Tag Archives: Cyrus Malachi

New Joint – Black Opal

Black Opal – “Fermented Wasps” (BlackOpalUK.BandCamp.Com / 2021)

Haunting, hardcore beats and rhymes off the forthcoming collabo album “The Undiscovered Self” from Triple Darkness member Cyrus Malachi and Obba Supa’s Dot.i (pka Hey!zeus).

100 Best Albums & EPs Of 2020 (Part Two) – Rome Streetz / Buckwild / Funky DL etc.

Check Part One here.

The Professionals – “The Professionals” (RappCats.Com) – Keeping it in the family, brothers Madlib and Oh No played to their strengths on this quality collaborative album, combining bravado-filled rhymes with soul / funk samples and random dialogue snippets to create an unpredictable listening experience. Benefiting from sounding like a spontaneous, basement-style jam session, this album fully demonstrated why the West Coast pair have long been considered cult figures within underground Hip-Hop circles.

GodBody Science – “The Dwayne Wayne Story” (GodBodyScience.BandCamp.Com) – Atlanta-based producer-on-the-mic GodBody Science ensured he stood out from the crowd with this five-track EP, mixing a slick, nimble flow with personality-fuelled rhymes, catchy hooks and captivating soundscapes.

Rome Streetz – “Noise Kandy 4” (RomeStreetz.BandCamp.Com) – One of the most engaging voices to have emerged from the New York rap scene in recent years, Rome Streetz’ confident, sidewalk-savvy rhymes possess an arrogant charm and enthusiastic energy that lifts him above many of his contemporaries. Plus, he has a great ear for quality production, as evidenced here by his musical choices from Chronic Tone, Sebb Bash, DJ Skizz etc.

Trauma 74 – “Acceptable Citizens” (EvilTwinRecords.BandCamp.Com) – UK emcee Trauma 74 followed-up his 2017 debut “The God Given Image” with this largely self-produced collection of personal, direct lyricism covering a variety of topics. Offering thoughtful observations on the world around us, whilst avoiding coming across as preachy or self-righteous, Trauma once again proved himself to be a necessary voice in the British rap game.

Jorun Bombay & Phill Most Chill – “Jorun PMC” (PhillMostChill.BandCamp.Com) – Skilfully paying homage to the sounds, styles and flavours of 80s Hip-Hop, the creative chemistry captured here between Canadian producer Jorun Bombay and veteran Philly emcee Phill Most Chill was a joy to listen to. The pair’s shared passion for the culture of Hip-Hop could clearly be felt and heard throughout this album, with the end result evoking strong feelings of nostalgia whilst still sounding current and vibrant.

Buckwild – “Music Is My Religion” (DITCBuckwild.BandCamp.Com) – Having produced numerous classics over the years for the likes of O.C., Big L and Organized Konfusion, Buckwild’s place in the Hip-Hop history books is set in stone. Yet obviously not wanting to simply rest on his laurels, the legendary producer had a busy 2020, delivering instrumental projects, compilation albums and full-length collaborations. This particular release featured some of Buckwild’s finest work of the year, with artists such as Ransom, Milano and Smif-N-Wessun all benefitting from the Bronx representative’s dusty-fingered production skills.

UFO Fev & Statik Selektah – “Fresh Air” (UFOFev.BandCamp.Com) – 2020 was definitely a strong year for UFO Fev, with the talented East Harlem emcee dropping three notable releases, the first being this stellar collaboration with the mighty Statik Selektah. Fev’s streetwise verses were expertly complimented by Statik’s smooth production, resulting in an album that was full of character and, most importantly, good music.

TrueMendous – “HUH?” (HighFocus.BandCamp.Com) – You could hear the glee in the voice of Birmingham’s TrueMendous as she played with words and flows throughout this EP for the UK’s High Focus label. A naturally gifted artist who has worked hard in recent years to build a loyal fanbase, this release was an opportunity for TrueMendous to introduce her unique brand of lyricism to new supporters. Backed by a diverse selection of beats from the likes of Chemo, Pitch 92 and Winchester, TrueMendous put her stamp on every single track in no uncertain terms, fully demonstrating her power as an emcee.

