I like hieroglyphics, but I love Hieroglyphics. The bay area hip hop consortium has produced classic albums individually and together. Each member has a distinct style and strength, but Pep Love is the most consistent wordsmith, achieving heights of lyrical wizardry on almost every verse he touches.
His verse on “Fantasy Island” is no exception. After a classic “push rhymes like drugs” metaphor (for even deeper exploration of this theme, see Kanye’s “Crack Music“), he goes on to drop some incredible science braggadocio at 3:26.
My rhyme’s iron phosphate.
Nutrition you missin’
So you lost way behind.
I was allotted a lotta the brain wattage
That’s off the monitor from the Earth to Andromeda.
(In)Hale Bopp comet of hip hop.
Drop atomic sh*t leaving ’em shook and shell shocked.
Pep makes intricate-yet-subtle rhymes (“phosphate” with “lost way”), wordplay (inHale), and alliteration (sh*t leaving ’em shook and shell-shocked) look easy.
That’s why he’s the fire water wizard. Click on the link and listen to “Let it Roll” for an exquisite explicit exhibit of his entire arsenal).