Cage – This Place

Cage is an artist with an interesting story. For the Heads, this is an MC who premiered on Pete Nice & Daddy Rich’s (incredibly slept-on) Dust To Dust (which featured involvement from MF DOOM and The Beatnuts too). In subsequent years, he was involved with Eastern Conference and Definitive Jux Records—two Rawkus off-spring (of sorts) that led to celebrated works with Tame One of the Artifiacts and a role in The Weathermen with El-P, Copywrite, Breeze Brewin, Aesop Rock, Camu Tao and several others. Well, along the way Cage dropped Movies For The Blind, his studio debut album that hardcore fans seemed stuck on for years and years to come (Snoop Dogg and Nas can relate). Well, after a bitter break-up with E.C.—including some dissin’ on wax, Cage re-links with DJ Mighty Mi, the label’s founder for “This Place,” the second such reunion in the last month.

For Cage fans, this is a cool, comprehensive sound that speaks to the Brooklyn MC’s early work, and his later work. It’s dark, but artful. The fact that E.C.R. is re-launching with Cage is such a cool story to anybody who was an Underground Hip-Hop follower through the early 2000s.

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