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Isolation is a theme all too common for rock stars, be it by the perils of success or the environment needed for creation. It is the same isolation that King Rhythm felt as he was forced to make a change. Thrust into the role of caregiver for his dementia stricken mother, unprepared, he desperately fought to hold on to some semblance of a musical life while the weight of caring for her became ever increasingly difficult to manage.
This sudden twisting of events allowed him to analogize his life into that of the isolated rock star. Yet it also provided for him an environment to see clearly the pitfalls, reexamine his individual role as a musician, and decide how he wanted to present himself to the larger body of society.
Ultimately, King Rhythm chooses honesty and vulnerability, expressing his difficult yet unique journey and not simply relying on the inherited cliches that far too many musicians unquestionably live out.
One of only a handful of rappers that also produces, King Rhythm's production values continue to be a highlight of his work. Taking a strong step away from the psychedelic and often experimental sounds of his past albums, Rock Star Dementia, his 3rd proper solo album, is a far more edgy affair, hIs most mature and accessible album to date.
Clocking in at a concise 28 minutes, the album is composed from a carefully selected bevy of his favorite and most influential iconic rock classics. This framework is deconstructed and then reconstructed into a modern soundscape that is immediate and crisp in its approach. With the utmost respect given, these classics are completely transformed with only a subliminal dusting of the original track remaining. In other instances the core songs are virtually untouched, creating an irrefutable link to the past while reestablishing them in the present.
As the song Genes fades in, a crazed voiced King Rhythm provokes us with a question, "What ya'll muthafuckers know about dementia?" Unfamiliar territory for a rapper indeed, yet King Rhythm's rare experience provides us with a glimpse into an answer.
released 28 January 2014
All songs written, produced, recorded, arranged, mixed, and engineered by King Rhythm
Guest appearance on Antipodes by P.T. Burnem
Recorded and mixed at Baltimore Analog
Mastered by Saff Mastering
Design and layout by Vanguard Files
*This album is free. If you choose to give money, your proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's association - www.alz.org/*