The Taste of Rain... Why Kneel

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The Taste of Rain... Why Kneel
Studio album by
Released 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Underground hip hop
Length 61:15
Label Anticon
Producer DJ Abilities, Moodswing9, Jel, Ant, DJ Mayonnaise, Alias
Deep Puddle Dynamics chronology
The Taste of Rain... Why Kneel
We Ain't Fessin' (Double Quotes)
Singles from The Taste of Rain... Why Kneel
  1. "Rainmen (Controller 7 Remix) / I Am Hip Hop"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Monthly favorable[2]
Exclaim! favorable[3]

The Taste of Rain... Why Kneel (sometimes stylized as The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel[4]) is the only studio album by Deep Puddle Dynamics, a collaboration between Sole, Doseone, Alias, and Slug. It was released on Anticon in 1999. The title of the album comes from a "western haiku" by Jack Kerouac.[5]

Critical reception

The album received a favorable coverage from URB, Spin, CMJ, and The Wire.[6] It is part of Cokemachineglow's Top 60 Albums of the 2000s, appearing in the "Honorable Mentions" section.[7] Michael Endelman of CMJ New Music Monthly said, "these cerebral MCs turn their emotional hang-ups (dejection, alienation, disaffection, etc.) into their calling card."[2] Dave Segal of The Stranger called it "one of underground hiphop's most understatedly adventurous documents, both sonically and lyrically".[8]

Track listing

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Deep Puddle Theme Song" DJ Abilities 6:54
2. "The Candle" Moodswing9 5:53
3. "Thought vs. Action" DJ Abilities 3:50
4. "Where the Wild Things Are" DJ Abilities 5:23
5. "June 26th, 1998" Jel 6:19
6. "The Scarecrow Speaks" Ant 5:56
7. "I Am Hip Hop (Move the Crowd)" Jel 5:59
8. "Heavy Ceiling" Jel 5:29
9. "June 26th, 1999: A. Slight" DJ Mayonnaise 5:53
10. "June 26th, 1999: B. Exist" DJ Mayonnaise 3:04
11. "June 26th, 1999: C. Purpose" Alias 3:26
12. "June 26th, 1999: D. Mothers of Invention" Jel 3:04
Total length: 61:15


Credits adapted from liner notes.


  1. ^ Swihart, Stanton. "The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel - Deep Puddle Dynamics". AllMusic. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Endelman, Michael (October 2000). "Deep Puddle Dynamics - The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel?". CMJ New Music Monthly: 46.
  3. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (August 2, 2000). "Deep Puddle Dynamics - Taste Of Rain... Why Kneel?". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel". Anticon. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Reeves, Mosi (October 13, 2009). "Collective growth - Page 2". SF Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Strachota, Dan (October 18, 2000). "Beat Scientist". SF Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Top Albums of the '00s So Far". Cokemachineglow. January 5, 2008. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Segal, Dave (November 19, 2012). "It Seems Like a Good Time to Remember Deep Puddle Dynamics". The Stranger. Retrieved June 10, 2018.

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