Stelios Phili

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Stelios Phili
Birth nameStelios Phili
OriginNew York, New York
GenresHip hop, Pop
Occupation(s)Producer, Songwriter
Years active2013–present
Associated actsA$AP Ferg, Young Thug
Websitewww.steliosphili.com

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

Career[edit]

In 2013, Stelios Phili composed the runway music for En Noir's Spring/Summer 2014 show.[6][7] In early 2014, he composed the music for designer Mark McNairy's Fall/Winter 2014 show.[8][9]

According to an interview with MTV Rap Fix,[10] 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.[11][12][13][14] 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.

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."[15]

In 2017, Phili began collaborating with New York-based artist Lolo Zouaï. Their first collaboration, "High Highs to Low Lows," topped Spotify's Fresh Finds Best of 2017 list. [16]

In 2018, Phili produced the Young Thug and Elton John collaboration, "High." According to Rolling Stone, the song came together after Phili read an interview with Elton John, who expressed his admiration for Young Thug. After Phili built a new beat around an edited version of the "Rocket Man" a cappella, 300 Entertainment A&R Geoff Ogunlesi played the song to Young Thug. On September 24 2018, "High" was released on his EP, On the Rvn.[17] The song was awarded Best New Music by Pitchfork Media, with The Fader describing the song's reception as "swift and rapturous" and "a return to iconoclastic form for Young Thug."[18] [19]

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."[20]

Discography[edit]

Production and Writing 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$AP Ferg (featuring MIA and Crystal Caines) – "Reloaded (Let it Go pt. 2)" (Co-prod. Crystal Caines, The Understudy) (2014)
  • Donmonique (featuring Remy Banks and Wara from the NBHD) – "UNTLD" (2015)
  • Donmonique – "Drown" (2015)
  • Donmonique (featuring Noah Caine) – "Fifty Kay" (2015)
  • Donmonique – "ION" (2015)
  • Donmonique (featuring Danny Brown and Slayter) – "Tha Low" (2015)
  • Donmonique – "Jada" (2015)
  • Dev09 – "You Made Me" (2015)
  • Kloe – "Teenage Craze" (2016)
  • A$AP Ferg (featuring Missy Elliott) – "Strive" (2016)
  • Lolo Zouaï – "High Highs to Low Lows" (2017)
  • Lolo Zouaï – "Blue" (2018)
  • Lolo Zouaï – "Brooklyn Love" (2018)
  • Lolo Zouaï – "Desert Rose" (2018)
  • Lolo Zouaï – "Challenge" (2018)
  • Lolo Zouaï – "For the Crowd" (2018)
  • Young Thug (featuring Elton John) - "High" (2018)[21]
  • Kiiara - "1%" (2018)
  • Cameron Dallas - "Why Haven't I Met You" (2018)

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. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (November 29, 2014). "A$AP Ferg's Ferg Forever Mixtape: A Track-By-Track Breakdown". MTV Rap Fix.
  4. ^ Rettig, James. "Download A$AP Ferg - Ferg Forever". Stereogum. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  5. ^ Strauss, Matthew. "DonMonique "Tha Low" [ft. Slayter and Danny Brown]". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  6. ^ Feldman, Electra Fay. "COAL WASTELAND: EN NOIR SS14". milkmade.com. Milk Studios. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  7. ^ Wilson, Gaby. "En Noir Spreads Street Goth Love To Womenswear For Spring 2014 NYFW". MTV.com. Viacom. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  8. ^ Wilson, Gaby. "How Mark McNairy's Fall 2014 Soundtrack Mixed Miles Davis With Beavis And Butt-Head". mtv.com. Viacom. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  9. ^ Bazner, David. "Meet the Man Behind the Music at Mark McNairy Fall-Winter 2014". GQ.com. Conde Nast. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  10. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (November 29, 2014). "A$AP Ferg's Ferg Forever Mixtape: A Track-By-Track Breakdown". MTV Rap Fix.
  11. ^ Strauss, Matthew. "A$AP Ferg, "Doe-Active"". Pitchfork.com. Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  12. ^ Breihan, Tom. "A$AP Ferg – "Doe-Active"". Stereogum. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  13. ^ Garvey, Meaghan. "Listen to A$AP Ferg's "Doe-Active"". Complex.com. Complex Media.
  14. ^ Price, Joe. "A$AP FERG – "DOE-ACTIVE"". Pigeons & Planes. Complex Media.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "Spotify's Fresh Finds Best of 2017". Spotify. Spotify. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  17. ^ Leight, Elias. "The Long and Surreal Road to Young Thug (and Elton John)'s 'High'". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  18. ^ Pierce, Sheldon. "Best New Track: Young Thug High ft. Elton John". Pitchfork.com. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  19. ^ Darville, Jordan. "How the Young Thug and Elton John song actually happened". thefader.com. The Fader. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  20. ^ Moore, Jacob. "10 RAP PRODUCERS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW (BUT SHOULD)". Pigeons and Planes. Complex.com. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  21. ^ https://genius.com/Young-thug-high-lyrics

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