Underground Fossils is run by Dimxsk and often by Trylemma, who is on a hip hop spiritual journey in the Himalayas and may not be back for a bit. Posts are every Friday, usually some quality old sh*t but sometimes promotional posts or "reviews". We do all we can to make sure we don't post stuff that (1) You can still reasonably buy from the artist directly, (2) You can reasonably buy secondhand for cheap, (3) You can download easily elsewhere, (4) The artist(s) asks us not to for any reason. Rips will include our own personal rips, old scene rips, and random web rips.

Friday, September 29, 2023

New Music: Decuma - Feeding the World Serpent


I don't often do this, but it's been a really long time since I've personally done a review post and I'm finding myself especially excited about this one. Lately it's been difficult to find the time to really sit and absorb a solid hip hop album, hence the brevity of what I've been uploading and the lack of commentary on the music itself. But I wanted to go into Decuma's mind blowing trip that is Feeding the World Serpent because it really is that noteworthy, and full disclosure I haven't even finished it yet.

This album sounds nothing at all like anything else out there. It sort of straddles the line between spoken word and straight up hip hop, utilizing unconventional rhyme schemes,completely bonkers time signatures (no you won't be nodding to this anytime soon), impossible to predict composition and beatmaking, left field songwriting, cinematic orchestral sample choices crossed with Nine Inch Nails-esque discordant distortion and notably for such an abstract offering, very clever and moving lyrics.

I don't know how I originally stumbled onto this album or this artist, but I do know that weird (scratch that, EXTRAORDINARY) emcee and producer Th' Mole was kind enough to point us in Decuma's direction which gave me the impetus to actually give it a listen. He is just as stoked about it as I am, and I really wanted to spread the word as much as our humble little corner of the internet is capable of.

From the beginning this album sounds like a complete sonic clusterfuck. But be patient! The feeling of drowning in noise will ebb away as Decuma masterfully transitions the flow from field recording type spoken word pieces to straight up (well sort of) hip hop music in such a way that you won't even notice the change. That said, when he wants you to notice it you will. I guess what I'm trying to say is the true genius of this album is how random and chaotic it seems right up until you realize how purposeful every note and line actually is. Take that odd percussive triangle in "An Empty Sky, a Bank of Fog". Oh wait, it's a bullet casing hitting the floor, and you're feeling it hard as you watch a young woman bleed to death as the crowd watches, indifferent.

Decuma has so much to say on topics like race, politics, growing up, spirituality... the only complaint I have, and it comes with a suggestion as well, is that it's often a struggle to make out the words. Plus I'm almost forty and my ears ain't the best anymore. Which also reminds me, this kid is 21 (!) years old and displays a mastery over music that some thirty year olds are falling short of. Anyway, for that reason and that the production is just so genius and subtle, I HIGHLY recommend this album be listened to on headphones, preferably with as little disruption from the outside world as possible. I only was able to do that a bit today, but it made all the difference.

This album is a difficult one, but another thing I find so great about it is how unashamedly art rap it is without ever seeming pretentious or deliberately unlistenable. I really think a lot of different folks could grow to like this with the proper time and effort. But that really remains to be seen. Just give it a shot, if nothing else you will agree, shit is one of a kind!

Just  be cool and listen to Feeding the World Serpent... please?

Friday, September 22, 2023

Awol One & DJ ESP - A Twisted Messiah (199?)


Apologies for the brief hiatus. Today enjoy an old gypsy rip of Awol One's and DJ ESP's "A Twisted Messiah." I know very little about this one beyond its 30 minutes of dope beats and rhymes (Mass Dog makes an appearance as well.) Enjoy!

A Twisted Messiah

Friday, September 8, 2023

Bleubird - Does Man's Short Life Span Make Sense? (Hoople) (2002)


Well, does it? A question for the ages and a cover for your nightmares. Figured this one was pretty rare, although I don't know what this guy's doing these days. Maybe making another Hurricane Party...? Fingers crossed.

Anyway you guys probably know Bleubird, crazy rapper from Florida who manages to blend comedy, art rap and mainstream style Dirty South and is even occasionally successful at it. Not gonna lie, when his music isn't good it's REALLY not good, but when it's good it's pretty damn good. He's got technical skill and a very weird sense of style. Not for everyone, but certainly a fossil worthy of our attention.

"Enjoy" Does Man's Short Life Span Make Any Sense (Hoople)!




Friday, September 1, 2023

FTA - Rap, Buy: Products (1998)


Another one from the FTA crew today - Rap, Buy: Products from 1998! 


Be sure to peep Aloeight's and Eligh's new album today "Halo Boy." The guestlist is pretty diverse with features including Boldy James, Ceschi, Mickey Factz, Myka 9, King Los, Staplemouth - we even get a rare verse from Pterradacto! 

Declaime and Theory Hazit also dropped a new project today "Rocketman." 

The ever prolific Blu has teamed up with Real Bad Man to release a new album "Bad News."

Nolto, and his partner Tamara Hinz, dropped a new maxi single with production from Noblonski, Dren, Chadio, Trill Monroe, and Grainbin - "TikTok Make-Up Tutorial Song." 

Sahtyre and OF's Left Brian dropped a new album "Gone to Japan." 

Roughneck Jihad and Senz Beats cooked up a new album "Lobespierre." 

Epic's classic "Aging Is What Friends Do Together" is finally getting a vinyl treatment from Hand'Solo Records. Pre-Order it HERE

As a musical companion to his latest digital artbook, Sully dropped "ZOMBEATS: My Stupid, Little Beat Tape." 

Check out Skizza's latest album as well with AK Productions "Champion Season 2." 

Friday, August 25, 2023

Sacred Hoop - Hoopleg (2003)


 I think this one qualifies as a fossil. Classic PA hip hop all day, Luke Sick's humble origins in all it's glory. Includes an improv folk song. No shit.

Enjoy Hoopleg!

Oh yeah thanks Trylemma for the last minute cover last week. Hope I wasn't missed too much.




Friday, August 18, 2023

FTA - New Master (1998)


Dimxsk is busy this week, so just popping by to post this request: FTA's "New Master" tape from 1998. Enjoy!

New Master

Friday, August 11, 2023

RIP Avatar


RIP to West Coast great and multi-faceted Hip Hop artist Avatar. Very shocking news, hoping the best for his friends and family right now. Tremendous loss.