Tru Rut/Speakeasy Records releases 'El Guante's Haunted Studio Apartment', the sophomore album from hip hop and spoken word artist, El Guante. The album features Jer 1 of Figureheads, Truthmaze, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE; and is a dynamic blend of lyricism, danceable beats, meditations of the state of the nation and a call for action.
"With this album, I've made a very conscious effort to reject the formulas that have become so prevalent in underground hip hop," El Guante says. "The love songs here are sincere and multilayered rather than faux-edgy or melodramatic. The political songs are grounded in a real understanding of the issues rather than cliché sloganeering and platitudes. Even the basic shit- talking songs make larger points."
An emcee, poet, activist, educator, and writer El Guante trafficks in both spoken-word and hip hop. He has shared the stage with Talib Kweli, Zion I, Brother Ali, many others, and was the 2006 Madison Slam Champion. He recently released his first book, “Shotgun Samurai Vampire Hip Hop,” a collection of poetry, song lyrics and essays on hip hop aesthetics, spoken word and activism. Reflecting his multidisciplinary background, his writing mixes poetry with prose monologue, theatre and hip hop; the end result is a whirlwind of progressive politics, gallows humor, social commentary and storytelling. His performances blend the writing of a classically-trained page poet with the energy and passion of a hip hop performer. From the album’s opening lines ("my life was not produced by Kanye/ my soul isn't sped up, it whispers unmixed and un-mastered") to its final couplet ("if we are the ones we've been waiting for/ what the fuck are we waiting for?"), this album is about taking underground hip hop into edgier, more poetic, more exciting places.
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released June 3, 2008
EL GUANTE'S HAUNTED STUDIO APARTMENT
SESSION ONE: GHOSTS
1. Unmastered w/ Truthmaze 2. Harry Potter. 3. Esta Tarde (The Other Half) 4. The Fourth Wall 5. One of These Mornings 6. The Illusion of Movement 7. Orwell Oh Well 8. Your Boyfriend Leaves Much to be Desired 9. Fake Plastic Emcees III w/ See More Perspective 10. Flicker (Redux) 11. This Road w/ Jer 1 of the Figureheads 12. Spirit Bomb 13. Interlude
SESSION TWO: I FIGHT WITH WEAPONS
14. Bring Out Your Dead (J'Accuse) 15. Scratching the Surface with a Sledgehammer 16. Home Sick Home 17. Interlude
SESSION THREE: DEATH POETRY JAM
19. Misfortune Tellers (live) 21. A Butterfly Flaps Her Wings (live) 23. A Paid Advertisement (live) 25. Love in the Time of Zombies (live) 27. Kodama
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CAST (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE):
Truthmaze (W. Harris) Beatbox on 1 myspace.com/truthmaze
El Guante (K. Myhre) Vocals on every track myspace.com/elguante
Ethos Mega (J. Thomas) Production on 2, Recording on 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 27 myspace.com/ethosmega
G Force (G. Edelmann for Gravity Hits Productions) Production on 3, 5, 8, 10, 27 myspace.com/gforcetheearthworm
DJ Pain 1 (P. Bayley for Jackson Wonderful ASCAP) Production on 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, Recording on 3 myspace.com/djpain1
See More Perspective (A. Rangel) Beatbox on 9, Production on all interludes myspace.com/seemoremusic
Jer 1 of the Figureheads (J. Bryan) Vocals on 11 myspace.com/therealfigureheads
Tracksmith of the Figureheads (D. Olson) Production on 14, 15, 16, Recording on 11, 14, 15, 16 myspace.com/therealfigureheads
Ben Durrant Recording on 1, 4, 7, 8 myspace.com/crazybeaststudio
Scott Radke Mastering on every track myspace.com/scottradkemusic
Jason Myhre Cover Art, Album Layout and Art Direction jasonmdesign.com
Hoainam Tran Photos charcoalheather.com
e.g. bailey + Shá Cage Executive Producers and Art Direction myspace.com/truruts
Also, if you listen closely, you'll be able to pick out the lovely voices of Dasha Kelly, Big Poppa E. Nigel Wade, David Hart, Evy Gildrie-Voyles, Tracie Gilbert, Kobi America, Phix Minah, Eric Mata, Josh Healey, EZRA of Mess Crew. Eddie Monkey, Jenny Duck, Ryan Sarafolean, Ethos Mega, Lorena Duarte, Matthew Rucker and Miss Cupcake Fancypants in the background.
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