Freestyle 101: Phoenix Orion


Posted June 26, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

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Phoenix Orion is a different kind of rapper. Born in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, New York, Phoenix was raised on the east coast, yet found fame in the underground circuit of the west coast, where his indie albums and 12” singles caught the ears of fans of likeminded rappers Kool Keith and Freestyle Fellowship.

His underground hit “Secret Wars” helped further his brand of space-age sci-fi street rap, as did his full-lengths (Welcome to Paradox, Zimulated Experiencez among others) and collabo album with Canibus, Def Con Zero

But it was his appearance on Linkin Park’s Reanimation album that really blew the doors open for this MC, and Phoenix Orion is now one of the most talked about artists on the scene. His new mixtape (Sin City Committee) and album (7 Deadly Sins) should help cement that standing.

So image our excitement when Phoenix strolled into our favorite Hollywood studio (The Engine Room) to bust a rhyme for Freestyle 101. Better yet, he even brought the great P.E.A.C.E. of Freestyle Fellowship with him, who is constantly mentioned in our interviews with west coast rappers as one of the all-time best. P.E.A.C.E.’s webisode goes up next Tuesday at noon PST.

Tune in every week for more from the likes of Ras Kass, Tash of Tha Liks, Myka 9, Termanology, Lifesavas, and many more. Plus, visit our MySpace site, check out the behind-the-scenes photos, and keep bangin' those Messiaz beats!

Freestyle 101: Phoenix Orion