The Knux may be outwardly vulgar on paper and in their first single, but don't even thing of dismissing them based on NSFW EP names. The duo know how to ride these sticky beats they create better than the drivel thats been polluting the radio these days, posing as "rap." Kentrell "Krispy Kream" Lindsey and Alvin "Rah Almillio" Lindsey (I love these names) have a really well-tuned flow, reminiscent of Big Boi and the Outkast crew (I've said this before and I'll say it again and again) and it pays off immensely; the songs are quick footed and smart sounding, the lyrical jabs sting in all the right places, and by the time we get to the foul-mouthed fifth track, we're inviting the scrutiny on our ears. F*ck me? Whatever you guys say, as long as you rap it. Seriously.
I love the variety here, "Floozy" sounds nothing like "Pop The Cork" sounds nothing like "Fruits." The opener, "Floozy" is a crafty collection of old-school slap-ish bass with the obligatory "uhs" in the background, punctuated with a jazzy riff. "Pop" sounds like an entirely different album, glittery synth and robotic bass more fit for the dance floor than the school yard. Skip to "Fruits," a late-nineties retrospective feel (insistently different again) where the Outkast comparison really shines. The flow is flawless over a teardrop guitar riff, rhymes that Wayne himself would probably nod for (despite his constantly drug addled state). Then they change the game again with "Watchu Say," a rock infused version of Imogen Heap that cleverly uses the refrain without sampling or sound clips. And then...
I could go on but the two most important things to know about The Knux is that they've crafted an incredible sampler of what they can do, and they are just getting warmed up. Sterilized, auto-tuned junk beware: these guys are the real deal. And they have just two little words for the phonies. -joe puglisi
MP3: The Knux - "F*ck You" (The F*ck You EP)
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