Since the first release of Endtronics in 1996, DJ Shadow has been a constant force throughout hip-hop. The veteran producer’s latest work showcases his diverse skill set and adds to his impressive discography.
The first side of Our Pathetic Age is entirely instrumental, featuring primarily experimental hip-hop production. On the second half, DJ Shadow enlists a smorgasbord of hip-hop heavyweights including Nas, Pharoahe Monch Pusha T, Run the Jewels and more. Tracks like “Rosie” showcase DJ Shadow’s prowess as a forward-thinking producer, while “Rocket Fuel (feat. De La Soul)” proves that the old-school hip-hop style will never die. DJ Shadow explained Our Pathetic Age‘s thematic content in a statement:
“More than anything, I try to get a sense of the mood of society as a whole. The subtle signals that humans send each other, the way people behave, their frustrations and ebbs and flows. In my part of the world, people are scared. There’s rampant homelessness, and a real fear of falling into generational poverty. People are addicted to, and addled by distraction; they’re angry and confused, and disaffected by their own governmental institutions. There’s songs that are inspired by this energy and seek to harness it, to make sense of it. In some cases, there’s attempts to salve the wound; in others, the songs merely observe but don’t offer solutions. Despite the title, it’s a hopeful, vibrant album…there is always light in darkness. I want it to reflect the times we live in, a signpost in the ground to mark the era…Our Pathetic Age.”
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Rap supergroup Run the Jewels announced in their latest newsletter that they have tapped industry icon Rick Rubin for assistance on their forthcoming LP Run the Jewels 4. The duo, comprised of Brooklyn rapper and producer El-P and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, revealed via their digital announce that they recently stopped by Rubin’s Los Angeles studio in efforts to “keep shit moving,” in reference to the impending project.
“We’ve been going hard on RTJ4 and have a genuine excitement to share new music with you all. We stand behind our statement that this record is going to punch you in the fucking face and burn everything in its path,” the duo announced in allusion to the album. “We thank you for your continued patience as we put together what we believe will be our best record yet.”
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