Meet Hip-Hop artist and Wrestling fan PHZ-Sicks! He is the first artist being featured in Body Slams & Hip-Hop!
At a music festival in Denton, Texas, an unfamiliar hip hop artist from the DMV took the stage to an audience of 20 onlookers, at best. To most there, he was a stranger. But that didn’t matter. By the end of the show, the crowd was packed to full capacity of passersby who heard the music, stopped, and stayed. That performer was PHZ-Sicks– and he credits that show as his most memorable to date.
Pronounced “Physics,” PHZ-Sicks approaches his craft with a singular goal: create timeless music. Something listeners can always come back to. The ‘stick to your ribs’ kind of music that gives listeners pause while thoroughly entertaining along the way. From social injustices in America to partying and relationships, his body of work is a snapshot of growth that showcases PHZ-Sicks’ fluidity not only as an artist, but as a young black man learning to navigate through the world today.
PHZ-Sicks’ musical interests began while growing up in rural Mississippi. Dealing with mental illness and sexual abuse through his childhood, PHZ-Sicks credits music for saving his life.
After moving to Woodbridge, V.A., his love for hip-hop blossomed, as he grew to idolize lyrical wordsmiths Andre-3000 and Jay-Z. He got involved in the battle rap scene – first online, and then at in-person battles at shopping malls; even gaining some traction from local blogs and radio stations. It was then when he started studying masters like Busta Rhymes and reviewing techniques of songwriting and producing. With newly bought, at-home equipment, PHZ-Sicks began to lay down mixtapes.
His passion for producing grew through college and after graduating from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PHZ-Sicks returned to the DMV area to release more formalized projects.
PHZ-Sicks released his first full-length project, “The Moment” in 2013. The self-produced project received high praise, often for the robust and soaring production value, which PHZ-Sicks intentionally engineered to mimic the sweeping sounds of orchestral works without hiring a full orchestra to play. “The Moment” received high regards from music blogs, 2DopeBoyz, DJBooth, and HipHopReviews. He’s also performed on the United States Capitol lawn with fellow DMV talents and opened for established acts such as Wale, J.Cole, and Big K.R.I.T. PHZ-Sicks has also played at festivals such as Toronto’s North by NorthEast (NXNE) 2012 and Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2014.
Be on the lookout for “Good Day, Greater Tomorrow,” which is set to be released on all streaming platforms later this year.
Wrestling related music:
Run It Music Video (I rock Bullet Club gear in the vid as well as throw up the too sweet)
Stream link for all platforms:
Hurts Music Video & Song (spit these lines “I’m a heartbreak kid with a diesel and a razor with brick
And on 123 Kid, everything clicks (Too sweet)” and rock bullet club gear)
Streaming link: http://smarturl.it/phzsickshurts
My Mount Rushmore of Wrestling:
He was the first wrestler to catch my attention as a kid. Was I scared? Hell yeah, but I also thought he was so cool. I was a little kid that loved horror movies but could barely get through watching them so fell right in the sweet spot of my likes. I think I saw one of those Coliseum videos that a kid whose Grandma was watching me had and I was hooked. This was before I was watching it constantly, but it stayed with me. I was rewarded years later with seeing my first wrestling event which was main evented by the Brothers of Destruction vs DX (Triple H & Shawn Michaels). My mom had us so close, she had to move back due to all the hair juice and sweat flying towards us. On top of that, Taker had a helluva run of great matches during his Wrestlemania streak and you gotta respect that.
Representation matters. Seeing The Nation of Domination had me proud as a kid. These wrestlers looked like me. I understood their frustration. They weren’t just some punks. Faarooq, Mark Henry, GodFather, D-Lo, Owen Hart, and the cocky and electrifying The Rock. The Rock could take the mundane and make gold. When it comes to entertaining, I take after him. I always say when I walk towards that stage, I walk in the same way my favorite wrestlers do. I’m either Razor, Stone Cold, but most of the time, I’m The Rock.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
I remember discovering that wrestling was on USA. I remember flipping the channel and seeing Bret Hart being pissed. I didn’t know why and then a man came on the scream and explained everything. “And that’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.” I watched in amazement as he stomped mudholes through the WWF/E over the years. When it came to the total package, he was it. A talker. A seller. Could tell a story in the ring. Funny. There was nothing he couldn’t do and it’s why he is one of the greatest of all times.
When stories are stale, one thing that can help that is being able to wrestle your ass off. This is AJ Styles to the T. When that bell rings, you’re going to love what you watch. There have been plenty of times, I put my friends on who stopped watch wrestling for years to a match and they are amazed. That’s great wrestling and only a few can deliver, and a smaller amount can deliver every damn time.