Roving Jewel – “The 38th Expansion” (RovingJewel.BandCamp.Com) – Cali producer Roving Jewel’s expertly crafted instrumentals were blessed here by the likes of Smif-N-Wessun’s Tek, Casual and Killah Priest, resulting in an album that moved between straight-forward head-nodders and subtly-layered cuts, avoiding the tried-and-tested boom-bap-by-numbers approach that pulls some producer-based projects into mediocre territory.

Blu & Exile – “Miles” (TheDirtyScience.Com) – In the spirit of great duos such as Pete Rock & CL Smooth and Gang Starr, Blu and Exile have always simply sounded like they were meant to make music together. The pair’s 2007 album “Below The Heavens” quite rightly became a cult classic, with this latest ambitious, twenty-track release proving the duo’s musical partnership remains as finely-tuned as ever. Exile’s meticulous, jazz-influenced production perfectly matched Blu’s philosophical, life-affirming rhymes here, making for an expansive body of work with both depth and purpose.

Gee Bag x Illinformed – “Respect Ya Elders!” (RevorgRecords.BandCamp.Com) – Packed full of personality, this release from UK emcee Gee Bag found the witty wordsmith joining forces with talented producer Illinformed to craft a well-rounded collection of tracks fully showcasing his lyrical potential, mixing moments of humour, personal reflection and social commentary with quality beats.

Skunkz – “Skunkz FT Skunkz” (Skunkz.BandCamp.Com) – Boston’s Skunkz fired sharp lyrical darts across a well-chosen selection of self-produced loops on this straight-to-the-point EP, rhyming with the confidence and attitude of an emcee who had just shoulder-barged his way into a street-corner cipher with no intention of showing the competition any respect whatsoever.

Universal Seedz – “Rise Up” (UniversalSeedz.BandCamp.Com) – Combining elements of jazz, soul, spoken word and Hip-Hop, this EP from Austin, Texas collective Universal Seedz offered a bright, organic explosion of good grooves and uplifting positivity.

Mecca:83 – “NinetyFour” (SolarSoundSystem.BandCamp.Com) – Manchester-based producer Mecca:83 paid homage to the classic 90s boom-bap sound with this masterful collection of head-nodding drums, echoing horns and melodic flavour.

Funky DL – “Twenty” (FunkyDL.BandCamp.Com) – Twenty-three years after the release of his 1997 debut album “Classic Was The Day”, UK producer-on-the-mic Funky DL celebrated his prolific career by delivering his twentieth full-length project, a polished mix of sample-based beats and live instrumentation grounded in the East London artist’s trademark jazz-influenced sound, with a few well-executed musical twists thrown in for good measure.

Estee Nack & Superior – “Baladas” (BelowSystem.Com) – Tragic Allies emcee Estee Nack teamed-up with German producer Superior for this sublime slice of underground excellence, the latest in a steady stream of releases which have seen the Massachusetts-based lyricist’s rep grow ever bigger, thanks to his consistent work ethic and top-tier pen game.

Planet Asia & 38 Spesh – “Trust The Chain” (AirVinyls.BandCamp.Com) – Enlisting the production talents of Rochester, NY’s 38 Spesh for this particular release, veteran West Coast wordsmith Planet Asia provided further proof of why he deserves to be mentioned in GOAT conversations, lacing Spesh’s accomplished studio work with his inimitable brand of street science and Five Percent-influenced rhymes.

Cyrus Malachi – “The Blind Watchmaker” (RevorgRecords.BandCamp.Com) – Over the years, London’s Cyrus Malachi has made a name for himself as a purveyor of descriptive, heavy-mental wordplay. From his work as a founding member of Triple Darkness to his solo endeavours, the gruff-voiced emcee has consistently delivered intricate rhymes which take your mind in multiple directions, from ancient pyramids to inner-city pavements. This DJ Drinks / Evil Ed-produced album was no different, as Cyrus weaved gripping lyricism around stripped-down beats with an authority that demanded the listener’s attention.

