January 27, 1756, a musical legend was born in Salzburg Austria by the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was the youngest of seven children, and emerged to be the most talented. Music was in his blood, his father Leopold was a violinist. In his young days Mozart travelled a lot and acquainted himself with a lot of music composers and one of his main influences was Johan Christian Bach. Mozart set off to Italy in 1769 and stayed there til about 1773. It was in this time that he composed his first piece of music, Exultate Jubilate, which still stands as classic opera today.
March 17, 19…. another soon to be musical legend was born. He goes by the name of Phace. He hails from Brick City New Jersey, the home of beloved Def Jam artist Redman and former Flipmodian Rah Digga. Like Mozart, his journey started at a young age, and became influenced by these aforementioned artists and the Wu-Tang Clan, and it shows in his beats and rhymes. Previously he has been apart of many groups such as the Dark Force Squad and Wild Ninjaz, but now he feels it is his turn to run for dolo. This young unsigned emcee promises to be a problem, and RePPiN 4U gets the inside scoop of his new album.
‘Phlozart’ Izdaname, so to speak, is Phace’s vision of what that classic hip hop should sound like, and none of that autotune, and lazy high-pitched rhymes that is found in a lot of commercial so-called hip hop that is glorified on the radio today. Although he seeks to be signed by a major label, ideally he wants to be signed with a label that supports is sound and help develop it, and not change it up to what he doesn’t support as a means of making money. The album is mainly produced by two hungry producers, Chamber and Tru Mentillz, and these guys produce beats that will make your head nod without realizing. If a producer can invoke that kind of behaviour, they are on to something great.
The album kicks off with Phace asking his people ‘Can You Hear Me’ out there, loud and clear… the 90s like sounding beat and his bold statement that he is not in the game to make friends has set the tone for the 16 track journey. After you can hear him, he then wants you to ‘Get The F**k Up’. This is that jump up and get hype music that Phace will drop on a crowd just in case the crowd show signs of checking their facebook and twitter on their cell phones. Here Phace knows that his time to get signed is imminent, and promises to crush those who think they are better than him and warns them to run for cover because he will drop like a bomb.
Phace, Tru Mentillz and Agonyze come together to show that ‘We the Corp’. Both MCs flow on this track like an army of discliplined soldiers marching. Then Phace wants to know what you ‘Feel Inside’ when you hear this track banging in your eardrums. Phace is an outspoken, to the point MC. He will tell wack MC’s point-blank if their album is weak, and feel no way about it. The Tru Mentillz banger has the listener imagining the late Ol Dirty Bastard making a guest appearance.
Phace, Scoob-Ru and Gentum tell tales on the fairer sex on ‘Baby, Baby, Baby’, then Phace gets the hard drums out for ‘Hardbody’, taking heads back into the basement. No fancy synthezised sound here, just that straight raw, screwface type music. Producer Chamber makes those hard beats that heads wanna hear, and then asks his people, ‘Waddup. Waddup’…and ‘For The Record’, you show your love to people, and they will show you love back. Here Phace just wants to express that, but warns off people who are non-believers and then suddenly want to jump on the bandwagon as soon as they see the success.
Phace pays homage to Apache (Gangsta B!tch) and creates his own definition of what he wants in a ‘Soldier Girl’, and one that is not affiliated with Souljah Boy either. While his requirements and criteria sound clear, the Custodian production is lacking in finesse and perversion. Such a shame. Then when you hear ‘Who Got The Flow’, Gentum and Tru Mentillz definitely got that justified with a nice jazzy feel. Maybe Tru Mentillz should have produced ‘Everything’, because here Phace shows his love for his baby over a glorious soulful beat.
Where Custodian failed on Soldier Girl, he more than makes up for in the next track featuring Gentum and Daniel Joseph. Listen to the ferocious flow of all three MCs as they ‘Get It In’ on a frantic high tempo beat that unfortunately ends too quickly. The Wu-fluence continues to flow, and Sol Zaleaz and Phace now show you ‘This Is How We Gon Do It.’ And they don’t mean like Montell Jordan either. Gentum returns for the last time on this album on the track ‘Somebody’ produced by Speshall. Gentum lays out the test to wack rappers to see if they can rhyme and flow like him. It is a strong likelihood that they are not successful.
Tru Mentillz and Chamber combine their production, and draw out the orchestra for the posse cut ‘The Anthem’ by the Dark Force Squad to give that true Phlozart sound that would even have the 18th century composer applauding and marvelling at the fusion of classical and hip hop sound. This fusion always works which is why producers and even super producers appreciate that opera sound, case in point, DJ Premier & Nas with the track ‘Regeneration’.
Phlozart has a triumphant end to the album, ‘Live My Life’ features quotes from the legendary Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal (Guru), and brings back the essence of Barry White’s Mellow Mood that ended Raekwon‘s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and carried on into Raekwon’s sequel, and is slightly sped up to perfection. This proves to be a winning combination that has Phace claiming he will still rhyme after he returns to the essence.
Phlozart is a winning formula that has Phace keeping his rhymes versatile keeping Chamber and Tru Mentillz especially at arm’s length, and the truth be told, that after listening to this album, record label companies are dropping the ball here, but this album may be enough to convince them. This is an album that gets stronger the more you listen to it and as the album progresses. Apart from Soldier Girl that perhaps needs a remix by Tru Mentillz in my estimation, this is a solid outing by Phace. Be sure to check this out, RePPiN 4U does not support downloading full albums, but if an artist actually puts material out for free that sounds like this, who are we to complain?