On April 16th, Illogic, a veteran of the Columbus, Ohio, hip-hop scene and Blockhead, a veteran of the New York hip-hop scene and long-time producer for Aesop Rock, will release their first collaborative full-length, Capture The Sun. The album, which includes features from Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, Abstract Rude, and more, will be released on TK via Man Bites Dog Records.
While Capture The Sun serves as the first full-length collaboration between Illogic and Blockhead, the two share a friendship, and working relationship, that dates over a decade. And for Illogic, an artist who's largely been quiet on the scene for a handful of years, and Blockhead, who's recently immersed himself in solo instrumental work, Capture The Sun comes during a creative intersection in the artist's respective solo careers. "I'd been wanting do to an album where it's just one MC and one producer," says Blockhead, explaining how he got back into producing for rappers. "All it took was Illogic dropping me a line, and I was down.
Capture The Sun is a very personal project for Illogic, now married and with children, and everything about the album, from the music to the title, stems from the life changes that Illogic has experienced in the past years, as he nurtures his family while still pursuing his dreams of artistry. "The title, Capture The Sun, comes from something my grandmother always told me: 'Things delayed are not things denied,'" says Illogic. "Things happen how and when they're supposed to; the point is to go after your dreams no matter how out of reach they may seem, no matter what road blocks may get in your way. Keep going; keep moving."
Those sentiments resonate throughout Capture The Sun, with songs like "Beautiful Sunday" or "Lighthouse," tracks that display not only Illogic's penchant for open, relatable stories but also the pairing's ability to create unique, complex songs. Another is "Last Breath," essentially an open letter from Illogic to his parents. "'Last Breath' is about how I've seen them over the years, how I appreciated what they've done for me and my brothers, but it also deals with their divorce," explains Illogic. "The song took me almost three years to write – I wanted to be sure I found the right words, for them and for myself, to understand my feelings."
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Name: T (Posted: 5/2/2013 7:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 220.127.116.11) Location: ... Comment: Good shit from two artists I love but never expected to collaborate. Some songs left me uninterested and some of the pans & distortion on the mix were not best moves in my opinion.. but that said I dig the innovative direction this one was on.. just didnt seem complete to me. Ima still be giving it more spins though. These two are both very underrated in their respected fields
Name: SpikeyJamez (Posted: 5/2/2013 1:08:00 AM; Partial IP: 08.208.177) Location: Florida Comment: One of the best 2013 album. I know Illogic is not mean't for everybody and Blockhead goes on a somewhat different direction that you don't typically hear from him. But it is a fucking amazing standalone project. Congrats Manbitesdog record.
Name: Smack 'em (Posted: 5/1/2013 11:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 18.104.22.168) Location: Texas Comment: A few amazing tracks that stand head and shoulders above anything that's out there today, but there are also some fillers and some straight up weird shit that you wonder why its on the album in the first place. Another hyped album that is a let down.
Name: Dizz (Posted: 4/29/2013 6:15:00 PM; Partial IP: .188.153.2) Location: Shitfuck PA Comment: I HATE to say this being a huge fan of Blockhead, but the majority of these beats are just kinda bland and boring. If you compare these compositions to any of his solo works, or the beats on Labor Days, there is just no comparison. These are his throwaways. Just sayin. Illogic is dope though, but when my dude go Christian?
Name: Matt (Posted: 4/16/2013 9:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 27.244.126) Location: York Comment: Buy this! Just got it and its incredible both lyrically and production wise. Never heard Illogic before but he is dope on this
Name: Steveless (Posted: 2/23/2013 2:44:00 AM; Partial IP: 126.170.61) Location: Bay Comment: cover art sick....
"capture the sun"....solid too...
vid an interesting move....shouldn't you have more veiled references of idle threats and hating superheros n shit?
you know some baloon popped rubber batmans at least
Name: LO (Posted: 2/15/2013 8:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 83.188.162) Location: CALi Comment: they collabin?? alright noww
Name: Isk (Posted: 2/2/2013 3:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 113.108.35) Location: Washington State Comment: Oh hell yeah! Blockhead getting back to making some rap albums after his instrumental kick... and w/ Illogic... sheeeeeit
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