Dank Chamber came together in Pasadena, CA in 2000. Consisting of DJ Ironic, EnsiteNonStop (AKA MICjordan), Spacenvaders (Sunny D*Cypher & NASAone), Joselph, Black Monk, and a large rotating roster of emcees, musicians and artists, Dank Chamber was a place, a crew, and a workshop all in one. Almost every day, this motley crew would all meet up at the Chamber (Ironic's house), where we'd compare our latest vinyl acquisitions, introduce each other to new sounds, compare beats, play classic Atari games, and write, play instruments, or freestyle while Ironic mixed and scratched..... chain-smoking blunts the whole while.
It wasn't at all uncommon for the cypher to include 8 or more emcees as well as 2 or 3 musicians playing instruments, and maybe another DJ on the wheels with Ironic. The music was often murky and experimental, with most production handled by DJ Ironic and Spacenvaders, who originally hailed from South Central LA. Although most of the original recordings were done on ADAT, the finished songs were distributed on analog cassette tapes; the hiss, fuzziness and further audio distortion was seen as complimentary to the intended sound of the music.
We conceived of Dank Chamber as an autonomously self-aware information processing organism. Imagine a computer designed to analyze every human-produced signal that wakes up and goes insane, thus distorting, fuzzing and blending all the signals it processes before allowing them to proceed. Our motto was "distort everything!" By the time Ironic was done with a piano loop, it would sound like an electric guitar.
Dank Chamber was somewhat of an incubator of young talent. In 2000, EnsiteNonStop and Joselph were almost completely unknown young hungry rappers. They both went on to become notable underground emcees over the next decade, with ENS (now known as MICjordan) as a part of Sacramento's Tribe of Levi crew, and Joselph as an affiliate of the world-famous Project Blowed camp. DJ Ironic went on to become the proprietor of Poo-Bah Record Shop in Pasadena. He also founded Poo-Bah Records and released a number of his experimental sound works on vinyl, as well as projects by Chamber veterans Black Monk and Ras G. Sunny D*Cypher currently resides in Texas, and remains active in hiphop; he and MICjordan continue to collaborate and are working on a number of new songs for their forthcoming projects.
All of these songs have been transferred from analog audiocassettes into a digital format, and as such the sound quality may be lower than what you're used to. However, from the perspective of those of us who grew up in the cassette era, this low-fi sound may be considered more representative of the authentic hiphop experience.
released April 20, 2002
all tracks recorded & mixed by DJ Ironic @ Dank Chamber, Pasadena, CA, 2000-2001
except "All Forms Of Rocking" recorded & mixed by EnsiteNonStop @ Metroplex, Sacramento, CA, 2002
all beats made by DJ Ironic using Technics SL-1200 MKII turntables and Vestax PCM-05 mixer, Alesis ADAT, and Boss Dr. Sample.
except 12, 13, 17, & 22 made by Sunny D*Cypher using Ensoniq ASR-10
all turntablism by DJ Ironic
all vocals by the lyrics' respective authors:
EnsiteNonStop (aka MICjordan), Sunny D*Cypher, NASAone, Joselph, Mad Marvin, Cliff, ChekWon, Monitor
(additional backup vocals on "Low Level" by Q)