It’s been 5 long years since PROLYPHIC (Providence, RI, USA) debuted his underground classic “The Ugly Truth” with producer Reanimator on Strange Famous Records. Rather than hopping immediately back into themusic saddle to build upon that success, he had to spend the following few years confronting and dealing with… well… a lot of ugly truth (i.e. family turmoil, cancer scares, lack of healthcare, unemployment, etc.) All of these experiences ultimately became the impetus for the concept behind “WORKING MAN”, a collection of blue collar anthems that elucidate the trials and tribulations of working class people.
“Working Man” has Prolyphic teaming up with DJ/ producer extraordinaire, BUDDY PEACE (London, UK). Buddy has done extensive work with Sage Francis, Buck 65 and B. Dolan. Beyond his turntable wizardry, he specializes in obscure sample loops and dustry drum breaks. Buddy’s signature style gives the music backdrop a quintissential ‘golden age of hip-hop’ throwback sound, while Prolyphic used his life experiences as a launching pad for the exploration of the bigger problems at hand. On songs like “Drug Dealer” we hear about doctors pushing pharmaceutical products on his mother to treat her cancer, and why she ultimately tells them to take a hike. On “Six Feet High” we learn about his father losing the family business in a great flood and having to build everything back from scratch with no help from the government, and why experiences like this have New England liberals ‘losing faith in the Democrats.’
It’s not all doom and gloom though. “Death Of The Boombox” is a playful posse cut that features SFR label mates SAGE FRANCIS and METERMAIDS. Songs like “Fuck Banks” use clever metaphors that help to illuminate why everyone is so pissed off about their paychecks being held for ransom. Even if you’re not interested in deriving messages froma hip hop record, the intricate beat layering and masterful wordplay used throughout makes the album an entertaining ride well worth the price of the ticket. Plus, in a musical climate where so much airtime is wasted on throwaway anthems and the latest dance crazes, it’s refreshing to see an act doing something truly meaningful with their talents.