CunninLynguists @ The Vernon Club

Friday, May 27

The Vernon Club
1575 Story Ave.
$10, 7 p.m. (doors)

This may be blasphemous to some, but the title of “best rap group from Kentucky” no longer seems to belong to the boys from Bowling Green. No disrespect to the brothers Nappy, but CunninLynguists — note for note, album for album — may have just chin-checked your crew via their latest offering, Oneirology. Producer Kno is a beast behind the boards. Nationally known for his Black Album mash-up, his sample-heavy production marries strong melodies with ridiculous drums. Deacon and Natti are no slouches, with their perfect balance of subject matter and delivery. Comparisons to Dungeon Family figures like Goodie Mob and Outkast are easy to draw, and not lazy, though they’re certainly tired of hearing them, as the aboveground masses have still not caught on like their Atlanta counterparts. The group plays their first Louisville show in what feels like forever at the Vernon with some of Louisville’s lesser-known hip-hop acts and tour opener Homeboy Sandman. —Damien McPherson

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