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EDITORS’ NOTES

Repping for Chicago, the Molemen are a hip-hop production team comprised of Panik, PNS, and Memo. They've been crafting high quality beats since the mid-‘90s, collaborating with a wide array of artists locally and from both coasts. Flexing a diverse, layered, and undeniably funky sound influenced by O.G.s like Diamond D, Large Professor, and Dr. Dre, they continue to mine old records for fresh breaks even as current trends shift to simpler, loop-less digi-jams. On Killing Fields they back up an impressive list of top-flight underground MCs, including Del and Casual from Hieroglyphics on the guitar-laced "Scarlet Letter," Brother Ali on the piano-driven "Life Sentence," and Saigon on the rowdy throwdown "2 Hour Banger." Other guests include Vakil, Cormega, Posion Pen, and Felt, making this the perfect choice for serious fans of millennium-era subterranean rap. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Repping for Chicago, the Molemen are a hip-hop production team comprised of Panik, PNS, and Memo. They've been crafting high quality beats since the mid-‘90s, collaborating with a wide array of artists locally and from both coasts. Flexing a diverse, layered, and undeniably funky sound influenced by O.G.s like Diamond D, Large Professor, and Dr. Dre, they continue to mine old records for fresh breaks even as current trends shift to simpler, loop-less digi-jams. On Killing Fields they back up an impressive list of top-flight underground MCs, including Del and Casual from Hieroglyphics on the guitar-laced "Scarlet Letter," Brother Ali on the piano-driven "Life Sentence," and Saigon on the rowdy throwdown "2 Hour Banger." Other guests include Vakil, Cormega, Posion Pen, and Felt, making this the perfect choice for serious fans of millennium-era subterranean rap. 

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About Molemen

Chicago's premier underground hip-hop production team, the Molemen consist of members Panik, Memo, and PNS. The group was formed in the early to mid-'90s around frontman Panik (aka His-Panik), who had the business expertise as well as connections with local Chicago rappers, namely Vakill. The Molemen have almost always produced for a few select artists, including Vakill, J.U.I.C.E., and Mass Hysteria, affiliated with their Molemen Records label. However, among the three of them, they have supplied beats to high-ranking underground acts such as MF Doom, Atmosphere, Buck 65, Sage Francis, and fellow Chicagoan Rhymefest, whose first recordings appeared on the Molemen compilation EP Buried Alive in 1999. Among the several compilation albums released by the Molemen in the 2000s, Ritual of The... (2001) and Killing Fields (2006) were their definitive LPs, establishing them as mainstays in Chicago and in underground hip-hop as a whole. The latter album's slew of noteworthy guest spots was a definite indicator of this: Kool G Rap, Brother Ali, Mikah 9 (of Freestyle Fellowship), Del tha Funkee Homosapien, and Saigon. ~ Cyril Cordor

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