TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Phony Ppl

TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Phony Ppl

This week, TIDAL invites you to flip through the many musical hues of Phony Ppl.

Our TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week, Phony Ppl is a five-piece band that knows no boundaries when it comes to creating their sound. Phony Ppl’s soundscapes jump from jazz to hip-hop, R&B, rock and, well, everything outside and in between.


On their recently released  project, mō’zā-ik., the band considers each song its own personality. The LP’s opener, “Way Too Far.,” is a mystical, sensual and slow-moving introduction, but the album moves into playful and funky territory as well. That is, after all, the nature of the pack.

Self-proclaimed “nerds” of everything from film to gaming and art, Phony Ppl is comprised of vocalist Elbee Three, keyboardist Aja Grant, guitarist Elijah Rawk, visual artist, bassist Bari Bass and percussionist Matthew Byas. The Brooklyn-bred group comes from creative households (Byas’ father is DJ Jazzy Jay of the legendary Zulu Nation), so it only makes sense that their palettes would be so eclectic.


While 2008 marked the inception of Phony Ppl, it wasn’t until their 2015 project, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, that their music started to spread. Garnering attention from Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, The Roots and more, the LP landed at No. 6 on the iTunes R&B chart and was revered as “forward-thinking” by The New York Times.

Since 2015, the boys have kept their creative momentum going both collectively and individually, working with the likes of Snakehips (Elbee), Princess Nokia (Elijah), Domo Genesis (Matthew) and more. And today, mō’zā-ik. stands a testament to just how much the group has evolved over the last decade.

This week, we’ll learn more about the prolific pack. Dive into Phony Ppl with their guest playlist on Wednesday and TIDAL Read Q&A on Friday. Until then, indulge in the eclectic stylings of mō’zā-ik.

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