Also lethal Three more deadly Ir­ish hip-hop al­bums

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God Knows & my­nameisjOhn Ru­sangano/Fam­ily( 2014)

Two Clare men hop to it with an al­bum ad­dress­ing iden­tity, grow­ing up and in­clu­sion over grime, bass and elec­tro beats. One of the best al­bums of the year.

Melod­ica Deathship Doom Your Ci­ties, Doom Your Town( 2010)

Tim Or­d­ing (aka Ex­ile Eye, the Yankin Cork be­hind the ex­cel­lent Pres­sure Points al­bum o fold) and George Bren­nan from Deep Burial cre­ate a rich, in­tense pal­ette of dubby, smokey beats

Marx­man 33 Rev­o­lu­tions Per Minute( 1993)

Hol­lis Byrne and Oisin Lunny pro­vided the Ir­ish in­put into Marx­man’s heavy weight mix of turned-on pol­i­tics and so­cial aware­ness.

In­tel­li­gent de­signs

“I used to do sci­ence be­fore I dropped out of col­lege and I wouldn’t have talked about this on the pre­vi­ous al­bums be­cause it puts across a dif­fer­ent per­sona. But the way it is now, I’m proud to be in­tel­li­gent. A lot of hip-hop in the main­stream pro­motes ig­no­rance. You get 20 dudes in a video and they’re all hold­ing AK47s and they’re get­ting mil­lions and mil­lions of views. That’s crazy.

“I want to pro­mote some in­tel­li­gence in­stead. I was lis­ten­ing to GZA from the Wu-Tang, and he’s rap­ping about the ori­gins of the uni­verse – so this is who I am. I’m a lit­tle bit of a geek un­der­neath. It’s like my friend Dean Sherry says: I have a street ed­u­ca­tion and a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion.”

1988 is out now. Lethal Di­alect plays Dublin’s Opium Rooms on Oc­to­ber 24th

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