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Pieces in Space

by Sammus

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romination Sammus' music is something I keep coming back to because it manages to merge referential nerdcore-friendly style with just honest, emotional lyrics. It's raw and playful in a way that's easy to relate to. The openness and candor with her great flow and the excellent production all ties together into something special. Favorite track: Nighttime (feat. Izzy True).
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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.
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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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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 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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