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Pieces in Space

by Sammus

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Alasdair Duncan
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Alasdair Duncan Sammus is a great MC; rhymes are personal and geeky but not overly referential which is the thing that usually turns me off nerdcore. Favorite track: Perfect, Dark.
Albi (or Mercercenary)
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Albi (or Mercercenary) I sat on this album for awhile waiting for the perfect time to give it my undivided attention. It's just so great. Favorite track: Perfect, Dark.
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MxAshlynn I can't get enough of Nighttime — the lyrics speak to me and the hook is sooo good! Another stand-out release from the best artist in nerdcore! Favorite track: Nighttime (feat. Izzy True).
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Nananine Unapologically smart/nerdy/herself. Fav track gets nod because it's way too relatable Favorite track: Comments Disabled.
Roberto Villegas
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Roberto Villegas Nerdcore seems to bring out the most honest, raw, and amazing talent. Pieces in Space shows just how talented Sammus is. Tracks like "Perfect, Dark" not only hit you and make you think, but make you listen again and again again until it all sinks in. I've always consider Sammus' arm cannon to hit with a wave beam of raw emotion and Pieces in Space keep that vision going. Favorite track: Perfect, Dark.
Linus Lindberg
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Linus Lindberg Sammus' lyrics on this feel incredibly polished but still personal. The rhymes are clever and effortless. The songs are dense with obscure and mainstream pop culture references but they never feel forced.

Highly recommended. Favorite track: 100 Percent (feat. Latasha Alcindor aka L.A.).
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Pieces in Space is the Don Giovanni Records debut LP from Ithaca, NY rapper/producer Sammus. Recorded at Ampliphonic Studios with Sosa – the audio engineer behind projects from Homeboy Sandman, Aesop Rock, and Kemba, among others – the album weaves raw confessions, pro-weirdo anthems, and clever musings on modern life into a unique story about black womanhood. The sound of Pieces is just as eclectic as its story: Sammus’ production swings from laid-back and melodic to bright and bouncy. While her flow is just as varied, it’s her unrelenting urgency that ties Pieces together.

Armed with guest appearances from rap legends Jean Grae, Homeboy Sandman, and Open Mike Eagle, her Don Giovanni labelmate Izzy True, as well as Brooklyn up-and-comer Latasha Alcindor, this project aims to establish Sammus as one of the great MCs, beat makers, and thinkers of this politically charged moment.


released October 28, 2016

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alejandro “Sosa” Tello Jr.
Ampliphonic Studios | Queens, NY

Cover artwork by Benjamin Torrey

All words written and performed by Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo
Additional verses written and performed as follows:
Latasha Alcindor aka LA on “100 Percent”
Homeboy Sandman on “Weirdo”
Jean Grae on “1080p”
Open Mike Eagle on “Qualified”

Additional vocals on “Nighttime” performed by Isabel Reidy

Music produced by Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo
Additional instrumentation as follows:
Jake Falby (violin) on “Childhood”
Alex Attard (saxophone) on “Cubicle”
Arch Thompson (flute) on “Qualified”



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Sammus Ithaca, New York

Sammus is the stage name adopted by Ithaca, NY producer, rapper, activist, and PhD student Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others. ... more


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