Las Vegas’ Hitman Beatz has to be quietly proud of this one. For Philthy/ Mozzy to come and shop with him and use this jewel has to be a feather in Hitman’s cap. That is, in reference to rappers using a risky/ unique record from a producer rather than sticking with their normal (read: safe) sound. Refer to that old with Lex Luger interview discussing why all his beats sound the same.¹
Real quick, this is clearly a project for the fans. No recycled tracks, production line-up is outlandish (Kacey Khaliel, Hitman Beatz, The Mekanix, Zaytoven, JuneOnnaBeat, Phantom Beatz, AK47), thematic interludes from MAC Blast. This could have easily been a collection of repurposed loosies and incidental collabs from other projects thrown together with intrusive DJ drops over top.
Aloof & Too-rich-to-care demeanor not withstanding, Philthy Rich is undoubtedly aware of his fanbase (perhaps heeding the hard lessons learned from those rappers before him).
Street Knowledge has some the most stylized bars this side of Mozzy. The best Street Knowledge verses are those descriptive joints expertly weaved together entirely on regional slang, firearm variants, vehicle makes, and designer brands. Exhibit A, B, C. There aren’t too many others doing the fly gangster aesthetic better than this.
There was once talk about a Sauce Twinz & Philthy Rich collaboration album (“Turn Around & See What You Turnin’ Down“), however with ephemeral nature of proposed indie rap releases, that may never come to fruition. I think fans would do just as well to have those recorded tracks distributed among upcoming releases or as periodic singles anyway.
On the other hand, there were also rumblings of a Philthy Rich & Mozzy collaboration album (“Political Ties“). For that project, as opposed to a compilation of recycled material (a la, Philthy & Joe Blow – MobWire), I would wish for an actual work in which Philthy snatches Mozzy and puts him on different production (outside of JuneOnnaBeat) with various guests to compliment the engagement. All other instances of this tactic have resulted in skilledmayhem and I’m going to need more of that before the year is out.¹