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[Review] P-Funk the King & Sir Tipp - Moonstruck EP
Album: Moonstruck EP
Vocals: P-Funk the King, Ant Chedda, C Plus, Joyce Wrice
Instrumentation: Sir Tipp, Ceerock
1. “Technicolor” (prod. Ceerock)
2. “Let Me In” (prod. Sir Tipp)
3. “Downtown” ft/ Ant Chedda (prod. Sir Tipp)
4. “Get It Get It” ft/ C Plus & Joyce Wrice (prod. Sir Tipp)
5. “Used to Love Me” (prod. Sir Tipp)*
*released as a bonus track after the original release.
Just a few days ago, I got pretty bored, and started browsing for some new music to listen to. After searching for J. Stalin tapes for a while I came across a site I hadn’t been on for a long ass time, Thizzler, the main resource for Bay Area hip hop. I scrolled down a few pages of new music and suddenly came across a song by rapper P-Funk. I dug the song and started looking for more releases, ending stumbled upon Moonstruck. I then started listening to the tape and totally love it. And now we are here.
So, let’s get into the record itself. The tape starts off with the first, and only track not produced by Sir Tipp, Technicolor. A track with a mellow, spacy sound, which is not trippy, what is pretty rare to my knowledge, but I’m not complaining. The drums kick in when the first verse starts off, followed up by a refrain I dig. It feels like P was trying to fit as much words as possible in it, contrary with the rest of the verses and the beat, which is made up for by the echo after the refrain.
After the beat started to fade away Let Me In came on. A track that heavily samples El Perro Del Mar’s Let Me In in the chorus, the only thing that is slightly revised is the instrumentation. During the verses the beat is still similar, the tambourine has been exchanged for a drum which may be considered overdubbed when compared to the chorus.
The next joint begins with an unidentified female vocal sample talking about “going downtown,” which is also featured at the end of the refrain. The instrumentation sounds a lot more Bay Area-like than the tracks before Downtown, mostly because of all the this and thats over the beat, which luckily takes some attention off of the cliché lines. The rest of the chorus is done by Ant Chedda, who besides melting the hook up with his panty-dropping voice also dropped a little above mediocre verse.
When first listening to Get It Get It, I don’t know what I would think of the song after it ended. But now I do, and although it may not fit with the relaxing sound of the last few tracks, it’s definitely good. With a beat that is really hard-hitting and up-tempo compared to the rest of the tapes and features by a singer Joyce Wrice and rapper C Plus it feels like there could be an EP or even a mixtape based around this sound on its own. The instrumentation sounds like a “flex your tongue muscles” beat, and C Plus and P-Funk both come in bringing their A-game.
A bonus track featuring P-Funk rapping over a “Get It Get It” type of beat was released two weeks after the release of Moonstruck. The lyrics were a lot more innovative than the other lyrics P dropped on the tape, which is really nice. I honestly don’t have much to say about Used to Love Me, it’s the just like the other tracks, dope.
Sir Tipp’s work (and Ceerock’s for that matter) was great on this tape, the drums weren’t overdone, giving a lot of attention to the mellow sound of the instrumentation. Which is besides mellow relaxing at the same time, but not trippy and it doesn’t take your mind of the lyrics, which is a great aspect. My only complain besides the sometimes cliché/mediocre lyrics is the power in P-Funk’s vocals, in my opinion they’re too heavy for these beats, but that’s just my opinion.
You got a spare 20 minutes? Bump the tape for once, it’s not exactly a 4EvaNaDay, but it’s different and refreshing.
Chopped & Screwed version apparently dropped two weeks ago…