Big Ghost LTD – “Carpe Noctem” (BigGhostLimited.BandCamp.Com) – Assembling on some Hip-Hop Avengers ish, producer Big Ghost LTD pulled together a formidable crew of dope emcees to lace his supreme beats for this impressive collection of raw posse cuts. Underground favourites such as Recognize Ali, Crimeapple and Asun Eastwood all proved that steel sharpens steel, with no artist featured here wanting to be outdone and everyone bringing their best to the table.

Bloo & Spanish Ran – “MF BLOO” (SpanishRan1.BandCamp.Com) – To anyone confused by this album’s title and cover art, “MF BLOO” most definitely was NOT the work of an overenthusiastic soundalike or a second-rate mixtape-style project. Whilst obviously meant as a nod of respect to enigmatic (and sadly recently deceased) rap figure MF DOOM, Bronx emcee / producer duo Bloo and Spanish Ran weren’t hiding behind anyone else’s mask on this release, saving the day with quality music in their own super-rhyme adventures.

Check Part Three here.

New Joint – Cyrus Malachi

Cyrus Malachi – “The Light We Cannot See” (RevorgRecords.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

Triple Darkness-affiliated emcee Cyrus Malachi makes a welcome return with this subtly captivating Evil Ed-produced track from his new album “The Blind Watchmaker”, which features Ric Branson, Ray Vendetta, Tesla’s Ghost and more.

New Joint – Cappo & Cyrus Malachi

Cappo & Cyrus Malachi – “Aqua Lungi” (VillageLiveRecords.Com / 2019)

Lyrical mastery from the UK duo’s brilliant collabo album “Postmodernism”.

New Joint – Cyrus Malachi

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Cyrus Malachi – “Black Canvas” (@CyrusMalachi / 2018)

The London-based Triple Darkness emcee delivers his trademark brand of impressive heavy mental wordplay on this Saiid-produced head-nodder from his new “Basquiat” EP.

New Joint – Ruste Juxx / Malikah / Cyrus Malachi

Ruste Juxx ft. Malikah & Cyrus Malachi – “I Who Have Nothing” (@RusteJuxx357 / 2017)

Global Ough Beats-produced flavour from the Rotten Apple rhymer’s “International Juxx” project.

New Joint – Cyrus Malachi

Cyrus Malachi – “Neon” (@CyrusMalachi / 2016)

Heavy mental lyricism from the Triple Darkness member’s recent Architech-produced solo album “Dystopian Dialect”.

New Joint – Cyrus Malachi / Roena Laurice

Cyrus Malachi ft. Roena Laurice – “Fireflys” (@CyrusMalachi / 2015)

The Triple Darkness member drops a new jewel in the form of this soulfully haunting Astute Wonder-produced track.

Album Review – Cold Fusion (Ray Vendetta / Cyrus Malachi)

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Cold Fusion

“The Elixir”

(RingzOvSaturn.BandCamp.Com)

Anyone with even the slightest interest in UK Hip-Hop will no doubt agree that London’s Triple Darkness are one of the most talented collectives to have emerged from the British scene in recent years. Having expanded their ranks since the release of the group’s brilliant 2008 album “Anathema”, the TD crew boasts an incredible line-up of verbal talent, with the likes of Cyrus Malachi, Melanin 9 and Iron Braydz having all left an indelible mark on the rap landscape with their consistently impressive displays of intense and intricate lyricism.

This latest project to emerge from the crew’s sonic lab, “The Elixir”, finds the aforementioned Malachi joining forces with Darkness comrade Ray Vendetta, meshing their heavy mental wordplay with the gritty, atmospheric boom-bap of HellzEcho production partnership Ringz Ov Saturn and 7th Dan.

Initially starting its musical life as tracks recorded during impromptu studio sessions, “The Elixir” has evolved into a thoroughly cohesive and focussed body of work, effectively showcasing the formidable skills of all involved whilst living up to the album’s promise of being “a modern-day jewel crafted with the spirit of the golden-era.”

As with any Triple Darkness-related project, “The Elixir” contains a potent, brain-bursting mix of street knowledge, social commentary and esoteric history references. Cyrus and Ray draw on both the pyramids of ancient Egypt and the cold, imposing tower blocks of their London stomping grounds for creative inspiration, resulting in verses which are grounded in the realities of inner-city struggle whilst  attempting to open the listener’s third-eye to the unseen forces that shape our shared existence in life’s Matrix.

