IT WAS ON THIS DATE JANUARY 24TH, 2006 CUNNINLYNGUISTS RELEASED THEIR THIRD STUDIO ALBUM A PIECE OF STRANGE

A Piece of Strange is the third studio album by the Southern hip hop trio CunninLynguists, consisting of KnoDeacon the Villain and Natti. It was released January 24, 2006, by The LA Underground, a record label based in New Mexico.

The “high-concept record” tells the “tale of the pathway to and from sin”. The album was produced entirely by Kno, and vocals are by Kno, Deacon the Villain and Natti, who joined the group prior to the recording of the album. Featured guest vocalists include Cee-Lo Green, Immortal Technique, and Tonedeff. Deacon and Kno have both cited the album’s importance to their careers in interviews, with Kno calling it a “turning point” for the group. CunninLynguists toured domestically and overseas in support of the album, appearing with acts such as Depeche Mode, Kanye West, Bun B, and Pharrell Williams.

The album’s cover art is by Becky Cloonan. Cloonan’s collaboration with CunninLynguists occurred following her listing their song “Love Ain’t” as something she was listening to in an issue of her comic Demo.

A Piece of Strange received widespread acclaim from critics, with XXL calling it “soulful”, “raw”, and “sophisticated”,[17] URB calling it “a piece of beauty”, Scratch calling it “top-shelf”, CMJ calling it a “beautiful…dense opera”, and The A.V. Club calling it “vast and ambitious”. Since its release in 2006, the album has been mentioned as one of the most important underground hip hop albums and praised for portraying a narrative not visited in any previous hip hop album.

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