Review: PH8L – Since 1985


For those who grew up during the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, the art and culture left a valuable imprint on the young minds of emcees today. PH8L is one of those emcees, who's Chicago roots infused his soul with the urban culture that now permeates as a pure breed lyricist with extreme mic versatility. "Since 1985" is a testament to the roots that taught and inspired him to be the man and artist he is today.  PH8L's debut EP has a homegrown feel, one that pays homage to the craft of emceeing with honor and respect and is sentimental to the knowledge that empowered his talents.

"Gain knowledge, be a God, be a G-O-D" - B A G-O-D

"Since 1985" showcases PH8L as a multifaceted emcee with a range of lyrically diverse topics, beats, and flows. On each track, the Chicagoland native touches on the principles he has fostered as his backbone. Working hard, moving with intelligence, remaining true to the game, and thinking freely are the bare bones of his art form. PH8L flexes his lyrical abilities on classic boom-bap production but also over high energy trap and melodic mellow vibes. Each song has a unique rhythm and flows, enhanced by a bassy, almost Southern-style dialect. To compare, PH8L sounds like a more technical and lyrical Paul Wall. His style presents an eclectic combination that shines on this six-track EP.

"I'm rockin the boat

and my rhymes take your breath away like chops to the throat

I could never give a fuck about the popular vote

As long as I'm respected on the blocks where I smoke 

That I'm hot with quotes" - Sucka Free

This debut EP is also the culmination of hard-work PH8L has been putting forth since birth. This release is formulated with the care and creativity of PH8L's family and friends, who all have guided and inspired him throughout his growth and artistic process. With two other projects in the works, this will not be the last we hear from PH8L. You can expect raw lyricism, and vibrant flows, just like on "Since 1985." This EP is available on all streaming platforms, and his website

Favorite Tracks: B A G-O-D, Brainwashed, Low Eyed Vibe

Production – 4/5 
Lyrics – 4/5 
Flow – 4/5 
Substance –4/5 
Feel – 4/5 
Originality: 4/5 
Longevity – 4/5 
Overall – 4/5

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