K-Rino – Stories From The Black Book (Electric City)
Highlights: “Step Into The Mind,” “Creator of Life,” “Stories From The Black Book,” “Cartoon Orgie”
Before Immortal Technique, there was K-Rino, one of the most underrated, cold-blooded lyricists to ever pick up a pen. He was respected in his time as a slept-on giant not to be messed with, and the opening song on his debut album Stories From The Black Book illustrates why: “K-Rino the mercenary melodical wiz / You got 1 second 2 pass a 3 hour quiz” / A) is guns, B) is gas, C) is knife drilling / pick your death ‘cause it’s a multiple choice killing.” It’s a gift to hear his music 20 years later and still catch things that he was folding into his rhymes. That cover art is ahead of it’s time, too. Looks like it was made with Windows 95.
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