When we asked mic masters like Pigeon John, Busdriver, and Phoenix Orion who is the dopest freestyle artist they have ever seen, they all said one man: P.E.A.C.E.
As a founder of legendary West Coast hip hop collective Freestyle Fellowship, P.E.A.C.E. has been in the game since the early-‘90s when his group help put the L.A. underground on the map. Along with cats like Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Myka 9, Jurassic 5, Kurrupt of The Dog Pound and even a pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas, Freestyle Fellowship ruled the scene via a club called The Good Life, where MCs went to air it out on the stage, hone their craft and develop their style.
P.E.A.C.E. was always a breakout star, taking a jazz trumpeter’s approach to rapping. Rather than simply connecting words, he was adding melody, accents, complex rhyme schemes, while be-bopping, scatting and singing all the while. Anyone who saw him then or sees him now fixated on one word: breathtaking. The man is a master at his craft, one of the best in the world ever, no doubt.
So image our surprise when rapper Phoenix Orion showed up for his session with a friend and said, “Hey, I brought along P.E.A.C.E. from Freestyle Fellowship. Y’all wanna have him on the show too?”
Are you f**king kidding me?!?!?!? HELL YEAH!!!!
So here it is. Maybe the dopest one yet, kids. Stay tuned for upcoming webisodes with Termanology, Tash, Lifesavas, Ras Kass, and even P.E.A.C.E.’s partner in rhyme, the great Myka 9 himself. We have next week off for E3 so come back on Tuesday July 17 at noon for the next banger. Make sure to visit us on MySpace and check our behind-the-scenes photo gallery too.