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Brotha Lynch Hung: The 'Strangla' Saga Continues

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Horror themed hip-hop dates back to the early '90s with the work of "horrorcore" acts like Gravediggaz, and since then it's morphed and evolved into different musical and lyrical styles, but one thing that stays solid through the years is a serious passion for horror movies – usually of the more extreme variety. One of horrorcore's longest-running players is Sacramento-based artist Brotha Lynch Hung, who draws on his life-long love of fear flicks to weave dark tales of bloody mayhem and ultra-violent crime.

While that's enough to get our attention, there's also a unique twist to Lynch's recent work. The upcoming release Coathanga Strangla is the second "chapter" in a trilogy of concept albums about a famous rapper with a homicidal alter-ego, and to accompany each record he's created a series of interlocking videos that translate the album's story into a slick but disturbing movie. Read on for the backstory on this musical gore epic, and check out the mini-flicks that go with it, including the first video from the new album...

Since Lynch has generated a fair share of controversy over the years for his graphically violent, sexually perverse lyrical content, it's a chilling prospect that he's begun to translate those themes into film. But he did his horror homework like any true fan, and the videos show he's fully tuned in to what works in a serial killer/slasher tale. The production quality of the music and visuals shows why he's risen above an underground following to find success with a wider audience... assuming they're tough enough to handle his demented tales of torture, rape and cannibalism.

But there's a lot more going on in these tracks than just over-the-top gore: there's also a wicked social commentary running beneath the surface, and Lynch knows how to shape it to his style. His technique is not exactly subtle, but this kind of subject matter isn't suited to the soft-sell: these are stories that should grab you by the throat. It's also clear that Lynch is drawing on his own life experiences to give his character a personal edge, which sometimes makes him uncomfortably sympathetic – maybe not on the level of Dexter, but he's still far from one-dimensional.

The first album in the trilogy, last year's Dinner and a Movie set the stage for this graphically violent musical thriller with bone-chilling tracks like "Meat," "Colostomy Bag," and "I Plotted (My Next Murder)." Each of those singles would become the subject of a music video depicting the exploits of the Coathanga Strangla – a struggling MC who spends his nights on the prowl as a masked murderer with killing methods ranging from sudden, explosive brutality to carefully crafted acts of sweet revenge. In the intro "The Interrogation," the killer allegedly begins to confess his crimes to the police, but by the time we get to the closing skit "We Played You Like a Violin," it seems Strangla's "confession" was just another part of his devious scheme...

The visual side of the story begins with the clip for "Meat," where we get the first real insight into the character's motivation – he's desperate to find a way to feed his family, and until he breaks big with his music, he decides to resort to cannibalism to put food on the table. That's not his only reason, but we'll get into that...

The plot thickens in "I Plotted (My Next Murder)," as the mood shifts from hopelessness to rage: dark impulses begin to take hold of the main character while surreal and violent images flash through his mind. We also see the origin of the Strangla's sinister mask, and meet his slinky female partner in crime...

The first chapter concludes with "Colostomy Bag," as our killer really hits his stride, gaining legit fame by day as rapper "The Hang" while staying busy at his night job, adding more terrifying tools to his trade and ramping up the body count...

With "The Coathanga," the first single from the second album, we catch up on the backstory before launching into Hang's latest dilemma, as his nightly slashfests are starting to interfere with his public life, and the cops are starting to sniff around...

The bloody saga continues when the full album Coathanga Strangla drops on April 5th from Strange Music. But in the meantime, catch yourself up with Dinner and a Movie to hear the first steps on the Strangla's path of destruction. It's not exactly a party record, unless you hang with the likes of Jigsaw or Hannibal Lecter... okay, so a lot of you would actually be cool with that. Don't worry, it'll be our little secret.

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