Skilled MCs can blow your mind with a single line. They can impart knowledge while you bob your head to their beat. They can break down a phrase, a word, and sometimes even a syllable with enough swagger to make you smile in admiration. The members of the CunninLynguists are MCs of that caliber. Despite having shared stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock, produced for Lil' Scrappy and KRS-One, and created songs with the likes of Cee-Lo Green and Immortal Technique, and despite seven years, four albums, and two official mixtapes, the Southern hip-hop trio is known to few folks outside the world of underground rap. Its the name, right? Its gotta be the name!
CunninLynguists will probably never get a video on MTV or be screamed for on 106th and Park Avenue. The groups members include a preacher's son, a white dude from rural Georgia, and a convicted felon. When theyre together flowing over grimy beats with an 808 thump you can feel in your chest, theyll make you fall in love with Southern rap all over again. They will perform live this Wednesday, when their Dirty Acres Tour hits PS14, with special guests Major League and Campaign. Admission is 12 bucks, and doors open at 9 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 22, 9 p.m., 2008