Twisting rap music inside out with his bizarre and sorrowful storytelling, Montreal based experimental musician and artist Ira Lee further confounds his ambiguous legacy as the quintessential weirdo-rap-anti-hero. “My Favorite Songs By Me” is the definitive collection of the influential, but virtually unknown
Canadian hip hop troubadours new, electro-lized, and previously unreleased material. Examining a diverse, yet cohesive multitude of influences, Lee’s brilliant conceptualism is second only to the visceral emotion of his constantly shape shifting delivery and incise observational satire. Whether tearing through the transparent and degenerative fabric of societal morality in the ground-breaking, reggae inspired “She’s Only Twelve Years Old”, or conjuring the playful innocence of naive teenage sensibilities in the feel good, “All the Places We Did It” and the hopeful personal anthem, “Keep on Trying”. With a unique point of view that fuses absurd humour, social commentary and raw passion with a selfish, almost childish enthusiasm for the use of concept and characters. Always grappling the most heartbreaking and taboo subjects with a provocative wit and creative twist. His mother`s battle with cancer, (“I Love My Mom”) a hereditary disposition to pathological lying, ( “Ballad of a Liar”), the up tempo, dirty electro grind of the “Donna Jones (Remix)” or even the frenzied punk rock ode to straight edge lifestyle “Mike Brown”. With exciting and accomplished guest production by Scott Da Ros (Endemik Music - Qc), Mattr (Berne, Switzerland), Funken (Paris, France), Ryan Stinson, petit BIG, Critical Mass, and ira lee. And vocal contributions from rap partner Khyro and fiancee Linakim.
“My Favorite Songs By Me” is one of the most interesting breakthrough records of the year. If the blog buzz building is any indication of how huge this album is going to be, steal this record, now.
released October 20, 2010
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