9 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

24 Deep is a certified West Coast rap classic which introduced one of the industry’s most rugged individualists. Brotha Lynch Hung's self-determination is partially a matter of geographic isolation; his hometown of Sacramento was a hip-hop backwater in 1993. But Lynch remained loyal to Sac-Town and, with the backing of Black Market Records, singlehandedly kick-started his own scene. For an underground artist, his debut is remarkably fully formed. The sound is a thick amalgamation of Ice Cube’s enraged delivery, an arsenal of heavy funk rhythms, and Lynch’s patently deranged lyrics. His narratives spring from the crack trade and the pimp lifestyle, but Lynch set himself apart with his penchant for gory details. He backs up his sensational visions with formidable skills — the verses come fast and hard, every word with acid bite. “Walkin’ 2 My Funeral,” “Lose a Hoe, Gain A Hoe” and “Had 2 Gat Ya” are immense creations, but the album’s deadly bullet is “24 Deep,” whose eerie funk loop (from the Southside Movement’s 1975 song “I Been Watching You”) is perfectly aligned with Lynch’s premonition of death.

EDITORS’ NOTES

24 Deep is a certified West Coast rap classic which introduced one of the industry’s most rugged individualists. Brotha Lynch Hung's self-determination is partially a matter of geographic isolation; his hometown of Sacramento was a hip-hop backwater in 1993. But Lynch remained loyal to Sac-Town and, with the backing of Black Market Records, singlehandedly kick-started his own scene. For an underground artist, his debut is remarkably fully formed. The sound is a thick amalgamation of Ice Cube’s enraged delivery, an arsenal of heavy funk rhythms, and Lynch’s patently deranged lyrics. His narratives spring from the crack trade and the pimp lifestyle, but Lynch set himself apart with his penchant for gory details. He backs up his sensational visions with formidable skills — the verses come fast and hard, every word with acid bite. “Walkin’ 2 My Funeral,” “Lose a Hoe, Gain A Hoe” and “Had 2 Gat Ya” are immense creations, but the album’s deadly bullet is “24 Deep,” whose eerie funk loop (from the Southside Movement’s 1975 song “I Been Watching You”) is perfectly aligned with Lynch’s premonition of death.

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About Brotha Lynch Hung

A versatile producer as well as an excellent solo rapper in his own right, Brotha Lynch Hung was born Kevin Mann in Sacramento, California. He hooked up with Master P for a 1993 EP named 24 Deep, but then went out on his own for his debut solo album, 1995's Season of da Siccness. Mann worked on production for Master P's I'm Bout It, E-40's Southwest Riders, and Mr. Serv-On's Life Insurance before turning back to his own career. Given a big push by Master P's breakout success in the middle of 1997, Brotha Lynch Hung's sophomore album, Loaded, followed in 1997. EBK4 followed in 2000 and both Blocc Movement and Virus appeared the next summer. The year 2002 was less busy, with Appearances: Book 1 being released in the spring and the Plague DVD following it that summer. His 2010 release Dinner and a Movie found him on Tech N9ne’s label, Strange Music. The concept album was followed by another, Coathanga Strangla, in 2011. Both efforts focused on the life of a serial killer. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Sacramento, CA
  • BORN
    1972

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