Second only to Large Professors prophecy on Midnight Marauders; Queens Represent, Buy The Album When I Drop It, no project in hip hop has been alluded to on wax and then so heavily coveted and discussed as Esoterics new full length opus, Saving Seamus Ryan. The album originally labeled by Eso himself as coming soon on his (with partner 7L) highly acclaimed A New Dope album is finally here and well worth the wait.
The full-length is an audio short story based on a bizarre dream that Esoteric had 4 years ago. As he describes it, It was a crazy period in my life: I was engaged, in the process of finding a new home; the record business was going down the tubes, I was leaving a troubled past with a label to start my own one on a totally independent, self financed levelI had a lot of stress and reservations in my life. Celph and I had just built my Pterolab studio, I had started to really produce and was really getting into it, making a ton of beats and had a ton of ideas. I guess all that stress and those feelings just manifested.
Eso penned the particulars, culled two hard-drives worth of sound bytes from every Hip-Hop icon and childhood hero involved in the dream, and planned on setting it to a scorebut it was just way too complex and it started to take on a life of its own. Experimenting with Saving Seamus Ryan gave birth to his solo ventures Egoclapper, Esoteric Vs. Gary Numan, Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo and Serve Or Suffer. These albums marked the launch of his Fly Casual Creative imprint, all the while with a bigger presence looming in the background: the release of their parent project Saving Seamus Ryan.
The album is broken into twenty chapters rather than individual tracks and is presented in a beautiful hard bound case book that includes the full short story and liner notes written by Mr. Ryan - a whopping 52 pages. Vocal contributions come from the legendary and consummate hip hop theme-writer Masta Ace, long time collaborator Main Flow, and up and comers Blacastan, K-Flay and Qwill. The aforementioned colorful characters from Esos childhood and subconscious also help along the journey (including a cameo by DJ Premier). Esoteric handles most of the production duties but is also backed by career long partner 7L and fellow East Coast Avenger DC the Midi Alien.
So the time is now; sit back, press play, crack the binding and follow along with one of hip hops most gifted minds as he proudly presents the most intricate and personal work of his career.
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