|Birth name||Noah Raymond Brickley|
|Also known as||Warhol 
Yukon Dawn 
February 10, 1978 |
Natchez, Mississippi, US
|Origin||Guelph, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop
Underground hip hop
|Labels||Plague Language (2000-present)
Legendary Entertainment (2003-present)
2nd Rec (2002-2007)
Fake Four Inc. (2010-2011)
Northstar Imprint (2003-2004)
Vermin Street (2010)
|Associated acts||CRUNK23, Bourgeois Cyborgs, Famous Playaz, The Weird Apples, Madadam, Baracuda, Livestock, Lord Kufu, The Main, Spz Chaote, Crunk Chris, DS, Orphan|
Noah Raymond Brickley (born February 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Noah23, is a Canadian-American alternative hip hop artist from Guelph, Ontario. He is co-founder of the Plague Language collective and record label, and has been described as "one of Canada's best, most underrated MCs".
Noah Raymond Brickley was born in 1978 in Natchez, Mississippi, and moved to Guelph, Ontario at the age of 4. He began rapping in the early 1990s and released his first album, originally entitled Plague Language, in 1999. This album, initially released on cassette, was remastered and released on CD in 2006 under the name Cytoplasm Pixel.
In the late 1990s, Brickley started the record label Plague Language with producer Orphan (real name Kingston Maguire, who went on to become one half of production duo Blue Sky Black Death). In the early 2000s the Plague Language label released music from artists such as Baracuda, Livestock, Orko the Sycotik Alien, Penny, The Main, and Madadam. In 2004, following the departure of Orphan, the label entered into a period of indefinite hiatus. Plague Language continues to exist, however, as both an imprint on associated Canadian label Legendary Entertainment and as a loose collective of Guelph-based hip-hop artists.
Brickley is involved with side projects associated with Plague Language, including Crunk23, Famous Playaz, The Weird Apples, and Bourgeois Cyborgs. He has also collaborated with other artists such as Cadence Weapon, Josh Martinez, K-the-I???, Sole, Jim Guthrie, Myka 9, Ceschi, Awol One, Liz Powell of Land of Talk, Ghettosocks, Gregory Pepper, and Buck 65.
He has performed with Kool Keith, Busdriver, Subtitle, Islands, Matisyahu, and many more, including Astronautalis, Clouddead, Eternia, Grand Buffet, Radioinactive, The Constantines, Plastic Little, Modulok, TheSaurus, Shabba D, DJ Scientist, Krinjah, Shad K, and Swollen Members.
On May 3, 2011, Brickley announced that he would retire from music at the end of the year. Throughout the first half of 2012 he expressed uncertainty over the possibility of his return to music. On July 31, 2012, he stated he was considering returning to music in the new year, and on August 4 he officially announced he would begin releasing new material in 2013.
On August 20, he released the third and final entry in the Occult Trill series, subtitled Blast Master Therion. While the first two entries in the series are mixtapes, this release is considered an "official album".
On September 3, he released the alternative folk EP Husk under his Yukon Dawn moniker. The EP is dedicated to Brickley's mother for her sixtieth birthday.
On October 9, he released a Ween-themed mixtape entitled Ween x Noah23 (Browntape).
In January 2014, Brickley will release a collaborative EP with producer Horse Head, entitled Delicate Genius, and on February 10 he will release a Dilla-themed freestyle mixtape. He is also working on a collaborative album with producer David Klopek, who contributed production to the Tropical Fruit EP.
Brickley's lyrical style has been described as "a mix of biological terms, technological expressions, esoteric topics, scientific fractions and traditional 'rap writing'", the repetitive use of which is intended "to weave and enlarge a meta-layered web of correlative links and references". He is influenced by the theory of memetics, which he describes as "the study of ideas and language as replicating biological entities that live in the host organism which is the mind". Brickley has described his work as being "like a giant self referential body of thought" characterised by "motif and repetition".
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- Lyricide - interview (2007)
- Legendary Entertainment website
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- Khanna, Vish (September 3, 2008). "Noah23 Preps New Album, Tour". Exclaim!.
- Ranta, Alan (February 13, 2009). "Noah23: Rock, Paper, Scissors". PopMatters.
- Piza, Katia (May 19, 2011). "Review: Noah23 – Fry Cook On Venus (2011)". Mezzic.
- Khanna, Vish (November 16, 2010). "Noah23 - Heart of Rock". Exclaim!.
- JasonASerwatka (April 2, 2010). "Interview with Noah 23". The Interview Today.
- Khanna, Vish (March 7, 2013). "Noah23’s Tropical Fruit: EP stream and Q&A". CBC Music. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Brickley, Noah Raymond (May 3, 2011). "america, book me now. i'm retiring at the end of the year". Twitter. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
- Brickley, Noah Raymond (July 31, 2012). "comtemplating returning to music after this year is up. i'm feeling more positive about it. i'm not 100% decided, but this is the closest i've leaned towards a come back. ...". Facebook. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
- Brickley, Noah Raymond (August 4, 2012). "so yeah i'm officially gonna be back in the new year. #2013 shit". Twitter. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
- 319 (December 21, 2012). "Noah23 – Wingfoot". Ugsmag. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
- 319 (February 11, 2013). "Noah23 – Tropical Fruit". Ugsmag. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- "Noah23 - Lotus Deities". Ugsmag. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
- "Noah23 – Occult Trill III: Blast Master Therion". Ugsmag. August 20, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Brickley, Noah Raymond (August 20, 2013). "ФℭҜvŁ† †ЯiŁŁ III: βŁΔ§† றΔ§†€Я †Ҥ€ЯiФ₦". Bandcamp. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Brickley, Noah Raymond (2013-11-09). "my new ep with producer Horse Head will be droppin in January and is called Delicate Genius". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
- Brickley, Noah Raymond (August 10, 2013). "Not only am I dropping the epic and final Occult Trill album on August 20th ...". Facebook. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
- Brickley, Noah Raymond (2013-12-02). "Just starting to formulate the beginnings of a new album produced by Oakville producer David Klopek. Some funky boom bap throw back vibes for this one, and artwork by Fontski.". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- "Noah23 Interview". Lyricide. May 22, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2013.