Bands We Like: Gonjasufi's Herb-Fueled Philosophy
The golden age of hip hop that lasted until the 90s is filled with gems that never saw much light.
Masters of the Universe are one such crew, their discovery today hindered by a Binary Star album of the same name (though that album is pretty nasty as well). The group Masters of the Universe are no longer together, but one of their members has continued working. The updated style of Gonjasufi has some of the same traits, but the beats have gone from beat+sample to noisy, scratchy instrumentals, and in place of on-the-beat vocals are his singing, sounding like something between Jimi Hendrix and ODB. Maybe a little Wesley Willis too.
As part of the branching out they’ve undertaken in recent years, Warp Records picked up Gonjasufi and he released his first full length on the imprint in 2010. Though it’s named for himself and producer Gaslamp Killer, A Sufi and a Killer also features production from Mainframe, and Warp phenomenon Flying Lotus. Six months later, Gonjasufi came back with yet another full length entitled The Caliph’s Tea Party. Sounds like the Sufi side of him keeps coming through.
With two albums out in his first year, there’s no telling how much heat Gonjasufi will drop in 2011. His new affiliates are the hottest producers in the new, intelligent, instrumental side of west coast hip hop, and he seems to have a bottomless pit of lyrics to feed his crackling vocal style.
“Ancestors” by Gonjasufi
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