Prophetic is a well established emcee from Milwaukee, WI. Emersed in music at an early age, Proph has made quite the name for himself over the years. He is Co-CEO of the music label Umbrella Music Group. He has received high praise from Pharrell Williams and reportedly got a nod of approval from the infamous Jay Z. He’s even been blessed enough to perform with big names like Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa. That’s quite the impressive resume for an emcee on the rise. Always on his grind, Proph just recently dropped a new mixtape entitled Purgatory. That’s a pretty intense title. Does the project measure up? Let’s dig into some tracks and find out.
The production here is hot. It features a heavy bass line and some light sound effects. The hook is good. The delivery is very clean and the lyrics are well crafted. The verses are on point. Proph has: a strong laid back flow, solid rhymes, and a bit of a cocky nature. The cocky nature isn’t obnoxious or anything though, so it works. He’s just utilizing his confidence as he gives the listener a small glimpse into the life of Propheezy: “Want the same sh–t though, I’m like you. Met up with Pharrell, met with Bobby Ray, had to go to work though the next day. I grind hard til I lift up. So next time you see me, my doors they lift up.” Those are just a few lines but they give a well rounded picture. Proph’s hanging with your favorite rappers at night, working by day, and all so that he can have the finer things. Sounds like a pretty cool hustle. Overall, this track is a banger. It kicks off the mixtape in a major way.
“Game” F/ Yo Dot & Pizzle
This track opens with a clip. The clip features a female questioning whether or not Prophetic is worthy of his high ranking status in the game. From there the beat kicks in full force. The production here is fire. It contains a low deep tone and a very intense vibe. The hook is quality. It’s basically just repetition but the delivery is smooth and the lyrics are catchy. The verses are sick. Proph, Yo Dot, and Pizzle go IN from start to finish. Proph kicks things off, Yo Dot takes the second verse, and Pizzle wraps it up with the third. All three rappers went equally hard, but shine goes to Proph. He spits with a slick mid-tempo cadence and ill rhymes. “From the place where they hate you to win. And they paper thin. Got me writing the paper I spend off with my banker friend. I’m so far from rich but I’m persistent in that safer sense. Hoping that them coins turn to stacks. Where you going, bring it back. Okay now when I’m on the beat I give you all of me. Ya girl Miss Bill Collector on the street, she keep on callin me;” too dope right? Overall, this track is certainly a hit and the favorite off of the tape.
“Ceiling” F/ Mello
The production here is on point. It contains a lighter tone than the previous tracks and a chill street vibe. The hook is hot. Mello’s vocals are easy on the ears and the lyrics are well put together. The lyrics also have a very catchy appeal to them. The verses are winning too. Proph has a laid back delivery and quality rhymes. His flow and lyrics come together and create a great club/party anthem. Overall, this track is another banger and favorite off the mixtape.
The production here is good. It continues the lighter tone element and features a softer bass, some background vocals, and an old school Hip-Hop vibe. The hook delivers also. The vocals are pleasant and the lyrics are nicely crafted. The verses are alright, not as strong as in the previous tracks though. Proph still has a consistent flow and rhymes but things could have been a bit more heavy hitting. However, Proph still does a respectable job of tying in the feel good/positive theme established by the production. In the end, this track is solid and worthy of a few spins. It would make for a nice Summer jam.
“Shine” F/ Signif
The production here is dope. The light sounds and slight knock come together and give off a very smooth and relaxed vibe. The hook is also up to par. Proph totally embodies the relaxed vibe of the track in his flow and with the lyrics. The verses are ill. Proph brings his usual A game to the table with a slowed down delivery and tight rhymes. He takes on the first verse in the song. “Might not make it, movie might be over. So I gotta play like it’s no reset. Like it’s no rebirth. Like it’s no regrets. … Packed out shows, this is no free set. Climbing up stairs, I get no free steps. By the time I reach the top, got my whole team set,” some deep word play there. The second verse is handled by beloved featured femcee Signif. While Proph is a beast no question, she certainly holds her own. Her flow is the same slower cadence as Proph’s and she comes with sick lyrics/word play. Both rappers for sure did their thing and did an excellent job of creating a cut that listeners can just throw on and zone out to. This track is another certified hit and should be put into heavy rotation.
So these are just a few of the tracks off of Purgatory. The whole mixtape is actually fire and should not be slept on. Proph chose some great producers who laced the project with insane beats. He blessed the project himself with some very top notch rhyming and chose guest artists who handled their business as well. And the feel of each track is different, so there is something for Hip-Hop listeners of all kinds on the tape. All in all, Purgatory is one of the best mixtapes to drop this year. Readers are highly encouraged to click the above provided link and check out the entire project for themselves. And for more with Prophetic catch up with him on Twitter or via his website.