Where Did Rhyme Asylum Go?


Image courtesy of the “Rhyme Asylum – Life Support” video posted on YouTube.

Rhyme Asylum, a UK rap group comprised of Possessed, Psiklone, and Skirmish, were once among the strongest acts in the underground rap scene. The heavily conceptual group released two outstanding albums between 2008 and 2010 – State of Lunacy and Solitary Confinement. Both were deep albums without many missed tracks or underdeveloped verses. By any rap standard, Rhyme Asylum had become an exceptional core with massive respect in the underground.

Then they disappeared. Wikipedia’s page on Rhyme Asylum lists them as on a hiatus. Other web outlets suggest the group split up. Because they were never gigantic on an international level, it’s difficult to find clarity regarding their current status. My list of artists I regularly listen to is somewhat thin – Rhyme Asylum was always a fixture, though. Immortal Technique, Diabolic, Madchild, Vinnie Paz, and other individuals are ideal, but by group standards, Rhyme Asylum were up there with any squad.

It’s disappointing a group with rare talent would disappear or break up right when the rise was occurring. Possessed and Psiklone are easily two of the most gifted rappers from the United Kingdom. Their commitment to stark and unusual imagery is difficult to find elsewhere. Every verse from both members comes across as thought provoking and enjoyable to those with an ear for the bizarre. Skirmish was always the least gifted member, but even his talent was nothing other than tremendous. Ranking Skirmish third in the group simply shows how deadly Possessed and Psiklone can be with the pen.

Maybe no one reading this has even heard of Rhyme Asylum, or maybe this is a fruitless examination because the group’s existence has already been buried deep within England. My hope is that someday the three members return to the booth with sights fixated on a third album. Groups should split up because they’re garbage or otherwise unable to last in the unforgiving music world. Rhyme Asylum always had the bars and the sound. That’s what makes their disappearance particularly unsettling.

Below will be some of Rhyme Asylum’s best songs. If you know anything additional about the group’s status, please hit me on Twitter and let’s have a back and forth.

Poison Penmanship – The entire song is rapped by Possessed.

Unreasonable – A powerful track featuring Diabolic.

Stark Raving Genius – A masterpiece about the group’s members being fictional people trapped within an insane asylum.

Strange Deranged – A quality track with Reain putting down some content.

Straight Jacket Immortals – Rhyme Asylum at its best.


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  1. I used to listen to then nearly 8 years ago and decided to check them out again and was surprised to see nothing new. this. Group is insanely gifted I see they have a twitter account up but I don’t see them posting anything about them selves more of their supporting artists

    • Insanely gifted no doubt. Excellent lyricism and an overall sound that appeals to most underground fans. I wrote this article because I found it super surprising that such an emerging, talented group with a following would just fall of the map/disappear. On top of that, I haven’t found one clear story or reason as to what precisely happened. Hopefully they get back together someday or perhaps individual members will pump out solo projects eventually. Anyway, thanks for reading. Much appreciated.

  2. There’s been rumors for years that Possessed was releasing a solo album. I can’t be the only one that would pay a lot of money for that album. Rhyme Asylum just disappearing like how they have makes absolutely no sense. They arguably make 2 of the absolute best albums EVER and then vanish?? I wish I knew why too.

  3. This is one of the best group in the world they are second to none, I surely miss this guys. I know every verse in all the tracks, I real need new stuff now. Its painful that this boys are no releasing anything.

  4. You forgot Reain and Plasma.
    But yeah, it was a shame to hear that there was some creative difference in the group.

    I was really hoping that they would grow after having Ill Bill on their second album, giving them a larger audience in north america.

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