BBG Presents: Phaze

28 July 2014

Starting his day through a cloud of smoke and a pint of strawberry milk, Phaze begins to write his inconceivable lyrics through glazed eyes. His flowing rhymes lacing the creamy beats showing off his unparalleled talent.

Today we put focus on lyrical genius Phaze. Best known as the front man of the Piff Gang, a renowned 10-man rap group from London. This assembly of talent have been one of the most talked about hip-hop collectives of 2014, and we wanted to share Verena Stefanie Grotto's exclusive series with the songwriter and soul of the group.

Having come together just over 2 years ago; the collective have already revolutionized UK hip-hop. Modernizing it with their recognisable thick torpid sound and languid stream of lyrics, instantly differentiating them from anyone before. Their most well-known track ‘middle finger’ - released in late 2013 - started out as Phaze’s solo piece, but further developed into a Piff Gang track, with an amalgamation of the members unique talents transforming it into their biggest hit yet.

Verena and Phaze have worked together on numerous occasions, and she is certainly no stranger to working with rap artists and musicians. She has the amazing ability to capture their spirit in a natural and beautiful manner. Styled by Zoe Stevan, in fellow rap artists, Pharrell Williams label, Billionaires Boys Club, he looks relaxed going about his daily routine. Whether he’s in a quirky pizza shirt or eating his fruit loops in a camouflaged hoody- he looks effortless.

Now frontman Phaze is working on some solo tracks, soon to be released to the world, ‘Now I’m in the game on the ball’, he’s ready to step out and show of his talent. You can’t distort the dream.

Above: Hoodie by A BATHING APE, Jeans by VOLCOM.

Above: Shirt by LAZY OAF, Jeans by BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, Shoes by VANS.


Above: Sweatshirt by BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB.

Above: Sweatshirt and Jeans by VOLCOM.




Words by Clio Cooper.

Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View The pink is a cacophony against the emptiness - a melody line paced in a second-hand birthday suit, easily hemmed... View And we are wild to make it stop: stuck in an empty booth, bold colours warming us up, no microphones... View He is light as a feather. Leather weighs heavy on him, adds ballast to his reality, suddenly makes it terrifying... View In the safety of a white suit, he blows himself about the empty space, spinning between instruments like a bird... View Like a hawk or an old hero, staring down the back of his future’s head, this boy takes to empty... View If change doesn’t arrive obediently, it will be chased down and hunted by the hungry. Peace is not prop for... View Falling apart at the seams and dripping onto the carpet of grass beneath bruised feet as the race for the... View Forget figuring out the bus routes, forge new passports with model mugshots and sprint for the border closing in around... View The traffic is stalled in the streets, halted by a punishing red light at every crossroads in every direction. City... View Tommy traces graffiti scrawled along paint, cement, and brick swirling in patterns denoting names and connoting beliefs while stylist Kayleigh... View Quitting a town named Stagnation in favour of an unfamiliar map revealing the temptation of breaking out into the unknown... View Rendezvous at the confidential hotspot for meaningful action. Setting the wheels in motion for an alternative living and imposing a... View Pushing through the crowd and negotiating the battlefield of elbows and toes, the commotion expands to a deafening silence. Chants... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Standstill’ featuring Tommy Harragan at IMG models. Photographer Amber Grace Dixon captures Tommy’s standout... View A Renaissance man in every sense, @kalamaepstein writes/directs as well as acts and has a couple of shorts currently in... View View @kalamaepstein is photographed around Venice Beach, California - incidentally the location for one of his earliest projects, the short film... View View View Like a moth to a flame, some souls are drawn towards the light. Others seek solace dancing amongst the shadows...