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Da Killah Genius
Killah Arkatechual Design Volume 1: External Rebirth
Ill Teknologe Muzik/Dead Support Campaign


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.

-B.J. Robinson

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