Kill The Vultures
Carnelian (MP3)


Carnelian is the newest release from Kill The Vultures, and is their first release with Totally Gross National Product. 

On Carnelian, rapper Crescent Moon delivers surreal narratives based on the intersection of race, religion, and crime from his perspective as a person of mixed-race heritage. Producer Anatomy explores the dark altered state suggested in the vocals, incorporating avant-garde influences, while staying rooted in hip-hop. The title refers to a red semi-precious stone, which is often found in religious and royal artifacts. The root of the word carnelian refers to the latin carnis, meaning flesh.

Crescent Moon and Anatomy spent years touring with De La Soul, DJ Shadow, Talib Kweli, Atmosphere, Lyrics Born, Brother Ali, as well as headlining several tours in their antecedent groups Oddjobs and Third Earth Crew, whose fellow members included Jean Grae, Mr. Len of Company Flow, Juggaknots, Masterminds, and Pumpkinhead. Artistically unsatisfied, Crescent Moon and Anatomy formed Kill The Vultures and immediately began to explore new sounds, blending their love of grit, jazz, punk and tribal beats with beat poet/rap vocals. This sensibility connected with experimental hip-hop fans and critics domestically, as well as in Europe, where Kill The Vultures appeared on the cover of the respected Italian magazine, Blow Up, and received accolades from press outlets including Rolling Stone France, Les Inrocks, and La Blogotheque. Their debut release also received high praise from U.S. outlets, including who dubbed it "the best underground rap album I've heard this year."

Release date: October 23, 2015

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