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Sunday, January 19, 2014

@CynicalMindedMD - The Lone Wolf Project

  Cynical Minded is the "general" of the DMV hip-hop group Four-In: "Aggressive, honest...raw hip hop", "minorities...on the fringes of society". From the outskirts of D.C. (Silver Spring, MD), 'Four-In' refers to their roots: Cynical Minded (El Salvador), Nemesis (Portugal), Oxlaw (Puerto Rico), and Outragis (Jamaica). One video ("War") + an explosive 2012 EP ("Rules of Engagement") + an impressive series of live shows, including SxSW and DC's historic Howard Theatre.
                D-Hype is a composer, producer and music theorist from Silver Spring, MD.
The Lone Wolf Project is the debut LP from hip-hop lyricist Cynical Minded (of the group Four-In) and producer/composer D-Hype, released January 1st, 2014.
                A golden-age concept album, CM assumes the Lone Wolf alter ego and samples the classic 1980 samurai film Shogun Assassin (the same film sampled on GZA's Liquid Swords), and embarks on an epic journey of physical and inner battles. D-Hype provides the complex, cinematic beats, plus a colorful cast of over 15 hip-hop artists and vocalists.
                The cinematic first video, "Genesis" premiered the same night as the album, and is a stunning introduction to the epic project. The next single and video, the controversial "Crying Over You", drops in February.

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