M-Phazes – Phazed Out (Mixed by DJ Rhettmatic)
Written By: Alkota Beats
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1. M-troduction ft. Emilio Rojas (Prod. M-Phazes)
A Nasty piano riff (chops?) with a nice delay & fx layered with some off beat drums (MAJOR swing) provide the backdrop for the intro track featuring drops from Sha Money XL & Emilio Rojas. Excellent intro beat.
2. The Raw (feat. Saigon, Inspectah Deck & Bekay)
One word… Dark! This is the perfect backdrop for Saigon & Inspectah Deck’s go hard lyrics. Gnarly electric guitar riffs & chops with an eerie arpeggiated synth. Love the live feel of the clap on this joint. Beat switches up with Bekay on some classic horror core grime then continues through to “All Out”. See next.
3. All Out (feat. Big Noyd, Phil Da Agony, & Krondon)
This beat is grimy as hell. Heavy percussion, eerie organ chord progression, and HEAVY guitars. Feeling the live percussion, break beats, and organs on this. This is some Halloween kidnap your child in the middle of the music right here…
4. Underground Railroad (feat. Famoso, Termanology, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Phantasm, Chubb Rock & Sadat X)
Repetitive guitar chops laced with horn stabs and a steady horn section sample chop for the switch up. This is the definition of head bangin boom bap. M-Phazes does a perfect job turning a simple grimy loop over hard drums into a head banger. The track is FEATURE DEEP (6 MC’s total)… but IMO Shabaam Sahdeeq bodied everyone.
5. I’m The Reason (feat. Bekay)
A BIG trombone/horn loop over hard drums provides an Epic backdrop for an awesome example of Bekay’s lyrical ability. Again, M-Phazes use of a loop doesn’t get old. Why? Because he loops nasty shit. Nuff said.
6. Midnight Madness (feat. Heltah Skeltah)
Eerie! M-Phazes comes with another joint that could easily be the theme song for 2012’s Box Office Smash Horror Flick. I’m not going to even try and describe this beat. Rather… imagine you wake up in the middle of the night and Sean Price and Rock are standing over you holding 12” knives. That’s the sound M-Phazes was going for here. Spooky!
7. Another Classic (feat. Burke & Torae)
Who is Burke? Had to Google him because I had no idea who he was… but him and Torae go together like bread and butter on this joint. Big clap on this beat! I’m usually not a fan of claps, but M-Phazes seems to have a treasure chest full of gems. M-Phazes chops up a crazy horn sample and layers it over a solid movement inducing drum pattern.
8. Perfect Timing (feat. CL Smooth & Skyzoo)
I don’t think I need to mention that CL Smooth & Skyzoo killed this joint… but they did. The bassline and synth work on this beat is superb and will quickly put you in a good mood. The swing on the drums has the signature off beat M-Phazes vibe. The snare cuts through the mix perfectly creating the perfect “atmospheric” jazzy backdrop for two of the illest lyricists around.
9. Brooklyn Bridge (feat. Bekay & Masta Ace)
If I could describe this beat using any phrase… it’d be montage music. Ace & Bekay paint the perfect picture of Brooklyn. Nice sample work on this one. The formula is simple… Horns, Guitar Chords, Bass & a Boom Bap drum pattern. If you are a fan of Masta Ace, this beat was the perfect pick to capture Ace’s unmatched story telling flow.
10. What It’s All About (feat. Brown Bag AllStars)
Dirty drums & gritty guitar chops with the occasional string/synth creeping through the mix. Not my favorite joint… but still solid considering it allows the Brown Bag AllStars to bless us with some lyrical mastery.
11. 2 The Death (feat. El Da Sensei & Mela Machinko)
Love the drums! Dirty… Dirty 30? Jazzy chord chops, sped up vocal sample, and a synth pad set the backdrop for the perfect throwback to Golden Era hip hop. Mela Machinko kills the hook and some killer El Da Sensei 16’s.
12. Super Good (feat. J-Live)
Smooth Xylophone riff layered with atmospheric synthy/organ pads and a vocal sample chopped throughout. The bassline on this joint is NICE… damn nice! Of course the drums are on point too.
Lets summarize shall we? Oh wait… I forgot to mention one key element that glued this project together to make it a solid hip hop masterpiece, DJ Rhettmatic. Rhettmatic did his thing on the 1’s and 2’s and laced this project with some solid scratch work. Every joint was perfectly blended to the next creating a seemless blend of boom bap ear candy. The strongest point of the album was its overall consistency, after all that’s what happens when a single producer tackles a project. M-Phazes has progressed his sound exponentially throughout the years without abandoning his signature sound and boom bap influence. Phazed Out was solid hip hop all the way through with an A-List MC roster and rock solid production. Being a huge fan of Boom Bap I’m going to slap a 5/5 on this one.
Alkota.“M-Phazes Phazed Out Track by Track Review” Feb. 06, 2012,
http://blog.istandardproducers.com/2012/02/mphazes-2/, Feb. 08, 2012.