shared during his interview with Yoh, PRhyme 2 does feel, at times, as though he and Preem are jogging in place. The beats and rhymes are different enough to never feel stale, so your mileage will vary depending on whether or not you’re fine with less of that new bar smell. “Flirt” pines for the days of DM~less macking, but lands somewhere near a bolder~than~usual Match.com commercial that even 2 Chainz can’t save. Royce also sings more hooks than usual, and they land anywhere from deceptively pretty coos (“Black History,” “Do Ya Thing”) to shouting into a mic (“Respect My Gun”).
Three Standout Songs:
•γ• A holdover from Royce’s 2016 EP, Trust the Shooter, “Black History” kicks the album’s door open in grand fashion. Royce weaves stories of needing a breathing machine as an infant and his own autistic son being misdiagnosed with ADHD with having to deal with cold record executives over frantic organ keys before bridging three different generations of hip~hop while demanding his respect: “Y’all tired of me saying I’m the greatest? / Fuck y’all, I’m tired of re~reminding.”
•γ• The song might be almost two years old, but it’s the PRhyme manifesto.
“Sunflower Seeds” ft. Novel & Summer of ‘96
•γ• Few things beat eating your favorite snack while pushing a whip, at least as far as Royce is concerned. Premier’s beat is the star of this song, all slick steely bass and church organs creating a crisp pocket for his motivational stories.
“Loved Ones” ft. Rapsody
•γ• Sex and infidelity are two of Royce’s favorite topics, but he’s never covered them quite like he does on “Loved Ones.” He plays the indifferent cheating foil to Rapsody’s dejected partner, both of them finding the music inside a heated exchange. The sinister twinkling melody they’re gliding over only makes things that much more menacing. Where’s the love? •γ• https://djbooth.net/
|PRhyme — PRhyme 2 (Mar 16, 2018)|