Jul 8, 2011



I first discovered Kyle Murdock when I was looking online for information on the group Crossrhodes (Wes Felton & Raheem DeVaughn) in which he produced the majority of their two albums.  I stumbled across his blog and soon was conversing with him on various subjects.

I've reviewed projects of his before, such as his Piano-Rama project, and I have interviewed him twice as well (INTERVIEW #1 and INTERVIEW #2).   A very talented indie hip hop producer, his work has always intrigued me.

The vibe of his projects has always been something that has appealed to me. That conscious indie vibe.  His work as one half of the group Panacea (with rapper Raw Poetic) has drawn comparisons to Tribe Called Quest, and his beats have compared to Native Tongues.

Most recently he has worked with rapper Mega Ran on the project "Forever Famicom" in which he sampled old school Super Nintendo games soundtracks for the hip hop beats for Ran to flow on.

The bottom line is very little about K-Murdock that is not original and that is not pushing the boundaries of what we have come to expect from hip hop.


To call his just released project "The Ronin" his "Newest Project" would be a bit inappropriate, as this is something that has covered the past three years.   This seven track EP is made up of songs that he had worked on and created over the years, and yet they never quite found a home on any specific project.

Much like the Ronin, these tracks were left without a master (or Project), yet rather than commit seppuku as was the custom, they chose to venture out on their own and wander around until they were able to find a purpose.

Now is the time for them to join a new Master.  Now is the time for them to band together to form a new group of Ronin.  And these Ronin don't come alone.  Oh no, they're bringing their top team of Deadly Lyrical Assassins with them. These Assassins --  Mister Miranda, Braille, Real Reid, Commoners & Kings, Deus, JunClassic and K-Cromozone --  help create a powerful collective, that are steady and consistent throughout, with no weak spots discernible anywhere.

Whether it's the laid back flow of Commoners & Kings on Brown Eyes, or it's the Wu-Tang inspired "Wu-Tang Joint" featuring Mister Miranda, these Ronin are unrelenting and devastatingly accurate with their cuts and slashes, leaving you with the inability to listen to wack hip hop music anymore.

It leaves it's survivors with an overwhelming thirst for more solid independent hip hop music.  The tolerance levels for mediocrity is immediately vanquished from their souls.


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