Cage
Depart From Me


4.0
excellent

Review

by FritzTheCat420 USER (19 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2011 | 11 replies | 7,460 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

At one point, Cage was a rival of and frequently compared to Eminem, for the exact reason that they were both white rappers. Never mind that Eminem was largely influenced by other Midwest rappers (like Esham) and Cage was largely influenced by East Coast rappers. Also, Vanilla Ice, the Beastie Boys, House of Pain, Marky Mark and a third of 3rd Bass were also white rappers. The two albums Cage and Eminem released a couple of years back should set straight those who think that either is an imitator of each other. Eminem's Relapse was a regression to being a one-man Insane Clown Posse, without the facepaint and "***ing magnets". Whereas, Cage's Depart from Me is one of the most personal, soul-searching albums in the history of rap. It's also a lot more musically creative, though not particularly "fun".

(The main contrast between Eminem and Cage is, Eminem lived in the ghetto and was strongly influenced by gangsta rap, and Cage is thoroughly suburban, and even got dismissed as "another wigger" early on in his career by famed producer Rick Rubin, before Cage's lyrics got more personal.)

On Depart from Me, Cage doesn't relapse, he moves forward. There's very little of the fantasy aspect that made his debut, Movies for the Blind, a cult hit. His former addictions are explored, as is the death of his friend, rapper Camu Tao, who had been involved with Depart from Me early in its production, producing a track for the album's companion EP, I Never Knew You. Cage also abstains from the political-themed content he discussed on Hell's Winter, instead aiming to focus on more down to earth lyrical themes. The sentiment on tracks like "Teenage Hands", which talks about dating a teenage girl, and "Fat Kids Need An Anthem", about being overweight, is genuine.

Cage's ability as a storyteller and rapper hasn't degenerated in the least bit, discussing how a woman feels when she's raped and unable to tell another in "Beat Kids", murder on "Look at What You Did" and stalking (but also murder, too) on "I Never Knew You". The music here is also a highlight, as perhaps the strongest LP-length fusion of rap and rock in years, partly owing to the fact that Cage, El-P and guitarist F. Sean Martin of the band Hatebreed were listening to Nine Inch Nails and punk bands, not other hip-hop/rock fusions.

Cage also offers a more personal aspect to the album that is unseen in the majority of such fusions that unfortunately got this album labeled as "emo rap". As if musicians did not write unhappy songs before there was ever such a thing as "emo" (were Pink Floyd emo?), or if disgust, the main emotion expressed throughout much of the songs here, was "emo". Depart from Me does not represent an "emo" content, but rather Cage's growth and depth as an artist. A better description would be progressive hip-hop, which more aptly describes the dark, atmospheric music that backs Cage's lyrics.



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Urinetrouble
July 22nd 2011



5695 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album. is. nowhere. near. a. 5. you. dickrider.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2011



30282 Comments


Why is this listed as Cage [Hip Hop] when the only other artist in the database called Cage already has a power metal tag?

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liledman
July 22nd 2011



3817 Comments


time for d-e-v to regulate

dimsim3478
July 23rd 2011



3942 Comments


Good review. Pos'd.

I couldn't tag this band in my Converge review 'cause I didn't want it to turn up as "Cage [Hip Hop]" in the article.

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Butkuiss
July 23rd 2011



3867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was wondering why this didn't have a review. Nice. Love the last track, but haven't heard the rest of the album. Cage has always been one of my favourite rappers; Hell's Winter was fantastic. Need to hear this.

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qwe3
July 23rd 2011



21154 Comments


"Eminem's Relapse was a regression to being a one-man Insane Clown Posse, without the facepaint and "***ing magnets". "


haha okay buddy

ComfortablyDumb
July 23rd 2011



392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album was a huge disappointment for me considering Hell's Winter is pretty much flawless.

Regardless, there's still a few good songs.

balcaen
July 23rd 2011



3183 Comments


a 5? i deleted this frommy library because i only ever listened to hell's winter. decent review though, intro is a bit odd but whatevs have a pos

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 25th 2011



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah eminem is nothing like ICP...

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FritzTheCat420
July 30th 2011



49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eminem has always been ICP without the facepaint, carnival references and Mike E. Clark (and even the last one isn't entirely true, since Clark produced one of Eminem's singles).

Twizzlada
September 2nd 2012



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hate eminem and I love cage. Not hard to tell the difference between them.



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