I was massively excited when I first heard that DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ would be coming together once more to create a full-length LP under the name PRhyme. I was even more excited once the tracklist had been revealed, boasting guest spots from Common, Dwele, Ab-Soul, Slaughterhouse, Killer Mike, ScHoolboy Q, Mac Miller and Jay Electronica, it was a project to really look forward to.
Personally, I feel Royce Da 5’9″ has never really gained the recognition he deserves, he’s one hell of an MC and maybe it’s the lack of ‘classic’ album to reflect his talents, but I’ve always felt he’s been underrated, or at least slept on as a lyricist, and more-so as a rapper. PRhyme is a perfect example of why my views have now been confirmed. From the get-go and with the quick fire opener, Royce doesn’t let up with constant onslaught of vowels and consonants.
As you’d come to expect by now, DJ Premier is as flawless as the day he first touched a vinyl, and the undeniable record scratches sprinkled across the project are as welcomed now as they were on Illmatic. The duo have an undeniable rapport and it’s a ‘proper’ all-out rap behemoth of an album, one I wish there’d be more of. Guest spots from Jay Electronica, ScHoolboy Q and Mac Miller stand out, but at no point do you forget whose album this is.
PRhyme is a cracker, it’s the nostalgic rap album we’ve all been needing for quite some time. DJ Premier’s production is a flawless as always, chopping and weaving Nas, JAY Z and even We Major into the LP with the diamond combination of precision meets flippancy. As mentioned, Royce Da 5’9″ brings his a-game and maybe now he’ll begin to be put in the bracket of rap royalty I’ve always felt he’s deserved. True fans of all-out hip-hop should look no further.
Verdict – WWWW