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).
Glorious. All parties involved should be proud of this one, AK47 included.
Special shout out to Spokane Washington’s Certified with the cameo. If you’re unfamiliar with the Certified Outfit, you might check out “Grease” (2007) and “The Underworld” (2008) (the latter of which still makes it’s way into heavy rotation 8 years later).
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
Brick Squad Monopoly affiliate, NOBFE affiliate, and now Skrapp Or Die C.E.O., Ice Burgandy has been working on his, “Real Nigga, Fake Rapper” project since 2014. I’ve pulled together a 14-track playlist as a refresher until RNFR Vol. 1 materializes.
Credit to the boy Burgandy for producing another superlative album title on level with 2012’s, “Progress Involves Risk Unfortunately”
Don’t care if it was released 4 years ago, Role Model should still receive a music video. I would settle for concert footage cut w/ tour bus performance footage.
The above screenshot is from Ep. 9 of webseries, “Day in The Yung” in which a young Sean Mackk scolds a band of Brick Squad Monopoly members for having made multiple court appearances, yet still being at a loss in knowing how to properly tie their ties, making the entire crew late for a scheduled club appearance later that evening (in which two scantily-clad women duke it out in an unsanctioned boxing exhibition for @KristianiNicole’s birthday party).
Note, the album production vs video version of, “Turn Her Out” are different beats. TraxxFDR laced the production for both; however, the video version is far superior to what landed on the album for official release.
I wouldn’t consider murder-raps 2Realist’s main dish but paired with Lit Soxx, they’ve delivered what is likely a career benchmark on this one. Never satisfied, I would love if this gained momentum and garnered a remix with other Las Vegas alum (Westtsew, Yowda, ThaLandlord, etc.). Northern California recruits Mozzy, Philthy Rich, and Lil Blood would sound at home here, as well (though your man Mozzy is absolutely ubiquitous at the moment).
Those outside the region (like myself) probably remember the young dude Lit Soxx from Philthy Rich & Pooh Hefner’s, NOBFE Vol. 3 on the track “I Deserve It.” (“Got moms off that wet, she deserve that”)
Earlier material had a hurried flow that veered into Meek Mill-ish territory. Recent verses, however, have the West Vegas representative exacting his flow and lining up to release undoubtedly breakout material for himself in 2016.