Genre is dead.
Emcee/producer/singer-songwriter/designer/director, Tonedeff shatters the mold of conventional hip-hop, imbuing it with the sense of depth, honesty and self-sufficiency more attributed to an author than a rapper. Influenced by a diverse range of artists – Tori Amos, Common, Enya, Radiohead, The Prodigy and Björk – his fearless style is a seemingly impossible dichotomy of dense technical emceeing, emotive crooning, and cross-genre fusion. With a career as varied as his collaborators (ie. Immortal Technique, KRS-One, Masta Ace), his QN5 Music label proved to be a force of early 00’s independent Hip Hop with acts like Cunninlynguists, PackFM & Substantial.
His debut album, Archetype (2005) is widely regarded as an underground classic by critics and fans alike for predating the current wave of rapper/singers by nearly a decade. 2016’s multi-part follow-up, Polymer, completely redefined the boundaries of the genre, birthing “Wall of Sound Rap”, while the self-directed accompanying documentary, ‘Polyoptics: The Formation of Polymer’ (and Polyoptics (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) serves as a gripping examination of his motivations and struggles with depression, addiction and anxiety.
The ‘Rap Game Hans Zimmer’ continues to prod the edges of the genre in his unending quest to break music. For more: http://tonedeff.com