Ships as five cassettes in wooden, hand-crafted maple wood boxset with Zero Seed book ($49).
Book also sold separately ($15).
Hip-hop is time travel. A kaleidoscopic-collage adventure for the ear and the mind via the craft of cutting up, arranging, and layering audio and words. Each slice is a fully-loaded time-capsule of its respective milieu, a series of sonic snapshots capturing the cultural culminations of all that preceded these moments in music. Histories become simultaneous, and new histories emerge by way of juxtaposition and collision. It is the invention of the future, and future (as we know it) is always our next now.
And, sometimes, hip-hop knows exactly what it is doing. The multi-volume Land of a Thousand Rappers knows.
Seven being a magic number, it took that many years to build this particular time-machine. Michael Kaufmann, Wayne Feldman, Ero Gray, and friends channel a cast of characters, projected archetypes, to transmit tales, myths, jokes, rants, lists, codes, spells, and formulas that both pull and propel the listener through something that is much more than a narrative to a fantastic sci-fi soundscape; it is a means to understanding who we are, have been, and can be.