Philadelphia Punchline Rappers Fortune Family
Hip hop has taken so many forms outside the US that we often forget to see the directions it has taken just a couple of highways from its home. Bet you never thought a couple of short-hair-having, button-down-shirt-wearing bros would throw their own amalgamation into the ring.
The individual members of Main Line Philadelphia/Egypt duo Fortune Family have views and messages of their own, but choose to circumvent them when it comes to writing rhymes.
In addition to red solo cups, teenage girls and other mainstays of high school practice, the trio of Hobson, Reef and Kane stick to a strict format of punchlines, referencing everything from Manny Pacquiao’s fight record to Tiger Woods’ promiscuity. In classic battle style, each line is a self-contained nugget of cleverness fitting into a larger rhyme scheme, and each MC displays prowess on the mic. Though Reef derives his handle from his real name, Sherif Hamid, he might want to consider a self renaming, as there’s already a more notable Reef from the area.
The group’s most recent track cuts a sample from an immensely lame song loved by moms and girlfriends everywhere, Annie Little’s “Fly Me Away,” and manages to turn it into a pretty freakin’ catchy beat. The cynical hip hop mind would sneer at the radio-friendly production and the prematurely grandiose candor of these young suburbanites, but look more closely and you’ll see kids with mic skill hustling hard. Nothing wrong with a gimmick if you can back it up with quality by any standard.
Have a listen to their mixtape Dead Rappers Society.
Check out Fortune Family’s “Take Me Away”