A Piece of Strange

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A Piece of Strange
PieceOfStrange.jpg
Studio album by CunninLynguists
Released January 24, 2006
Genre Hip hop
Length 54:09
Label QN5 Music/L.A. Underground
Producer Kno
CunninLynguists chronology
Sloppy Seconds Vol. 2
(2005)Sloppy Seconds Vol. 22005
A Piece Of Strange
(2006)
Dirty Acres
(2007)Dirty Acres2007

A Piece of Strange is the third studio album by the Southern hip hop trio CunninLynguists, consisting of Kno, Deacon the Villain and Natti. It was released January 24, 2006, by The LA Underground, a record label based in New Mexico.[1]

Background[edit]

The “high-concept record”[2] tells the "tale of the pathway to and from sin".[3] The album was produced entirely by Kno, and vocals are by Kno, Deacon the Villain and Natti, who joined the group prior to the recording of the album.[4] Featured guest vocalists include Cee-Lo Green, Immortal Technique, and Tonedeff. Deacon and Kno have both cited the album's importance to their careers in interviews, with Kno calling it a "turning point" for the group.[4] CunninLynguists toured domestically and overseas in support of the album, appearing with acts such as Depeche Mode, Kanye West, Bun B, and Pharrell Williams.[5][6][7]

Artwork[edit]

The album's cover art is by Becky Cloonan. Cloonan's collaboration with CunninLynguists occurred following her listing their song "Love Ain't" as something she was listening to in an issue of her comic Demo.[8]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Hype 5/5 stars[9]
IGN (9/10)[10]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[11]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[12]
Okayplayer 4/5 stars[13]
Scratch (8/10)[14]
SputnikMusic 4.5/5 stars[15]
URB 4/5 stars[16]

A Piece of Strange received widespread acclaim from critics, with XXL calling it "soulful", "raw", and "sophisticated",[17] URB calling it "a piece of beauty",[16] Scratch calling it "top-shelf",[14] CMJ calling it a "beautiful...dense opera",[18] and The A.V. Club calling it "vast and ambitious".[19] Since its release in 2006, the album has been mentioned as one of the most important underground hip hop albums and portraying a narrative not visited in any previous hip hop album.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Where Will You Be?" 1:03
2. "Since When" 4:02
3. "Nothing to Give" 3:30
4. "Caved In" (featuring Cee Lo Green) 3:17
5. "Hourglass" 3:21
6. "Beautiful Girl" 3:24
7. "Inhale (Interlude)" 2:02
8. "Brain Cell" 4:23
9. "America Loves Gangsters" (featuring Tim Means) 4:28
10. "Never Know Why" (featuring Immortal Technique) 3:51
11. "The Gates" (featuring Tonedeff) 4:05
12. "Damnation (Interlude)" 1:38
13. "Hellfire" (Fire remix) 2:29
14. "Remember Me (Abstract/Reality)" 4:26
15. "What'll You Do?" 2:43
16. "The Light" (featuring Club Dub) 5:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The LA Underground". thelaunderground.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ A Piece of Strange review, Archived at: Archived February 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "CunninLynguists - A Piece of Strange Album Review". prefixmag.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Artist Interview, Archived at: Archived January 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "artist interview". sixshot.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Artist Info". Bad Taste Records. Archived from the original on August 12, 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cunninlynguists at Hultsfredsfestivalen". rockfoto.net. 2006-06-17. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "DeviantArt". DeviantArt. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ A Piece of Strange review, Archived at: Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "A Piece of Strange review". ign.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cunninlynguists - A Piece of Strange". hiphopdx.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "CunninLynguists: A Piece of Strange: LA Underground Entertainment/QN5". rapreviews.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "A Piece of Strange review". Archived from the original on December 15, 2005. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  14. ^ a b A Piece of Strange review, Archived at: Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "CunninLynguists - A Piece Of Strange (Album review)". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b A Piece of Strange review, Archived at: Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ A Piece of Strange Review, Archived at: Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ A Piece of Strange Review, Archived at: Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Cunninlynguists & Supastition". avclub.com. October 26, 2005. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  20. ^ "10 Years Later, Cunninlynguists' "A Piece Of Strange" Remains As Relevant As Ever, Unfortunately". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2017-03-05.