zondag 10 april 2011

Cunninlynguists Biography

CunninLynguists consists of three different individuals, Deacon The Villain, Mr. SOS and Kno, who aim to make music that will remind listeners why they starting liking Hip-Hop in the first place. Quality beats and rhymes, gritty sounds, witty lyrics, an occasional curse word, and low ends that jump out the trunk like Rae Carruth.

Hailing from Versailles, Kentucky, Deacon has established himself as a dope producer and emcee, having appeared on Yosumi's internationally distributed "Game Over 2" compilation as well as "The Difference" LP. His beats have been blessed by the likes of KRS-One, Masta Ace, King Tee, J-Ro from the Liks, Ruck of Heltah Skeltah and many others. Kno, residing in Atlanta, Georgia, has made a name for himself by producing for artists such as Tonedeff, Rise, Pack FM, Braille, Jugga the Bully and many others. Mr. SOS is one of Florida's most well known underground emcees and a well respected battle veteran, having been crowned champion at battles such as Pro-Am (FLA), Breaklanta (ATL), Mic Club (ATL) and The Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype Battle (televised nationally).

The highly successful, initial 12" offering from the group was distributed by Buds Distribution and features production by Celph Titled of the Demigodz on the a-side (entitled "So Live!") and guest appearances by Jugga the Bully and Mr. Raw on "Thugged Out Since Cub Scouts", while the b-side contains guest spots from Tonedeff, Sankofa, Kashal-Tee and Celph Titled on the certified underground hit posse cut "616 Rewind". Their critically acclaimed debut LP entitled "Will Rap For Food", released in October 2001, features guest appearances by the above mentioned artists as well as Braille, Cashmere the PROfessional and Kory Calico.

CunninLynguists' 2nd LP, entitled "Southernunderground", was independently released April 1st, 2003 on Freshchest Records. Guests included Masta Ace, Tonedeff, and others and production from Domingo (Big Pun, KRS-One, Eminem etc.), RJD2 (Cannibal Ox, Mos Def, Copywrite etc.), Freshchest Prose and Kno. The challenge of dodging the dreaded sophomore jinx fueled the trio to come up with 16 tracks filled with emotion, creativity and hunger. All aspects of the music were stepped up to guarantee nobody will be able to sleep on the crew in 2003 and beyond. Living up to their reputation of never being one dimensional, the new album's subject matter ranges from relationships to road rage to Nefertiti's haircut to David Blaine.

Since the release of "Southernunderground", the CunninLynguists have received tremendous press in various outlets including: The Source, URB, Spin, XLR8R, Import Tuner, The Onion, and other magazines. The group toured throughout the USA and Europe in the fall of '03 along with acts like The Pharcyde, People Under the Stairs, Raekwon, and C-Rayz Walz.

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