Stelios Phili

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Stelios Phili
Birth name Stelios Phili
Origin New York, New York
Genres Hip hop, Pop
Occupation(s) Producer, Songwriter
Years active 2013–present
Associated acts A$AP Ferg
Website www.steliosphili.com

Stelios Phili[1] is a Cypriot-American songwriter and record producer based in New York, New York.[2][3] He has produced tracks featuring artists such as A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, SZA, MIA, and Danny Brown.[4][5][6]

Career[edit]

In 2013, Stelios Phili composed the runway music for En Noir's Spring/Summer 2014 show.[7][8] In early 2014, he composed the music for designer Mark McNairy's Fall/Winter 2014 show.[9][10]

According to an interview with MTV Rap Fix,[11] Phili met the rapper A$AP Ferg while working at GQ in 2013. The two began collaborating after fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Nast passed along one of the producer's beats, which would later become the A$AP Ferg song, "Ja-Rule," featuring Big Sean. In 2014, Phili produced the first single from A$AP Ferg's mixtape, Ferg Forever. The song, "Doe-Active," was met with positive reviews.[12][13][14][15] Pitchfork Media described the song as "a minimalist beat that could've slid right into Yeezus," Stereogum called it "a total nutso banger," and Complex named it a "certified banger, with club-destroying drums." Phili's production was featured on four additional tracks on Ferg Forever.[16]

In 2015, Phili produced DonMonique's debut EP, Thirst Trap. The New York Times described it as "full of transfixing slo-mo production by Stelios Phili somewhere between modern-day Internet-rap sparseness and the hard, murky slap of mid-1990s New York street rap."[17]

Musical Style[edit]

Phili's production style is described as fresh and understated. In the article, "10 Rap Producers You Might Not Know (But Should)," Pigeons & Planes writes: "Stelios Phili is one of those producers you can recognize from the jump—he utilizes a unique collection of sounds that is both muted and aggressive: murky synths and pillowy cymbal taps are cut by a fierce snare, or a saxophone seamlessly transforms into an electric guitar. It's all about subtlety with SP, and he's got it down to a science."[18]

Discography[edit]

Production credits[edit]

  • A$AP Ferg – "Doe-Active" (2014)
  • A$AP Ferg (featuring Big Sean) – "Ja Rule" (2014)
  • A$AP Ferg (featuring SZA) – "Real Thing" (2014)
  • A$AP Ferg – "Dope Walk" (2014)
  • A$AP Ferg (featuring MIA and Crystal Caines) – "Reloaded (Let it Go pt. 2)" (Co-prod. Crystal Caines, The Understudy) (2014)
  • Donmonique (featuring Remy Banks and Wara from the NBHD) – "UNTLD" (2015)
  • Donmonique – "Drown" (2015)
  • Donmonique (featuring Noah Caine) – "Fifty Kay" (2015)
  • Donmonique – "ION" (2015)
  • Donmonique (featuring Danny Brown and Slayter) – "Tha Low" (2015)
  • Donmonique – "Jada" (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (November 29, 2014). "A$AP Ferg’s Ferg Forever Mixtape: A Track-By-Track Breakdown". MTV Rap Fix. 
  2. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (November 29, 2014). "A$AP Ferg’s Ferg Forever Mixtape: A Track-By-Track Breakdown". MTV Rap Fix. 
  3. ^ Phili, Stelios. "Twitter". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (November 29, 2014). "A$AP Ferg’s Ferg Forever Mixtape: A Track-By-Track Breakdown". MTV Rap Fix. 
  5. ^ Rettig, James. "Download A$AP Ferg - Ferg Forever". Stereogum. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Strauss, Matthew. "DonMonique "Tha Low" [ft. Slayter and Danny Brown]". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Feldman, Electra Fay. "COAL WASTELAND: EN NOIR SS14". milkmade.com. Milk Studios. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Gaby. "En Noir Spreads Street Goth Love To Womenswear For Spring 2014 NYFW". MTV.com. Viacom. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Gaby. "How Mark McNairy's Fall 2014 Soundtrack Mixed Miles Davis With Beavis And Butt-Head". mtv.com. Viacom. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Bazner, David. "Meet the Man Behind the Music at Mark McNairy Fall-Winter 2014". GQ.com. Conde Nast. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (November 29, 2014). "A$AP Ferg’s Ferg Forever Mixtape: A Track-By-Track Breakdown". MTV Rap Fix. 
  12. ^ Strauss, Matthew. "A$AP Ferg, "Doe-Active"". Pitchfork.com. Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Breihan, Tom. "A$AP Ferg – "Doe-Active"". Stereogum. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Garvey, Meaghan. "Listen to A$AP Ferg's "Doe-Active"". Complex.com. Complex Media. 
  15. ^ Price, Joe. "A$AP FERG – "DOE-ACTIVE"". Pigeons & Planes. Complex Media. 
  16. ^ Brown, Darold 'ASAP Ferg'. "Updated track listing #FERGFOREVER out now". instagram.com. 
  17. ^ Caramonica, Jon. "New Releases From Bea Miller, Sublime With Rome and DonMonique". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Moore, Jacob. "10 RAP PRODUCERS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW (BUT SHOULD)". Pigeons and Planes. Complex.com. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 

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