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The Dark Lyricist

The Dark Lyricist

a.k.a. Tengu

a.k.a. DaLyrius

a.k.a. The Dead Poet

a.k.a Lyri Tengu

a.k.a. Crow

For The Dark Lyricist making music is a stress release. A mental and emotional therapy. It is a test of mind, spirit, and body. A way to cope with the hardships we all face in life. When one finds their voice amzing things start to happen. He slowly found a way to change his reality. He found a calling...

He found an entrance to another world...

He doesn't do this for wealth or fame. He creates music because he must! His talent is immediately recognizable. Everything from the instrumentals to the songwriting is his own.

Every time you see a crow or raven, he is there. There forever till the last black feather falls... 

He holds the key to another world where anything is possible. Every time you hear his song he opens a gateway for you to go there and enjoy the ambiance. Just watch your step, because sometimes it can get very dark and frightening in the Netherworld...

Known for using different personas in his music depending on the song, and even sometimes using multiple personas in a song, his alter-egos create an entertaining and lively audio experience. Political Hip Hop, Underground Hip-Hop/Rap, Hardcore Hip-hop/Rap, Horrorcore, Acid Rap, Witchhouse, Experimental and Alternative Hip-hop/Rap, East/West Coast, Dirty South/Southern, Spoken Word, Wicked Shxt, NuMetal, the Dark Lyricist is beholden to no set genre. He is an entertainer, entrepreneur, musician, free speech advocate, political activist, citizen journalist, MC, poet, audio engineer, artist, natural rights advocate, author, and more.


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Paul Street Playaz “The Paul St. Recordings” Fall 2001

SOULZ “Bxtch You’z A Trick” (Single) Fall 2001

The Dark Lyricist “The Dark Lyricist” 7/10/2002

The Dark Lyricist “LifeDeathOrderandChaos” 10/31/2002

The Dark Lyricist “UnEarthed 7: The Hidden” 10/31/2003

The Dark Lyricist “The 9 Sessions” 10/31/2004

SOULZ “Soulztice” 10/31/2004

The Dark Lyricist “LifeDeathOrderandChaos: The Mixtape” 10/31/2005

The Dark Lyricist “Table Scraps” 10/31/2006

The Dark Lyricist “The Freestyle Tapes 2002-2007” 10/31/2007

The Dead Poets “Now is the Time” (Single) 12/19/2007

The Dead Poets “Acapellas” (Promo Video 2007) 12/19/2007

The Dark Lyricist “Acapella” (Promo Video 2007) 12/19/2007


The Dark Lyricist “The Pain ft. S.E.P.” (Single) February 2008

S.E.P. “Into the Night ft. The Dark Lyricist” (Single) February 2008

The Unfadables “Fxck It Remix” (Single) March 2008

The Dead Poets “Vanquish” (Single) March 2008

The Dark Lyricist “The Sick” (Single) April 2008

The Unfadables “Mary Jane ft. Tha Host” (Single) May 2008

The Dead Poets “One Day at A Rhyme” (Single) May 2008

The Dark Lyricist “Sorrow ft. S.E.P.” (Single) June 2008

“The Dark Lyricist presents… Welcome to the Netherworld” 7/29/2008

The Dark Lyricist “Magic ft. S.E.P., Tha Host, and Nemosys” (Single) 10/31/2009

S.E.P. “Scheme ft. Tha Host” (Single) 10/31/2009

The Dark Lyricist “Mr. President ft. Nemosys” (Single) 10/31/2009

The Dark Lyricist “Fxck You” (Single) 10/31/2010

The Dark Lyricist and S.E.P. “Rise Up” (Single) 1/19/2011

S.E.P. “The Reaper ft. The Dark Lyricist” (Single) 10/31/2011

The Dark Lyricist “The Funeral” (Single) 10/31/2011

The Dark Lyricist “Crying Statues” (Single) 1/1/2012

The Dark Lyricist "Mutations of the Soul ft. Insane Poetry" (Single) 2/1/2012

The Dark Lyricist and S.E.P. “RISE of the CROW” 3/27/2012

The Dark Lyricist “Pale Moonlight” (Single) 10/31/2013

The Dark Lyricist “The Spirits” (Single) 10/31/2014

The Dark Lyricist and S.E.P. “Rise Up: The Remix” (Single) 3/24/2015

The Dark Lyricist “Sides” (Single) (as The Dead Poet) 7/10/2015

“Netherworld Records presents… Straight Out the Sarcophagus” 10/31/2015

“MINDSCAPE” 12/31/2015

The Dark Lyricist- Sides (Music Video) 7/10/2016

The Dark Lyricist- “By the Window ft. S.E.P.” (Single) 12/19/2017

The Dark Lyricist- “W.A.M.F.W.” (Single) 1/05/2018

The Dark Lyricist “Artificial Intelligence” (Single) 10/09/2018

The Dark Lyricist “The Pain Remix” (Single) 2018 10/30/2018

The Dark Lyricist “Harry Houdini” (Single) 2018 11/06/2018

The Dark Lyricist “Pale Moonlight: The Professah Aftahlyfe Remix” (Single) 11/23/2018

“The Dark Lyricist presents… Straight Out the Sarcophagus: REDUX” (TBA 2019)

Professah Aftahlyfe “The InstruMENTALS Volume One: Welcome to the Netherworld” (TBA 2019)

The Dark Lyricist “Sides: The Collector’s Edition” (TBA 2019)



He has also been a founding member and part of the groups Paul St. Playas, SOULZ, The Dead Poets, and The Unfadables. (All rights reserved by Netherworld Records.)

He has been featured on and/or worked on a number of indie/underground releases by various other artists and labels.

News and Updates


Straight Out the Sarcophagus: Redux Collector's Edition CD Available Now!


 New music available for free! Get "The Witch" by: The Dark Lyricist and "Pardon Me" by: TENGU absolutely free on Crow Central! Send 'em to everyone you know!


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Check out the Dark Lyricist's new music video for the song "SIDES" on YouTube!



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