Consisting of bright outshining Chicago lyricists Malakh El, SKECH185, Gilead7, Wizard Jenkins, Collasoul Structure, I.B. Fokuz, and Lamon Manuel, the Tomorrow Kings collective reigns as the Midwests prolific yet undetected hip-hop superdeities who travel the terrain of the local and national underground scene amidst their contemporaries with little to no awareness of their status as the personification of one of the few cutting edges the genre presently has to offer. All strong individual solo artists and compatriots of one another years before uniting under the TK umbrella, the chemistry generated from the groups collaborative left field efforts on both the stage and in the studio in their six years of unified operation impacts the music connoisseur with a heavy sense of excitement, intrigue, and ambiguity. The TK sound has no conceptual direction or position that can categorize it. Rather, it is the multidirectional mayhem of 7 men mentally scarred by the debris of the backpack eras explosion but survived the disaster and picked up pens to achieve the building of a destruction of anything you consider unquestionable. Tomorrow Kings or factions of the crew have shared the stage with some of the undergrounds most elite, such as Blu, Pac Div, Kool Keith, Bigg Jus, Saul Williams, and others. Often mentioned in the same breath as the infamous Def Jux label, Dalek, Odd Future, Illogic, Cult Favorite, Armand Hammer, and Rubberroom, Tomorrow Kings uses their collective intellect, wit, and street smarts to make bold statements and enact ideas that will disturbingly entertain the and by mere demonstration introduce the listener to new possibilities in art.
Nigger Rigged Time Machine
Lamon Manuel would describe the meaning of the albums audacious title, Nigger Rigged Time Machine, as the ingenuity of taking little of nothing and turning it into immaculate creations hailed, coveted, and even stolen by those who lacked enough vision to create them. Produced almost entirely by underground mainstay Vyle (Auburn with Eliot Lipp, URBs Next 100, work with Mush Records, etc.), Nigger Rigged Time Machine is also the rap manifestation of the potential lifestyle of the neo-modern and postmodern children of Africa as they disregard the systems of White supremacy, hip-hop conventionalism, and the boxes prescribed for them and their Black kind before birth. The title track showcases the seven MCs alternating every four bars as they viciously describe themselves while simultaneously displaying an alienated sense of thought that is raucous, natural, enlightening, intense, and disturbing to anyone not on this wavelength, which is virtually anyone but the sacred TK members. Sell Coke to White Folks is a semi-comical allegory that casts the Malakh El, I.B. Fokuz, SKECH185, and Lamon Manuel playing a reverse supremacist role by making Whites (and systemic Whiteness) the pawn of the African diasporic crew through their sale of cocaine to White patrons and the idea of Whiteness. Henry Hide ingeniously and hauntingly showcases TK members in the stance of both allegorical and literal serial killers, while Black Power in Hell serves as the albums afro futurist anthem in its seamless combination of Black liberation theology, Moorish science, and revolutionary reflections on current situations of oppression. In short, Nigger Rigged Time Machine is an eccentric collage pieced together by the minds of 7 writing geniuses who come from tomorrow and deposit a time capsule in 2013 that will be observed as an esoteric oracle that while not fully comprehended at the present, will create a new aesthetic playing field that will influence every record that comes after it. A must listen.