It can be difficult for members of popular Hip Hop groups to achieve success when releasing solo projects, but “A History of Violence” is a testament to Kuniva’s flexibility to function both as a part of D12 and as his own independent artist.
Ironically, the solo effort kicks off with the posse cut “Michiganish,” which finds Kuniva, Jon Connor, Boldy James, and Guilty Simpson squaring off to compete for the best verse. While there are several other great features on the album, including Swifty McVay, Pablo Skywalkin, and Money Making ADEE, Kuniva has plenty of time to shine on his own throughout the project.
Highlights include the energetic tracks “Bailey’s In Bangkok” and “Light Work (Freestyle),” as well as the amazing stories told in “Derty Headz” and “A History of Violence.” “Derty Headz” provides Kuniva with an outlet to detail the formation of D12 and the trials they have faced, whereas “A History of Violence” is an incredibly personal song about the toll violence has taken on Kuniva’s life. Despite the album’s title, “Shout Out” is a hopeful and uplifting track that somehow seems like a perfect way to end the album.
With “A History of Violence,” Kuniva successfully ventures into the realm of being a solo artist. Kuniva’s ability to turn a clever phrase while detailing the plot of a story is superb, and his effortless flows are complimented by great production throughout the project.
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