The Prophet and The King has finally arrived. This collaborative project between Solomon Childs and Tone Spliff is a full length album (in which 2 songs are bonus tracks only available via CD). Solomon rips the mic solo, and also shares other joints with some heavyweight features. We have Spliff to thank for holding it down with the production and scratches.
I liked the first track “Rise Up” which opens the album with a calm soulful sample, followed by “N.R.4.S.” featuring Recognize Ali and Sadat X in which Solomon came swinging hard, taking jabs at the fakes and snitches over a nice head nodding beat that represent the true essence of seasoned Hip Hop. “Representin’ Lovely” featuring Inspectah Deck and Realio Sparkzwell is one I had on repeat and that a lot of folks will want to check for, seeing that a Wu member is on it:
“The blimp said the world is mine, bottom line own a lot of watches but I ain’t got a lot of time so the grind heavy, mind ready shine steady” – Inspectah Deck
“2 Middle Fingers Up” is another that I really liked in which Conway, Solomon, and Rockness Monsta all went in tough with their different styles, alongside B.Divine. Stryfe got very lyrical and bodied his verse on “Scrimmage”, which also features Mazzi and Sav Killz.
I first heard “True Definition” when the animated music video was released in November. The samples used really bring you back to our earlier days, along with the beats, cuts and scratches. Solomon chose a beautiful tribute song towards the end that was dedicated to our fallen soldiers: Prodigy, Sean Price and Pumpkinhead. It was so heartfelt and the personal memories he shared about each of them was so touching, it had me blinking to hold back tears.
If you’re ready to give it a listen, the CD is out now and also available digitally on bandcamp. It will be available on all other streaming sites on December 14th. The vinyl and cassette release will follow in 2019.