Windy City Rockin’ #1 – Haiku


Public Announcement Download
Pendulum Head Download
Blue Download
from Blew (2006, Bonafyde)

Haiku is a Chicago MC who, despite his relatively young career, has carved out a strong niche all his own. Grounded in the tru-school aesthetics of Native Tongues pioneer De La Soul and its modern-day torch-bearers Little Brother as well as the literate and unapologetically intellectual tongue-twisting of the Def Jux and Anticon camps, Haiku’s Blew is a packed-to-the-brim, but never overlong, opus of soul-fueled beats (with Galapagos4’s Meaty Ogre lending a hand) that seamlessly compliment Haiku’s wordy, but rarely pretentious, style of rhyme. Rather than focusing on the usual m.o. of battle raps, Haiku’s deep discussions about ills in relationships and elsewhere are composed with a stunning maturity and confidence. Whether your hip-hop tastes lie in the more straightforward or challenging vein, Haiku is the perfect combination of both sides of the sphere.

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