"Ktwn - EP" by The Knux on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally from New Orleans, The Knux (real-life brothers Krispy and Joey) relocated to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina and made waves with the single "Cappuccino" in 2007. Flexing a genre-bending sound that fused hip-hop, rock, and pop, The Knux was embraced by hipsters, bloggers, and mass media alike, dominating the festival circuit and scoring a deal with Interscope for its debut album, Remind Me in 3 Days.... The Knux's follow-up, Eraser, appeared three years later, though by then the duo's initial buzz had faded and countless other groups had hit the scene with similar musical vibes and L.A. cool-kid fashion sense. On the Ktown EP (named after the brothers' Koreatown neighborhood), The Knux hits us with five new tracks loaded with catchy hooks, relatable rhymes, '80s references, and guitar-laced production. Not all of it works, but there are definitely potential hits in the mix, including the bluesy, smoked-out single "Toke Up" and the bass-heavy head-nodder "Sex Talk."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally from New Orleans, The Knux (real-life brothers Krispy and Joey) relocated to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina and made waves with the single "Cappuccino" in 2007. Flexing a genre-bending sound that fused hip-hop, rock, and pop, The Knux was embraced by hipsters, bloggers, and mass media alike, dominating the festival circuit and scoring a deal with Interscope for its debut album, Remind Me in 3 Days.... The Knux's follow-up, Eraser, appeared three years later, though by then the duo's initial buzz had faded and countless other groups had hit the scene with similar musical vibes and L.A. cool-kid fashion sense. On the Ktown EP (named after the brothers' Koreatown neighborhood), The Knux hits us with five new tracks loaded with catchy hooks, relatable rhymes, '80s references, and guitar-laced production. Not all of it works, but there are definitely potential hits in the mix, including the bluesy, smoked-out single "Toke Up" and the bass-heavy head-nodder "Sex Talk."

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

11 Ratings

SOLID EP

Dart Parker,

5 bangers! "It's All Gonna Fall" is my jawn.

Fire

Doody Hayes,

This EP is fire. I recommend everyone to cop this EP. Ice Cre@m go H.A.M.

About The Knux

Comprising brothers Kentrell "Krispy" Lindsey (formerly Krispy Kream) and Alvin "Joey" Lindsey (formerly Rah Al Millio), the Knux are an alternative rap duo who are musicians as well as singer/rappers. Born in New Orleans yet displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the musically schooled brothers began creating a stir nationally in late 2007 when they were the opening act for Common on his Finding Forever tour. Dressed in throwback Adidas zip-ups, fat gold chains, and altogether atypical contemporary rap attire, the Knux performed with a live band (the Symetrics) and DJ (DJ Cobra) and frequently left crowds puzzled and occasionally booing. Once the Knux were signed to Interscope Records, however, attitudes changed as tastemakers began taking note -- first and foremost bloggers, who were quick to champion the duo and point out their affiliation with rap industry power broker Paul Rosenberg, the manager of Eminem. The brothers' social media pages in turn began getting heavy traffic in lieu of any commercially available music. "Cappuccino" was the first Knux song officially released by Interscope, beginning with an appearance in an episode of the fourth season of the HBO show Entourage; a video for the song was subsequently filmed. A debut album, Remind Me in 3 Days..., was released in 2008. In 2011, the duo returned with their sophomore album, the slickly produced Eraser, which featured guests Natalia Kills, Kid Cudi, and Blake Miller. The KTWN EP -- named after Los Angeles' Koreatown -- was released the following year. Their third effort, Eleven, arrived in 2015. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • ORIGIN
    New Orleans, LA
  • FORMED
    2003

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