The havoc wreaked by Pheo’s Wriot! will happen behind closed (bedroom) doors, and be met with as much resistance as a sapling exerts in a storm. The opening track, “Wriot!,” is a bit of a stumble, though. It feels uneasy and awkward when considered as part of the whole; “Sheets,” which is produced by Wiz Khalifa’s frequent collaborator Cardo, is a more comfortable start to this smooth affair.
Most of the tracks, in fact, glisten with the kind of shimmery production expected from a often dreamy, weed-induced trip through this twenty-first-century romance. In “Last Night Morning,” J Bizness manages to turn Prince even sexier by softening “If I Was Your Girlfriend’s” bass line. Even the hydraulic-driven beat of “Angelina’s Beamer,” produced by Chemist Productions, is laced with a pleasantly tinny synth.
Pheo slips through the whole record as easily as he avoids a girl’s grasp; an unforced charm overrides the cockiness of his lyrics and proves irresistible. His structure remains tight even as he toys with his voice, dropping consonants, stretching vowels, or two-stepping through a verse--sometimes all in one song.
A rapper can build a career on weed or sex alone, but now that Pheo’s had his fun, it’ll be interesting to watch in which direction he heads. Let’s just hope it’s not towards Hollywood—yet.