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Cage

The tortured and visceral lyrics of underground rapper Cage (Chris Palko) come from a life of pain, paranoia, hard drugs, and hard living. His father was MP in the U.S. Army, stationed in Wurzberg, Germany, when Cage was born. The family lived there until Cage's father, named Bill Murray, was busted for selling and using heroin and sent back to America. Landing in Middletown, NY, Cage's father continued using heroin and didn't bother concealing it from his son, going as far as to have the young Cage tighten the tourniquet around his arm. A standoff with the state police after threatening his family with a shotgun landed Murray in jail. It was the last time the eight year old would see his father.

While in high school, Cage went home to a physically abusive stepfather. Drugs became a serious problem for the teen, leading to expulsion from school, getting kicked out of the house, and various arrests for various crimes. Facing serious jail time, Cage's mother convinced the judge to send her son to a mental institution instead of jail. Sentenced to 18 months in the Stony Lodge Psychiatric Hospital, he became a test patient for the new drug Prozac. His depression deepened and suicide attempts led to solitary confinement. It was there that Cage had nothing to do but write his thoughts on paper.

Released from "the Lodge" and confident with his writing skills, Cage began practicing his rap and eventually cut a demo. Meeting Pete Nice of 3rd Bass led to Cage's first appearance on record, a guest vocal on "Rich Bring 'Em Back" from Nice's 1993 album Dust to Dust. Appearances on DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia's legendary N.Y.C. radio show got his name out and lead to friendships with the KMD crew, the late Subroc, Pharoahe Monch, and producer El-P. Nice and Garcia were now working on a sub-label for Columbia and encouraged Cage to make the major-label jump. Too strung out on drugs to record a worthwhile demo, Cage put his career on hold and descended deeper into drug abuse.

