Top notch hip hop with jazzy production and Smooth talking emcees. An awesome album.
Favorite track: Let Me Down.
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People. This album is a gem that was heard by a cult following and absorbed. Let this recording wash all over you in physical form. Compelling cover art by Chicago's own Nrvous makes the packaging a stand out piece of merchandise. Along with the skillful MCing and sonic aesthetics that had the trio at Number 3 on the UGHH.com charts (right under MF Doom and Masta Ace), the CD art and physical presence makes the Jyroscope experience all the more captivating.
Includes unlimited streaming of Ragtime
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Jyroscope is the second coming of Cannibal Ox with the potential to stand at the impasse between the commercial and independent, introducing both sides to flirt playfully. The crew has wielded microphones and turntables with legends from Kool Herc to Saul Williams and Percee P, always manifesting an exceptional live performance that lures crowds into desiring more. Ragtime is the long-awaited and anticipated seminal release of these three members of the 8 man infamous Windy City collective, Tomorrow Kings.
Produced entirely by I.B. Fokuz, Ragtime is creatively derived from the period of the African-American musical tradition and era known as ragtime. The second track, "Beginning Dilation," begins with spoken word guru and fellow Tomorrow Kings member IL Subliminal prophetically introducing Jyroscope as the next logical step in hip-hop's creative evolution, displaying exceptionally without trying their elevated and evolved approach to both hip-hop and art. "A Wicked Man's Voodoo" depicts Collasoul and I.B. both taking on the identities of an advantageous record executive and a disingenuous statesman respectively. Its theme is that the capitalist system destroys human individuality. The title track, "Rag-Time," casts the overall vision that Jyroscope means to convey with the LP. Jyroscope uses this track to inform the listener that their classic art, in the words of I.B., is about "...damaging mics and handing out bandages." Ragtime in its totality symbolizes the first time you fell in love with music, and Jyroscope's main objective is to reenchant a displaced musical diaspora with the beauty of its origins, as did the ragtime era for U.S. Aziatics.
released May 8, 2011
Design – Nrvous
Mastered By – Rick Fritz
Mixed By – Chance Of Chance Studios*, Jon Seiler, Oliver Twist (6)
Photography By – David Rasool Robinson
Producer – I.B. Fokuz
Scratches – DJ Seanile (tracks: 8), DJ Itch13*
Written-By, Lyrics By – Collasoul Structure, I.B. Fokuz