Category: Underground Hip-Hop

Sadistik x Kno – Phantom Limbs

Last year I went to my first hip-hop concert after becoming a fan of CunninLynguists, one of the very few hip-hop groups I listen to. Their brand of atmospheric music and intelligent lyrics enabled me to gain an appreciation for the genre of hip hop. Among the openers at this show was the depressive hip-hop artist of Sadistik, who made quite a display of his rapping abilities. Here, we find a collaboration EP between Sadistik and Kno of CunninLynguists entitled Phantom Limbs, which eloquently combines Kno’s trademark atmospheric production and Sadistik’s lyrical prowess. (more…)

Iman Omari – ESC Vol. 2

Sometimes when I go through stretches of not knowing what I should listen to, I attempt to explore genres I have only lightly, or not at all, ventured into. While exploring the experimental hip-hop tag on Bandcamp.com, I noticed an album cover with boobs on it—a definite eye-catcher for me. (more…)

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Dälek – Gutter Tactics

Dälek is a unique anomaly in underground hip-hop. They combine the beats of hip-hop with industrial drone noise music. The result is a hypnotic journey through the decay of urban society. Gutter Tactics is the duos fifth full-length album, and unfortunately, it seems they are currently on indefinite hiatus. As with their other releases, the music is quite repetitive as a result of the continuous drone. Walls of noise and industrial drone meander along and ceaselessly flow from track to track and never really end. Hip hop (more…)

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CunninLynguists – Strange Journey Volume Three

Strange Journey Volume Three is the third in a series of mixtapes by underground hip hop group CunninLynguists. I do not listen to very much hip hop, so I was under the impression that mixtapes were merely remixes of prior songs; however, this is not the case. This album loosely tells the story of some alien travelers visiting Earth on a spaceship controlled by a humorous computer lady called Miley 3000. Every song on this album features other hip hop artists, such as Aesop Rock, Murs, Sadistik, Del the Funky Homosapien, among others. These artists seem to be more prominent than Kno, Natti, and Deacon the Villain of CunninLynguists, but perhaps that is the purpose of this (more…)

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Dälek – Absence

Now this is a very interesting and unique hip hop group that I have discovered. I saw them recommended in, of all places, a Katatonia forum. Dälek consists of two members: MC Dälek on vocals/co-producer and Oktopus as producer. Dälek’s sound can be described as drone industrial music with hip hop drumming. Lyrically, they speak of social commentary and issues affecting urban society. Their album, Absence, is their “heaviest” and most drone/industrial album. (more…)

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CunninLynguists – Oneirology

CunninLynguists is basically the only hip-hop group that I currently listen to. This group consists of Deacon the Villain, Kno, and Natti, who hail from Georgia and Kentucky. This semi-underground hip-hop generally lacks the traits that I have found repugnant in more mainstream rap and hip-hop. There is hardly any mention of the classless pimping of hoes and clubbing. Instead, what is heard is intelligent lyrics and vocabulary. Oneirology is an album about dreams as the listener is taken through the dreams of the (more…)

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