If the brilliant yet neurotic 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was alive today and boasted a strong affinity for bass-rattling rap music, what would the end result sound like? Probably too contorted and maddening for our human minds to comprehend, but if there were an earthly representation of this hypothetical it would have to be Amuck. Within a self-established format of lyrically unharnessed and sonically chaotic hip-hop, the Pittsburgh native broaches intellectually dense subjects like existentialism and religious fundamentalism, all-the-while remaining appropriate background music for a college house party. His work never fails to challenge cultural complacencies, whether they occur at the personal level or exist on a global, historical scale.
Amuck first started turning heads in 2010 with the release of his first full-length album Improbabilities; his wildly technical, polysyllabic delivery and raw knack for melody and song structure quickly set him apart from his peers. The album offers serious critiques on consequential subjects, then just as suddenly reverses course, sometimes in the same word-laden breath, to a funny, more flippant side – in either case, big questions get raised, from “is there a God and what makes you so sure?” to “why is your girlfriend such an absolute bitch?” Each investigation abandons every pretense of everyday societal politeness.
Four years later, and Amuck has continued his ascension into the wider indie hip-hop fraternity with the releases of the "Asymmetry" and "Detonate" EP's, as well as a full-length release with his group "Plutocrat Noose". These tracks mark noteworthy collaborations with critically-acclaimed cult artists Onry Ozzborn (Rhymesayers/GrayskulDarktime Sunshine) Pearl Dragon (Champagne Champagne) and Sims (Doomtree). The singles “The Unfettered Ones” and "Binge" have also appeared in regular rotation on 105.9 FM's "Edge of the X" Series in addition to numerous college and internet radio stations worldwide.
Not only have Amuck's albums garnered a sizable internet following to the tune of hundreds of thousands of online song plays, they have also received positive reviews from the Pittsburgh City Paper, Sorgatron Media and the DJ MJ Blog among others. Classic Material of the acclaimed hip-hop hub RepPghHipHop.com said of the release, “This is not cookie cutter rap. This is very much outside-the-box hip-hop, and for fans of this type of rap, this is definitely one of the finer projects to be released.”
While his studio work is a force to be reckoned with, it isn’t until you’ve experienced Amuck’s live show that one fully understands what the fuss is all about: if the album tracks are the blueprints for his artistic vision, it’s in the songs’ live performance where their construction is fully realized. Amuck ignites the stage in a theatrical frenzy; his conviction is tangible as he blasts through even his most tongue-twisting tunes with word-perfect accuracy. It’s a performance that's rocked crowds all over the east coast, as well as earned him both the credibility and honor of sharing the stage with some of music's biggest names - from heavy hitting mainstream acts like Awolnation, Wiz Khalifa, T Mills and Mac Miller, to raw, underground legends like Jedi Mind Tricks, Blueprint, Hed PE, Mushroomhead and Ratking.
Love him or hate him, Amuck never fails to garner an emotional response from his listeners, and he definitely isn't biting anyone's style. With his new EP "Detonate" available now everywhere from Itunes to Spotify to your local record store, Amuck is on-top of his game and better than ever. It's only a matter of time before he leaves his unique and explosive mark on the game - not just locally but coastally, not just in hip-hop but in music at large. [+]