Garcia formed his own Fondle 'Em label in 1997 and gave Cage another try. This time he was ready and focused and recorded three successful underground 12"s for the label, including the revered "Agent Orange." He then formed the Smut Peddlers with Mr. Eon and producer Mighty Mi. The group was signed to the hot underground label Rawkus in 2001 and released the album Porn Again that same year. Going solo again, Cage signed with the Eastern Conference label and released his full-length solo debut, the chilling Movies for the Blind, in 2002. The album was well received by critics and underground hip-hop fans, but 2003's Weather Proof didn't catch fire. That same year he formed the superstar group the Weathermen with Camu Tao, El-P, Aesop Rock, Yak Ballz, Tame One, Breeze, and Vast Aire. The group's album The Conspiracy was to be the last work Cage would record for Eastern Conference, leaving the label over alleged non-payment. Cage also decided he needed to be more open in his writing and stop playing a character. While his new writing style was no less blunt or shocking, it was more genuine, something longtime friend and associate El-P noticed and began to champion. Cage and El-P began work on his next album, enlisting the help of RJD2, Camu Tao, DJ Shadow, Jello Biafra, and Yo La Tengo member James McNew. The album, Hell's Winter, was released by Definitive Jux in 2005. The occasionally bracing Depart from Me, an album with an even nastier sonic disposition, followed nearly four years later. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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I was at the lodge same as chris in briarcliff manor. He talks real s**t! More genuine than anyone
George, listen to em's role model. He'll straight say he bought cage's album and dubbed over it. Like it or not, theres something there.
bwbaker51
Funny... a guy with the name B-Dizzle calls someone else corny.
white\ black who cares its all bout the music cage is tight!!!hell s winter gets a 5\5stars...
Stop comparing cage and eminem it makes me angry
brandonmlemo n
Just thought I'd take a listen (yep still corny)
I'm really beginning to like this guy's songs.
Death for all..Right right? Right!!!
Cage is so ill with the ryme
I read it a lot that cage had it so much more rough then eminem but if you look at they both had it horrible. Both forced to
Take drugs( cage by the gov/ em by his mom sneaking pills in his food) both had terrible dads. Em's left when he was only months old n cage's was horrible when around and arrested. I'm not saying it is very important in anyway of either of there rapping ability but just think when you say or post something you shud get it right.
His style changed a lot. Like ill eat four letter word was really hardcore rap but this is different. Not saying either is bad I think he makes descent music. Nothing great but it's all okay.
Eminemmmmmmm m m m m m
Liked* stupid auto correct!
Why is it that I can't get a Cage song on here? Same thing on Songpop his name pops up but a song never plays. I wonder if he won't let it play. Cage was the whole reason I got a pandora account in the first place. I didn't even know what it was until somebody said they lived Cage Radio. I use to play his music and then it just stopped and why doesn't Yak Ballz name come up on here? Get it together Pandora.
cage is the only way to start my day. every song speaks to you in a certain way. f**k these haters, keep doing ya thing illest four letter word!
evryone needs to shut the F-ck up and just enjoy how ever his music speaks to you and stop disecting it!! ha! if not listen to something else .
his dad isnt THE bill murray though, u read the desription of his dad? not quite the successful movie star type mmclovin446. lol
I thought underground was supposed to be above this race card pulling bullshit. The color of ones skin does not effect the art they produce. Stop seeing the world in black and white yo.
not.so.aweso m e s a u c e
does he tour?
does anyone notice that it says his dad is bill murray?
daughter_of_ g r a c e 2 1
hi
@lukemorriss e y : Fluoxetine is basically a generic version of Prozac.
lukemorrisse y
and he made "depart from me" as in depart from him if you dont like his new album...if you dont like it dont listem to him anymore.
lukemorrisse y
cage didnt use prozak...tha t s a weak med for girls. he was on lithium. its for manic depressive people He eventually ended up staying in the hospital for eighteen months, where he was a part of a small group used to test fluoxetine. After being misdiagnosed and placed on the drug, he became suicidal and made several attempts to kill himself, including hanging himself with his shoelaces and saving his lithium dose for a month before ingesting all of them at once.
all I've got to say is cage is the s**t, who cares if his s**ts a little depressing, s**t that's the way the world rolls, better to say straight out then sugar coat the s**t right?
Cage kills. Depart from me was a much better display of his talents. It's new and different. Rappers can't all sound so hip hop. Then we just look like a buncha kids in hoodies listening to the same sound from different voices. And for the record eminem's recovery album was the absolute murder of all the major respect I held for him. Come on? Rihanna? Pink? Lil' Wayne? It's a joke. This was the guy who held a solid place on the Chronic 2001. He betrayed his loyal fans by raping their ears.
warforger
How did Slim sell out? None of his albums are anything like the rest of the mainstream besides the production by Dr.Dre.
It's funny...the only people sayin the white rapper thing, is suburban white kids. They're like cheerleaders for the race! Who cares about their color?? Sound like morons...Oh Yeah!! Cage did get soft didnt he? What's up with the Emo garbage now? Starvin Artists!!! F-ck Mainstream!!
white rappers kill it, at least some( cage, aesop, sage francis) all throw down some real sh*t. if you can't see that you have no clue.
stephen104
"White rappers with white problems" LOL!! I know some White rappers with Brown problems and some Black rappers with yellow problems. Once knew a kid who had purple problems, but it didn't matter, because later he found they were actually all orange.
you guys dont know much about good raw underground hip hop... this is talent... and slim and cage used to roll together until slim sold out and went main stream
Cage got soft.
All white rappers sound the same, ignorance is bliss my friend isn't it. I think Vinnie Paz and Aesop Rock both sound like him and Slim. < (Sarcasm Implied)
say what you want about "white rappers with white problems," but you're not making a point - every rapper spits about their upbringing and the culture surrounding it and, if not, they're straight up frontin'. oh, and all white boys sound alike? how? cage throws down a sound much heavier than the white rappers around him and spits more personal s**t than someone like eminem could have ever MADE UP.
Another White boy Rapper with white problems..He got skillz never the less. sounds like slim shady, but then again all these white boys sound alike
Junkies r people too & they need love not criticisim!
lol how is this pimp yo? bein a junkie aint pimp, thats deep s**t tho
What about the leak brothers?
PIMP s**t....
Cage Kennylz is probably one of the darkest rap artist you would ever come across. so much F&*king pain and torment in his lyrics. Throw them Weathermens up.
suicide music. depressing hell music. if you listen and like this stuff you should probably kill yourself.

not saying it's bad though :D
When is Pandora going to add the new album? I love it. He's got guts for having his first single about a serial killer
@riddler His new stuff is better than Hell's Winter.
Too bad his new stuff isn't as good as Hell's Winter :(
damn! his life makes eminems look like the brady bunch. :/
i'm not insane, yo, my life's a game show; shot for the stars, missed, so now i aim low.
asonofjacob
CK1!!!
f**k bill murray, not the actor
aahhh cage so refreshing
$$Cage KIllz$$ wm cc
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