These songs are first-person narratives spoken by speculative characters, all of whom are more or less me-your Fellow Man. I learned something impressive from the recent U.S. Census: within fifty years, the majority of the country's population will be brown. This isn't shocking in a global sense, but there's a tragicomic portion of the U.S. citizenry that rejects this inevitability. Most people just don't stop to think about it too hard. Anyway, the point is an old refrain: the times really are a-changin'. People keep talking about how history repeats, and why wouldn't it? The basic game hasn't changed in a couple hundred thousand years. We eat, work, think, f***, defend our own. We put our trust in powerful people so we won't have to work so hard and get to think and f*** a little harder. The powerful people build walls and gates and sooner or later there are barbarians at them. Go read Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. You don't have to read the whole thing, or even most of it. I didn't. There's always corruption. People are either rallying or scared shitless. Believe me, there are always barbarians at the gates. I know that's melodramatic, and not particularly original. Hiphop has been predicting the end of society for thirty-some-odd years now. Hiphop was created by a group of people who looked around at the disappointing society they had, and decided to make their own. Since then, it's acted as a lament and a dirge for, a satire and a chronicle of the waning society. What I wanted to do was look at the whole problem from a new angle, find some unexplored perspectives, and I've always been fascinated by the way people talk. Language, dialect, idiom, jargon-there's a whole universe out there. Listen to some radio broadcasts from the 1930s and 40s. People talked different back then. Listen to Dylan Thomas. Listen to Lenny Bruce. Listen to Malcom X. Corporate lawyers speak a different language from construction workers. Cops speak a different language from hippies. Hiphop speaks a different language from everybody-but if we're smart, it's up to us to learn everybody else's language so we can figure shit out. Getting back to that census figure: it's not just about learning Spanish, or Arabic, or Chinese. It's about figuring out what's important to people, what they value and what they base their criticisms on. The Vulgate is the language of the people. Look it up. --------Tracks-------- Foreword-This is a sonnet about language. Limbo-This is about a kid from the suburbs who is trying to figure out what the river means. The Vulgate-This is the above paragraphs, in song. Batoru Rowairu-This is about an up-and-coming MC who thinks he's the shit (me). HONK (with Apologies to Common Sense)-This song is about a narcissist. That Nerdy Shit-This song is about nerds. Living in the Moment-These are the thoughts of a presidential candidate in the moments after he founds out he lost. Limericist-Some poor fools have tried to write serious poetry in limerick form. I am one of them. Home Rule-This is about the enslavement, oppression and violence done by one culture to another. Don't Let Me Be Understood-This song is about a high school student. Don't You Think! Leopold and I-This song is about two high school students. Rhythm and Blues-This song is about a boy and a girl. --------PidginHole Records-------- A pidgin is a simplified spoken tongue developed in communities where people who speak different languages must communicate. This usually happens in colonized or subjugated areas where locals are forced to learn another language quickly. A pigeon is a remarkable bird that can find it's way home from any spot on the globe, even when blindfolded. PidginHole Records is a brand new record company founded in 2005 by engineer/producer Douglas Burnette and songwriter/artist Cullen P. Wade, two habitués of the Washington, DC area. We are proud to present our first release, the full-length Hiphop album The Vulgate, by Wade's alter-ego Fellow Man.
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