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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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  • alex_robe

    winterfire is good, as all work of those guys.

    24 Nov 4:42pm 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 8:42pm Reply
  • lightfount

    A Piece of Strange - brilliant music

    12 Nov 12:31pm Reply
  • lordinfamous


    12 Nov 2:31am Reply
  • Tanmut

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

    11 Aug 11:54am Reply
  • aldrignedigen

    A Piece of Strange >>> All

    29 Jul 1:50pm Reply
  • iZZidane

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

    5 Jul 6:26pm Reply
  • BloodOnLeaves

    Good and easy listening, but I prefer hc

    21 Jun 1:28pm Reply
  • Foxisimba

    Come back to Toronto! :)

    13 Jun 4:13pm Reply
  • ThePrio

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

    8 May 11:55pm Reply
  • callcollectplz

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

    25 Apr 7:38pm Reply
  • JML897

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

    21 Apr 1:31pm Reply
  • jwshields

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

    16 Apr 8:28pm Reply
  • shaolin86

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

    15 Apr 6:18pm Reply
  • sr_picpic

    addicted to drunk dial

    8 Apr 12:47pm Reply
  • Bsus2

    Vol.3 is damn fine!!!

    7 Apr 8:50am Reply
  • Langeais

    That's how I call a very generous album, Strange Journey Vol.3 !

    4 Apr 10:46am Reply
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    4 Apr 3:41am Reply
  • mangethegamer

    Strange Journey Vol.3 is their best in ages! I can't stop listening to Dying Breed!

    1 Apr 7:50pm Reply
  • shaolin86

    These guys really can do no wrong... SJV3 is superb!

    1 Apr 7:31am Reply
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