Official The Green Seed – Drapetomania slipmats:
– Medium-weight felt construction
– Suitable for all types of DJing
– Silk screened design
– Design by EHQuestionmark
Drapetomania (pronounced druh-pet-oh-may-nee-uh) has all the gusto and urgency of a debut. Brimming with lyrics of fury courtesy of emcees R-Tist and C.O.M.P.L.E.T., the stabbing attacks of dynamic DJ duo FX and Jeff C, and a lush soundworld layered with rich textures and trunk-rattling beats. Drapetomania is a feast for the ears – a Loveless for heads steeped in Buhloone Mind State (and vice versa).
R-Tist has long been a fantastic producer – one who mixes MPC mastery with live instrumentation. Still, joining forces with the production crew at Birmingham-based label Communicating Vessels â€“ namely producer Jeffrey Cain, engineer Kyle Ginther, and mastering guru Paul Logus â€“ has taken his beats to dizzying new heights. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Drapetomania wasn’t the product of the Dirty South rather than the blunted grit of J Dilla’s Detroit or the otherworldly productions of Lex Records. But Drapetomania is no homage â€“ it’s a unique blend of heart, laughter, and guts.
Speaking of Lex Records, Drapetomania is also a feast for eyes thanks to the astounding artwork of enigmatic art collective EHQuestionmarkâ€“ the design collective behind much of Lex’s output, including records by Shape of Broad Minds, Neon Neon, and DOOM.
In fact, it was EHQuestionmark who suggested the album title: Drapetomania is a bit of 19th century pseudoscience â€“ the “disorder” causing a slave’s urge to flee. The idea of drapetomania inspired the eerily psychedelic minstrels that adorn the album’s artwork â€“ which looks especially striking as an LP. With that last conceptual detail in place, Drapetomania gained extra heft as a work of art… Though none of that matters without the strong material that lives within the grooves.
Drapetomania often contemplates bondage â€“ artistic, romantic, etc. â€“ but, ultimately, it’s a soundtrack to Freedom… And whatever comes next.