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Absence

There's rap and there's hip hop, or at least that's how things used to be. Now there's Dälek and there's everything else. Dre, Outkast, and Lil' Jon aren't worthy enough to share a mixed tape with this trio. Collectively known as Dälek, Dälek, Oktopus, and Still work together to create an original recipe of hip hop that at times shares more similarities with avant garde noise groups. It's likely this is why their choice of tour partners doesn't fit with the norm for their 'genre.' It's with their unique blend of background noise, raw beats, mile-a-minute rhymes, and perfected scratching that they have carved a niche in music history, one that they can call all their own. Absence is the group's second full-length effort and continues them on a path for overwhelming the masses. However, the group's experimental nature could be an obvious turnoff to those seeking witty hooks and one-liners. And for those fortunate enough to see Dälek live, you know there is no turning back once you've witnessed their jaw-dropping performance.

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