Radioinactive In Full Effect


from Soundtrack To A Book (2006, Stranger Touch)

The analog-powered riddims are the perfect complement to Radioinactive’s rapid-fire images and meter-defying cadence. It’s like a chain reaction where pop culture, the Lost Continent of Atlantis, and your girlfriend’s ass collide in a kind of reactor core meltdown of the collective unconscious.

At the age of ten, Radio could be found playing clarinet in junior high band class, break dancing, and studying the fist of Northern Shaolin Eagle Claw in a parking a lot under a surf shop next to a nail salon in LA. Two years later, Radioinactive made his hip hop performance debut in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Students Olympics of the Mind competition. He wore a splatter-paint T-shirt and rapped in pig latin.

In 1993, a young Radioninactive began showing up at The Good Life Cafe, a health food store in south central LA which hosted a weekly competitive showcase for hip hop artists. The Good Life became a catalyst for the (largely under-reported) early 90’s underground hip hop Renaissance in LA. Radioinactive went on to form the Log Cabin Crew with (pre-Living Legends) Murs, Eligh and Scarab and the seminal West Coast Workforce with Subtitle (GSL). He started recording four track stuff with MCs Circus and Awol One that would later become classics of the OG space-hop Shapeshifters. From the Planet of the Shapes (1997) and Know Future to their most recent release Shapeshifters Was Here (2005) on the Cornerstone R.A.S. label, Radioinactive has been a core member of the Shapeshifters.

Radio’s distinctive delivery and humor first charmed the hearts and pens of the hip hop press with the song “Farmer’s Market of the Beast” on the now classic Beneath the Surface (1998) compilation, where he rapped like a goat. He joined the Mush Records roster and released Pyramidi (2001), his first solo record; The Weather (2003), a collaboration with long-time co-conspirator-in-rhyme Busdriver (Ninja Tune, Epitaph); and Free Kamal (2004) with producer Anti MC.

Now with the gifts of analog-mafia-funded Los Angeles label Stranger Touch Records, Radioinactive transcends his impressive credentials and delivers a hook-heavy catharsis of post-ironic hipster hop. Soundtrack to a Book is not a book on tape, but rather a tape on book. Check out the tracks and let us know what you think… Dude’s been on the grind for ages and is still doing his thing proper!


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