Artwork by Michael Manomivibul.
When I started this post, I had an idea of what I was going to say about my guy Deacon the Villain and the release of his long-awaited solo debut, Peace Or Power. I had a plan to put the spotlight on his ability to take a triple-threat approach to crafting the album. (Not only does he rap his ass off, the Kentucky native also flexes his singing chops throughout the 16 tracks – all of which, he produced himself.) I was going to salute him for his longevity in the game (I’ve been listening to CunninLynguists for damn near 15 years now!), touch on his photo/video skills, and maybe share a few stories from our times on tour together. I had it all mapped out.
But then I pressed play on Peace Or Power… and the next two hours belonged to my headphones, as I ran through the album two times. And I would’ve taken a third lap, had I not realized this post was still incomplete. Doh!
Actually, I’m gonna do that right now, and let the good folks at QN5 handle the breakdown.
IT’S FINALLY HERE! After 11 CunninLynguists projects, a side-group project and a slew of production credits under his belt, Kentucky’s favorite son Deacon The Villain finally unleashes his solo debut album, Peace or Power. 16 Tracks of pure unadulterated southern soul as only a triple-threat emcee/producer/singer can bring it to you. Featuring stellar guest appearances by Kno & Natti of CunninLynguists, Tonedeff, Homeboy Sandman, Tunji, Sheisty Khrist and more, this album is loaded with heady lyricism, spiritual mantras and positive vibes galore. And if that wasn’t enough, the production on this album (much of which is live instrumentation) is absolutely album-of-the-year worthy. What are are you waiting for? SPREAD THE WORD!! This album is to awesome to be ignored.
Take a listen below and head to Bandcamp for a download.
All tracks produced by Deacon The Villain.
Mixed by Amond Jackson for “Salem Psalms” Studios (Atlanta, GA).
Mastered by Change for “The Den” Digital Studios.
Head of A&R: Essene “Champagne Chu” Moormon
Cover Art Consultation: Tony “Tonedeff” Rojas”