PH (The Artist Formerly Known As Pumpkinhead) - My Era (No Skinny Jeans Allowed)

I'm sorry to say that this is the first work I've heard form PH (I obviously haven't been as up on my hip hop knowledge as I'd like to be).  This mixtape features the Brooklyn MC (who's been around since the mid-90's) and other current underground artists rhyming over classic 90's instrumentals from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Onyx, Nasty NaS, and Souls of Mischief.

The boy brings some lyrical heat and comes close to matching if not exceeding the original artists.  The first five tracks are hot, particularly his remake of Nas' "Halftime," which those of you who, like me, know every word to the original will recognize how closely he stays to the original lyrics while still reinventing the classic.  For the fifth track, Kyle Lucas drops by to assist on the remake of the classic Souls of Mischief song "93 'Til Infinity."  The mixtape gets a little sluggish at tracks six and seven, but PH picks it back up again with an amazing first verse over Erule's classic West Coast gem "Listen Up."  My favorite track off of the mixtape might be the remix of the classic ATCQ "Scenario Remix".  The last five tracks finish as strong as the first five started, ending with the slow-tempo, yet heavy hitting J Sinnastah-assisted "Walk in New York."

For those of you that are fans of Golden Age hip hop, this and DJ Haze co-signed mixtape is a must have.  Hit the link below for the download link.

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