VERBAL KENT: Dead Serious
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UK release date 12.07.2007
Preceding the UK release of last yearÃ¢€™s critically-acclaimed Ã¢€˜Move With The WallsÃ¢€™ album, ChicagoÃ¢€™s Verbal Kent hopes to grab the ears of Brit-hoppers with this no-nonsense slice of unapologetic underground hip-hop.
Kaz 1Ã¢€™s pounding beats and eerie keyboard work provide a more-than-adequate backdrop for the vivid, larger-than-life imagery and scathing punchlines from Kent and guests Lance Ambu and Ill Bill of Non-Phixion. But as dope as Ã¢€˜Dead SeriousÃ¢€™ is, newcomers unfamiliar with VK will also want to check the head-nodding Ã¢€˜Remain HungryÃ¢€™, as the bonus track offers a better insight into the Chi-town MCÃ¢€™s lyrical steelo without the distraction of other artists.
Further proof that some of the most skilled below-the-radar rappers reside in the Windy City.
Words Ryan Proctor