Kill The Vultures
Photo by Cammeron Wittig


Crescent Moon and Anatomy spent years touring with De La Soul, DJ Shadow, Talib Kweli, Atmosphere, Lyrics Born, Brother Ali, as well as headlining several tours in their antecedent groups Oddjobs and Third Earth Crew, whose fellow members included Jean Grae, Mr. Len of Company Flow, Juggaknots, Masterminds, and Pumpkinhead. Artistically unsatisfied, Crescent Moon and Anatomy formed Kill The Vultures and immediately began to explore new sounds, blending their love of grit, jazz, punk and tribal beats with beat poet/rap vocals. This sensibility connected with experimental hip-hop fans and critics domestically, as well as in Europe, where Kill The Vultures appeared on the cover of the respected Italian magazine, Blow Up, and received accolades from press outlets including Rolling Stone France, Les Inrocks, and La Blogotheque. Their debut release also received high praise from U.S. outlets, including who dubbed it "the best underground rap album I've heard this year."

After completing three records and five European tours, the duo decided to take a break from Kill The Vultures until they had inspiring new material. Crescent Moon used the hiatus to release projects with Roma Di Luna, which featured his ex-wife Channy Leaneagh of Polica on vocals, as well as releasing an album with Mixed Blood Majority, produced by Lazerbeak of Doomtree, in which he raps alongside Joe Horton. Anatomy decided to veer away from recording and immerse himself in the craft of car restoration. He also stayed connected to music by studying classical guitar.

In 2013, Crescent Moon and Anatomy began working together again, leading to the launch of F I X, an artist-driven hip-hop collective based in Minneapolis. Their passion for Kill The Vultures was quickly reignited as they wrote songs that would eventually become Carnelian. The album is the most creative and exciting work they have produced to date. Carnelian was produced in part by a grant from The Jerome Foundation.