Artist Review: Potok Philippe – “Not The Same (feat. Dre Prada)” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Today’s millennial heatwave has been taking the industry by storm since the explosion of the 2010’s, and many independent artists of this era have been paving their way to grab the attention of music listeners from many walks of life, especially those geared more toward the Rap/hip Hop caliber. One artist that has been making some noticeable noise in the game is Toronto-based Rap/Hip Hop pioneer Potok Philippe with his new fresh single “Not The Same”. A song that demonstrates not only Potok‘s musical and lyrical sensibility, but his insatiable swagger as well.

“Not The Same”, accompanied by an official music video which includes feature artist Dre Prada, is a solid banger from start to finish. From distinctive melody choices to clever lyrical punchlines, this club-worthy single comes out swinging with today’s more charming side to sing-songy Hip Hop narratives and really showcases Potok‘s charisma as well as artistic merit. He reels you in with solid hooks that are viscerally satisfying and lyrically hypnotizing. It’s one of those tracks that proves that it’s not what you’re saying, but how you’re saying it. His well placed verses are nostalgically driven, the beat structure is a force to be reckoned with and the signature sound throughout this track’s duration touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his listeners a taste of something that is recognizable to the modern ear, yet holds its own in its own right.

Drawing notable influences from undeniable Hip Hop heavyweights ranging from the 90s including Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. and Nas, to today’s more modern leaders of the game including Drake, Future, 21 Savage, Lil Pump and many others; Potok‘s signature sound offers up a tasteful blend of old school charm and today’s more prominent production value as well as lyrical execution. He’s an artist that is real, self-aware, and really brings his musical energy to the fold of the forefront with an effective formula that draws you in; and this single definitely reflects it. “Not The Same” is a single that not only brings Potok‘s craft out into the playing field, but also has a solidified production value that is top-of-the-line and a gold standard among today’s Hip Hop scene.

With this single already making waves throughout the music community at large, Potok Philippe also proves that he is quickly becoming a crucial, vital voice to the genre entirely; and “Not The Same” is direct evidence of this in every way. You just can’t go wrong with this one.

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