|Sapient dabbled in multiple instruments for as far back as he can remember, but after being busted for graffiti charges at 18 he took to rapping over his own beats made with a drum machine, a guitar and an 8-track. The early training flourished into a distinctive sound of multi-textured arrangements structured with the sense of a songwriter. Sapient's beats have re-defined the sound of Northwest hip hop and carried luminary voices from the likes of Aesop Rock, Slug (Atmosphere), Freestyle Fellowship and more.|
As a vocalist and producer, Sapient has been a member of The Prime (a duo with Living Legends' front man Luckyiam) as well as Portland's Debaser (a two-man offshoot to the nine person collective, Sandpeople). He has also collaborated with other indie hip hop cats like Macklemore, The Grouch, Eyedea, and Pigeon John. Consistently touring and as an independent artist, Sapient is hands on, mixing and mastering, designing his visual art and directing videos, developing his brand with an insatiable work ethic. Committed to care for his young family and cultivate his creative vision, Sapient is pushing boundaries and claiming his own space in our musical lexicon with Slump.
The at-times ethereal, often lyrical sounds on Slump were born out of childhood memories and family influences. While his mom, a concert violinist, kept mostly to her classical music, his ''always wanting to be a rock star'' dad kept a steady stream of Beatles, Paul Simon, and Crosby, Stills and Nash records playing in the house. Tracks like ''Seeking New Skin'' feature glittery arpeggiated beats contrasted with melodic guitar and piano pop choruses, evoking dark thoughts in the best of times. Meanwhile, ''Shotgun In My Spaceship'' is a whimsical piano-based love song expounding on government cover-ups and aliens on the moon conspiracies.
Sapient drops a compelling album that was very unexpected. It was all singing and it was different, poetic, and raw. Sapient is creative and real. That makes for music that is clever and original. Dope lyrics of course over dynamic beats that go from airy, dreamy (''Out From Under''), sometimes sad, and at times charming (''Ello''). ''Ello'' was one of my favorite tracks on the album. It was a colorful, happy love song.
Open copy, played in our store. Excellent condition. Bar code blacked out with a pen.