Cunninlynguists to release Strange Journey Volume One
Fueled by the fire of their current release STRANGE JOURNEY VOLUME ONE (Bad Taste Records), hip-hop trio CUNNINLYNGUISTS have announced dates for their 2009 “Strange Journey” US Tour, kicking off November 10 in Atlanta, GA.
The new tracks, production work and remixes that appear on STRANGE JOURNEY VOLUME ONE span an array of stylistic inspiration that displays what makes CUNNINLYNGUISTS a hip-hop anomaly.
Title: Strange Journey Volume One
Release date: 07/14/09
Label: QN5, Inc.
Single: Never Come Down (The Brownie Song)
Buy at: Amazon
Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, new romantic and polka, the group has been compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath, while producing tracks for everyone from Lil' Scrappy to KRS-One, as well as sharing stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock to equal success. The upcoming live dates will showcase the trio’s explosive delivery to audiences across the nation, including dates in Orlando, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston and many others. Additional tour dates and details follow below.
Joining CUNNINLYNGUISTS for the “Strange Journey” Tour is fellow Bad Taste Records artists LOOPTROOP ROCKERS—the European hip-hop pioneers who released their new album GOOD THINGS on August 25. In this new collection of songs, the ever-expanding musical explorations and message laden lyrical depth of LOOPTROOP ROCKERS is displayed, highlighting the work of the influential group that exists as forerunners of the independent movement. Their upcoming live performances will mark the trio’s first stateside dates in over four years.
Also joining CUNNINLYNGUISTS and LOOPTROOP ROCKERS for the “Strange Journey” 2009 tour is Grieves (With Budo) and Tunji for all dates. Tickets for most shows are on-sale now.
All songs were produced by Kno of CunninLynguists. In addition to a slew of new songs, the record features remixes, production work and interesting collaborations. The single is “Never Come Down (The Brownie Song)”, which is now available digitally. A video of the first single is available on all major video portals. The mixtape features appearances by Slug of Atmosphere, Killer Mike, Khujo of Goodie Mob, Skinny Deville and Fishscales of Nappy Roots, Mac Lethal, Tonedeff, PackFM, Looptroop Rockers, Hilltop Hoods and others.
There has never been an anomaly in hip-hop quite like the southern trio CunninLynguists. Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, new romantic to polka, they have been compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath. They have toured and shared stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock with equal success, as well as, produced tracks for Lil' Scrappy and KRS-One. The group has crafted songs with international soul superstar Cee-Lo Green and politically charged indie-favorite Immortal Technique on the same album. CunninLynguists have eschewed categories, boxes and labels for eight years, four albums, and two official mixtapes all while XXL Magazine describes them as having the “Most Hated Name In Rap”.
Strange Journey Volume One is the first half of a pair of interconnected projects by CunninLynguists built around the concept of touring and travel. Featuring guest appearances from Killer Mike, Khujo (of Goodie Mob), Skinny Deville & Fishscales (of Nappy Roots), Slug (of Atmosphere), Tonedeff, Substantial, PackFM, Mac Lethal, Mr. SOS, Looptroop Rockers, Hilltop Hoods and more! Once again, all production duties are handled by Kno.
Cunninlynguists tour dates
Nov-10 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Nov-12 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Nov-14 – New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues
Nov-15 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
Nov-16 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Lounge
Nov-18 – Scottsdale, AZ – Chasers
Nov-20 – Los Angeles – Viper Room
Nov-21 – Berkeley, CA – Shattuck Down Low
Nov-22 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Nov-24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Nov-25 – Seattle, WA – Nuemos
Nov-27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Nov-28 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Nov-29 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Ghost Ranch Saloon
Nov-30 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
Dec-01 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
Dec-02 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Dec-03 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
Dec-04 – Madison – High Noon
Dec-05 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Dec-09 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Dec-10 – Boston, MA – Paradise
There has never been an anomaly in hip-hop quite like the southern trio CunninLynguists. Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, New Romantic to polka, they have been musically compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath. They have toured and shared stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock to equal success. They have produced for Lil' Scrappy as well as KRS-One. They have crafted songs with international soul superstar Cee-Lo Green and politically charged indie-favorite Immortal Technique...on the same album. CunninLynguists have eschewed categories, boxes and labels for 7 years, 4 albums and 2 official mixtapes, all while having what XXL Magazine described as the "Most Hated Name In Rap".
