Album review: PRhyme – PRhyme
For a genre so enamoured with individualism, it is ironic that some of the best hip-hop albums released this year were collaborations — Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Pinata, and the Killer Mike/EL-P’s collaboration Run The Jewels 2.
PRhyme, the new project by the seminal producer DJ Premiere and the indie-giant MC Royce’ Da 5’9, is another great piece of old-school hip-hop that pays tribute to the genre’s fundamentals — adventurous samples and gritty wordplay.
The Detroit rapper Royce’ Da 5’9 has been flirting unconvincingly with pop sounds of late – thankfully in the self-titled debut album, he keeps his nimble flow rugged and raw all over the lean 9 tracks.
Dat Sound Good has a swaggering Boom-Bap sound, with Premiere creating a flowing melody using disparate samples.
In the hard hitting single, Courtesy, Da 5’9 waxes lyrical about his confrontational approach to the industry: “If you profiling, it’ll probably be more violence than looking”.
Over the ominous organs on To Me, To You, he spits about his dedication to the rap game: “I missed my uncle’s funeral to go to South by Southwest. You ain’t gotta appreciate it, but you better respect the fact”.
PRhyme wont trouble the charts, but it’s a real gift to the true hip-hop heads.
Published: December 15, 2014 04:00 AM