Malcolm After Mecca
by SO.Crates


This is a warning from a certain general. As the introduction of this record clearly states, this record is not explicitly or exclusively about the great legacy of our dear Brother Malcolm. This record is not an ode or a retrospective. Put your ear to Phil Cohran and his Artistic Heritage Ensemble for that proper majesty. No this wax is not that at all.

The Price of Forgiveness.

So then what are we to make of this record with a heavy name? In my humble opinion it is at its heart two artists beginning the exploration of a PROGRAM. Malcolm After Mecca is indeed a program of self-actualization. The function that takes A to Z. The unpacking of what made the A in the first place and why it should aspire to that distant, hard knock, got-to-see-it-to-be-it Z.

“Observe the absurd parallel life-lines…” That all black rubiks cube I tend to call here and now. So true, we will all go back to the stars eventually. But what do we bring back with us to the hereafter? What becomes of the lessons in the mean between? Lord knows these cats don’t have a clue and yet they still reason over beats and I can dig that.

Cross the fader.

One inner G states, “I know who I am because I believe it.” Him gone. Another young blood drunken, fine and on fire states, “I’m here but I’d rather be in Atlanta shooting [redacted]! How sad is that?” Cold as a San Francisco Holiday but we can’t forget it. We have to find a better way for his sake.

We need a program.
As we proceed.
Prof. Marcell Birmingham Shipp
releases April 1, 2022

SO.Crates is Cazeaux O.S.L.O. and Skomes
Percussion on “Intruh” by Nui Moon
Keys on “Intruh” by Nate88
Sax on “Intruh” by Mystery Sax Lord
Bass Guitar on “Beaut-I-Full World” by Henry ‘Hitman’ Hicks
Backing Vocals on “Sazon,” “Fresh Gold Bloom-Age,” and “Mercy” by Kalala and Rara Zulu
Cuts on “Beaut-I-Full World” and “Hold On (To The Fallen 1s)” by DJ Spell
Guitar on “Fresh Gold Bloom-Age” by Diego Villalta
Guitar on “The Price Of Forgiveness” by Lewis But-Husaim
Trumpet on “The Price Of Forgiveness” by The Minister for Information Pataphysics and Cazeaux O.S.L.O.

Produced and mixed by Skomes
Words by Cazeaux O.S.L.O
Mastered by Dan Elleson

This project was conceived, recorded, mixed and mastered on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boonwurrung, and Kaurna land, sovereignty of which was never ceded. SO.Crates stand in solidarity with the ongoing fight for Truth, Justice and Restoration.

Skomes Thanks:
Ma and Pa, Robyn, Arthur, Joe, Wondi and Alem, Pata, Lala, Ben B, Eneti, Saron, Pietro, Jackson, Neil, Aaron, Willy and all my ’round the way fam’.

Cazeaux O.S.L.O. Thanks:
The creator and the creations, Dr. Lee, T.T. and the Cult Funk, Coco, Lupe, Kyp and Kofi, all of my sisters, plus my brothers from another, Sweet Water, Uncle Ron and all the true lovers and creative partners who have supported my journey through this here music in one way or another.

And a very special shout out to the M on that rock.