w/ Analog(ue) Tape Dispenser
Music to Feel Like Sh_t to
“Lamon is an incredibly talented writer with that thing a lot MC’s wish they had: a dope voice! The whole project is front to back outstanding and highlights his skill as an MC & also the fact that Analog Tape Dispenser is a BEAST on production. Love these guys and Tomorrow Kings.” —Damn That Noise
1. Shit. Everything We Have Together Is Falling Apart.*
2. Paper Cups ft. Collasoul Structure & Annie Burns
3. Play Nice Pt. 1 ft. Jacquain
4. Play Nice Pt. 2
5. Skies ft. SKECH185
6. Closing In
7. Small Child Fire ft. Delaney Becker
8. Paper Plates ft. Angel Katz
9. Even The King Wants To Kill The King*
10. Willie Manuel
11. Ex-Girlfriend Haiku
12. Emily, Panic.*
13. No Funerals
* – KEY TRACKS
“Rapping well isn’t easy. Rapping well while punching yourself hard in the face or being choked hard by a woman definitely ups the degree of difficulty a bit.” – Lamon Manuel
ARTIST BIO & ALBUM INFO
Lamon Manuel is an independent rap artist from the Southside of Chicago, and founding member of the prolific rap brotherhoods Tomorrow Kings and FUTURE CULT LEADERS of AMERICA (FCLA).
Manuel is a writer’s writer whose art is a campaign for personhood, aiming to break the presumed rap binary: “positive, conscious rap” or “gangsta rap.” His sad-boy-adult-angst, smart-rap style is imaginative, humorous, richly poetic and is marked by gratuitous film and literary references.
After a breadth of collaborative songs and project releases over the years, Manuel stepped into new space to release solo project Music to Feel Like Sh*t to. Manuel mainly partnered with producer Analog(ue) Tape Dispenser to design a fitting soundscape, and additionally worked with AM Breakups, Dying Stars, AOI and DOS4GW. He also worked with acclaimed videographer Samantha Wakefield who directed and produced the cinema-worthy videos for ‘Skies’ and ‘Sh*t. Everything We Have Together Is Falling Apart.’ This project centers the narrative of love, the tumultuous end of a relationship with a woman he once thought he would marry, and its after-effects. Music to Feel Sh*t to shows promise to become a cult favorite, already receiving widespread praise from fans and ranking highly on esteemed hip hop blogs.
Some of Lamon’s biggest influences are Atmosphere, members of Tomorrow Kings and FCLA, C. Bain and Rachel McKibbons.
Contrary to the current performance-artist paradigm which often accepts the sacrifice of writing for song beats and/or performance, Lamon Manuel has perfected a recording and performance style that is just as captivating as his writing. His beat taste is perfectly congruent to his writing style and larger than life performance.
Driven by the idea that any performance could be one’s last, Manuel melds rapping and an element of theater to performance to deliver an unforgettable experience for every crowd.
One may remember Lamon as the tall Black guy punching himself in the face while rapping, or perhaps being choked by women during the performance of his cult classic ‘Emily, Panic.’
Manuel recently described his work as “a series of choreographed panic attacks when played forward.” Padded beneath lush imagery, Manuel’s work presents as vulnerable. He invites an intimate look into topics typically cloaked in silence, such as Black mental health, the dissonance between non-Black fan enjoyment of Black art and real life engagement with Black people, substance and sexual abuse, body image issues, experiences in love from the Black male perspective, family dynamics, and male privilege.
Lamon has shared the stage with artists such as Cage, Qwel, Maker, Psalm One, Mick Jenkins, Jamila Woods, Typical Cats, Rift Napalm, Serengeti, SABA, Billy Woods, Cult Favorite, B. Dolan, Elucid, Busdriver, Metasota, Beans, Moonlight Grammar, Joseph Chilliams, Baatin, Uncommon Nasa, Boogie Boy Metal Mouth, Karma Kids, Teddy Faley and DJ Addikt, A.M Breakups, Reservoir Sound, and many others.