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King Sun Righteous But Ruthless Profile • 1990

In 1989 King Sun came to the scene with the great 'XL' album. But not much later he came back, surprised the unknown and convinced the ignorant even more of his skills. Lyrically, he’s only a small step away from the greats, with a raw Rakimesque flow and the convincing prophecy of KRS One.

Affiliated with the Five Percenters, Poor Righteous Teachers and the Hollywood Impact Posse, his rhymes are influenced by the philosophy of Afrika Islam movement, leaning more towards rebelliousness than towards the peaceful approach. 'Martin Luther King did a lot for us, but today it is cool to play at the back of the bus', he rhymes in the smashing opening song 'Be Black', which, at the same time, holds a lot of criticism towards so-called 'Black Perpetrators', advising Afro-Americans to study about their descent. 'King Sun: Name a city in Africa! Perpetrator: Euhm, Jamaica!'. Moral advice is given in 'Big Shots' which holds the Nautilius sample by Bob James looped over the drums of Chicago Gangsters’ 'Gangsta Boogie', his mistress is dedicated in 'Undercover Lover' over the tones of Stevie Wonder’s 'Talking About Hey Love' while Tony D flips a dusty beat for 'Soft Shoe Booty' that’s at least ten years ahead of its time. By the way, The Poor Righteous Teachers feature on 'The Gods Are Taking Heads'!

If you weren’t already convinced by 'XL', then this LP will draw you over the line: King Sun is one hell of a rapper! After this effort, it remained surprisingly quiet for four years, until he returned with another blazin EP on Cold Chillin Records. His last album appeared two years later and never reached the level of the three afore.

POSTED ON 09|14|2005 by cpf

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