Hip hop duo PRhyme are back with their sophomore album, the predictably titled PRhyme 2. After the release of their highly acclaimed 2014 self-titled album, Detroit native Royce da 5’9” and Brooklyn based (legend) DJ Premier are here to deliver their fast-paced flow and dynamic production once more.

The introductory track ‘Interlude 1 (Salute)’ serves as the foundation for the seventeen tracks on the LP; Premier lets first time listeners know the premise for the project: “Prhyme is a concept where we take one artist’s sound and then we flip it into the Primo style.” Following this, ‘Black History’ opens with dissonant, chaotic piano setting up Royce to deliver his best, “Soon as I was born I knew I was due to do some damage, came out the womb doctors passed me around the room and panicked.” As the song continues to build, Premier breaks into the chorus with heavy cymbal crashes that transform into hard hitting 808s and ambient synth sounds to finish the opening track with high energy.

Track four ‘Era’ featuring Harlem emcee Dave East develops over an abstract, high-pitched and clean beat that gives Royce and East the spotlight. Royce is a pioneer of hip-hop sharing this track with the up and coming East. The track starts out with a sound clip that plays “old school or new” which is a prevalent theme in the song: “Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in the wrong era, like I’m a hostage cause I’m in the wrong era.” Fusing Royce’s classic flow with East’s vital rhymes infuses the track with juxtaposition, giving the audience a look at Royce’s relationship with talented up-and-coming emcees.

‘Flirt’ gives Royce and 2 Chainz the floor to discuss problematic encounters with groupie girls and fans. Royce opens the track in paying homage to a classic Eminem style flow straight out of ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’ that shows Royce’s true roots to Detroit rap. On his feature, 2 Chainz does what he does best in discussing the usual women, drugs, and violence in typical fashion. He also tributes part of the flow in his verse to Eminem.

Cohesively, Prhyme 2 serves as a pivotal point in the connection between old school and emerging rappers. Royce isn’t one to ever be shy in boasting about his abilities “I'm what you call a boss, I buy the booth then do the toast. I don't floss though, I inspire the youth to do the most,” on ‘My Calling.’ (Additionally, DJ Premier boldly tries to sample chirping birds as the beat for this song which provides for quite an interesting sound.) With the number of features and shout outs to new emcees, Royce is bridging the beef between those that have been in the game and those looking to start their careers running with experienced veterans of rap.