Ecid’s “Biograffiti” was our first release. Since it’s 2006 release it has become a cult favorite among peers and fans alike. So instead of writing your typical description we thought it was only right to have a long time supporter tells us what they think about it.
When I first got my hands on this album it was a demo version through a friend. I was probably 16 and not really into hip-hop. At the time I was mowing neighbors’ lawns. With this album in my Walkman for 3 hours one day I discovered a world of hip-hop I never knew existed. Between his outstanding story-telling skills combined with his own off-the-wall production, I fell in love with the originality and dove into a new world of music.
Once getting this cleaned-up version it was clear what ECIDs goal with the album was. Divulging into stories about the new judgment/hardship of people like “Akmude Sallam” that come to America for a new life but because of what he is; his American dream is never realized. “Normalton U.S.A”. ECID and Impulse attack the ideas of being an average person with a picture perfect life that really isn’t, sporting a chorus of “I know a place that you might want to visit with green lawns and the matching pickets, I know a place that you might want to visit where everybody’s always in everybody’s business”. “Recovering Ego Enthusiasts Might Enjoy This” explores the idea of addiction and how everyone has something they depend on. With lines like “Come to think of it most addictions are a mental sickness so technically none of us is worse than the other from a mental standpoint” and “I’m just as dependant as you so what in the fuck can I do” with an ironically catchy beat you’ll find yourself addicted to this track. Demonstrated with a simple chorus “If this mud wasn’t mud what would it be/ it’d be anything that you’d like it to be”; Kristoff Krane joins in on “Mud” for a discussion about life being what you make of it and breaking the pattern. Exploring the afterlife “Anywhere But Here” contains atmospheric sounds (of dying) while ECID denies the thought of heaven and explains, “No one knows where they go when they die, so how can they say that someone who did is in a better place”. On “July” he tells stories that have immediate negative effects on his life but understands they’re paths taken to learn and grow from. Closing the album with “Home Sweet Homeless” ECID paints a jazzy audio landscape fitting to the tone of this song about moving out of your parents’ house and struggling to build a life on your own.
Now at 22 and having lived through the thoughts and feelings on this album it’s obvious that Biograffiti is a short novel about trying to become something more than just another 20-somethng year old pot-head and dealing with the reality that life isn’t everything we were always promised it was. Doing this with incredible style and skill. This is just the beginning of ECIDs legacy as an artist developing his creative talent and skill to become what we now know as one of the best and most intense rapper/producers in the underground coming straight outta Minneapolis.
released 25 July 2006
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