In 2006 Insight the Truncator (Boston) and Damu the Fudgemunk (Washington DC), started recording their debut album under the moniker Y Society. Entitled, Travel at Your Own Pace (TAYOP) the album was first released in October 2007. In hindsight, the year would be one of the last years where albums were designed for long term digestion, and a handful of releases from the era survived as undisputed classics to the masses. Today, conceptual albums are almost archaic in a genre built upon storytelling and themes.
With TAYOP, Insight and Damu put the message in the music. The album title served the two as a roadmap to completion of its 13 songs and in return, the finished product serves as a navigation aid to the listener maneuvering through life within themselves and absorbing the outside world. From adventures of fiscal responsibility and imaginative tales of time travel to deconstructing one’s obstructions and beyond, Insight’s rhymes confidently steer the listener on whatever path they have chosen for themselves. The goal of the album is to empower. From start to finish, the array of uplifting lyrics is somewhat like modern day proverbs, but not proverbial.
Musically, Damu the Fudgemunk pulls from a deep body of influences, that give it its unique identity and charm while paying homage to the foundations of their predecessors. The Legendary Marley Marl cosigned the album as a “refreshing” effort of the times. For a project of such character, the general reception does not reflect the magnitude of acclaim by it’s cult following. Receiving mixed reviews in a foggy time in the industry, Travel at Your Own Pace still managed to sell out of it’s original production. However, it has been long out of print for a decade. In response, original vinyl pressings have fetched several hundreds of dollars per copy in the used online markets of Discogs and eBay. The progressing careers of both Insight and Damu in addition to their label, Redefinition Records (also celebrating 10 years) prove that in a murky 2007, they all knew where they were traveling and how to arrive. Even with their growth, a Travel at Your Own Pace repress has remained an inevitable inquiry and recurring expectation to loyal supporters. The answer is here and the wait is finally over.