MAGNOLIUS - Mary Musth

I’m gonna skip the normal niceties and tell you exactly what it was I liked about Toronto duo MAGNOLIUS’ sophomore album Mary Musth. The first track, Tusk, is a kinetic, almost Bollywood-influenced track, which features the MC’s trading dense, high-speed verses over it. After hearing that, I was expecting an album full of really indie, underground speed-rap tracks, which I wouldn’t really have a problem with. But track two takes you in a whole different direction.

King For Hire, is a lot more smoothed out, with some guitar licks and scratched-in Outkast samples that is more of a head-nodder than a speed-rap, head-scratcher. The track has a jazzy feel, but MC’s Shan Vincent de Paul & Derek DaCosta pair it with their aggressive, somewhat dark lyrics, and this style is more representative of where Magnolius is at their best. This combo is also on display on the sax-ified Tinman Sangue and the keys & horns-filled album closer Selaron. The two MC’s have a great rhyming repartee, and I think it comes through the best on these mid-tempo tracks.

That’s not to say the duo can’t hold their own on something a bit more introspective, as they do on Mary Mary, and the breakneck Ennui Go also works pretty well. I read some very good things about MAGNOLIUS’ live show after they appeared here with The Extremities as an opener for De La Soul’s Jazzfest show, and that’s always good to hear about a young hip hop act. If you’re looking for something in the hip hop space that’s experimental, yet still very listenable, MAGNOLIUS is certainly worth a listen.

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MP3:: MAGNOLIUS - King for Hire
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