• Tristan Acker


Phantom Thrett can spit but he never really relies on it. He’s known just as much for his smooth vocals and experimental beats as he is for his raps but Loose Leaves 1 and 2 are a set of projects from him that allow his rapping to take center stage though you absolutely still get to taste his broader musicality throughout these pieces.

Project produced with great enthusiasm and deftness by Jippy, Ra Ra Raj, Gas-lab and Pig Pen.

Thrett channels Jay Z on “Saving Grace”:

You mufuckaz treat this music like a chore

that’s why y’all ain’t gettin’ no applause

I say my grace every time I hit record

it’s not my fault that y’all don’t understand the law…

Hear him sing on “Seasons Part II” and his vocals remind me of Sampha and Frank Ocean – and he can spit. It’s nuts.

I’ve done a lot of hallucinogens in my life but I wonder how much I’d have to do to come up with ill shit like the following brilliant selection from “Second Home” on this album:

The life of a true player

got the same woman but every day I show her a new side of me

keeping her interested is my new favorite pastime

This brief section has truth, humor, facetiousness, feminist progressiveness and a deep spiritual solemnity to it- all this and it doesn’t even rhyme. Do not take this dude lightly.

“Archangel” finds him musing about confronting God – he’s cartoonish and dead serious in the perfect balance, like a happy psychedelic warrior. He ain’t rappin’ just to rap, this whole project is worth your time: press play.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

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