The result? If you want labels...Southern boom-bap. Too white for BET, too black for MTV2. A preacher's son, a caucasian guy from rural Georgia and a convicted felon. But mainly...a self-made career, one of the most consistent catalogs of any current hip-hop act and one of the most loyal, worldwide fanbases in all of indie rap music.
Backed with gritty beats, quality rhymes and 808 thump, the 'Lynguists intend on recapturing the soul in southern hip-hop. With what Spin Magazine calls "Outkast's tragicomic poignancy", Deacon The Villain, Kno and Natti follow in the footsteps of artists like Goodie Mob, Ya'll So Stupid, Geto Boys and the aforementioned 'Kast in painting a picture meant to remind the world that politics, death, racism, relationships, religion and struggle are just as relevant to life below the Mason-Dixon as anywhere else.
Their critically acclaimed debut LP, Will Rap For Food, was released in October 2001. CunninLynguists were joined by Floridian emcee Mr. SOS for their 2nd LP, Southernunderground, which was independently released April 1, 2003 on Freshchest Records and QN5 Music and re-released in 2004. Guests included Masta Ace, Tonedeff and RJD2. Their most recent LP, A Piece of Strange, was released in January of 2006 via LAU Records and is their most successful album to date.
The group has toured worldwide, appearing onstage alongside acts like Nappy Roots, Cee-Lo Green, Bun B, Kanye West, Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Brand Nubian and more.
Kno, hailing from Georgia and currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky, has been described as "one of the top loop-miners east of the Mississippi" by URB. He produced the majority of Will Rap For Food and Southernunderground, all of A Piece of Strange, and has also recieved critical acclaim in The NY Times, Rolling Stone and other magazines for his remix of Jay-Z's Black Album, entitled Kno vs. Hov : The White Al-bu-lum in 2004.
Born in Versailles, Kentucky, Deacon has also established himself as a producer. His beats have been rocked by the likes of KRS-One, King Tee as well as local Kentucky artists such as Rob Jackson and Bonafide Circle. The son of a reverend, his ear for melody and church trained voice have also landed him hook work for Ruff Ryders, Sean Price and more.
The duo has already begun work as a production duo under the name A Piece Of Strange, currently producing for Lil' Scrappy, Devin The Dude, D-12, Immortal Technique, Warner Brothers' rock and roll outfit Melee and others. They are managed by Lee "Skill" Resnick, whose only other clients are platinum producers Denaun Porter, Naughty By Nature's Kay Gee and Mr. Lee from Houston.
The group now officially counts emcee Natti as the third and final piece of the CunninLynguists' puzzle. After turning to music as a positive release after a 2 year prison stint in the early 2000's, Lexington, Kentucky native Natti's gravely drawl and streetwise lyrics give the group a decidedly interesting 3rd angle on the group's already broad range of subject matter.
Strange Journey Volume One Tracklisting
01. Departure (Intro) 2:05
02. Nothing But Strangeness (feat. Looptroop Rockers & Hilltop Hoods) 3:17
03. Lynguistics (Live in Stockholm) 1:29
04. Move 3:15
05. Spark My Soul (feat. Substantial) - Inverse 3:46
06. Never Come Down (The Brownie Song) 3:42
07. Hypnotized (feat. PackFM & Club Dub) 3:47
08. Dance For Me (Remix) 2:33
09. Die For You - Mr. SOS 3:49
10. White Guy Mind Tricks 1:00
11. Georgia (Remix) [feat. Killer Mike & Khujo Goodie] 2:55
12. KKKY (Remix) [feat. Skinny DeVille, Fishscales Young Chu & Sheisty Khrist] 2:19
13. Don't Leave (When Winter Comes) [feat. Slug] 4:07
14. The Distance - Tonedeff 4:11
15. Broken Van (Thinking of You) [feat. Mac Lethal] 3:55
16. Billy Joe's Garage (To Be Continued...) 0:48
"Strange Journey Volume One" by Cunninlynguists - release date: 07/14/09..