Nov 03

φ is for…Phi Life Cypher

I Hate Music2 comments • 939 views

Cheery Van Morrison.
The harder edged Cocteau Twins Songs.
The Farms Greatest Hits.
British Hip-Hop.

All phrases and concepts which make no sense I think you would all agree. Oxymorons even. And in British Hip-Hop nothing puts the morons in Oxymoron more than Phi Life Cypher. Their record company suggests they are everyone favourite Luton hip-hop crew. Lack of choice does not imply favouritism. I can just imagine the rap battles being thrown down at the Arndale centre, bringing in cres as far flung afield as Dunstable and Bedford to battle for this particular crown.

Phi Life Cypher are Skit Slam(!), Mr Thing(!), Life (should be a lifer), DJ Nappa(asleep on the job) and Si-Philli. They have a member whose name is basically Syphillis. Perhaps they think this means their tunes will be infectious. Instead they just make you itchy all over and prolonged exposure will probably kill.

It is sad to see good British kids wanting to emulate their American cousins into such poor fields as hip-hop. What is wrong with hanging around phone boxes with a two litre bottle of cider. Instead this slippery slope will almost certainly lead them into buying heavy gold chains from Elizabeth Duke and drive by shootings on the A5. The tragedy is that we will actually be saved more of this horrific noise. Phi life Cypher, the puzzle is why?


  1. 1
    ed on 8 Jan 2007 #

    Phi Life Cypher are incredible. Their worst lyrics show more intelligence than your entire(!) post.

  2. 2
    taboo on 1 Jul 2008 #

    Youv voiced your opinion, but where’s the evidence to support? Iv listened to hip hop for over 20 years and been heavily involved in the “scene” for nearly 30 and Ill tell you, in this time where hip hop is at its lowest(even vandals are selling out, its all about the $$$ not the love). it seems to me almost to be a miracle that these guys ever came out of the wood. They break the modern cliche gangster mc stereotype in half(not hating on gangster rap). Theyr lyrics are insperational and intelligant. I disagree with some of their opinions but overall iv never felt so enlightend by any other mc/mc’s. Every element is there,and in copious ammounts! Flow/freestyle/production/wit/punchlines/metaphors/storytelling. I would liken them to a modern day das efx (that would be doing them littel justice), because of their deep throat jamaican/english delivery wich is very uncommon. Youv hated on them but failed, the only evidence youv put down is a cheap shot at their names, just shows how little ammunition or thought you have to hate on them. If they dont make your head bop with solid production or your jaw drop with outragous metaphours. Atleast listen to what they are preaching through their music before you hate, Increadibly rare and positive messages.

    “so the street life i dont pretend to live it, I lead my own life and stay away from trends and gimics, seeing life like a game of dice youv gota stay precise, cause some games, you cant play them twice”

    “I got your back on the mic, but im not representin you if you smoke crack in a pipe, jacking up smack sitting up flat chasing the dragon all night”

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