TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE: Brotha Lynch Hung

One more pound to smoke, a horse head, and baby guts are among the things that the mind conjures when it hears the…

One more pound to smoke, a horse head, and baby guts are among the things that the mind conjures when it hears the name, Brotha Lynch Hung. Mr. Sacramento, crept onto the scene back in ’93. With his sophomore release of, Season of da Siccness. Lynch’s exquisitely twisted lyrics and entrenched metaphors (sometimes misleading to the listener) earned him an infamous spot in Hip-Hop’s underground. Is he really a canniba? Does he physically mutilate infants? No. Is he able to use his words to provoke an emotional response? Absolutely!

“I’m willing to do whatever. I try not to do any of that regular stuff, you know. I want to do other level stuff—stuff that hasn’t been done. Every rapper says that; but, it has to be something creative, it has to be something lyrical. It can’t be verse, hook, verse, hook, verse, hook all the time. It’s got to be really, really different,” assures Brotha Lynch. Dinner And A Movie, his Strange Music debut, demonstrates his creative progression. Now, Brotha Lynch Hung discusses which MCs he considers to reign supreme. I would like to get your Top 5 Dead Or Alive MCs.

Brotha Lynch Hung: Okay. You know, Tupac, he’s at the top! Now, give me a little juice as to why these guys made it into your Top 5.

Brotha Lynch Hung: Why did those? Well, if you notice, every rapper that I picked puts pride into their lyrics and their creativity.


Brotha Lynch Hung: It’s just his whole aura, you know what I mean. He was political; he was not scared to say what he felt. I feel a little bit of that in myself, too. Because, I don’t care, I just put it out there. You know, he grabbed me with that; he’s political. Plus, his background; he was born in a prison. It’s just his whole aura. He was a talkative dude. I met him once; he took me to lunch. The Tupac that everybody sees ain’t like the Tupac that you would go out to lunch with. He’s able to portray everything about himself to a point to where it’s like, wow! I’m jealous.

Brotha Lynch Hung:I wish I could say that I did some songs with him; but, I can’t. That would have been fantastic, ‘Pac and Lynch, man!

Brotha Lynch Hung: Man, it was so sad when that happened. The saddest part about his passing is that he kinda knew that it was coming. That’s the hurtful thing about it. He didn’t even want to go to Vegas that night, you know what I mean. So, he was not really forced, you can’t really force Tupac to do anything. I guess he went; because, he was a guy who gets out there. He was in the casino, he’s in the clubs and stuff. I guess he figured he’d go; but, he didn’t have to. I know he was trying to escape that blow.


Brotha Lynch Hung: He started it! His words were just twisted, and doing all this crazy stuff. He actually, he made me pick up on that. And every rapper who likes playing with words; I love that. Do you have a favorite verse from Rakim; or, a favorite album?

Brotha Lynch Hung: From Rakim, I don’t have a favorite album. I have a favorite song. The albums were kinda weird. You liked his lyrics more than you liked his albums. But “Lyrics of Fury” is one that really grabbed me. It really showed me that I had to step up on my lyrical part. I love “Lyrics Of Fury.” Who’s next?

Lynch: Eminem. Given that you listened to Relapse while you were creating Dinner And A Movie, what about him demands your attention; what is it about Eminem?


Brotha Lynch Hung: Well, you know, me and him talk that crazy stuff! We use our minds to grab and grip you. Me and Eminem—him even more—probably got problems in the head, a little bit. [LAUGHS] You are a fool! So, he has a touch of crazy?

Brotha Lynch Hung: You know what I mean. Or, he’s a good actor. Regardless of that, he puts out good music—great music! I love that about him, you know. His lyrics are just, whew! He’s somebody that I would want to battle. I’ve been wanting to battle him—a good battle—not a bad battle to where we talk shit about each other. I just want to do the lyrical thing with him. He’s very inspirational…

I don’t usually listen to other people’s albums. But, the fact that he hadn’t been out in a while, I wanted to see how he was going to react to it. We were kinda in similar situations. At least with me, before Dinner And A Movie, I hadn’t been out with an album since 2003. I wanted to see if he could hold up his, you know what I mean. So, I grabbed his album. I listened to it for about a month then I put it away. [Then I] pretty much got on mine. Were you satisfied with the album?

Brotha Lynch Hung: I felt that that the album was rushed. I think Eminem let his fans get to him when they said, ‘Hurry up and put out an album!’ I think that album was rushed. He did have some good lyrics on it; but, it wasn’t his best album. It kinda hurt me too. I was looking forward to getting amped up, lyrically. And, he amped me up lyrically, a little bit. But, I know Eminem can come tighter than Relapse. Who’s next?

TECH N9NE Tech N9ne, why is he on this list?

Brotha Lynch Hung: I love his flipping. He twists his words and flips them like whatever. That’s why I put him there. Plus, he uses a lot of words that rappers don’t use. So, I had to get him in there. Lyrically, most people can’t match what he say. I’ve always loved Tech N9ne’s flipping. So, I had to put him on that list.

CROOKED I Tell me about Crooked I.

Brotha Lynch Hung: He’s more lyrical than creative. But, I love lyrics. I love people who put work in to play trickery with words, just like I do. I’m actually going to work with Crooked I soon. That is what motivates me to step my, you know, vocabulary up. I love all those dudes.

The Sidebar

“We are trying to start the campaign of dope lyrics! It’s hard to predict where this game is going to go. I think all the lyrically tight rappers, [those] who put care into their lyrics should work together. It depends on the fans; if they want to keep listening to this lollipop stuff so they can dance in the club; it might kill us. But if they want to listen to some real lyrics and some deep music, sad songs, happy songs—you know— we’ll last.” -Brotha Lynch Hung