Review: PRhyme by PRhyme

Rohan Barkley

The hip hop duo PRhyme, consisting of DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9”, released the deluxe version of their album PRhyme on December 11, 2015. The album included four bonus tracks: “Golden Era” (ft. Joey Bada$$), “Wishin’ II” (ft. Black Thought), “Highs and Lows” (ft. Phonte & MF DOOM), and “Mode II” (ft. Logic). All of these featured artists are fairly well-respected in the hip hop community. Joey Bada$$, a prodigy of rap, slayed his verse on “Golden Era,” and he really evoked 80s and 90s rap, paying homage to that period of hip hop music. You can truly sense the classical flow in his delivery; even listening through his discography, you can tell that the young man maintains traditional rap elements in his style. Furthermore, he implements a robust reggae vibe into his music, which is quite fascinating when it comes to the amalgamation of genres. Logic, another relatively young rapper, conveys his amazing flow in the song “Mode II” along with veteran Royce Da 5’9”, who is also known as Nickel Nine the God. The ability to rap in double-time is something Logic has pretty much mastered. In his verse, he stays true to himself and talks about the obstacles he is overcoming.

It was a great idea for PRhyme to choose two phenomenal, young artists from this modern generation, Joey Bada$$ and Logic. In addition, PRhyme picked two legends like Black Thought and MF DOOM, who have kept their material substantive and very creative for a long time. The song “Wishin II” depicted extremely clever, well-put together lyrics from both Royce Da 5’9” and Black Thought. It may also be described as hard, aggressive, and fundamental in terms of the art of rap. That song alone probably inspired many people. Having this combination of artists from the present and past in the deluxe edition of PRhyme brought about an intriguing overall perspective.

PRhyme performed at the twilight concert series in Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015. DJ Premier, the producer, has been in the game since the late 1980s, and he has produced for numerous hip hop artists. Just to give you an idea, here are some of the artists he put on for: Big L, Big Daddy Kane, AZ, Nas, Joey Bada$$, Mos Def, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and The Notorious B.I.G. On the other hand, Royce Da 5’9” has been active since 1995, and he has worked extensively in collaboration with Eminem. DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9” have a solidified chemistry that is exemplified through their music, especially on the album PRhyme.