Cage â For Your Box (2002): A Rare and Raw Collection of Early Tracks by the Underground Rapper
Cage is a rapper from New York who is known for his dark, gritty and often controversial lyrics. He started his career in the early 1990s as part of the underground hip hop scene, collaborating with producers like Necro, DJ Mighty Mi and El-P. He also formed the group Smut Peddlers with Mr. Eon and Mighty Mi, and later joined the supergroup The Weathermen with Aesop Rock, El-P, Tame One and others.
For Your Box is a mixtape that Cage self-released in 1999, selling it from the UHH website. It contains 20 tracks of rare and unreleased material from his early days, including freestyles, demos, snippets and verses over various beats. The mixtape showcases Cage's raw talent and lyrical skills, as well as his dark humor and twisted imagination. Some of the tracks that stand out are \"Radiohead\", a song about his obsession with the alternative rock band; \"4 Letter Word\", a brutal diss to his former friend and collaborator Necro; \"And So Kiddies\", a storytelling track about his troubled childhood; and \"Agent Orange\", a classic track that samples the Clockwork Orange theme and features Cage's signature violent imagery.
The mixtape was re-released in 2002 as a bonus CD for those who purchased his debut album Movies For The Blind from Sandbox Automatic. The cover art was changed from a picture of a cassette tape to a grey-scale photo of Cage's face. The mixtape is now considered a collector's item and a must-have for any fan of Cage or underground hip hop in general.
For Your Box is a testament to Cage's legacy as one of the most original and influential rappers of his generation. It is a rare and raw collection of early tracks that showcase his skills, style and personality. It is also a glimpse into his mind and his life, which are both fascinating and disturbing.
After releasing For Your Box, Cage continued to work on his debut album Movies For The Blind, which was released in 2002 by Eastern Conference Records. The album featured production by DJ Mighty Mi, El-P, RJD2 and Necro, and guest appearances by Copywrite, Mr. Eon, J-Zone and Darryl Palumbo. The album received critical acclaim for its dark and innovative sound, and was considered one of the best underground hip hop albums of the year.
Cage then signed with Definitive Jux Records, a label founded by El-P that was home to artists like Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif and Cannibal Ox. He released his second album Hell's Winter in 2005, which marked a departure from his previous style. The album featured more personal and introspective lyrics, as well as more diverse production by El-P, Blockhead, DJ Shadow and Camu Tao. The album also featured guest appearances by Jello Biafra, Daryl Palumbo, El-P and Aesop Rock. The album was well received by critics and fans alike, and was praised for its maturity and originality.
Cage's third album Depart From Me was released in 2009, also by Definitive Jux. The album continued Cage's evolution as an artist, incorporating elements of rock, punk and electronic music into his hip hop sound. The album featured production by El-P, F. Sean Martin, Aesop Rock and Cage himself, as well as guest appearances by Aesop Rock, El-P and Tame One. The album was also accompanied by a comic book series of the same name, written by Cage and illustrated by Chris Burnham. The album received mixed reviews from critics and fans, with some praising its creativity and experimentation, and others criticizing its lack of focus and direction. aa16f39245