HKB FINN / “Sanctuary of Joy (Extended Version)”

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3 Responses to “HKB FINN / “Sanctuary of Joy (Extended Version)””

May 13th, 2007 at 6:58 am

As a Londoner and a fan of Hunt Finn since the 80’s I just have to say massive respect to you for posting this. He is a true “Unsung Heroe” of the UK. Firstly with his crew Katch 22 and their 3 classic albums…Now he’s on his own flex.
Try and get his Katch 22 albums for someting ruffer or his first solo album.
And back when he was “Pure” Hip Hop he was one of the most vicious MC’s you WOULDNT want to cross – pure viciousness and his name was PERFECT for the type of MC he was – HUNT, KILL, BURY …… Not many MC’s could test

May 13th, 2007 at 7:14 am

And Oh yea it may not sound like it but im not a massive fan of this latest work from Finn not nearly as good as his older work, its not the best you could have put up from him.
But hopefully it will lead some to search more about him and lead to other UK artists that are mostly overlooked due to having no industry support

Qawi Says:
May 16th, 2007 at 10:23 pm

I like it and then I don’t. His lyrics are Hip and the beats Hop, but that doesn’t quite make it completely Hip-Hop. Without quoting Russell Simmons about what Hip-Hop means, let’s just say that I can appreciate HKB FiNN’s Hip-Hop. It sounds like 90’s New Jack Swing meets Will Smith meets Michael Franti And Spearhead. I might even say he mildly sounds like Slum Village…mildly.

However, between the beats and cadence, there are lyrics. Unfortunately after listening to this several times and liking the music, the lyrics don’t stand out. I mean, one key element to calling something Hip-Hop/Rap is what the MC is saying right? And Ms. Badu’s point is true in this case. Accent notwithstanding, what is he really saying, what is the purpose of his song. That, more than the beats and music is the challenge for us folk across the pond in the U.S.

Maybe it’s his accent too, but for these to be political lyrics, they don’t seem edgy enough or "call to arms" enough. In other words, I’m more inclined to dance to the beat than ponder about the lyrics. But rather than dis him any further, Mtume, I’ll keep listening. Maybe I am missing something.

         Mtume says:         

You don’t have to keep listening on my account, Qawi. I’m with you. Kalamu is the Finn fan.


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