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CunninLynguists

CunninLynguists are a hip hop trio from Lexington, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia. The group currently consists of Deacon the Villain, Kno,and Natti. The name is a portmanteau of the words cunning and linguist, and is also a play on the word cunnilingus.

There has never been an anomaly in hip-hop quite like the southern trio CunninLynguists. Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, NewRomantic to polka, they have been musically compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath. They have toured and shared stages withKanye West and Aesop Rock to equal success. They have produc ...read more

CunninLynguists are a hip hop trio from Lexington, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia. The group currently consists of Deacon the Villain, Kno,and Natti. The name is a portmanteau of the words cunning and linguist, and is also a play on the word cunnilingus.

There has never been an anomaly in hip-hop quite like the southern trio CunninLynguists. Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, NewRomantic to polka, they have been musically compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath. They have toured and shared stages withKanye West and Aesop Rock to equal success. They have produced for Lil' Scrappy as well as KRS-One. They have crafted songs withinternational soul superstar Cee-Lo Green and politically charged indie-favorite Immortal Technique … on the same album. CunninLynguistshave eschewed categories, boxes and labels for 10 years, 5 albums and 4 official mixtapes, all while having what XXL Magazine described asthe "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 ruralGeorgia and a convicted felon. But mainly … a self-made career, one of the most consistent catalogs of any current hip-hop act and one ofthe 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 SpinMagazine calls "Outkast's tragicomic poignancy", Deacon The Villain, Kno and Natti follow in the footsteps of artists like Goodie Mob, Ya'll SoStupid, 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 emceeMr. SOS for their 2nd LP, Southernunderground, which was independently released April 1, 2003 on Freshchest Records and QN5 Musicand re-released in 2004. Guests included Masta Ace, Tonedeff and RJD2. Between Southernunderground and A Piece of Strange,they released two mixtapes, entitled Sloppy Seconds Vol. 1 and Sloppy Seconds Vol. 2. Their third LP, A Piece of Strange,was released in January of 2006 via LAU Records. Their fourth album, Dirty Acres, was released 2007. In 2009, they released two moremixtapes, entitled Strange Journey Vol. 1 and Strange Journey Vol. 2, featuring such artists as Freddie Gibbs, E-40, Slug, andKiller Mike. Their most recent LP, Oneirology, was released in 2011. Guests included Big K.R.I.T., Tonedeff, Freddie Gibbs, and AnnaWise of Sonnymoon.

The group has toured worldwide, appearing onstage alongside acts like Nappy Roots, Cee-Lo Green, Bun B, Kanye West, Raekwon of Wu. TangClan, 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 theMississippi" by URB. He produced the majority of Will Rap For Food and Southernunderground, all of A Piece of Strange, andhas also recieved critical acclaim in The NY Times, Rolling Stone and other magazines for his remix of Jay-Z's Black Album, entitledKno vs. Hov : The White Al-bu-lum in 2004. Kno released a solo LP in 2010, entitled Death is Silent.

Born in Versailles, Kentucky, Deacon has also established himself as a producer. His beats have been rocked by the likes of KRS-One, KingTee as well as local Kentucky artists such as Rob Jackson and Bonafide Circle. The son of a reverend, his ear for melody and church trainedvoice have also landed him hook work for Ruff Ryders, Sean Price and more. Deacon released an album with Sheisty Khrist, entitled NiggazWith Latitude, in 2010.

The duo has already begun work as a production duo under the name A Piece Of Strange, currently producing for Lil' Scrappy, Devin TheDude, D-12, Immortal Technique, Warner Brothers' rock and roll outfit Melee and others. They are managed by Lee "Skill" Resnick, whoseonly 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 positiverelease after a 2 year prison stint in the early 2000's, Lexington, Kentucky native Natti's gravely drawl and streetwise lyrics give the group adecidedly interesting 3rd angle on the group's already broad range of subject matter. « hide

Similar Bands: Goodie Mob, CYNE, Big K.R.I.T., Outkast, Dilated Peoples

LPs
Rose Azura Njano
2017

3.8
22 Votes
Oneirology
2011

4.1
651 Votes
Dirty Acres
2007

3.8
167 Votes
A Piece Of Strange
2006

4.3
457 Votes
Southernunderground
2003

3.7
138 Votes
Will Rap For Food
2002

4
223 Votes
EPs
The Azura EP
2017

3.8
9 Votes
The Rose EP
2017

3.3
17 Votes
Compilations
Strange Journey Vol. 3
2014

3.8
112 Votes
Strange Journey Vol. 2
2009

3.5
50 Votes
Strange Journey Vol. 1
2009

3.6
66 Votes
Sloppy Seconds Vol. 2
2005

3.3
6 Votes
Sloppy Seconds Vol. 1
2003

3.1
8 Votes

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