Orpheus vs. the Sirens

Hermit and the Recluse - Orpheus vs. the Sirens
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2018 Ratings: #36
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Tiny Mix Tapes

The self-mythologizing that Ka composes on Orpheus vs the Sirens constitutes a minoritarian epic that resounds with the properly poetic catharsis that might purge the constraints from a life’s definition.


In a twist, the Brownsville rapper projects the streetwise narratives of his youth through the lens of Greek mythology—an audacious move, but his hypnotic voice and evocative writing pull it off.

The Needle Drop

With its well executed concept, tight sequencing, and top-notch production from Animoss, Orpheus vs. the Sirens is probably the best album with which to introduce someone to the work of Ka.


Ka's music will be a tough sell for hip-hop fans accustomed to baroque maximalism. Orpheus vs. the Sirens is almost confrontationally intimate; long stretches pass without any percussion at all.

Living off borrowed time the clock ticks faster

Doom influence beside, the album is unbelievably creative and is nonstop genius. Production is gorgeous. It doesn’t drag.
"Morpheus, Dorpheus, Orpheus
Go eat some walruses
Orifices, porridges
Morpheus, Morpheus

Going to the buffet and walruses
Confidence, corpseses
Worcestershire sauce
Go into your orifices

Red pill, blue pill,
Morpheus, walruses
Seashells by the seashorpheus

Morpheus drinking a 40 in a death basket"

Damn bro, Ka didn't have to go off like that
orpheus lookin a lil ... u know 👀🍑
Edit: I have hidden my true feelings on this album for the majority of the year. This is in fact my true AOTY and not the Idles record. This album was just soo unbelievably gorgeous on all fronts with Ka masterminding the whole thing. This album is so perfect for me personally becsuse it combines two of my favorite things in Lyrical Hip Hop and Greek Mythology. The vocal cuts are all perfectly executed and the beats and production are so clean and shiny. I feel like I'm actuslly in the middle ... read more
Again, hip-hops underground spews out another brilliant piece of storytelling. This feels conjured from the realm of DOOM, the combination of lifes despair hung on some ancient theme, rappers have long told myths, lies of grandeur so its fitting that etching mythology with hood politics works so well here.

As expected, each track is a maze of verses, covered heavy in haze, each turn and listen unlocks new lines that grow the world built here so too wherever dead-end lines appear there are ... read more
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Track List

  1. Sirens
  2. Fate
  3. Orpheus
  4. Atlas
  5. Argo
  6. Golden Fleece
  7. The Punishment of Sisyphus
  8. Hades (feat. Citizen Cope)
  9. Oedipus
  10. Companion of Artemis
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Added on: August 7, 2018