For those that don’t know, The Menagerie are the hip hop super group comprising of gentleman of rap Professor Elemental, the great Dr Syntax and super producer Tom Caruana. The group released their debut album ‘Wild Kingdom’, in 2005 and gained a cult following in their adopted hometown of Brighton and beyond, with International DJ Magazine calling the group a ‘seriously tight unit, as anyone who has witnessed their live shows will testify’.
The Menagerie are now back with their new offering “Odd Beast”, and I can tell you, it lives up to its name perfectly. Elemental and Dr Syntax complement Tom Caruana’s signature brand of quirky, sample-laden hip hop with comedic, tongue-in-cheek lyrics touching on subjects such as relationship pressures (‘She’s Gone’), a shared disdain for team sports (‘It’s Only A Game’) and interactions with professional peers (‘Rappers Don’t Want To Be Our Friends’). Guests include Al The Native (aka Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks) and Sabira Jade (DJ Vadim), while DJ Nick Maxwell provides the always-on-point turntable skills.
Released on September 4th, this is definitely one for any hip hop fans looking for something a bit different, something to make you laugh and smile, a group that’s not afraid to be themselves and have a laugh whilst doing it. Get it!