Shrapknel consists of Curly Castro and Prem Rock, two of exceptionally talented hip-hop artists that are no stranger to the blog, having released some exceptional albums over the years – Shrapknel’s self-titled album is definitely something I recommend you check out first, and as solo artists (Curly Castro’s Little Robert Hutton and Prem Rock’s Load Bearing Crow’s Feet). They’re incredibly visual, heavy projects that capture their intellectual, dystopian lyrics, adding to Backwoodz Studioz’s impressive catalogue. Metal Lung is the name of their new album, and it is an exceptional insight into their disorienting, meandering verses, delivered with a sense of urgency and complemented by heavy, claustrophobic beats, handled for the most part by the talented Steel Tipped Dove, with additional contributions from Child Actor and Olof Melander. There’s so much to digest, as both emcees bring poignant, abstract lyricism, with references to historical events and their own personal experiences, but with a clear narrative that is consistent throughout the album. It’s a dark, unassuming body of work that captures the intensity of Curly Castro and Prem Rock’s artistry, on an album that is incredible from front to back. Highlights include “Acid Vignette” featuring Donovan Days & The Binary Marketing Show, “Night of the Living Analogue” and “Ghost Kitchen.”
Go listen to Shrapknel’s Metal Lung below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Backwoodz Studioz.