DJ Shadow – Our Pathetic Age

Over the course of the last three decades, DJ Shadow has done plenty to change how we hear hip-hop and electronic music. On his sixth studio LP, the double-length Our Pathetic Age, he does it once more. “It’s not something I ever really thought about until it was suggested by a friend,”, “It kept running around in my head, ‘What if I tried to do a double record?’ It became the goal.” The first half of the album features the genre-less, rule-breaking instrumentals he’s been making since his game-changing 1996 debut, Endtroducing…… In the second part, his beats tease the best out of a diverse group of rappers, including Nas, Pharoahe Monch, and three Wu-Tang members, plus younger MCs such as Dave East, Loyle Carner, and Wiki. “When I work with songwriters and vocalists, it’s a chance to open up a little bit and be influenced by the creative energy of someone else,” he explains. “I definitely miss-and was inspired by-the era of hip-hop where there was such a diversity in thoughts and ideas. I think that’s one of the reasons why, through the years, I’ve worked with so many different types of MCs and vocalists-because I like a little bit of everything.” Here, DJ Shadow talks us through some of Our Pathetic Age’s key tracks.


1. Nature Always Wins
2. Slingblade
3. Intersectionality
4. Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law
5. Juggernaut
6. Firestorm
7. Weightless
8. Rosie
9. If I Died Today
10. My Lonely Room
11. We Are Always Alone
12. Drone Warfare [Feat. Nas & Pharaohe Monch]
13. Rain on Snow [Feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon]
14. Rocket Fuel [Feat. De La Soul]
15. C.O.N.F.O.R.M. [Feat. Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker & Infamous Taz]
16. Small Colleges (Stay With Me) [Feat. Wiki & Paul Banks]
17. JoJo’s Words [Feat. Stro]
18. Kings & Queens [Feat. Run the Jewels]
19. Taxin’ [Feat. Dave East]
20. Dark Side of the Heart [Feat. Fantastic Negrito & Jumbo is Dr.ama]
21. I Am Not a Robot (Interlude)
22. Urgent, Important, Please Read [Feat. Rockwell Knuckles & Tef Poe, Daemon]
23. Our Pathetic Age [Feat. Samuel T. Herring]

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