Running in the downpour this morning spurred me to think about Deep Puddle Dynamics, the seriously slept-on hiphop crew from the early days of anticon. Featuring Doseone, Jel, Abilities, Ant, Alias, Slug, Sole, Moodswing, and Mayo, DPD released only one album, The Taste of Rain…Why Kneel, in 1999. It stands as one of underground hiphop’s most understatedly adventurous documents, both sonically and lyrically, and was the precursor to the maverick works by cLOUDDEAD and Themselves.

DPD had truly mad skills (mad, I tell you), and, yeah, they were kind of nerdy, but they were still tough as fuck. “Read The Art of War when I should’ve been outside fighting.” Uh-huh. Step lightly out there.