Turn This Up is Green Label's exclusive interview series in which our favorite artists share what songs are currently inspiring them. First up: Phony Ppl, a Brooklyn rap collective that fuses 90s neo-soul and stark, retro rap flows. They've got a sound that the world is hungry for and the crew has been steadily building a rep, first among tastemakers in Europe and now back in the States.
We caught up with Phony Ppl for a frank discussion on making mixtapes for ladies, receiving cassettes from prison, and of course, their musical influences. With ears for Earth, Wind & Fire, Paul Simon, R. Kelly, and Slum Village, it's no wonder this young crew has such a diverse, robust sound.
Phony Ppl Playlist
- Elbee Thrie: Moacir Santos "April Child" and Stevie Wonder "Too High"
- Elijah Rawk: Slum Village "Look Of Love Pt. 2" and Hiatus Kaiyote "Ocelot"
- Maff Yuu: The Sylvers "Misdemeanor" and Paul Simon "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
- Aja Grant: Justice "Genesis" and Janet Jackson "If (Kaytranada Remix)"
- Sheriff PJ: Suga Free "Doe Doe and A Skunk" and Cam'ron "What's Means The World To Me"