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Album Review

For those searching in the ashes of 21st century hip-hop for a semblance of its basement past, the sophomore LP by Dirty South trio Cunninlynguists was an encouraging sign. The generally unheralded crew put together a revisionist type of album in a time of lost innocence for hip-hop (referred to here as "the Ice Age"). The spit and polish of the album are remarkable for a so-called backpacker group, as the tightly packaged tracks touch on the entire emotional gamut (something of an anomaly in hip-hop at the time of its release). The MCs, Kentucky native Deacon the Villain and Florida representative Mr. SOS, display a lyrical deftness and genuine feel for the music rarely seen in the bling-conscious rap of the latter-day era. The bulk of the sound is sculpted by the idiosyncratic ear of Atlanta-based producer Kno, who hits the listener with a variety of soundscapes ranging from the rugged ("The South") to the emotional ("Love Ain't," with a smooth lyrical sample of Classic IV's "Traces") to even the heart-wrenching ("Rain," which lifts a lyrical sample of Elton John's "We All Fall in Love Sometimes"). This is music with both meaning and sincere feeling, as the group tackles everything from politics (on "Dying Nation" and the instrumental opus "War") to disgruntled fast-food workers (the manically perverse "Falling Down"). The lyrical content, always sharp and articulate, is sometimes as powerful as a jab to the windpipe. Dense, self-indulgent, and serious, but not without comic relief, this is a bona fide "end-to-end burner" from an unexpected source. ~ M.F. DiBella, Rovi

Customer Reviews


I love every track on this amazing album. DOPE. Pure underground meaningful awesomeness!! DOPE. Love it. DOPE. Genius. DOPE. iTunes screw though, why the hell does iTunes screw up so much, the instrumentals can't be explicit!!!! "War" is probably the best track on here.


dope,,,, personified

hands down this one of the best hip hop albums you will ever here, deluxe edition comes with instrumentals... if you dig old heiro albums or deltron 3030 pick this up... never heard beats like this, reminiscent of dan the automator

Do yourself a favor

Get high and listen to this album in it's entirety
and thank me later for the life experience, my favorite album period.


Formed: 2000 in Lexington, KY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The progressive Southern trio CunninLynguists' combination of witty lyrics and edgy production has made them a favorite of underground hip-hop fans. Before they teamed up, Deacon the Villain from Kentucky and Kno from Georgia were already well known among the hip-hop underground for both their skills on the mike and their abilities in the producer's chair. Celph Titled, Tonedeff, and Mr. SOS all made guest appearance's on the duo's 2001 debut, Will Rap for Food, which appeared on the small Urban...
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