Noah23

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Noah23
Birth name Noah Raymond Brickley
Also known as Warhol [1]
Yukon Dawn [2]
SabrToof [3]
Born (1978-02-10) February 10, 1978 (age 36)
Natchez, Mississippi, US
Origin Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, producer
Years active 1997–present
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
Website noah23.tumblr.com

Noah Raymond Brickley (born February 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Noah23, is a Canadian-American hip hop artist from Guelph, Ontario. He is co-founder of the Plague Language collective and record label,[4] and has been described as "one of Canada's best, most underrated MCs".[5]

Career[edit]

Noah Raymond Brickley was born in 1978 in Natchez, Mississippi, and moved to Guelph, Ontario at the age of 4.[6] He began rapping in the early 1990s[7] 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, Noah23 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).[8] In the early 2000s the Plague Language label released music from artists such as Baracuda,[9] Livestock,[10] Orko the Sycotik Alien,[11] Penny,[12] The Main,[13] and Madadam.[14] In 2004, following the departure of Orphan, the label entered into a period of indefinite hiatus.[15] Plague Language continues to exist, however, as both an imprint on associated Canadian label Legendary Entertainment[16] and as a loose collective of Guelph-based hip-hop artists.[17]

Noah23 is involved with side projects associated with Plague Language, including Crunk23, Famous Playaz, The Weird Apples, and Bourgeois Cyborgs.[18] He has also collaborated with other artists such as Cadence Weapon, Josh Martinez, K-the-I???, Sole, Jim Guthrie,[19] Myka 9, Ceschi, Awol One, Liz Powell of Land of Talk, Ghettosocks, Gregory Pepper,[20] and Buck 65.[21]

He has performed with Kool Keith, Busdriver, Subtitle, Islands, Matisyahu,[22] 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.[citation needed]

On May 3, 2011, Noah23 announced that he would retire from music at the end of the year.[23][24] 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,[25] and on August 4 he officially announced he would begin releasing new material in 2013.[26]

Post-hiatus: 2012-present[edit]

Noah23's first post-hiatus album, entitled Wingfoot, was released for download on December 21, 2012.[27] On February 10, 2013, Noah23 released the EP Tropical Fruit, featuring production by Pictureplane.[28] On May 23, he released the collaborative album Lotus Deities,[29] which features an array of guest appearances, and includes a remix of "Comin' Home" by City and Colour. On August 20, he released the third and final entry in the Occult Trill series, subtitled Blast Master Therion.[30] While the first two entries in the series are mixtapes, this release is considered an "official album".[31] On September 3, he released the alternative folk EP Husk under his Yukon Dawn moniker. The EP is dedicated to Noah23's mother for her sixtieth birthday. On October 9, he released a Ween-themed mixtape entitled Ween x Noah23 (Browntape). On January 31, 2014, Noah23 released a collaborative EP with producer Horse Head, entitled Delicate Genius,[32] On February 23, he released a compilation of guest appearances, singles and miscellaneous tracks entitled Rare Gems.

Future projects[edit]

Noah23 has completed a collaborative album with producer David Klopek, entitled Light Years. It is set to be released on July 23, 2014.[33] He has described the album as a "golden era", "boom bap"-style record, and has likened the sound to that of his earlier albums Jupiter Sajitarius and Crab Nebula, and to the music of Kool Keith, MF Doom and Organized Konfusion.[34][33] He is also working on a trap-influenced solo album, entitled Street Astrologist, which will be released in August, and a full-length collaboration with production duo Blown, scheduled for release in the Fall.[35]

Style[edit]

Noah23'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".[36]

Selected discography[edit]

Main article: Noah23 discography

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (June 2002). "Noah23 - Quicksand". Exclaim!. 
  2. ^ "Super Yukes 5000". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "SabrToof". Soundcloud. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Khanna, Vish (February 2008). "Noah23 (Page 3)". Exclaim!. 
  5. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (February 2008). "The Hilarious Livestock & Leon Murphy - The Rawganic EP". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Andy (August 5, 2001). "Noah23". UGSMAG. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ B, Jon (September 7, 2008). "Noah23". UGSMAG. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ Newton (October 2006). "Blue Sky Black Death "A Heap Of Broken Images"". Hip Hop Core. 
  9. ^ B, Jon (June 18, 2008). "Baracuda". UGSMAG. 
  10. ^ 319 (August 21, 2009). "Plague Language – Instant Classic". UGSMAG. 
  11. ^ Fritz The Cat (2004). "Beats and Rhymes". VICE. 
  12. ^ Dameron, Emerson (February 20, 2003). "Penny - The Clockforth Movement". Dusted Magazine. 
  13. ^ 319 (December 5, 2011). "The Main – Clamnesia". UGSMAG. 
  14. ^ Khanna, Vish (February 2010). "Various - Plague Language". Exclaim!. 
  15. ^ Lyricide - interview (2007)
  16. ^ Legendary Entertainment website
  17. ^ B, Jon (September 7, 2011). "Noah23". UGSMAG. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  18. ^ Khanna, Vish (September 3, 2008). "Noah23 Preps New Album, Tour". Exclaim!. 
  19. ^ Ranta, Alan (February 13, 2009). "Noah23: Rock, Paper, Scissors". PopMatters. 
  20. ^ Piza, Katia (May 19, 2011). "Review: Noah23 – Fry Cook On Venus (2011)". Mezzic. 
  21. ^ Khanna, Vish (November 16, 2010). "Noah23 - Heart of Rock". Exclaim!. 
  22. ^ JasonASerwatka (April 2, 2010). "Interview with Noah 23". The Interview Today. 
  23. ^ Khanna, Vish (March 7, 2013). "Noah23’s Tropical Fruit: EP stream and Q&A". CBC Music. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  24. ^ Brickley, Noah Raymond (May 3, 2011). "america, book me now. i'm retiring at the end of the year". Twitter. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ 319 (December 21, 2012). "Noah23 – Wingfoot". Ugsmag. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  28. ^ 319 (February 11, 2013). "Noah23 – Tropical Fruit". Ugsmag. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Noah23 - Lotus Deities". Ugsmag. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Noah23 – Occult Trill III: Blast Master Therion". Ugsmag. August 20, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  31. ^ Brickley, Noah Raymond (August 20, 2013). "ФℭҜvŁ† †ЯiŁŁ III: βŁΔ§† றΔ§†€Я †Ҥ€ЯiФ₦". Bandcamp. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  32. ^ Brickley, Noah Raymond (2014-01-31). "Delicate Genius - Noah23". Bandcamp. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  33. ^ a b c Brickley, Noah Raymond (July 7, 2014). "Noah23 - looks like Light Years will probably still drop on the 23rd after all. ...". Twitter. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  34. ^ Brickley, Noah Raymond (May 4, 2014). "[...] The vibe of this one is similar to my previous work Jupiter Sajitarius or Crab Nebula. Its kind of a 90s abstract boom bap golden era smoothe pimpin kind of a record. [...]". Facebook. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  35. ^ a b c Brickley, Noah Raymond (June 22, 2014). "Noah23 - 3 full projects still to drop this year.". Facebook. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Noah23 Interview". Lyricide. May 22, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 

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