Da Killah Genius seems to be one of those kind of lyricists
who can be given a subject matter or topic and rap about it flawlessly
for hours on end. True hip hop heads will enjoy the old school feel
of Killah Arkatechual Design Volume 1: External Rebirth.
Unfortunately, the album is a bit formulaic in manner and has an
almost predictable pattern of the type of "back in the day"
scratch-style recording that is heard throughout. Other than that,
DKG really has an edgy, archaic rhyme style that is reminiscent of
some of the most conscience rappers like Common or A Tribe
Called Quest. From the opening song "Speak my Language"
(which features Solomon Childs), the listener is hit with a
fast-paced banger that feels just like a Wu- Tang classic.
This particular record samples Jay-Z, but has many more throughout
its entirety from Shyne to Redman. Da Killah Genius
is also his own audio engineer for this album and in "Splendid"
decides to super slow motion his beat sequencing with an eerie undertone.
It has a paranormal feeling that will force you to concentrate on
the words exercised by both himself and the sampled rhyme extraordinaire
from Eminem that is looped throughout the song.
One of the final tracks (which the artist includes as a bonus), "I
Tried To Be Nice," is a textbook on how not to cross Da Killah
Genius. He drives home several ways of ending your life, embarrassing
you, or making it utterly miserable to have done so. Luckily, unlike
most hardcore rap of the '90s or today, he has an eloquent, intelligent
way of getting his point across.
Da Killah Genius is most definitely not for the faint of heart, but
he is a fun new spin on an old style of the hip hop culture. Give
it a listen! One point Da Killah Genius
and zero, zilch, nada
to those who challenge him.
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