Finally, Hip-Hop gets a much
needed breath of fresh air. The dynamic team of New Jerusalem’s DJ Sonnyburnit (aka Sonburn) and Brooklynite emcee Prism Da Xamacan provide the soundtrack for what seems to be a lost generation of music, Hip-Hop’s Golden Era with their upcoming album, “No Frills”. The lyricism of Prism compliments the sample-heavy, break beat driven production of Sonburn. Together, they form Prism and Sonburn, Hip-Hop’s uncrowned underground kings.
Prism, the lyricist of the two combines both knowledge and slick metaphors with an incomparable flow which will keep each listener yearning for more. This is apparent on songs such as “Lyrical Hercules”, where Prism catches wreck like crane operators in NYC. He spits… “So take what I just gave you/before I leave you levitating in the middle of nowhere like Chris Angel”… On Flying High he takes aim at those “fake” emcees by saying… “It’s not that I don’t like the game/But most niggas just bring it shame/They don’t give a fuck what they say to bring ’em fame/They pay for plat rings to portray like Black Kings/But they’re just actin’/So I start the clappin’”… The jury has returned with their verdict. Prism has raised the bar. All emcees need to step up their game!
The man behind the boards, Sonburn, brings back the days of Paul C, Ced G and Mark the 45 King. He marries the perfect mixture of hardcore drum patterns with a myriad of samples ranging from House to Classic Soul. His stellar production skills shine on tracks like “Bhinghi Chant” where he takes a Roy Ayers sample and freaks it dynamically. The result is raw, uncut dope for your speakers. On “Hip-Hop”, Sonburn takes it back to the days of The Bomb Squad as he uses a plethora of samples to provide the ideal musical backdrop for his counterpart’s insightful verses.
Every good thing has some not so good things that contrast it. The duo has an abundance of tracks that are sure to be in constant rotation, however, there are some tracks that didn’t seem to keep up the intensity level. On “Hunt You Down”, the production and the verbalz didn’t flow properly together, as Prism’s lyrics overshadowed the music. The special feature by Nat Born on “Paradise” caused more harm than help. The chemistry of both Nat Born and Prism was absent.
Despite some minor pitfalls, the dynamic duo cranks out hit after hit with their underground offering. Hip-Hop hasn’t seen a DJ/Emcee team this hot since Eric B. and Rakim were Paid in Full. Apparently Prism and Sonburn have Followed the Leader, resulting in the Rhythm Hitting the masses and their fans Sweating the Technique. Let the truth be told, this is one crew that can’t be slept on.