With his second album in 2019, Styles P made his Presence known this year.
Lox member Styles P already released his 11th album earlier this year in May, S.P. The GOAT: Ghost of All Time and last Friday November 15th, 2019, he decided to release a second album titled Presence under the labels Empire Records and The Phantom Entertainment. The album features Butta, Conway, Benny The Butcher, Xander, Chris Rivers, Cris Streetz, and Iman Nunez.
The album starts with the song "Bad Man" featuring Butta, where Styles P raps on this banging street instrumental, and I love some of the wordplay and metaphors that Styles uses in this song like: "Same Pain as Bane when he breakin' the Batman." If you want a street lyrical beat, "Blam, Blam, Blam" is just that with the help of Conway and Benny The Butcher. The lyrics and the metaphors are crazy and the song contains no hooks, just 3 plain verses. The next song "Blood, Sweat & Tears" is where Styles P raps about the past struggles in the streets, and he reminisces about how painful it was but he still remains a G and he will always have a love for the streets. "Golden" is a song where Styles P delivers his lyrical ability about how he's worth everything in this world, and I love how he turns his bars into questions in the 2nd verse. The song features Xander on the hook. The following song "Either, Or" is another street beat with some nice drums that are added to the instrumental.
Halfway through the album, Ghost keeps on rapping on street songs like the beat "Brand New" which has a nice instrumental. Speaking of nice instrumental, "Yes, Lord!" has the best instrumental of the album, and Styles P's flow and lyrical abilities are just insane. The song features Iman Nunez, and Nunez's way of rapping reminds me of a mix of J. Cole and Baby Eazy-E. The song also samples Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time." The next track is called "Roll Up" featuring Cris Streetz and Chris Rivers, who is the youngest son of the late rapper Big Pun, and the song is followed by "Numbers Don't Lie." The album finishes with the song
"Gotta Know" which sounds like a hood tale with a suspenseful instrumental.
With two released albums this year, Styles has delivered and violated a lyrical homicide on Presence. His wordplay and metaphors are not to be denied if you listen to this project, and his flow was impeccable. For a 34 minutes street album, you can easily listen to Presence without skipping one song and enjoy every minute of it. Good performance from the Ghost.