St. Louis Hip-Hop Duo Pangea Reunites

In this week's paper, I interviewed St. Louis native Wafeek about his latest project, The Aristocrats Mixtape, that is slated for an exclusive, digital-only release next week on the popular hip-hop blog  The Smoking Section

But while Aristocrats has the potential to blow up in a big way, something else Feek mentioned as we discussed his past and future endeavors was even more exciting.

The much-hyped hip-hop duo of Pangea, consisting of Wafeek and Rockwell Knuckles, is going to reunite.

According to both Feek and Knuckles, they are already "trading concepts and ideas" via phone and email and plan to record a few tracks over some Black Spade-produced beats when Wafeek rolls through his hometown this weekend to promote Aristocrats. They will also be performing at a house party.

"Once again me and Rocky are Pangea," Feek said over the phone. "We are coming."

Pangea was formed by Wafeek and Knuckles around the year 2000. The group originally featured five other emcees, and was to be produced and managed by DJ Charlie Chan. After some inner turmoil, Feek and Rocky split from the group, and moved to Tuscon, Arizona, and later Los Angeles, where they recorded a handful of songs with a team of producers called the Art Thugs.

When Knuckles was profiled in the RFT last year, here's how I described the music:

The songs that emerged from the LA session have names like "Watching for the Pigs" and "Baby Killer," the latter a meditation on abortion. The beats are complex, consisting of one funk-fueled, unpredictable bass line after another. Knuckles and Wafeek engage in a game of lyrical one-upmanship throughout the verse/verse/verse song structure. The nearest comparison would be Bay-area hip-hop group Hieroglyphics."

The songs were never officially released on an album and when Rockwell moved back to St. Louis in 2004, Pangea was put on permanent hold.

Now, after a lengthy hiatus, both rappers are back on board and seem to be genuinely excited about their new project.

"It's going to be cool man, Feekee is super good in my opinion and I've eleveated from where I was the last time we put a rap song together," says Knuckles.

As for the new sound? "I'm pretty clean cut in my music, I'm not talking about pussy or dope or getting fucked up, I'm clean-cut," Knuckles says. "Feekee, he's really raunchy, always talking about pussy and dick and pussy lips. You slap that together, get a solid hook, and it's going to be a good time. We're two sides of the same coin when it comes to music

-- Keegan Hamilton

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