Also lethal Three more deadly Irish hip-hop albums
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.
“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