Pure bravado, soulful samples & bass heavy rap beats, melodic Rockstar-esque verses, and introspective brilliance, all elements of this project that seem to be interwoven by anorganically elevated lyrical repertoire. From this rap trio, you get to experience modern-day issues and thoughts that are accompanied by a great combination of multiple “old school” genres and sonics that ignites a sense of pleasant nostalgia. This project, which illustrates the coming of
age and understanding of three young men beneath the concept of an impending graduation. The combination of these tracks shows ZP has made it to a point where they’re able to maintain their identities and bend the various beats, styles, sounds, and samples to their will.
With the song “Nastylegic” featuring Brian Cook, they show the ability to make the more commercially desirable tracks with a silkier sound on the hook from Cook, and verses from all three members that combine bravado-filled slick talk to the females that have their attention at the time and three distinctly different approaches in reference to style and flow. In a completely different direction, you have the song “Zunzet Riderz”, you have a glance of the hip-hop star power of each individual artist. You have the hazy hook to amplify the groove of the song, along with verses that show each artist at an apex of confidence and ability. The Marvin Gaye sample that was used for this song was perfectly in that it wasn’t allowed to dictate the direction of the song, a decision that is often made by many artists who sample music. While the project does have a sense of elegance in an era where the music is becoming driven by bass heavy beats and
synth sounds with the absence of actual substance, you also get balance-- more street and underground vibes on other songs on the project. The song "TMTM (The Money They Made)" is laced with a cinematic string run throughout the song, only to have multiple beat switches adding elements to the beat and the song’s intensity and trunk-appeal. By the time you get to the third verse, you are fully immersed into an elegant vibe wrapped into a determined struggle that could be played by an orchestra during a live performance. "STUVY LIT’s" bassline drives smooth, yet impressive verses into a completely and utterly hip-hop hook that would definitely demand the
attention and cooperation from the crowd. Overall, this project brings together several different vibes, while not compromising the
focus and ability of the trio. As you listen to this project, you begin to understand the surface meaning of the Zoot’d Phellaz moniker—smoker vibes, only to realize the actual intended meaning and message of their music—elevating your mind and living as such.