Monday, May 31, 2010

Canibus - For Whom The Beat Tolls

Truly the rarest of beasts in the Swamp: Lovecraftian hip-hop. This ambitious album is peppered with subtle quotes from the old gentleman, notably in the startling eleven-minute track "Poet Laureate Infinity v003" which contains the immortal couplet "That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die." In addition the album concerns itself with numerology, pyramids, dead languages, sunspots, preparation for the apocalypse, and all manner of interesting subject matter. The scope is astounding and only draws into focus after several listens - many layers must be peeled back to reveal the swirling nuclear star at the heart of it.
Secrets Amongst Cosmonauts

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