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Studio album by Rob Sonic
Released September 7, 2004 (2004-09-07)
Genre Hip hop
Length 46:21
Label Definitive Jux
Producer Rob Sonic
Rob Sonic chronology
Sabotage Gigante
Singles from Telicatessen
  1. "Death Vendor / Dylsexia"
    Released: June 18, 2004
  2. "Shoplift"
    Released: October 22, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Alternative Press 6/10 stars[2]
BBC Collective 4/5 stars[3]
City Pages favorable[4]
Insomniac favorable[5]
NME 7/10 stars[6] 8/10 stars[7]
URB 4/5 stars[8]

Telicatessen is the debut solo album by American hip hop artist and former Sonic Sum member Rob Sonic, released by the Definitive Jux label on September 7, 2004. An instrumental version of the album was released the following year, also by Definitive Jux. The album's title is a portmanteau word combining the terms "television" and "delicatessen".[9]


All production, lyrics and vocals were by Rob Sonic, with the exception of the verses on "Sniper Picnic" by fellow New York MC Creature and Alaska and Windnbreeze from Definitive Jux labelmates Hangar 18 and backing vocals by M. Sayyid of the group Antipop Consortium. Scratches were performed by Fred Ones from Sonic's former group the Sonic Sum, and by DJ Big Wiz.[10]


At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Telicatessen received an average score of 74% based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Popular Media[edit]

The track "Sniper Picnic" was featured on the soundtrack of Activision game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Strange Hammer" R. Smith 4:06
2. "Death Vendor" R. Smith 3:07
3. "New Car Smell" R. Smith 2:27
4. "Former Future" R. Smith 2:05
5. "Super Ball" R. Smith 4:00
6. "Sniper Picnic" (featuring Creature and Hangar 18) R. Smith/S. Booker/T. Baker/I. McMullin 3:40
7. "Telicatessen" R. Smith 3:19
8. "Behemoth" R. Smith 3:28
9. "Shoplift" R. Smith 3:38
10. "Dylsexia" R. Smith 3:48
11. "Riot Ender" R. Smith 3:59
12. "Location Is Everything" R. Smith 3:55
13. "Macomb's Dam Bridge" R. Smith 4:48


The following equipment was used in the making of Telicatessen:[10]



  1. ^ a b "Telicatessen by Rob Sonic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ Alternative Press, October 2004 (p.148)
  3. ^ BBC review
  4. ^ City Pages review
  5. ^ Insomniac review
  6. ^ NME,18 September 2004 (p.65)
  7. ^ Rapreviews
  8. ^ URB September 2004 (p.117)
  9. ^ "Rob Sonic - interview". Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  10. ^ a b "Rob Sonic". World's Fair. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Soundtrack". Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Telicatessen". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 

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