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Bonkers collab between Hausu bossman Mukqs and free-associating Chicago legend Sharkula. Utterly singular and completely surreal - like an alien intelligence rapping over productions made by bio-organic AI.
Obviously we can't say for sure but we'd put good money on "Take Caution on the Beach" being one of the weirdest rap records of the year. Sharkula, for those outside of the Chicago metro area, is a well-known figure on the local scene having been observed grinding for two decades, handing out mixtapes and barking abstract rhymes to anyone who would care to listen. He's released over forty (!) albums and EPs at this point and like many of us, his work has been interrupted rudely by COVID-19 restrictions. It's hard to pass out records on public transport and in bars when everything's shuttered, right?
"Take Caution on the Beach" is the second collaboration between Sharkula and Hausu Mountain co-founder Max Allison and was recorded in a single take. Allison put together a handful of collapsing, surrealist beats (think El-P using a selection of Windows 95-era soundfonts and a broken groovebox) and Sharkula let loose, non-stop, connecting words and phrases together like X-rated Legos. There's a joy in their back-and-forth; Allison's productions show the respect he has for the rapper, and Sharkula pays back in kind with some of the most enjoyable rhymes we've heard in a minute. True outsider music.