Knifer is most noted as a Gangsta rapper, producer, occultist, author, and record executive. He is also the only rapper of Filipino and Spaniard descent to be labeled under Chicano rap since the genre mainly consists of rappers of Mexican descent. Knifer prefers to style himself as a ‘Maravilla rapper’ or “New South rapper”. In the Philippines he coined his music ‘Chavacano rap’ since Filipino rap is heterogeneous, encompassing rap in languages such as Tagalog, Chavacano, Spanish and Ilocano, as well as English.
Knifer is often cited as the first (LaVeyan) Satanic rapper. He was a pioneer of the New South rap genre and a crusader of the DIY aesthetic, being one of the first rappers to embrace an antisocial persona without the explicit irony.
The best thing about “Impact Of A Legend”, the latest EP by Knifer, is that it’s so dark and it stays dark using a series of implicative lyrics. Rappers today tend to just say outright stupid things, Knifer lets you guess for yourself, and that makes this album good. It’s dark, creepy, and ready to scare the hell out of you. There isn’t one bad song. Knifer puts a lot of effort into his tracks, and if you don’t have them, you should get them.
Knifer has his slower songs, his hard edged grimy songs and his deeper stories on this one too. He’s not your average happy-go-lucky rapper. He has a dark side to him, hanging over every step he makes. Some of the best tracks here include: “Still A Vato (remix)”, “BVK ft.Insane Loc & B.Rae”, “Ole Skewl Shit 2013 ft. Drops, Trigger & Wanga” and “Mama’s Porch ( Prod. By B.Rae)”.
Just the shear hardcore of Knifer raps is crazy. You can crank up the volume and it will sound like it’s meant to be exactly that way. There is only one thing to be said about this EP – kick-ass!
This is a great recording with Gangsta tracks and mellow introspective tracks. The one thing I really like about it is that Knifer doesn’t water down his music in any way. He maintains the same hard rap that all Knifer fans love. His energetic and intelligent verses do not turn down even for a second on this release.
The beats are varied but truly excellent, while the refrains are very catchy and memorable. The lyrical content is varied, deep and personal. The album as a whole is meaningful and distinctive. You really cannot go wrong with “Impact Of A Legend”. Add to that the fact that the download has two additional features: a comic book that summarizes Knifer’s narrative and a PC video game called “Cuttin’ Loose In East Los”, and you have an all-round winning package!