Let me start by saying I fucking love this project. This EP is one of the reasons that Butch Dawson was #1 on my top ten DMV underground artists list that wasn't posted. Production and direction are completely unique from anything I've heard out of this area and definitely sets a bar for anything else released; not to mention Elon sang his ass off. He defintely set himself apart from any underground singer that I've heard, Maryland or not. This project absolutely lives up to its name by paralling the unique styles and talents of both artists involved.
The best way that I could think of reviewing this EP and give both artists equal attention is by separatly talking about what they did that I liked. Because this is a collaborative effort in its best form, Butch and Elon both require your full attention to enjoy the project. I'm going to start with Butch. The way Butch spit on this EP was like he evolved on some lvl. 36 charizard shit. His wordplay and references were next level compared to SSX Dawson and Lower Mercury, which both I already thought were top tier underground projects. His production was a perfect launching pad for this lyrical progression. All the beats were so Baltimore in bounce but so new Baltimore in instrumentaion. Dawson is really in the process of building a sound for the underground of his city and breaking out to the world. He's already shown face in Europe on screen, this EP has potential to make his next apperance physical is he plays his cards right.
ELon was the perfect compliment to this EP. I'm already a fan of his solo work, so this new dimension to his artistry is appreciated. I like how he stepped away from the glitchy highly edited vocals for the majority of this project. He's a good vocalist and on this project I think that gets to shine more on this EP than in any of his other work. His production on Storms was also a step up from his past production in my opinion. I've been waiting for a new R&B type of artist to come out of Baltimore and take that place that Dru Hill left wide open and his ability to sing the way he does over the type of production that was on PVRVLLES EP might be his way of doing that.
If I was to be put the tracks in order of how much I liked them it would go: Record, Storms, Shine, Love It, Para. Record, the single released before the rest of the project, was my favorite. It was the smoothest track on the EP in my opinon. I liked the way the beat slowed down and sped up and the hook was really mellow. Its definetly a track I could hear on the radio and wouldn't get upset that they over played it. The production on Storms is what stood out to me and made it my second choice. The collab on the beat and the switch up are great. Butch ripped it and Elon singing the hook and harmonizing underneath gave me chills. Shine sounded to me alot more on the Elon side of the spectrum. With the heavy vocal effects and electronic elements in production, it reminded me of Portraits. Love It is fourth because the production felt just a little out of placed. I wanted more from Jujuan Allen. Its a solid song, Dawson came hard and Elon's hook bounces with the beat. I enjoyed the wide variety of instruments on the instrumental but it almost overtook the vocals. Para is last on the list simply because it s too short and its the intro. Its a very good intro though.
To sum everything up, I give this EP a 9 out of 10. I'd give it a ten is it were 5 songs longer and I could listen to it on constant repeat, but I can't so it gets a 9. I always expected great things to come out of the Basement Rap camp but this EP has defintely overtaken my expectations. Keep up the great work and I expect even greater things in the future.