LET’S FLOW WITH PHLOW
When Nas asked the question “Is Hip-hop dead?”, those who witnessed the era where rappers were more glorified for spitting bars and telling stories with every rap line that comes out of their mouth and standing as a medium to use rap lines to run commentaries on societal happenings with their songs, we will be able to understand why he popped the question. I understand music has changed and rap artistes are trying to catch up with their audiences by letting go the fundamental structure of the rap game, but this adulteration should not go on for too long and the sellout should not be a norm. One of the few that are keeping things as real as it used to be is Phlow. This rapper is exciting and a good storyteller that has delivered a fantastic EP worthy of commendation. “Mind, Body & Phlow” is the impressive, jaw-dropping new EP from the gifted Lagos, Nigeria-based artiste Phlow, who made waves last fall with the project’s supremely ill lead single, “Reputation.”
While that neck-snapper of a track showcased that Phlow could straight spit, she reveals other sides of her artistry across the seven tracks on here. She shows off her ability to write a love-centric tune on the melodic “Reminder”, she lets her hair down for the bouncy, Maka-featured “Looking at Nobody,” and deftly blends hip-hop and soul with Maka once again on “The Final One.” Phlow’s still ripping apart beats though, and that’s evident on the aforementioned “Reputation” and brand new cut “Bank It.” Armed with a “99 Problems” sampling hook and slapper of an instrumental, she lets loose for a minute of pure rhyming. And it’s only right that she brings it all home with a remix of “Reputation,” which flips the bangin’ original into a laid-back reggae jam.
– Sesan Adeniji
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