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Prolyphic’s new album with Buddy Peace, WORKING MAN, is SHIPPING NOW!
Check for it in your local store. If they don’t have it, tell them they can order it through Redeye Distribution. It’s also available on CD and digitally here: www.tinyurl.com/WorkingManLP
TOUR DATES: here.
PROLYPHIC (Providence, RI) was signed to STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS in 2005 when SAGE FRANCIS partnered up the introspective lyricist with his long-time production partner, REANIMATOR. The subsequent album, THE UGLY TRUTH, received critical acclaim even though it didn’t quite match the success of the auto-tuned raps it sat beside on the charts that year. That was 2008, and by today’s standards that’s practically a lifetime ago. 5 years later the snarling, pessimist emcee has emerged once again, this time with eclectic DJ/Producer extraordinaire BUDDY PEACE (London, England,) to answer the question: “Where has Prolyphic been?” The content of this new album makes it abundantly clear; “in the same hell as you.”
WORKING MAN takes the all-too-familiar tales of family turmoil, cancer scares, lack of health care, unemployment woes and then forges them into blue collar anthems. Buddy Peace’s obscure loops and dusty breaks give the musical backdrop a quintessential “golden age” throwback sound, while Prolyphic uses grim life experience as the launching pad for an exploration of realities that are bigger than one man’s experience. This is a collective experience and it comes across as such. We all know someone with cancer. We all feel the pinch of the bad economy. Now it becomes a matter of what to do with that frustration and how to address the bigger picture.
Prolyphic uses the personal approach and goes for the throat like never before. On songs like “DRUG DEALER” we hear about doctors pushing pharmaceutical products on his mother to treat her cancer, and why her ultimate decision was to refuse them.
Check out the “Drug Dealer”, the first video from “Working Man”:
“SIX FEET HIGH” tells the story of his father losing the family business in the floods that overran New England a few years back. With his unique honesty in full view, Prolyphic courageously tells the story of what it meant to rebuild everything from scratch without help from the Government, and why experiences like this have working class New Englanders “losing faith in the Democrats.”
It’s not all doom and gloom though. The first single, “BUSINESS AS USUAL,” has Prolyphic double-timing his vocals while weaving lyrics around a catchy, Buddy Peace bounce pattern. “DEATH OF THE BOOMBOX” is a playful posse cut that features SFR label mates SAGE FRANCIS and METERMAIDS. Songs like “FUCK BANKS” use clever metaphors which help to illuminate the reasons why everyone is so disgruntled over their paychecks being “held for ransom.” If the new generation of hip-hop fans are no longer interested in deriving meaning from their music, the intricate beat layering and masterful wordplay used throughout makes it more than worth the journey for them. However, in a musical climate where so much airtime is wasted on throwaway bars and the latest dance crazes, it’s refreshing to see a duo like this making brave, honest music.
“Intelligent hip-hop rarely bangs like this…Prolyphic hits the heart” – URB Magazine
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"There are two men out there who aren't afraid to tell it like it is: Prolyphic and Reanimator"
UGLY TRUTH REVIEWS
Reached #4 on CMJ's hiphop chart
4.5 (out of 5) -Hiphoplinguistics
"Providence hip-hop ain't what you think it is. Unless you think it's exhilarating, kickass, and relentlessly literate." - Full Review
"The beats are glowing with live instrument samples and boom-bap drums, easily on par with the finest yet released by the man, while the words glide as if born to those sounds."Full Review
"Prolyphic and Reanimator have made the most memorable impression of any album to drop in thus far in 2008."
hiphoplinguistics.com - Full review
"Prolyphic might have been an edgy character before (which is what initially got him noticed), but he's spittin' mad on this album now." -Audiversityhttp://audiversity.com - Full Review
"The beats and raps work in true concert with one another, rising and falling and intersecting at weird angles..." -Detour Magazine