PRhyme 2 is here a week early!
DJ Premier is arguably the greatest Hip-Hop producer of all time. Chill!!!! I said arguably. For most people, his name and production style is synonymous with real, gritty New York hip-hop. Originally from Texas, it wasn’t until he and Guru teamed up to form Gangstarr that he took off. His boom-bap style would become the backdrop for NY rap and define his legacy.
Royce da 5’9″ has been killing sixteens since the 90’s when he was most known for his collaborations with fellow Detroit legend Eminem. Since then, Royce has become one of the foremost lyricists in the game. He’s dropped solo projects, an EP with Eminem and an album as one-fourth of Hip-Hop super group Slaughterhouse.
Four years ago, Royce and Primo would connect on their first full-length project. They had collaborated multiple times before, but this was the first time they tackle the entirety of an LP together. The album was amazing and would set the stage for another album this year simply titled PRhyme 2.
Due March 16, we were lucky enough to get a first listen of the album a week before its release courtesy of NPR. The 17 track album features appearances from Rapsody, 2 Chainz, Yelawolf, and Novel. The album is exactly what you’d expect from these to legendary artists. DJ Premier uses a sample-heavy production style that Royce seems to glide over effortlessly.
Every single track is a bar fest. I’m not exaggerating. There are times throughout the album where Primo’s production seems a little boring or uninspiring, but the rhymes never take that dip. When the beats come up short, Royce da 5’9” and his guests do more than enough to hold up the tracks.
My favorite cuts on the album are: ‘Black History, ‘W.O.W.,’ ‘Streets at Night’ and ‘Flirt’ which also doubles as the newest single featuring 2 Chainz. At this point in Royce’s career, I know what to expect. He’s not going to give you introspective project that changes your outlook on life. What he is going to give you is incredible rapping and he won’t take a bar off. Not one. So if you’re a hip-hop head ready for some good beats and rhymes with no filler, this is something you’ll definitely enjoy.
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