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Rap Dad, Real Dad

by The Library Steps

The mattress is dusty samples all chopped up with punchy drums. The blankets are intricately woven lyrics that speak gently but urgently of loss, muffled trauma, being dope, and moving on with compassion & dignity. The pillow is that Jesse and Joey have been friends since the Roc era, ever since they used to freestyle with their friends on the Halifax Memorial Library steps in K’jipuktuk. Curled up in all that is you, and this music is your agitated dreams.
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1. Rap Dad Rises in the East (Intro)
0:39 $0.99
2. Home Team
2:45 $0.99
3. The Pit
2:48 $0.99
4. G.I.R.L. Guide Cookies (feat. Robo Robb & Eddie Quotez)
4:14 $0.99
5. Well Wishers (feat. Illgil)
3:06 $0.99
6. Translucence (feat. Kamilah Apong)
2:53 $0.99
7. Years (feat. Nole)
2:12 $0.99
8. To Friend Too Fortunate (feat. Thesis Sahib)
4:19 $0.99
9. S. Morganstern (feat. Ginzuintriplicate)
3:37 $0.99
10. Nothin Fri3ndly (feat. More Or Les, Swamp Thing, Wordburglar, The Mighty Rhino & Ghettosocks)
4:59 $0.99
11. Lush Karma
2:52 $0.99
12. GJHS
4:23 $0.99
13. What Would Buffy Ste-Marie Do? (Outro)
0:38 $0.99
14. [A,Z]A+[A,Z]B+[A,Z]C to Infinity
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Album Notes
The Library Steps is a new pairing of an old rapper named Jesse Dangerously and a young producer named Ambition. The duo is named in remembrance of the now demolished stone stairs of the Halifax Memorial Library entrance, where among a loose and ragtag assortment of the city’s rappers they would gather across generations every Friday as the doors locked, to freestyle, beatbox, and play tapes in a cipher called Public Rhyme Distribution.

Jesse and Ambition have been members of the Canada-wide collective Backburner since 2001 and 2009 respectively, but only started making songs as a rapper/producer duo in the spring of 2017, when Hand’Solo Records offered to release an album. Like a gear that grinds and strains before suddenly locking into place and sending its mechanism lurching into motion, it took them more than a decade of intention to pair off as a team. All of the beats and rhymes for Rap Dad, Real Dad were created in the next few months as a time capsule of that season’s preoccupations. The result is beats that are jazzy, soulful, and moody, with a prominent nod factor, and rhymes that are confessional and witty, vulnerable and boastful, intimate and intimidating.

Under their fingernails, no microscope is needed to detect the DNA of golden era rapper/producer teams like Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Gang Starr, a gentler Beatnuts, or any group that was part of Native Tongues or Hieroglyphics. Just as present are the influences of turn-of-the-century underground boundary pushers like Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, MF Doom, and Buck 65, and for that matter, just about everyone who was on Roc-A-Fella at its peak. Refracted here, those chosen ancestors and more recombinate into a hip-hop that challenges, from unexpected angles, traditional modes and narratives of masculinity. They are your rap dads, and they just may be your real dads, too.



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