1. Intro (The Story of an Artist)
2. Brian Wilson
7. Laundry Room
8. Lights Out
Absent from the scene for a while, D-Sisive has been popping up lately with a few random guest appearances and a short EP of his vocals over music jacked from Iggy Pop. It's all in preparation for the proper return to the scene by this once highly anticipated Toronto emcee. As one might expect of an artist willing to rap over The Idiot, The Book isn't your typical hip hop album, and this is especially evident after just one song, the opening track Intro (The Story of an Artist). Produced by D-Sisive's alter ego Orville Knoblich, it is sparsely composed of record static, a child's piano and some faded singing before D-Siggy kicks a short verse about the dilemma of an artist. His other production contributions, the Captain Beefheart meets hip hop of Ambulance and the minimal, drum-driven Lights Out, are also quirky and creative, and are the most interesting sounds on the album. But that doesn't mean the rest of the album suffers. The most likely song to receive play is ThisisWhatItSoundsLikeWhenWhiteboysListentoHipHop, a scathing (but very funny!) commentary on wiggers. It offers pretty much the only respite from the dark subject matter of songs like Brian Wilson (a soulful, psychedelic rock boom-bap track) and Kneecaps (a sad drum and piano song), both of which describe D-Sisive's relationship with his parents, hip-hop, and just where he disappeared to and why. The Book is a delightfully dark and disturbing album that displays a hip hop artist more comfortable isolated and alone in his room than on stage and amongst fans. Highly recommended.