Still Eatin’ off his previousl LP, Allen Poe wanted to sneak one last loosie in before the year came to an end. Linking up with producer Hannibal King, the Kentucky emcee delivers “Hara Kiri”—a track named after the Japanese suicide ritual used by samurai (also referred to as seppuku).
Seppuku was originally reserved for samurai. Part of the samurai bushido honor code, seppuku was used either voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies (and likely suffer torture) or as a form of capital punishment for samurai who had committed serious offenses, or performed because they had brought shame to themselves. The ceremonial disembowelment, which is usually part of a more elaborate ritual and performed in front of spectators, consists of plunging a short blade, traditionally a tantō, into the abdomen and drawing the blade from left to right, slicing open the abdomen.
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