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Monday, March 22, 2010

Clan Destined has nothing to hide

click to enlarge STILL STANDING: Yamin (left) and DT are Clan Destined.
  • STILL STANDING: Yamin (left) and DT are Clan Destined.

As Biggie once rapped, "Things ain't always what [they] seem" – especially in hip-hop. So perhaps it's not surprising that when Yamin Semali (formerly known as Amdex) of the rap group Clan Destined spit, "I didn't come to mock five groups," during the last competitive Perfect Attendance showcase, it was taken as a diss to the other five groups on the bill, including runners-up Mach 5.

"He was just being clever," DT says of his partner-in-rhyme. "We knew we were gonna ruffle some feathers, but if you're afraid to do that then you're probably not making very good music."

Indeed, the witty lyricism that eventually crowned the duo winners that night was a declaration of sorts. If Atlanta's "other ground" scene is chock full of left-leaning artists, Clan Destined is more than happy with taking the right turn. "We want to be official intelligence, not artificial intelligence," says DT.

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