From the late-night warehouse bangers of NYC and straight to the Social Hall SF on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 comes Phony Ppl. The SF appearance is the first of only four California-only dates on their Left Coast Invasion run.
The six piece band of Brooklyn natives started around 2011 with lead vocalist Elbee Thrie and the brothers Grant, Aja on the keys and Bari on the bass, coming together after class in high school. Along with guitarist Elijah Rawk, drummer Matthew Byas and MC Sherrif PJ, the six combine to bring a new element of “vintage astral funk and dusted out hip-hop” with complex elements of soul that has been making waves in the upper echelon of contemporary music. Check out their most recent music video for their song “Why iii Love The Moon” below:
There is no question in the minds of those who witness these musicians play that there is nothign phony about this act. They have supported experimental performers Theophilus London, Erykah Badu, and The Roots on stage. After the Phonies opened for London at a college show, the rapper hired Elijah and Bari to replace his current guitarist, Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes, on a world tour as two members of London’s band.
In addition to having the song “End of The Night” being featured in EA Sports’ latest NBA video game, NBA Live 16, the track has been praised by Tyler, the Creator as one of his favorites of the year. Check out the official video below:
All of these associations more than likely played a major role in or were a direct result of the groups “meteoric rise” as described by The LA Times; their 2015 effort Yesterday’s Tomorrow (which ultimately feels like a sly nod to the Bay Area Beat Konducta Madlib) peaked at number 6 on the iTunes R&B chart.
Do yourself a favor and get a head start in the future of hip-hop and don’t miss Phony Ppl at Social Hall SF next Wednesday.
Social Hall SF
November 9, 2016
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