The defiant “Generators” opens the album, with Malachi and Vendetta spitting hard-hitting rhymes over the melodic menace of Saturn’s beats “like a right from Tyson”, rallying against a music industry that’s “soulless like atheism” as they attempt to protect the “sacred wisdom” of Hip-Hop.

The drama-fuelled “Burgandy” mixes violent imagery with poetic elegance, as the two emcees effortlessly weave together a captivating story of revenge, wasted potential and tragic loss, avoiding the glorification of the social conditions they’re highlighting by effectively communicating the oppressive, claustrophobic mind-state those in such situations find themselves trapped in.

“Pound For Pound” features Ray Vendetta on blistering form, unleashing a relentless barrage of “solid titanium darts” during a competition-crushing verse, before Cyrus delivers his own multi-layered lyrical tour de force which references everything from religious rhetoric to music biz politics.

The ominous “Portahouse” is a grimy cinematic street tale of epic proportions, whilst the sweeping strings of “Stained” accompany detailed rhymes underlining the vicious cycle of gang-related activity and its long-lasting impact on both families and communities.

With Malachi’s gruff, authoritative delivery and Ray’s more subtle rhyme style complimenting each other throughout, “The Elixir” is an album that demands your full attention in order to be fully appreciated. There are no lazy moments or throwaway verses to be found here, with the pair’s dedication to their craft made abundantly clear as each carefully sculpted line unravels into the next.

In a time when many feel the art of lyricism is becoming increasingly less valued as a result of mainstream rap trends and the quest for popular hits, artists such as Cyrus Malachi and Ray Vendetta are here to prove there will always be those whose motivation for picking up a microphone runs much deeper than simply chasing overnight success, fame and fortune.

Ryan Proctor

The Elixir Album Stream – Cold Fusion

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Triple Darkness members Ray Vendetta and Cyrus Malachi demonstrate why the crew are considered one of the rap game’s most talented collectives, with this Ringz Ov Saturn / 7th Dan-produced album featuring the pair dropping heavy mental rhymes over thunderous beats

New Joint – Triple Darkness

Triple Darkness – “Sword Dust” (@TripleDarkness_ / 2014)

The heavyweight UK crew deliver sharp, mind-bending bars on this Ringz Ov Saturn-produced banger.

New Joint – Cyrus Malachi

Cyrus Malachi – “Pariah” (@CyrusMalachi / 2014)

The Triple Darkness emcee drops some heavyweight lyricism on this Remulak-produced track.

52 Best Albums & EPs Of 2013 (Part Four) – Verb T / Ghostface Killah / Ugly Heroes etc.

Verb T – “I Remain” (High Focus Records) – The UK lyricist reconfirmed his status as one of the most consistent talents to be found within the British Hip-Hop scene with this impressive self-produced project. Mixing the mundane grind of daily life with a creative imagination, “I Remain” offered another vivid look into the world of Verb T.

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Ka – “The Night’s Gambit” (BrownsvilleKa.Com) – Painting more detailed images of NYC’s darkside, Brooklyn’s Ka dropped another understated opus of haunting brilliance that stayed with the listener long after the final track faded into silence.

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CM Jones – “Perfect Hand Off” (Ascetic Music) – With the power of technology at their disposal, French producer Creestal and New Jersey-based emcee MoShadee didn’t let thousands of miles prevent them from building a musical chemistry that ensured this multi-layered mix of soul, jazz and boom-bap sounded like it had been recorded by a pair of Hip-Hop heads who’d known each other since childhood.

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Hannibal Stax & Marco Polo – “Seize The Day” (Soulspazm Records) – As one of the most recognisable voices of the Gang Starr Foundation, the debut album of Crooklyn lyricist Stax might have been years in the making, but it definitely arrived right on time. Backed by the thunderous, neck-snapping beats of Marco Polo, Hannibal took it back to a time in Hip-Hop when gimmicks were frowned upon and emcees relied purely on skills and mic presence to keep a listener’s attention. Brooklyn’s in the house!

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Cyrus Malachi – “Black Athena” (First Son Records) – The Triple Darkness emcee continued to build on his brand of intricately written, mind-expanding Hip-Hop with this latest collection of intense bangers produced by the likes of 7th Dan and HellzEcho that could shake the foundations of the pyramids.

