Los Angeles, CA – Jurassic 5 turntablist Cut Chemist is back with his first solo album since 2006’s The Audience’s Listening. Titled Die Cut, the 17-track project features guest appearances from fellow J5 member Chali 2na, Biz Markie, Mr. Lif and Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9, among others.
Prior to the release, the Los Angeles-bred artist shared the lead single “Work My Mind” featuring Chali 2na and Hymnal, and followed up with “Metalstorm” featuring Mr. Lif and Edan.
Aside from his impeccable scratches, the talented DJ/musician also flexes his guitar-playing skills on songs like “Plane Jane.”
The intricately layered Die Cut evokes all kinds moods. From the spaced-out vibe “Rhythm Method” to the mellow feel the Biz Markie-assisted “Moonlightin’” to the high energy the aforementioned”Work My Mind,” it effortlessly spotlights Cut’s versatility.
Check out the Die Cut album stream, cover art and tracklist below.
- Metalstorm f. Edan & Mr. Lif
- Die Cut Intro (Interlude 1)
- Die Cut (Theme) f. Deantoni Parks
- Home Away From Home f. Laura Darlington
- Rhythm Method f. Myka 9
- Moonlightin’ f. Biz Markie
- Work My Mind f. Chali 2na & Hymnal
- Prelude for a Madman f. Dntel
- Energy (Interlude 2)
- You Want It, I Got It f. Hymnal
- I Gotta Weapon
- Plane Jane f. Hymnal & the Precious Hectic
- The Lift, Part 2 (The Dream Sequence)
- Home f. Laura Darlington
- Die Cut (Wrap) f. Myka 9 & Deantoni Parks Bonus Track]
(The original version this article was published on October 6, 2017 and can be found below.)
Cut Chemist DJ for Jurassic 5 and founding member Ozomatli is back with his first solo LP since 2006’s The Audience Listening. In addition to the album announcement, the Los Angeles-based turntablist has shared the project’s lead single and accompanying video “Work My Mind” featuring fellow J5 member Chali 2na and frequent collaborator Hymnal.
“This is the death a musical identity and the birth another,” Cut explained in a statement. “It isn’t just the cut-and-paste style anymore. I’m collaborating with more musicians and sampling less. This is different. The content is emotionally heavier, even though it’s still fun. It harks back to the energy you can share with live musicians rather than being a DJ alone on stage. I wanted to capture that with this style music.”
“Really honored to be a part this new project with a such an old friend,” Chali tells HipHopDX. “‘Work My Mind’ bangs in the car and the club, and I can’t wait to get it tight enough to perform it!”
The slightly creepy visual finds Cut like the mad scientist he is piecing together various moving parts the track as Chali and Hymnal rap along to the funked-out, uptempo beat. Towards the end, a demonic presence slinks across a cemetery, adding an element horror into the visual.
Die Cut also boasts appearances by Mr. Lif, Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9, The Mars Volta’s Deantoni Parks, Biz Markie, Parenthood actress Erika Christensen, tUnE-yArDs, Farmer Dave Scher, Dexter Story and more. The project is expected to arrive in early 2018.
The seasoned Hip Hop vet has been staying busy with his A Stable Sound podcast and plenty live shows all around the world (both solo and with J5).
Check out the video for “Work My Mind” above and cover art below.