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Atlanta, GA (2001 – present)

CunninLynguists are a hip hop trio from Lexington, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia. The group currently consists of Deacon the Villain, Kno, and Natti. The name is a portmanteau of the words cunning and linguist, and is also a play on the word cunnilingus.

There has never been an anomaly in quite like the southern trio CunninLynguists. Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, New Romantic to polka, they have been musically compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath. They have toured and shared stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock to equal success. They have produced for Lil’ Scrappy as well as KRS-One. They have crafted songs with international soul superstar Cee-Lo Green and politically charged indie-favorite Immortal Technique … on the same album. CunninLynguists have eschewed categories, boxes and labels for 10 years, 5 albums and 4 official mixtapes, all while having what XXL Magazine described as the “Most Hated Name In Rap”.

The result? If you want labels…Southern boom-bap. Too white for BET, too black for MTV2. A preacher’s son, a caucasian guy from rural Georgia and a convicted felon. But mainly … a self-made career, one of the most consistent catalogs of any current hip-hop act and one of the most loyal, worldwide fanbases in all of music.

Backed with gritty beats, quality rhymes and 808 thump, the ‘Lynguists intend on recapturing the soul in southern hip-hop.


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  • jamesusillxd

    With a name like that you can assume that they are NOT cunning linguists

    18 Jun 12:39pm Reply
  • CamelStrez

    These guys maintain such a high level of quality throughout. production, flow, content, originality, man they got it all. one of those rare groups holdin it down.

    31 May 7:57am Reply
  • sansdasjupiten

    The rapping is forgettable, but the beats, goddamn, THE BEATS!

    21 Apr 10:38pm Reply
  • AndrewCG

    I need more. I need new album.

    18 Mar 7:36pm Reply
  • sunny4001

    .. Strange Journey, Volume Three!

    3 Mar 10:18pm Reply
  • Strohlu

    i just cant find other artists/groups, who can claim such a brilliant combination of voice, flow, technique and lyrics, which can make you think very deep, above those mindblowing Kno-Beats.

    11 Jan 9:29pm Reply
  • alex_robe

    winterfire is good, as all work of those guys.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RosesOfTomorrow

    WinterFire really changed my views in how Hip-Hop would not be able to capture the atmosphere that is entering a cabin with nice calming fire while it's chilly and snowing outside, wonderful!

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lightfount

    A Piece of Strange - brilliant music

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
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    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Tanmut

    ThePrio: It definitely seems like one. The concept is very similiar anyway.

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • aldrignedigen

    A Piece of Strange >>> All

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • iZZidane

    SJV3 is probably the weakest out of the 3, but it's still pretty good.

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • BloodOnLeaves

    Good and easy listening, but I prefer hc

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Foxisimba

    Come back to Toronto! :)

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ThePrio

    Was that a fucking Skyclad reference from J Live on Beyond The Sun?

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • callcollectplz

    Looking forward to seeing them later tonight! SVJ3 is awesome.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • JML897

    Didn't have high expectations for SJV3 but it ended up being awesome. I should never doubt these guys

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • jwshields

    Love this group, saw them live in Seattle on April 11th, it was an amazing show

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • shaolin86

    @Sr_picpic that's the only track I skip... there's something about it I really dislike.

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
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