I could go on and on but i’ll let the music speak for itself
Much love to everyone that came thru for us on this album. Much love to keb0, The Cause, Czarina, Cee, Kyle Hubbard, DJ Po’ Safe beatz aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the incomparable Donny Goines.
Peep part of the review we got for the album
“Concrete Mythology is all about giving the hip hop listener something different. It’s about switching the the contemporary for something a little bit more avante garde. It’s taking the industry standards and changing the expectations. There as so many so many different nuances to this album, that you will pick up on something new with each listen. So give this album a chance and see how this duo and their guests put a little polish on this hip hop gem.”
Alright folks. Here it is. The first single from the “Concrete Mythology ( The Year of the Dragon )” album. This is also our first video. I know right? We finally do our FIRST video on our 3rd album. CRAZY!!! The response has been great though. Check out what THE HIP HOP DEPENDENCY had to say about it
“This is the first single off of The Plexiglass Fountain’s forthcoming album, Concrete Mythology (The Year Of The Dragon). Musically this track is exceptional. If you listen carefully you can hear so many different components ofTokyo Cigar’s production. It’s really dope to hear someone craft a hip hop beat like this. Lyrically, it’s coming from the heart. They’re not dropping crazy punchlines…they’re dropping sincerity.”
Well wereeeeeee back. I gotta say this album has been a headache to release. Through no fault of the homie Cyclops ( He BLACKED OUT more than ever on this album ) I just been holding on to it cause it just doesn’t seem like the right time. We got the EPK out where i was saying “March 2012 AD” which came and went. But one thing i noticed about his album is that the extra time given to it makes it better. Listening to it now it is for sure at it’s strongest level. Plus the extra time i took even after the music was done allowed me to step up the artwork design and make that as special as the music. I’m finally winding down in life after a HECTIC past few moths where i took up some new hustles as well as met some new artists i got stuff in the works for so i finally got time to go over what promo plan ideas i got with Cyclops so we can turn it in to our distributor. This joint is so crazy that i want to make sure everything is right for it to come out. Trust me when it comes out i promise heads are gonna roll out the red carpet to promote it cause i feel that people really should check this joint out. It will be out without a doubt within the next 2 months ( July is gonna be a HOT one ) In the meantime we leaked the song “Bloody Idiotz” off it. The title came thru from Cyclops who wanted us to have some tracks on the album where we go for the neck so we got this and a few others ( wait till yall hear “Kill Zone” ) The album is heavy conceptual and even though we are in the Ipod era we made something you can only truly appreciate by listening to it in it’s entirety. Maybe a tall order to ask of the “Instant everything” era but worth it.
Anyway. Check out the song.
It just hit me that we never put this track out on anything so i dusted it off after coming across it and thinking “This shit is still TOUGH” This was the first song that me and Cyclops did and it let us know that if we formed a group we could drop something crazy on heads.
So here is the OFFICIAL start of The Plexiglass Fountain. Raw, dusted and demo status for all you rap fiends out there
Aaaand we back with the first TMF Artist Feature on the new site, so it’s extra fitting that we kick it off with our good homies Tokyo Cigar and Cyclops of The Plexiglass Fountain. These cats are some extremely talented and dedicated artists…but I’ma shut up and let the boys do the talking…
Cee: What up fellas? Y’all are about to drop your sophomore album, is that correct? What’s changed between the making of Left Of The Scenery and this joint?
Tokyo Cigar: We pretty much just stepped it up on all levels. We had more time to put the album together so it’s way more potent overall. Left of the Scenery was a hard album to follow up cause we were on a straight mission when making it. This one is more relaxed but more focused in terms of cooking it up.
Cyclops: Not too much has changed in the actual making of the album. Since this is the 2nd time around, I’d say the group chemistry is pretty solid and we have a more comfortable dynamic. We both record in different spots so Tokyo just sends the beats and then we both start writing and recording and sending everything over email. Even though it’s an unconventional process it works well for the group.
Cee: It’s been like a year between PGF albums, but you’ve both dropped numerous solo projects in the meanwhile. Tell us about those, and how the fuck y’all get so prolific!
