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Grayskul (Onry Ozzborn + JFK): Zenith

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As part of the Pacific Northwest indie rap collective Oldominion, Grayskul made a name for themselves regionally with futuristic sci-fi raps over gloomy, innovative production from the likes of Mr. Hill and Smoke before catching the attention of Rhymesayers Entertainment while touring with Eyedea & Abilities. Opening for Atmosphere on the At It Again Tour in 2005, emcees Onry Ozzborn (aka Reason) and JFK (aka Recluse) took to the stage with aliens draped over their shoulders and televisions set to static on either side of the turntables. From the early days of their existence, it was clear that Grayskul was on another plane.

A host of tour-only releases paired with RSE albums Deadlivers and Bloody Radio put Grayskul on the national map, with indie rap icons such as Slug, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Cage and Pigeon John making appearances. Occupying the roles of superheroes and vampires on the aforementioned records, Onry and JFK combined seemingly disparate elements of abstract, goth, horrorcore, and free associative lyricism into something fresh. "Prom Quiz", from Grayskul's RSE debut Deadlivers, married their outsider worldview with accessible narratives and catchy production. In 2009 they released a joint effort with Chicago producer and longtime Qwel collaborator Maker under the name Graymaker, before taking some time apart to focus on a variety of projects such as Dark Time Sunshine (Onry), Building Wings on the Way Down, and Th3rdz (JFK).

The time off from Grayskul gave Onry and JFK the opportunity to polish their respective blades before stepping back into the booth to record Zenith, their first release on Fake Four, Inc. The entire album was conceived, written, and recorded in Momentum Studios in Seattle under the watchful ear of sound engineer Zebulon Dak. Zenith finds Onry and JFK at their storytelling finest, examining school shootings, hollow social media existence, fatherhood, and the false allure of the club under explosive production handled by Aesop Rock, Smoke, Void Pedal, and Moodie Black. Raekwon starts the show in classic Wu fashion with a spoken intro, and the record also features guest shots from Aesop, Solilla, Reva DeVito, and Fake Four labelmate Terra Lopez of Sister Crayon. True to its title, the 17-track Zenith is the masterfully produced and executed crown jewel of Grayskul's decade in the indie rap game.

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1. Zenith
featuring Raekwon (of Wu-Tang Clan)
Producers: Smoke M2D6 (of Oldominion)
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2. Come On
featuring DJ Spark
Producers: 6 Fingers
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3. The Gift
featuring Reva DeVito
Producers: Void Pedal
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4. We Vanish
Producers: Taco Neck
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5. I Adapt
featuring SoLiLLaquists Of Sound (Swamburger + Alexandrah); NyQwil (of Oldominion)
Producers: Void Pedal
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6. Apollo 11
Producers: Smoke M2D6 (of Oldominion)
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7. My Goodness
Producers: Taco Neck
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8. Clubs
featuring Katie Kate; Thaddeus (of Moor Gang)
Producers: Pale Soul
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9. Wide Awake
featuring Themes; David Lincoln Mann
Producers: Bruce Waine Beatz
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10. Face & The Fang
Producers: Bruce Waine Beatz
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11. There Is No Edge
featuring Ali Baker
Producers: Smoke M2D6 (of Oldominion)
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12. Bad Business
featuring Xperience
Producers: Kuddie Fresh
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13. Not Going Anywhere
featuring Aesop Rock
Producers: Aesop Rock
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14. Maggot
Producers: Smoke M2D6 (of Oldominion)
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15. Electric Gray
Producers: Void Pedal
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16. U.F.O.
featuring Snafu (of Oldominion)
Producers: Void Pedal
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17. Merry Days
Producers: Marcus D.
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18. Adios (Unlisted Bonus)
featuring Terra Lopez (of Sister Crayon)
Producers: Kdeath (of Moodie Black)
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Total Comments: 11
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/28/2014 3:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.57.40.18)
Location: Planet Earth
Comment: How is stuff like this not more popular? I love this!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/7/2014 9:35:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: that first song had me worried but then they brung it , this shit is dope! Raw beats and sharp lyrics!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/2/2014 5:20:00 PM; Partial IP: .238.44.15)
Location: Canada
Comment: Another great album, have not disappointed me yet.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/8/2013 9:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 28.228.167)
Location: Oh
Comment: Amazingly dope I gotta check there back catalog
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/29/2013 5:50:00 AM; Partial IP: .178.21.62)
Location: Berlin, GER
Comment: Can't stop playing this awesome!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/22/2013 8:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 49.157.188)
Location: bmore!
Comment: Best Grayskull album yet! Production is crazy and compliments their style. Buy, buy, buy!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/21/2013 6:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 157.24.181)
Location: Victoria
Comment: For myself there are only a few skippable tracks early on in the record. Other then that a great album. Amazing beats to complement Onry & JFK on this one.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/18/2013 11:06:00 AM; Partial IP: .8.114.135)
Location: LOS ANGELES
Comment: SOLID ALBUM.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 9/17/2013 6:16:00 PM; Partial IP: .91.85.216)
Location: pams house
Comment: for fucks sake will you upload some tracks from all these albums in shipping section I check everyday
Name: (Posted: 9/7/2013 7:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 49.157.188)
Location: Bmore!
Comment: Face and the Fang is DOPE!! Nice start to the album. Highly anticipating the rest of this CD.
Name: (Posted: 8/29/2013 11:29:00 PM; Partial IP: .67.224.40)
Location: Vernon, BC
Comment: Can't wait for this, Raekwon and Grayskul! Just holy shit!
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