The G to the L to the U Never Forgetting the E
by Seetwist

I found god in my boom box, hiding in the high hats,
trapped under filters and waiting for the kickbacks

glue1.jpgEveryone has at least one album in their collection of an artist who is so absolutely outstanding (and not just in a specific musical niche either) that you just can't believe that they're not getting more attention and respect.  For me, that band is Glue.

Glue is a hip hop trio who come from decidedly non-hip-hop backgrounds.  Representing Aurora, Illinois (party on, Wayne!), Keane, New Hampshire and Cincinnati, Ohio, these 3 have more credentials than you would think possible.

Emcee Adeem is the only person to win twice at the massive hip-hop festival, Scribble am .  He took the crown in 1998 and in 2001, respectively.  To put this into context, Eminem couldn't even make it past the semi-finals, and he was defeated more than once while trying.

DJDQ, the music behind the group is currently a part of the turntablist group The Animal Crackers, who took the 2006 title at the
DMC championship.  He's been making incredible music since the early 90's, and between being a part of The Animal Crackers and Glue , he delivers pizzas in order to make a living.

glue2.jpgFinally, the man behind the production, Maker.  He's been producing for a variety of different labels, including NinjaTune, one of the most prestigious and well-known hip-hop labels out there.

It pays to be persistent, to be a story of success,
So I'm rapping to get this tension out of my chest,
Blessed by karma's opposite, holding it down,
Trying to put some positivity back in my sound,
Relax by cooking dinner; take it step by step,
It's been eleven hours straight, still haven't slept,
When things get crossed off the list, the panic drifts,
Away from my nervous system, where my heartbeats skips,
My attitude to fuel my passion for music,
I'll give the world a throwaway and give you the exclusive.

The first time I heard Glue, I was at an outdoor music festival in Denver, Colorado.  I had just finished seeing some unknown college band perform and was on my way to purchase a $12 cup of warm beer, when I noticed a scrawny white kid come running out of the tent that housed the hip-hop and electronica acts.  He flipped on the mic and launched into a massive 5 minute freestyle, causing the majority of the crowd to stop and just stare at the dorky Caucasian who was spitting rhymes so quickly that the speakers couldn't keep up.  When he finished, he turned around and calmly walked back into the tent, followed by a few thousand new fans.  I eventually got my flat Bud Light (why does concert beer always suck so much?) and made my way over to the tent to check out the action.  I walked in right as DJDQ was working the turntables, producing some of the craziest scratches I had heard outside of a DMC

CatchAsCatchCan.jpgI spent the majority of their set just standing to the side of the stage, watching Adeem run back and forth while switching between album songs and freestyle sessions.  And people were going NUTS.  I had attended a Busta Rhymes concert the week before at the same venue and he couldn't get the crowd half as hyped up as they were now.  The 'heads were up front, holding their hands in the air and hopping along to every song.  The people at the fringes of the crowd were pushing forward, trying to get closer to the stage, and spontaneous b-boy sessions kept breaking out in the middle of everything.  At one point, there were 3 large circles where people were popping, locking, head spinning and even moshing.  Crowd surfers were getting picked off by security, and as soon as they were pulled down to the floor, another one took their place.  The joints started sparking up, and soon there was a sweet-smelling haze hanging in the air.  And through all of this, Glue kept ripping up the stage.  They ended up performing for a short 45 minutes, but it was the best set of the day, hands down.  And when they finished cleaning up after the set, all 3 of them hopped into the crowd and spent the rest of the afternoon milling about, watching the other acts with the crowd they had just performed in front of.

The other thing I really enjoy about Glue is the lyrical content.  It's emotional, raw and yet still uplifting.  There are no songs about drugs, bitches or violence.  There's no need to skip tracks because you're sick of hearing the same message repeated again and again.  Adeem delivers positivity and variety; from science fiction themed songs ( Vessel) to songs decrying the overly misogynistic lyrics that creep into 90% of mainstream hip-hop (Glupies). 

I'm looking for dignity,
Not a chick just to dig me,
The last thing on my mind is sex with a stranger,
I'm trying to play shows and make some paper,
This is my living, stop killing all the feeling,
Hey drunk girl stop sleeping,
On your own self esteem,
Thanks for digging the game but you've got the wrong team.

Take the tight beats, impeccable turntablism and heartfelt lyrics, mix them together, and you have Glue.

Glue's latest album, Catch As Catch Can, is now out on Fat Beat Records.  Bonus for those who actually purchase the CD:  It comes with an additional disc of pure instrumental tracks.

For those who like:  Sage Francis, early Run DMC and Eyedea & Abilities.

Glue's Homepage:

Glue on Myspace:
Free Tracks:
Lot To Say

Seetwist used to sniff glue; now he just listens to it



cool. i've seen his name kicked around in a few places. i'll check this out. got any suggestions in the vein of Krush/Shadow/UNKLE, but with more vocals/MC's?

on a somewhat related note, i read in the local paper over the weekend that they are busting this kid for putting his tag up all over the place. to the tune of a half a mill. supposedly it's the largest fine / grafitti case ever in the history of the universe.


Hmm, I've never even heard the name, but I'm definitely a fan of Sage Francis. I'll check them out. It sounds like something I might enjoy.


Johnny: Check out Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek, DJ Babu, or maybe Soul Position. Great music, intelligent lyrics and some dope turntablism to boot. I'd start with "Everything Goes Better With RJ & AL by Soul Position or maybe "One A.M." by Diverse. Email if you want some samples.

Joel: You won't be disappointed. They're touring for the next month or so, you might be able to catch them in your area if you live in the South or the East.


Cool. Just checked out the Myspace page. I got so sick of hip-hop that I haven't checked out anything new in years. I like hearing actual talent and brains.


got Kweli's first one after Black Star. kinda non-plussed on that and i haven't picked up much since.

Babu was with Dilated Peoples? will check out Soul Position.

i wish they'd get Black Star back. that's a good record. so is the first soundbombing comp. how 'bout the Rugged Man?


Yeah, I wasn't to thrilled with Mos Def and Talib doing the Black Star project, but on their own, they are incredible. I much prefer their solo work to their collaborations.

Babu is the DJ for Dilated Peoples and for The Likwit Junkies. He also has a few solo records out (the Duck Hunting series) which really showcase his skills outside of DP.


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