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New Kingdom was a Alternative Hip Hop group formed in 1987 by a couple of music geeks from New York, Sebastian, a former Hardcore Punker, and Nosaj, a devotee of Soul artists like Curtis Mayfield. Despite only making two albums, this underappreciated band is the missing link between Psychedelic Rock and Hip-Hop, and are considered by their fans to be pioneers in a trippy, acidy psychedelic fusion of rap and rock that has oozed over into other genres and artists in the Underground Hip Hop scene.

New Kingdom is known for their bizarre, freeform-sounding lyrics which are often Mind Screwy or slurred as fuck, and a sound that, as explained above, mixes Funk, Soul, Rap, Rock and Psychedelia, sounding like a early Funkadelic crossed with Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and a rapper doing an imitation of Captain Beefheart. The vocals are not so much rapping as it is shouting spoken poetry over Psychedelic Fusion.

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They dropped off the face of the Earth after only two albums: Heavy Load and Paradise Don't Come Cheap.

Not to be confused with the Alternative Rock band of the same name.


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  • Freak Brothers

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