The sample that opens Del and Tame One‘s “Special” makes it abundantly clear that the two insanely gifted MCs are fed up with mainstream hip-hop, and they’re going to tell you all about it. In the rhymes, the duo weaves throughout Parallel Thought‘s classic breakbeat instrumental, pop culture references are dropped like bricks, and cuts at some of rap’s biggest names whiz by your head like polished stones. Del and Tame One may not have invented lyrical hip-hop, but they’ve certainly made it their own.