Whom To Expect On ‘Welcome To Strangeland’ [Editorial]
Remember how the ‘Perfect Storm’ was the culmination of three separate storms that joined together to form the wrath of Poseidon? Well, that was just the calm before the REAL storm – the planets are aligned and the apocalypse that is Welcome to Strangeland drops November 8th, are you ready?
Now, this isn’t just another collaboration of twisted geniuses as you may be used to, no, Welcome to Strangeland is (almost) strictly Strange Music artists – the most demented family reunion since the Hewitts – your favorite cannibalistic family from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Fans were treated earlier this month to two tastes of Welcome to Strangeland with “Beautiful Music” – featuring Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko and “The Noose” – featuring Tech N9ne and iMayday! – the later being a controversial (but brilliant) look at the topic of suicide from a soldier’s perspective.
Let’s take a brief look at who R.S.V.P.-d to this collaboration of debauchery – (in no particular order)
First up, your host, the King of Darkness, Tech N9ne – fresh off of All 6’s and 7’s, Tech shows he is a workaholic by jumping straight into another project amidst two (!) tours. This will be the fourth collaboration album from Tech N9ne, and his thirteenth LP since 1999. Next up, Krizz Kaliko, long-time Strange Music veteran and collaborator with Tech N9ne, fans can expect nothing but the best verses, hooks, and choruses from Krizz on Welcome to Strangeland – as indicated by the newly released track “Beautiful Music.” Also look for him on the tracks “Welcome to Strangeland”, “Unfair”, “Slave”, and “Gods”.
Making their debut to the Strange Music collaborations, Miami’s own iMayday! will be putting it down on Welcome to Strangeland. One can hear them currently on the hauntingly beautiful track, “The Noose,” and they are also on the track “Retrogression”. Dubbed one of MTV’s 2010 “Breakthrough MC’s,” Jay Rock, fresh off of his Strange Music debut album Follow me Home, will be spitting with the rest of the Strange family. Jay Rock will be putting it down on the track entitled “Kocky”.
Ces Cru, composed of one Godemis and one Ubiquitous, have worked with Tech N9ne before, so you already know the rawness to expect when they team up for “Unfair” – the full song Tech introduced us to in this snippet. Straight off of his EP Red-Headed Stepchild, our boy Kutt Calhoun appears on three tracks – “Kocky”, “Slave”, and “Gods”. A Strange Music resident since 2004, Kutt always delivers with the lyrical precision of a laser guided missle.
You know him from Project Deadman and Bedlam, our Egyptian friend (and film director) Prozak visits Welcome to Strangeland on the track “My Favorite”. Directly off his last studio album Preserved, Young Bleed has a confirmed spot on Welcome to Strangeland with “Won’t You Come Dirty”. His first album came out 13 years ago and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200.
Described as one of the innovators of horrorcore, Brotha Lynch Hung will be gracing Welcome to Strangeland on the tracks “My Favorite”, and “Sad Circus”. Brotha Lynch Hung has been making music since 1993, and was signed to Strange Music in the May of 2009. You may have seen him on the K.O.D. tour or heard him in the epic track “Midwest Explosion”, Strange Music’s newest addition Stevie Stone makes a confirmed appearance on Welcome to Strangeland on the track “Won’t You Come Dirty”.
So there you have it, a 15-track roster packed with insane geniuses that, if it’s NOT the apocalypse, will most definitely be the soundtrack to it – regardless, prepare for a storm on November 8th.
- Jason Ours, Contributor
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