Monday, August 31, 2009
cLOUDDEAD-Collaged At Mom's 1998-2000
This is the cLOUDDEAD Instrumentals By Odd Nosdam and Why?. Released in 2007 as a Bonus CD with the purchase of "Level Live Wires". This is a gritty boisterous Lo- Fi extravaganza which I really enjoy.
Clouddead (styled as cLOUDDEAD) was a musical group consisting of the experimental hip hop musicians Doseone (Adam Drucker), Why? (Yoni Wolf), and Odd Nosdam (David Madson). Generally Drucker and Wolf provide the group's vocals while Madson produces the music. Occasionally Madson's vocals can be heard, while Drucker and Wolf provide music, especially for the group's only album.
Clouddead's sound is notoriously hard to define, and although it is undoubtedly grounded in "traditional" hip-hop, influences as varied as electronica, psychedelic music and indie rock can be heard. Because of this non-traditional take on hip-hop, Clouddead have been characterized as "smartarse surrealism", with some elements of the rap community rejecting the notion that the group can be classed as hip hop at all, ignoring Doseone's request to "just call it hip hop".
Clouddead's first six 10″ singles were compiled in 2001 as a self-titled compilation album. Printed on the sleeve of "Dead Dogs Two" is "this is cLOUDDEAD number 9 of ten", indicating that as of Ten, Clouddead, as a group, have finished making music. In an interview around Ten's release, Drucker hinted that tensions between Madson and Wolf, as well as each member's heavy workload, had hastened the group's demise.
If you can find these 10" you better cop em. The vocal versions are to date still some of my favorite cuts. Some of the best Experimental Hip Hop to come out of that time. When people were saying hip hop was dead, this was a breath of fresh air. Yes its Hip Hop! Be leeeeeeee Dat.