Phil Da Agony
This is evident on the title track [click to read], featuring fellow-Blacksmith rapper Talib Kweli. Over a solid melody, the two rhyme about the steps people are taking to better the environment. Adding a few suggestions, Agony asks his listeners to, "carpool a ride, take a deep breath of fresh air, it's beautiful outside."
Besides that record, Think Green is really a means for Phil Da Agony to showcase his lyrical skills than to barrage the listener with tips on how to become a better recycler. Enlisting SAS member Krondon and Fresno emcee Planet Asia on "Thousand Dollar Omelettes," the three left coast lyricists go to work on a beat laced with horns and hand claps galore. Then, going the solo route, Agony provides a theme of unity with "Stick Together" which subsequently becomes his personal highlight on the album. With words of wisdom, he rhymes, "No matter if you're black and white/you'll appreciate the hard work and the sacrifice/Struggle and the motivation, space shuttles and starvation/Your cape gone with inflation."
Production on Think Green varies throughout, with some beats contributing and others hindering Agony's performance. The latter becomes clear on "Time," where Agony finds himself ahead of tempo on a laid back beat. Likewise, despite the potential social context that could have been generated on "Black History," Agony's delivery seems uninspired as he is unable to find the right groove of the record.
Along with that, the multitude of features on Think Green take away the sincerity of calling the album Phil's second solo project, especially when he gets upstaged on a handful of tracks. This is most noticeable with "Hunters," where Kweli's verse sounds near-perfect over lush piano chords. Agony's efforts on "Think Green (Remix)" fair much better, however, his triumphs are short-lived when Mitchy Slick comes in next to rip a sweet sixteen. In the end, the performance makes one wonder if Agony will ever surpass his fellow SAS crewmen in rhyming.
As a whole, Think Green proves Phil Da Agony still has some work left to do in order to become a bona fide lyricist, but with a great supporting cast, he is on the right path. For every verse he spits that's unconvincing, Agony has another one up his sleeve that is sure to wow the crowd. And plus, he's planning on planting a tree for every album sold [click to read]. Now that's dedication.