The NYC rap duo of Darkim Be Allah & Endem­ic Emer­ald deliv­er that pure, raw, uncut hip-hop with their new album, Antedi­lu­vi­an King. We’re talk­ing thought­ful, rewind-worthy lyr­ics from the former Wu Tang Records sign­ee, with dusty, sample-flip­ping pro­duc­tion from Endem­ic. It makes for a pro­ject that sounds and feels alto­geth­er time­less, a vibe that cer­tainly was at the root of their cre­at­ive process.

While the hard-hit­ting truths of “The Lock­down” are cer­tainly rel­ev­ant and speak to so many cur­rent issues, the major­ity of the album was actu­ally recor­ded pri­or to the civil unrest and pan­dem­ic that have shaken the coun­try. That’s because the two artists had linked years back—and even recor­ded a lost album together—with the know­ledge that they were meant to con­nect for an entire project.

That’s what brings us to Antedi­lu­vi­an King, which con­cep­tu­ally speaks to a time tak­ing place before a bib­lic­al flood (which is unbe­liev­ably pres­ci­ent). And while there are numer­ous lay­ers to unpack with­in the album’s ten tracks—like the single “God of the Uni­verse” with Plan­et Asia—everything on here is straight heat. Darkim’s voice and flow are the per­fect match for Endem­ic’s organ­ic instru­ment­als, wheth­er it’s the feel-good nos­tal­gia of “Doing It,” grimy aes­thet­ic of “BX-QB” fea­tur­ing Tragedy Khadafi, or con­tem­plat­ive vibes of “Know­ledge & Wisdom.”

There’s so much to dig into with Antedi­lu­vi­an King, and it’s hope­fully just the first of many col­lab­or­at­ive releases from these two true school, like-minded artists. The album is avail­able now through all major digit­al retail­ers and stream­ing plat­forms via Endem­ic’s own label, No Cure Records and can be pur­chased on vinyl cour­tesy of Fat Beats.


01. The Lockdown
02. BX-QB (feat. Tragedy Khadafi)
03. Gods’ Wrath (feat. Kasim Allah)
04. Doing It
05. Real Black
06. Ori­gin­al Light
07. The black Gene
08. Know­ledge & Wisdom
09. You Know the Grav­ity (feat. Tragedy Khadafi)
10. God of the Uni­verse (feat. Plan­et Asia)

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.