You probably thing my moms and pops ain’t raise me well. Please.
I was hard headed, the only person who could get through is maybe Jay-Z.
They’re trying to give my son medicine for ADHD.
Same kid who can stare at a piano and memorize all 88 keys.

Black History is the lead track on the second album by Prhyme, and the bars drop fast, hard, and heavy. It’s the kind of song that takes your breath away. I had to keep pausing and rewinding because…Goddamn.

Prhyme–pronounced Prime not P-Rhyme (and they’re quick to tell us that in the first song)–is a collaboration between Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier, and it shows that just because you’ve been in the game a long time doesn’t mean you can’t be the best in the game. In fact, the song “Era” is about as old school as it gets–it almost sounds like a Gang Starr jam–but when you hear it you’ll agree: This is better than any of the slick, forgettable shit that passes for #1 songs on #1 albums these days.

Detroit’s Royce has been around forever. He predates so many of the more famous people he’s played with, most notably Eminem, but also Puff Daddy and Dr. Dre (he ghostwrote bars for both) and his Slaughterhouse compadres Joe Buddens and Joey Ortiz. But don’t feel bad for him. I’m sure he’s made lots of money in the business, and has supported himself doing what he loves for decades. He’s earned your respect, so give it.

And as for DJ Premiere, if you don’t know who he is, you don’t know hip hop at all.

With beats that are ripped straight outta 1990s Brooklyn and lines that pay tribute to all the greats you’ve heard of (and some you probably haven’t). New guys like Chance, old greats like Biggie, and everyone inbetween. Even the guest spots are selective. I could live without Yelawolf, but Rapsody, Big KRIT, Cee-Lo (in my opinion, “Gonna Love It” is the best cut on the album)…These are guys you can’t disagree with.

PRhyme 2 is an authentic, complete tribute to the hip hop genre. It’s a masterpiece.

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