Before I post the latest tape and my 2010 year end list, I need to cover my bases and shine light on some of the premier projects from last year that previously slipped my mind.
I don't know what took me so long to post this five-track classic by L.A.-via-New Orleans brothers Kentrell "Krispy" and Alvin "Al Millio" Lindsey. A common problem I'll have is downloading too much music at once and at times, in an effort to sift through some of the lesser musical submissions, some great projects have the potential to be missed. As I was not up on the Knux's discography at the time, I initially was unable to give the F*ck You EP a quick glance over and it was only a few months later that I re-discovered this New Year's Day gem. Upon re-hearing it, I immediately purchased the duo's 2008 debut, Remind Me in 3 Days, and was anything but disappointed.
The Krispy and Al Millio bring a genre-bending sound. Like the Roots, the group plays all of its own live instrumentation. Lyrically and delivery-wise they are more akin to the rapid-fire style of legends Big Boi and André 3000 of OutKast (the first time I heard the title-track for this project, I honestly would have believed that Big Boi had laid down Al Millio's verse). But at the end of the day the Knux just sound like...well, the Knux. In a day where it seems like everyone is trying to sound like everyone else, the duo brings an incredibly unique sound that separates them from many of there up-and-coming peers in the genre.
While I've attached two of the better songs on the FreEP (expect to see "Watchu Say" on the latest tape), I highly recommend downloading the entire project. At five tracks in length, it won't be a huge detriment to your hard drive and is a necessity for any hip hop head. Enjoy and pay close attention to this talented duo in the upcoming years.
Peace, Love, & Hip Hop,