P-Type’s critically acclaimed 2013 album, Rap, had its feet planted in multiple musical worlds. P-Type fused pop and rock tropes and sentiments with hip-hop. He’s back with Street Poetry, in which he loses the pop garment and shows a little more teeth with a pure hip-hop approach.
One of the main factors that makes Street Poetry such an effective album is its thorough, intricate instrumental arrangements. P-Type has rhythmic savvy and fuses live instruments with samples excellently, making sure that there isn’t one beat that isn’t juicy. There is a tasteful amount of textural development from loop to loop to help keep the story spinning.
My favorite beat on the album is in “Do The Right Rap” with snark master Huckleberry P. Over top the steady, shuffling drum set is a bass line that is ever so slightly behind the beat. It provides the song with subtle but delicious sass.
Another smaller factor that contributes to Street Poetry’s strength is P-Type’s tempo choices. All of the tracks on this album have a quick, pressing tempo and maintain impressive momentum. The tempos fit perfectly with the giant energy of the music and performers. If they were slower, I’m not sure the album would be as exhilarating.
And of course you can’t review this album without discussing P-Type’s rapping. His rhymes and rhythms are complex but catchy and organic. P-Type has a way of starting his tracks rapping on the beat, then gradually removing or adding extra syllables to create syncopation. He sounded too beat-y at times in Rap, but this time around, almost everything out of his mouth is thickly syncopated. When you actually try to follow P-Type’s rhythms and how they line up with the beat, it can give you a headache — but P-Type makes them sound easy.
There’s a lot to dig your teeth into with this album. The production, composition, and rapping are all thoroughly executed. Street Poetry’s intelligence amplifies the charisma and emotion that P-Type brings to the table. The album is an exciting addition to Korean hip-hop that shouldn’t be missed.