Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lef Phyld: Pimpin' Ain't Easy (CDM) (Fitfth Degree Entertainment, 2000)

One of two releases from Virginia R&B/hip hop duo Lef Phyld (Lef Field) or "Lef Phylo" as some people call them. The duo were out as early as '95 with a conscious hip hop single titled Empty Thoughts (Day By Day) but their album Straight To The Hall was not, to my knowledge, ever released. The above release came out in the year 2000 and by then the duo had changed their sound a little; while the title track is pure rap the b-side Just Leave is not unlike something Mary J. Blige might've recorded in her formative years, hip-hop soul with a smattering of neo. Both tracks were to be featured on their second album Mood Swings, which again never came into fruition...

Pimpin' Ain't Easy (Radio Edit) 3:15
Just Leave 3:58 1
Pimpin' Ain't Easy 3:15
Snippets (Gettin' Dough, Keep Pushin'. Retaliation) 5:37
Pimpin' Ain't Easy (Instrumental) 3:18
Just Leave (Instrumental) 3:56