Tuesday, February 10, 2009

brief musical recommendation

I'm sure some of you have heard that last year's biggest rapper that wasn't Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, is going to release a rock album later this year. It seems that some tracks have been released/leaked already, and while I haven't yet heard any (and I'm sort of scared to, actually), most critical opinion veers towards STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THIS FUGLY MUSIC. Even Rolling Stone, in an attempt to stay topical to us youngsters, ran a list of rock projects by renowned rappers.

Well, Wayne Carter, if you want a good lesson in going rock and roll and retaining your rap roots, (or just going rock altogether) look no further than The Knux. From their description on Last.fm:

Comprised of brothers Krispy Kream and 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. (I find the puzzled and booing part pretty hilarious.)

Musicians and rappers who don't do fucking rap-metal!! Finally! I'm fucking serious. Most rap-rock ends up sounding not so great, the exception being when OutKast did it spectacularly well on some of their tracks, notably on Speakerboxxx. And anyone who knows me really well knows I have a supreme soft spot for Ghostface Killah's The Champ.

The Knux are awesome. I'm listening to their debut, Remind Me In 3 Days..., which is nothing short of phenomenal. The rythm guitars running in the background of songs like Daddy's Little Girl, and driving, raw edge of Roxxanne prove that now, more than ever, fitting artists into specific genres is a pretty wasted effort. I love this album, and it's one of my favorite end-of-'08 releases. You'd do well to check this the hell out.

Here is one of their songs!

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