Cut Chemist technically hasn’t released a new “artist album” in over a decade. A founding member of hip-hop royalty, Jurassic 5, Cut Chemist has worked with a multitude of artists, including DJ Shadow and Ozomatli. Luckily, 2018 is the year one of the most influential DJs in the genre releases the follow-up to his excellent debut The Audience’s Listening.
Die Cast is set for a March 2 release and features appearances by Biz Markie, Deantoni Parks, Tune-Yards, Mr. Lif, Edan, DNTEL, Hymnal and more. In addition to premiering the dizzying new video for “Metalstorm,” the album’s lead-off track, we had the opportunity to speak with Cut Chemist about directing the clip, his love of breakdancing culture and maybe a tidbit about Jurassic 5.
The song features rappers Edan and Mr. Lif reprising their roles in “Storm” from The Audience’s Listening. Much like the previous song, “Metalstorm” is a complexly layered piece of music from Cut Chemist. It begins with clattering noise over a persistently funky beat. Once the MCs appear on the scene, rapidly trading verses, the beat subsides to a steady groove. Cut Chemist directed the video for the song, which features the two rappers’ faces given artistic, collage-like treatments amid a shifting sequence of images.