I’m sure you Cage Stans like myself have noticed that heâ€™s released a few new tracks entitled Super Baked and Mayan Stop Watch as well as a snippet of a track called The Void. If youâ€™ve heard these tracks, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll also notice a pretty drastic lyrical departure from his last record, Depart From Me. Â Well, of course, Iâ€™ve got a few things to say about, not only these tracks, but Cageâ€™s content change in general.
Anyone that knows me knows that Iâ€™m a huge fan of Cageâ€™s Movies For The Blind. I would defend that album being an underground classic to the death. When I first heard that album, the way Cage flowed, as well as the ridiculous content, made it one of the dopest things Iâ€™d ever heard. To boost, after a recent talk with Ryan from Man Bites Dog Records about all the Masonic codes buried in the lyrics, I Â now think itâ€™s even doper than I did before.
When Cage changed his style up on Hellâ€™s Winter, while it was a departure, overall I felt like Hellâ€™s Winter was just a more introspective Cage. No big deal. Depart From Me (Cage’s 808s & Heartbreaks), on the other hand, I felt was an extreme 180 from any of his previous material. I donâ€™t throw the term â€œemoâ€ around but letâ€™s just sayâ€¦he got very sensitive. Thatâ€™s not to say I didnâ€™t enjoy the album. I think songs like Nothing Left To Say, Eating Its Way Out Of Me and Depart From Me were good songs. Fellas, donâ€™t act like youâ€™ve never been dumped before and canâ€™t relate to shit like â€œTears eventually caked up. Inevitable break up. Laying in bed for days and then you wake up.â€ Fine. Thatâ€™s some Drake-style bitch shit, but itâ€™s still good.
So after this record dropped, all of his older fans like myself were curious and skeptical as to what he’d do next. I can say that I never thought Iâ€™d be hearing these new tracks that he dropped. What made me want to do this write-up was the other fan reactions Iâ€™ve read about these tracks like â€œCage is backâ€, â€œThese tracks are super dopeâ€, â€œAlex The Wormking returnsâ€, etc. But when I listen to these tracks, while I think theyâ€™re good, I canâ€™t be quite as excited as everyone else. I really hate to be on some â€œyou canâ€™t come backâ€ shit, but in reality sometimes you canâ€™t. Cage strayed so far from the style that made him an underground legend that can we really get all that excited that heâ€™s putting out tracks that kinda sound like forced versions of his old material?
And has anyone thought about his motives for doing these tracks?Â Cage gained a lot of new fans with his new style, but, at the same time, he lost a lot of his core fans. So did he come back to this style because this is genuinely what he felt like doing? Was he tired of people calling him an â€œemo faggot?â€ Did he just want to gain his old fans acceptance back? If you want my opinion, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s a combination of all of the above. Cage tried something new that, depending on who you asked, could have been seen as a failure. Now heâ€™s returning to, not only what his old fans want from him, but what he does best. That aside, letâ€™s talk about the songs:
Super Baked sounds like something he wouldâ€™ve done right before the Weatherproof EP. He even brought his old high-pitched voice that we all loved back. It has some creepy production with pretty throwback lyrics. â€œI donâ€™t know if God gave me this brain, but if he did thereâ€™s a devil and he knows my name.â€
Mayan Stop Watch has a beat much like something we would have heard on Depart From Me, which, of course, has to do with F. Sean Martin producing it. However, I think this beat is better than the beats he did on DFM. I really like the way Cage rode the beat and the lyrics were, again, vintage Cage. â€œLetâ€™s play a drinking game. The blood of Christ is lame. Letâ€™s say what was in his head was heroin and sniff his brain.â€
The Void was an interesting reuniting of Cage and DJ Mighty Mi. If youâ€™ve been following Cage, youâ€™ll know he had a beef with him and his partner, Mr. Eon. Anyway, I wasnâ€™t a fan of this beat at all. Some people are calling it â€œdubstepâ€, but Iâ€™m still sketchy on that genre so Iâ€™ll just say it sounds like a shitty electronica sample. If shitty electronica equals dubstep then there you go. I honestly didnâ€™t get enough of Cageâ€™s verse to really judge them, but the little I did hear sounded decent.
So, all in all, Cage has been dropping some pretty good new material. Itâ€™s a nice return to his old style, but is it too late? Will his fans take him seriously? Is his style change going to be dismissed or can he pull a Metallica, have fans forget about his Load and simply embrace his return? What do you think?