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Phony Ppl
Borough: Brooklyn
Twitter: @PhonyPpl
Notable song: “nothinG special”
Sounds like: A more contemplative early-days Tribe, with a live backing band.
Why you need to know them: A friend was putting together a show two years ago at a 21+ venue and tried to get Phony Ppl involved, but they were too young to get in. That’s how young these kids are, and yet, they have a really impressive collection of songs that showcase their introspective wisdom over live-instrumented boom-bap. “nothinG special” might be the most poignant song about being a young dude in a relationship ever, accented by its heartbreaking hook, “Shit is fucked up, you look up to people you trust/Then you find out, they wasn’t who you thought they was.”

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