17 Songs, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it's been around for a decade now, the Seattle group Greyskul has always resided in the deep underground, beloved by its fervent fanbase while remaining mostly unknown to the hip-hop world at large. Aligned with Rhymesayers Entertainment, the group has released several solid albums (including Deadlivers and Bloody Radio) and worked with indie-rap royalty like Slug and Aesop Rock, but its distinctly unusual sound was just a little too dark and weird to really catch on. In 2009, the trio (Onry Ozzborn, JFK, and Rob Castro) hooked up with producer Maker for the well-received Graymaker; on Zenith, it connects with Smoke M2D6, embracing spazzed-out electronics and updating its style yet again. Longtime fans may be confused by the move, but there's a lot of good stuff here—most notably the title track featuring Raekwon, "I Adapt" with Solillaquists of Sound, and the school-shooting epic "There Is No Edge."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it's been around for a decade now, the Seattle group Greyskul has always resided in the deep underground, beloved by its fervent fanbase while remaining mostly unknown to the hip-hop world at large. Aligned with Rhymesayers Entertainment, the group has released several solid albums (including Deadlivers and Bloody Radio) and worked with indie-rap royalty like Slug and Aesop Rock, but its distinctly unusual sound was just a little too dark and weird to really catch on. In 2009, the trio (Onry Ozzborn, JFK, and Rob Castro) hooked up with producer Maker for the well-received Graymaker; on Zenith, it connects with Smoke M2D6, embracing spazzed-out electronics and updating its style yet again. Longtime fans may be confused by the move, but there's a lot of good stuff here—most notably the title track featuring Raekwon, "I Adapt" with Solillaquists of Sound, and the school-shooting epic "There Is No Edge."

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About Grayskul

Oldominion crew members and MCs Onry Ozzborn and JFK had been meaning to do a project together for a while, but it wasn't until after they heard Cannibal Ox's 2001 album, The Cold Vein, that they decided to organize themselves. The finalized their lineup in 2003 with the addition of bass player Rob Castro, who had played on Ozzborn's The Grey Area. After Grayskul recorded over 30 songs and released a tour-only LP, their music got into the hands of Rhymesayers head Siddiq (Brent Sayers), who liked their hard-edged sound and immediately signed them. Using the alter egos Reason, Fiddle Stick Recluse (or just Recluse), and Phantom Ghost El Topo, Ozzborn, JFK, and Castro -- whose live show included a live DJ and oftentimes masks -- released their debut, Deadlivers, in 2005, and two years later (this time preferring the monikers "Count Draven" and "Count Magnus," and without Castro) Bloody Radio, which featured verses from Aesop Rock and Cage, among others, came out. ~ Marisa Brown

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