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Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “12 Reasons To Die” (Soul Temple Music) – Backed by the soulful live instrumentation of Adrian Younge, the Wally Champ dove headfirst into this brilliantly-executed cinematic concept album based on an outlandish plot that made the average kung-fu flick seem straight forward.  Joined by Wu swordsmen such as Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna and Masta Killa, Ghostface navigated his way through betrayal, love and murder in this musical martial arts thriller.

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Ugly Heroes – “Ugly Heroes” (Mello Music Group) – Comprised of producer Apollo Brown alongside emcees Verbal Kent and Red Pill, Ugly Heroes provided a poignant soundtrack for people everywhere pushing their way through the everyday struggle, dealing with the pressures of day-jobs, family responsibilities and the unexpected knockout blows thrown by life. One of the year’s most sincere and heartfelt albums.

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7 G.E.M.S. – “Golden Era Music Sciences” (Ill Adrenaline Records) – Massachusetts-based Tragic Allies members Purpose, Estee Nack and Code Nine joined forces with Queensbridge legend Tragedy Khadafi for this collabo project that was best described by its own title. Full of rugged, boom-bap beats and street-influenced god-body lyricism, “Golden Era Music Sciences” combined all of the correct elements from Hip-Hop’s periodic table for this true-school experiment.

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Jack Diggs – “Dirty Finger Nails” (Revorg Records) – Deeply autobiographical and sublimely produced, TPS Fam member Diggs dug into his personal history as well as his record crates on this quality album which showcased the talents of an individual who clearly lives, breathes and sleeps the culture of Hip-Hop.

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The Mouse Outfit – “Escape Music” (TheMouseOutfit.Com) – The Manchester-based crew of live musicians, deejays and emcees offered listeners a diverse melting pot of musical styles on this infectious album covering Hip-Hop, reggae, jazz and soul in the process. Highlighting the distinct lyrical flavour of veteran UK emcee Dr Syntax whilst introducing the likes of Sparkz and Black Josh to a wider audience, “Escape Music” was honest music made for all the right reasons.

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Ryan Proctor

Check Part One, Part TwoPart Three and Part Five.

New Joint – Triple Darkness

Triple Darkness – “Knuckle Dust” (@TripleDarkness_ / 2013)

Rugged Ringz Ov Saturn-produced posse cut from one of the most talented crew’s in the game featuring Blasphemy, Black Prophet, Ray Vendetta, Melanin9, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla’s Ghost, Iron Braydz and Solar Black.

New Joint – Ray Vendetta / Melanin 9 / Cyrus Malachi

Ray Vendetta ft. Melanin 9 & Cyrus Malachi – “3 Strike Kill” (@Ray_Vendetta / 2013)

New rugged 7th Dan-produced lyrical onslaught from the Triple Darkness camp.

New Joint – Triple Darkness

Triple Darkness – “Affluent Tongues” (Higher Heights / 2013)

Cyrus Malachi, Ray Vendetta and Tesla’s Ghost rep for the UK’s TD camp on this Morriarchi-produced track.

New Joint – Cyrus Malachi

Cyrus Malachi – “The Prelude” (FirstSon.BandCamp.Com / 2013)

Hard-hitting Remazz-produced track from the UK emcee’s new album”Black Athena”.

Black Athena Album Sampler – Cyrus Malachi

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London-based emcee and Triple Darkness member Cyrus Malachi drops his new solo album “Black Athena” next week – check the sampler here for a taste of the heavy mental lyricism and atmospheric boom-bap on offer.

Bring Da Ruckus – Triple Darkness

Footage of the UK’s Triple Darkness camp performing in London last Friday with M9, Phoenix Da Icefire, Cyrus Malachi, newest member Iron Braydz and more proving why they’re currently one of the illest crews in Hip-Hop.

New Joint – Cyrus Malachi

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Cyrus Malachi – “Contraband” (FirstSon.BandCamp.Com / 2013)

The Triple Darkness member returns with the first shot off his forthcoming solo album “Black Athena” which will feature M9, Iron Braydz, Skriblah and more.