“He said to keep it simple but I’m dying of complexity…”
– Iron Braydz
In the last ten years we are continuing to see some of the greatest Hip Hop work being made (i.e. Detroit’s Wisemen) and about to be made (i.e. NYC’s Broken Home, Sun Tzu Cadre) from crews expanding whether from highlighted individuals to group projects. Even within the “underground” cannon of fans, journalists and bloggers, weaker representations are heralded as lyricists, less edgy sentiments are now the real and worn out breaks are “taking it back.”
As with Wisemen dominating after Bronze Nazareth’s incredible lead, the Triple Darkness crew, out of the UK, unites after presenting powerful albums from Cyrus Malachi and Melanin 9. On this debut track, all 8 TD MCs (Blasphemy, Black Prophet, Cyrus Malachi, Melanin 9, Ray Vendetta, Tesla’s Ghost, Iron Braydz, Solar Black ) display verbal dexterity and excellent word choices that propel the verses beyond battle raps. Ringz of Saturn’s work on production, as consistent with all of the contributing producers on the Cyrus & Melanin albums, expand the depth of Boom Bap beyond mere loud drums. There is an expert unifying of snare, high hat and bass drum all guided by the baleful strings punctuated by distant bells. It all doesn’t merely allow Cyrus and Melanin to lead mediocrity; rather, it lets Blasphemy’s social commentary angrily resonate and Black Prophet to chime in with the vivid violence of it all with his booming baritone. Then Ray Vendetta metaphorizes ill with the “rebel tuition,” while the crunchy instrument that is Tesla’s Ghost’s voice reverberates into Iron Braydz’ cleverness delivered as double time agility all capped by Solar Black who energetically waxes on the epic nature of TD themes from overcoming cryptic spells of hell and the wielding of the “deeper alchemical tools beneath the surface.”
This song, “Knuckle Dust” is a small capsule of potential and I use it as a prophecy of excellence. After Cyrus Malachi already dropped one of this year’s greatest albums after Melanin 9 ended 2012 the same way, this Triple Darkness crew, out of the UK, will be Hip Hop’s next large (4 plus MCs) collective of lyrically deep rugged lyricists for years to come.
KNOWLEDGE the review for CYRUS MALACHI’s BLACK ATHENA LP HERE
KNOWLEDGE the review for MELANIN 9’s MAGNA CARTA LP HERE