[Originally posted on Instagram on February 12, 2020]

Cage's music is something that probably requires a little more preliminary research than others. He was tossed in a New York mental facility by his mother at the age of 16 and was kept in their for a year and a half, around 89/90. This comes after having a drug abusing father who would make Cage help him administer heroin, then a step father who would beat him and his mother, etc.

The first half of his music career has a trilogy of albums (Movies for the Blind, Hell's Winter, Depart From Me) that detail a lot of his time in there (Physical abuse by staff members, keeping the kids doped up on drugs used to treat disorders they didn't have, etc) along with a few other prevalent topics like drug abuse, suicide fantasies, satanic philosophies, abuse in organized religions, and the deaths of significant others and friends. Often he approaches these topics with -extreme- absurdity and satire, making some of the most humorous songs about serious topics to make a point. Each album sounds very distinct from the others (Depart From Me uses a ton of guitars, for instance). During this period he also did two collab albums: Nighthawks (with Camu Tao) which was basically a concept album that was an 80s movie about corrupt cops in music form and Waterworld (with Tame One) with every single song being about their love for PCP.

Ok. So. Cage has been in a new phase of music making and I wouldnt type all this shit out if I wasn't into it. 2018 saw Book ov Sam: Infernal Depths released, a mix of older songs with newer released under the name Sam Hill. It's an interesting transition phase between this new album that is intense (Both in how serene it can be and how heavy it can be) steeped in occultism and satanic philosophy. Infernal Depths is fast, weird, and unrelenting. And now, 2020, we get Book ov Sam: Death Miracles. With production like Cage has never rapped over before, spoken bits between songs, and an apparent order of events creating a narrative that isn't presented linearly. The humor lessened but still there. This is an album about a particular set of spiritual beliefs, presented in a way only Cage can give you.