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Live from the Tape Deck (2010)

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Live from the Tape Deck is the collaborative studio album by Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and New Jersey producer Illmind, released on October 5, 2010, under Duck Down Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Big China Studios in Brooklyn, New York in 2010.


Unlike Skyzoo's debut album The Salvation, there aren't any deep undertones or personal records. The album is a collection of raw hip hop with a cohesive backdrop. With this project, the two artists have planned to bring what hip hop veterans such as Eric B. & Rakim, Gang Starr, EPMD, NWA and A Tribe Called Quest brought by having one producer with one sound and one theme. But, Live from the Tape Deck does not sound like hip hop in the 1990s.

Skyzoo also clarified that this project isn't the follow-up to The Salvation.

Skyzoo's goal while recording the album was "to make something that felt like a 2010 cassette tape". He wanted the content to be raw and lyric driven as always, but not as story driven or emotional as The Salvation was. There are still parts of the album that are stories and concepts, but not as much as his debut had. This one is more of a beats and rhymes type of album.

Illmind took a custom approach to the production for the album based on the concept of Live from the Tape Deck, explaining that,
I wanted to keep the soundscape warm and 'analog' sounding, just like how 2 inch tapes used to sound. Most of the keyboard and synth sounds I used were from analog synths made in the late 80's. Combined this with using my ASR-10, I was able to capture that feeling, but with a slightly updated feel. I think our debut record, "Frisbees" was a cool way, sonically, to introduce the sound I was going for.

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