Press release July 1, 2021
Brainchild of Chicago underground hip hop mainstay, Daryl “Decay” Stewart, Filthē Analects Record Company—Filthē Records—is built around a simple idea: artists are partners, not employees. From its inception Filthē has shown and proved it’s all about supporting artists and not screwing them over.
Fans can expect top talent, great music, and consummate packaging. Every Filthē Records release will be available digitally and physically, with a goal of bringing iconic releases to vinyl.
This is what Filthē Analects stands for: quality with an edge. Music with muscle and heart. Music with a sense of history. Music that looks to the future by capturing the raw reality of right now. Timeless music grounded in a specific time and place.
With a focus on pushing quality from talented artists, Filthē Records is poised to make an impact globally.
Filthē Analects Record Company has two new releases.
The first is The Eternal Reflection, the new album out from Chicago-based rapper, IAMGAWD and produced by Custom Made.
Some hip hop albums are timeless. They could come from the ’90s, the early 2000s, and the right now. This is one of those albums. The legend begins.
An intense, angry, socially conscious yet tough as nails release, The Eternal Reflection is the kind of album that only appears every few years. Backed by the hard-edged beats of producer Custom Made, IAMGAWD is one of these rappers who appears out of nowhere. Tupac. Biggie. He’s special. Everything about this record is Chicago. The places he references. The experiences. It’s universal, the American ghetto and housing project experience. This record nails what hip hop has been over the past few decades without retreading old steps; it’s a classic sound without sounding old. It’s a varied record, with a double-time song, an ode to Twista and The Legendary Trackster. It hones in on that Chicago sound. He’s a dope emcee who conveys everything he has to his fans, a philosopher of the mean streets.
GAWD is an acronym: getting ahead without devolving. That’s the essence of his music, right there.
The second release is We Dressed the City with Our Names, the new album from local rapper Defcee and producer August Fanon.
An ode to graffiti, poetry, lyrics, rhymes, and the classic film, Style Wars, here is a top-shelf album from a rapper at the top of his game, on a run since October, putting out songs and albums at an astonishing pace. We Dressed the City with Our Names seems like a contradiction: it’s personal and poetic, but with a futuristic, dystopian sound. It’s a high-concept album capturing the America we live in right now, the crumbling infrastructure and the nightly transgressions, but there’s soul. There’s hope amidst the hard-nosed city feel.
Defcee is a consummate pro; he puts so much time and effort into his lyrics, evoking cityscapes and bygone eras with his razor-sharp writing. He’s linked up with red-hot producer August Fanon, and the results are combustible.
The cover has original graffiti by Sean One CBS. It shows a CTA train striped with paint. It’s the old and the new, linked by one of most compelling artists.
Support local artists. Support a local business. Buy one of these albums. Buy them both. Be a part of the next chapter of Chicago hip hop.
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