Time (rapper)

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Time
Birth name Chris Steele
Origin Denver, Colorado, United States
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Keyboard
Years active 2000-present
Labels Dirty Laboratory Productions
Associated acts Calm, Awareness, Extra Kool, Damon Jevon, Akira the Don, Sole, Giuseppe
Website thisistime.bandcamp.com

Chris Steele, better known by his stage name Time, is an American indie hip hop artist from Denver, Colorado.[1] He is one of the original members of Dirty Laboratory Productions.[1] He is also one half of the hip hop group Calm.[1] Aside from music, Steele is also an investigative journalist.

Life and career[edit]

Time released his first album, Litterture, in 2004.[1] He then went on to release the album, Anti-Smiles, in 2006 under the moniker Calm with producer Awareness.[2] Denver Westword gave the album a favorable review, commenting that "[although] Anti-Smiles reflects the dark side of our collective psyche, it's also a statement of hope in the face of fear and self-doubt."[3] In 2007, he released his solo album, The Fantastic Reality.[4] Benzine Magazine gave the album 3 out of 5.[5]

Time released his solo album, Naked Dinner, in 2009.[6][7] It featured guest appearances from Damon Jevon, Sole, C-Rayz Walz and Extra Kool.[8] The album was described by Denver Westword as "a dark affair tonally reminiscent of There's a Riot Goin' On, with a similar socially critical agenda."[9]

In 2010, Time released 12 EPs in 12 months called the 12 Headed Hydra series for free download.[10] In 2013, he released Newstalgia, an album featuring contributions from the likes of Ceschi, Jake One, Factor, Budo, Man Mantis, and Xiu Xiu.[11]

As a journalist, Chris Steele has written for The Examiner as a progressive politics reporter.[12] He has written on topics ranging from UFO's to the death of Fred Hampton.[13] In 2011, he has received attention for writing in favor of the Occupy Wall Street movement and was interviewed on Mike Feder's XM radio show Occupied Territory.[14]

Style and influences[edit]

Time's vocal style has been compared to Josh Martinez, Buck 65, and Sage Francis.[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Litterture (2004)
  • Anti-Smiles (2006) (as Calm.)
  • The Fantastic Reality (2007)
  • Naked Dinner (2009)
  • Hydravision (2013) (with Giuseppe)
  • Newstalgia (2013)
  • How to Sew Wounds With Words (2016) (with Ephelant)

EPs[edit]

  • 1 Headed Hydra: Nutty Castle (2010)
  • 2 Headed Hydra: Unusual Flying Ostriches (2010)
  • 3 Headed Hydra: Scarlet Corpse (2010)
  • 4 Headed Hydra: They Got Legs (2010)
  • 5 Headed Hydra: The Good Disease (2010)
  • 6 Headed Hydra: 152 (2010)
  • 7 Headed Hydra: Third Eye Glaucoma (2010)
  • 8 Headed Hydra: My Delorean Summer (2010)
  • 9 Headed Hydra: Nine of Spades (2010)
  • 10 Headed Hydra: Coffins and Cadillacs (2010)
  • 11 Headed Hydra: The Great Coffee Experiment (2010)
  • 12 Headed Hydra: Fly-Fi (2010)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Beautiful Benchwarmers (2007)
  • The Roasted Like Eva Freestyle Mixtape (2008)
  • The Nevermind Mixtape (2008)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Extra Kool - "Put Your Nylons On" and "We, Myself, and I" from The Chronicles of an American Waster (2009)
  • Sole - "Put On" from Nuclear Winter Volume 1 (2009)
  • Sole - "Blood Libel" from Nuclear Winter Volume 2: Death Panel (2011)
  • Akira the Don - "Full Metal Alchemist" from Manga Music (2011)
  • Akira the Don - "Too Sweet to Be Sour" from Unkillable Thunderchrist (2012)
  • Extra Kool - "Empty Rooms Pt. II" from Cool-Ade (2013)
  • Sole - "303 Ways to Die" from No Wising Up No Settling Down (2013)
  • A Thousand Vows - "Ice-Nine Earth" (2013)
  • Sole - "Blood Libel 2" from Crimes Against Totality (2013)

Engineering[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Murphy, Tom (October 31, 2013). "Time makes memories with Newstalgia". Denver Westword. 
  2. ^ Selbo, Jordan (December 19, 2006). "Calm :: Anti-Smiles :: Dirty Laboratory Productions". RapReviews. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Tom (April 12, 2007). "Calm - Anti-Smiles - Dirty Laboratory". Denver Westword. 
  4. ^ Jost, Matt (December 4, 2007). "Time :: The Fantastic Reality :: Dirty Laboratory Productions". RapReviews. 
  5. ^ Richard, Benoit (December 20, 2007). "Chroniques Express 45". Benzine Magazine. 
  6. ^ Herrera, Dave (October 6, 2009). "Q&A with Time (1/2)". Denver Westword. 
  7. ^ Herrera, Dave (October 6, 2009). "Q&A with Time (2/2)". Denver Westword. 
  8. ^ Chandler, Justin (September 15, 2009). "Time :: Naked Dinner :: Dirty Laboratory". RapReviews. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Tom (October 8, 2009). "Time - Naked Dinner - Dirty Laboratory". Denver Westword. 
  10. ^ Lamz, Cory (July 14, 2011). "A first look at Time's new video for "Why My Money Ghost" from his 12 Headed Hydra series". Denver Westword. 
  11. ^ Uddenberg, Brett (September 19, 2013). "Premiere: Time Streams 'Newstalgia' LP". URB. 
  12. ^ Eyl, Eryc (February 11, 2011). "The Mile High Makeout: Hip-hop artist Time completes year-long, 12-part opus". Reverb. 
  13. ^ Hubbell, Noah (May 24, 2013). "Listen to "They Call Us the Irish," a new track from Time's forthcoming album, Newstalgia". Denver Westword. 
  14. ^ Feder, Mike (November 30, 2011). "Why are the police out-of-control?". Occupied Territory. 
  15. ^ Fish, Bob Baker (June 8, 2006). "Time – Litterture (Dirty Laboratory)". Cyclic Defrost. 

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