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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. Kill the Architect appeared in 2013. ~ David Jeffries
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Cage

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    Popularity
  2.   Subtle Art of the Break Up Song
  3.   Agent Orange
  4.   Grand Ol' Party Crash
  5.   Stoney Lodge
  6.   Dust vs. Ecstacy
  7.   A Suicidal Failure
  8.   Game Over
  9.   54
  10.   Left It to Us featuring Aesop Rock
  11.   The Death of Chris Palko by Camu Tao
  12.   A Crowd Killer
  13.   Among the Sleep
  14.   Eating It's Way Out Of Me
  15.   Too Much
  16.   Worm in Her Vein
  17.   Nothing Left To Say
  18.   I Never Knew You
  19.   I Lost It In Havertown
  20.   Fat Kids Need An Anthem
  21.   Depart From Me
  22.   Captain Bumout
  23.   Beat Kids
  24.   Keep the City Up
  25.   More in Outs
  26.   Gimmesomedeath
  27.   Holding a Jar Too
  28.   Peeranoia
  29.   Perfect World
  30.   Scenester
  31.   Shoot Frank by Daryl Palumbo
  32.   Too Heavy for Cherubs
  33.   Good Morning
  34.   Hell's Winter
  35.   Weather People
  36.   Summer in Hell
  37.   Ballad of Worms
  38.   Special Ladies
  39.   Public Property
  40.   Sunshine
  41.   Soldier
  42.   Stargate
  43.   Escape to 88
  44.   Strain
  45.   Dr. Strong
  46.   Cop Hell
  47.   Middletown, NY
  48.   Lord Have Mercy
  49.   Stripes
  50.   Underground Rapstar
  51.   Look At What You Did
  52.   Teenage Hands
  53.   I Found My Mind In Connecticut
  54.   Kick Rocks
  55.   Dungeons Art Calling
  56.   Crowd Killa
  57.   Morning Dips
  58.   (Down) The Left Hand Path
  59.   Teen Age Death
  60.   Probably Causes Paranoia (Skit)
  61.   The Soundtrack
  62.   CK Won
  63.   Unlike Tower 1
  64.   Under Satan's Authority (Skit)
  65.   The Right Out (Skit)
  66.   Holdin a Jar 2
  67.   Pussy Money and War
  68.   Intro
  69.   Leak Bros. by Tame One
  70.   Come to Daddy
  71.   Haterama
  72.   Fresh Out the Morgue
  73.   Left It to Us featuring Aesop Rock
  74.   In Stooney Lodge
  75.   Left Hand Path, (Down) The
  76.   Hugs And Kisses
  77.   Cry Myself to Death
  78.   Time to Kill
  79.   The Cage/If You Believe
  80.   Relax
  81.   Smoke and Mirrors
  82.   Infinity
  83.   Dead Man Dancing
  84.   This Kind of Love
  85.   Stormbringer
  86.   Soul Searching
  87.   Lamb of Nothing
  88.   Fuck This Game
  89.   Precipiss
  90.   The Hunt
  91.   In Your Fur
  92.   You Were the Shit (In High School)
  93.   Watch Me
  94.   Cursed
  95.   They Suck
  96.   This Place
  97.   Road Kill
  98.   My Dog is Dead
  99.   I Don't Know You
  100.   [Untitled]