Spoken Phor Releases New Video: “Half Way There”

Back in November we posted about Spoken Phor (Patrick Salazar ’13), a talented sophomore emcee who had just released a debut mixtape, Half Way There, full of “well-constructed verses with unflappable confidence.”

Today Salazar sends in a new video he’s just completed for that mixtape’s title track. The project is chock full of other Wes kids, too: the song was produced by Jared Paul ’11, while Matt Schaff ’11 and Ian Park ’11 put this hard-hitting, gorgeously filmed video together.

This is not your typical Wesleyan-style funk-inflected indie hip hop. Spoken Phor’s verses are wrenching, tightly wound rhymes, concerned with broken families and personal struggle. His production is a sparse tapestry of cold synths and winding electro-beats. It’s worth hearing.

Here’s the video. 

9 thoughts on “Spoken Phor Releases New Video: “Half Way There”

  1. michael

    I like that the song is so sincere. Video was well produced.

    And “Darth Maul’s Associate”, you sound like a bitter kid whose never done anything worthwhile. Get a fucking life.

  2. Darth Maul's Associate

    absolutely terrible. and without personality. didn’t think he could make something worse than the last one.

    the aesthetic of both song and video is nauseatingly bad. does he actually think he’s cultivating a persona that will standout/ be enjoyable?

    “This is not your typical Wesleyan-style funk-inflected indie hip hop. Spoken Phor’s verses are wrenching, tightly wound rhymes, concerned with broken families and personal struggle.”

    or in other words, it lacks personality and tries to make up for that with pretensions to profoundness. this zach dude must either have terrible taste or be beholden to write this up for personal reasons.

    check it: my favorite way of showing Spokenphor’s douchiness comes from his own tumblr (yes, I’ve spent time hating on this dude cuz its just so fun):

    “Spoken Phor. The name seems insignificant but the depth of its meaning reaches the innermost parts of my soul, touching every nook and crevice of my being and presenting to you the music you hear from me today – a portrayal of my very own conscious and subconscious thoughts. The literal denotation is simple and plain – I am in a relationship. The relationship itself is complex beyond measure. I am connected not only to the music that sidekicks me on my journey forward in life but to the history of my past that has created the world that surrounds me today. ”

    that’s mad deep, yo.

    1. johnwesley

      ^^If your aim was to lower expectations to the point where the casual listener would be surprised by how good it is, it worked. If you really spend your time hating this guy, I can easily imagine why, but not in a way that reflects well on you.

    2. Darth Sidious

      Honestly, would you rather listen to Pistol Whip Orchestra? That shit sounds like Weird Al in skinny jeans. Not quite “a persona that will standout/ be enjoyable.”

      Get over yrself, yo.

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