PRhyme, the collaborative project of Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier, have tapped MF DOOM and Phonte for a clattering, breathless new track, “Highs and Lows” that debuted on Beats 1 radio, Pitchfork reports.
The cut is one of several new collaborations set to appear on PRhyme’s upcoming deluxe edition of their 2014 self-titled debut.
“Highs and Lows” is built around a classic Preem beat comprising rattling percussion, a lithe piano melody and a grizzly, busted synth riff that flies off the rails alongside Royce: “Hatin’ on others’ll get you old quick / So I just salute and let my flow switch,” he spits before speeding up: “Takin’ my shit to the highest of levels / Combinin’ everythin’ that I have developed since ’99 / My style just seems to get better and better and better.”
Elsewhere, Phonte drops a casually hilarious verse that references James Brown’s Polydor days in one breath and compares competitors to Flintstones chewable vitamins in another. DOOM, for his part, strolls through two mind-boggling verses packed with memorable, mush-mouthed couplets like, “Grab the microphone like he smack a rapper iPhone / PRhyme time, time’s up, dial tone, smile’s on.”
The PRhyme deluxe edition is slated to arrive on December 11th. Along with DOOM and Phonte, the new edition will feature guest appearances from the Roots’ Black Thought, Joey Bada$$ and Logic. The original LP included guest verses from Killer Mike, Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Mac Miller, Slaughterhouse and soul singer Dwele. Much of Premier’s production on PRhyme is based around samples culled from the catalog of musician Adrian Younge.