Phill Most Chill is “Captain (African) America”, an emcee of the old ways who returned, without having to spend decades as a popsicle, to show the contemporaries how its done. So it’s only right that the album’s intro, “The Feeling”, sets the pace and attitude for the project with the kick-in-the-door aesthetic of Hip-Hop’s golden era. Phill’s “rap has no respect for speed limits” evident by the warp-speed construction of exponentially complex rhymes. And who else to keep tempo to such lyrical bad-assery than DJ Format? Bold, brazen breaks and a whole assortment of other sampled instrumentation from his vast vinyl collection; his is a sound that’s been honed extensively over a solid discography, and its the perfect accompaniment to the aforementioned rhyme style on The Foremost.
It isn’t all quick-draw bars asserting microphone dominance though. Between “Diggin’ For A Livin’” which sets itself up as an anthem for record store plunderers, “Take A Stand”, which goes straight for the socio-political jugular, and “The Foremost” which seems to include an introspective message to a struggling Phill Most Chill circa ’88, listeners will get a lot of diversity on this album that will ensure it avoids being pigeon-holed as simply old-school.
Fans of the sound will instantly be hooked, particularly on the posse-cut with fellow Rampagers Oxyen and Emskee, finding little to fault with The Foremost. Check out the album’s sampler video (left) which, like the album itself, absolutely smacks of effort.