The state of hip-hop in 2018 is anything but "traditional", a lot of nail polish, a lot of hair dye, dresses, well, you get the picture. So when legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier and heavyweight lyricist Royce Da 59 announced "PRhyme 2" to say we were excited would be an understatement. This obviously being the sequel to their first project "PRhyme" which dropped back In 2014, and was a much more relaxed project lyrically and production wise. However PRhyme 2 is a totally different animal, much louder, more abrasive, with a bit more funk. With collaborations from Yelawolf, Big Krit, Dave East, 2 Chainz, Roc Marciano, Denaun Porter, Rapsody and more. This project displays a lot of different flavor for a lot of different ears.
The albums intro "Black history" begins by describing Royce Da 59's early life coming up and then pivots to the history of DJ Premier and hip-hop itself. Royce's ability to paint pictures with his rhymes is always refreshing, paired with Premo production this album makes for a very easy listen. The album's lead single is the heater "Era" which fittingly features Harlem rapper Dave East, who may arguably get the better of Royce on this one. The two MC's speaking on how they feel stuck in the wrong era, which is a common narrative when describing either of these artists. Another dope record is "Flirt" featuring 2 Chainz, both artists describing the way a woman can perceive flirting and make it more difficult than it has to be, as well as calling out attractive women for their inability to flirt. My personal favorite track is "Made Man" Feat. Big Krit and Mr Porter and in my humble opinion is by far the most bright song on the album. Both emcees reminiscing on what they had to go through and how far they've come. Another feel good record "Respect My Gun" Feat. Roc Marciano, is one of those smooth jams you can let the windows down, smoke something & ride out to. Overall this album should be breath of fresh air for true rap fans as it is always good to hear hip-hop in it's truest form, especially from two of the game's greats. We give "PRhyme 2" 3.5 out of 5 X's.