Tokyo Cigar: haha. For me it’s pretty much based on big bags of Bionic (shout out Sour Diesel). I’m addicted to music so when I finish projects up I get a little depressed so I stay working. The “Megaman Theory 2″ came from a blunted convo with one of my homies who loved the first part. “Frozen Flesh, Ugly Soul” was an instrumental album I was working on for a couple of years. “The Ladies In The House” was me just wanting to work with singers and testing my production with vocalists. “The 12 Fingered Musician” happened cause keb0 got at me for beats and the EP we did was crazy.
Cyclops: I dropped my solo album ‘Oceans’. That was more of a soulful, jazz infused album. It was very laid back. The album had a lot of different production including EOM, Half-Centric, Tone Spliff, Razorsharpe and Cenzo Beatz. With PGF we have a really left field sound, so with Oceans I wanted to make something more boom bap to balance that out.
Cee: Break down the new album for the people…
Tokyo Cigar: It’s a lot darker and more raw. The lyrics are more personal and the cockiness factor is turned wayyyy up. Overall it’s a brutal album. The beauty parts are Brutally beautiful and the Hard parts are brutally hard. We got songs that are probably gonna start fights in clubs if the DJ plays them. We also made more effort to get more guests on the album.
Cyclops: The new album is called ‘Midnight Hindsight’. It’s basically the same PGF sound but elevated; we stepped up our game on every aspect of the project. The beats, lyrics, and delivery are all improved. Like the 1st album, we touch on a wide variety of topics and have a bunch of different sounds. Overall, I think the whole album is even better than the 1st.
Cee: Tokyo, were you on the beats the whole time for this LP as well?
Tokyo Cigar: Yeah. Most def. I was raised on cats like RZA, DJ MUGGS, PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH, and GANGSTARR. So I’m more in tune with the one producer thing to give a cohesive sound to a project.
Cee: Any guests you wanna reveal?
Tokyo Cigar: Well The Movement Fam is pretty much Ghostface on Cuban Linx status haha. Cee & Bekah and Notion are on 2 joints. Da Capo who did “The Article” with K Def is on a track. Mally and Cause are on a joint and keb0 came through and blessed a track. I called up Jadakiss but he was busy haha.
Cee: You guys worked with The Movement Fam’s Cee & Bekah on the single ‘Carpe Diem’. Tell us how that came about and break down the song for us.
Tokyo Cigar: When i made the beat I kept on saying to myself “We NEED Cee and Bekah on this!” I just caught a crazy vision for that. Cyclops loved the beat and then I sent it to Cee and Bekah and they loved it too. I came up with the overall concept of going for your dreams with music and when everyone did they parts for it I was like “woooooooooooooooooow!” I felt it was gonna be a great track but when I actually heard it finished I damn near shit my pants. Shout out to Notion for the incredible mixdown too.
Cyclops: We’ve been cool with TMF for a while and even do a little writing for the blog so it’s only natural that the collaboration came to fruition. “Carpe Diem” is a song about coming up in the music industry and some of the experiences that are related to that. Even though it’s about music, anyone trying to make something of them selves can relate. It’s all about working hard and making moves, so it’s a pretty positive message.
Cee: I heard y’all might be doing a video for this joint, what’s up with that?
Tokyo Cigar: Yeah I was building with the homie Cee and we came up with some dope ideas. We gonna try and wrap it up and give heads a crazy visual vibe for the song. Shit would be wild.
Cyclops: The video right now is in the planning stages but when TMF comes to North America it’s a wrap.
Cee: You also worked with TMF’s Notion on the bangin’ ‘Head Trauma Scholar’. That’s some wild shit. Tell us about that joint.
Tokyo Cigar: Yeah. I stay cooking beats so i just made that and I saw Notion going crazy over that. Actually I remixed a whole album of Notion’s a while back. I won a spot on TMF’s remix album for my remix of “New Wave” I loved dudes style and flow and charisma lyrically so I wanted to work with him for a minute. The song is straight Gorilla rap over a soulful beat so I felt he would be perfect for it. He really went in crazy on that joint. One of my favorite tracks on the album for sure.
Cyclops: The song is crazy. Notion has been helping us out with some mixing and mastering so it was long overdue that we all got on the same track. Tokyo and I had the song and we thought Notion would be a perfect fit so we just sent it over and he had an incredible verse. Basically, the song boils down to all of us spitting some crazy bars.
Cee: Do you guys plan to get some shows crackin’ to support the release of the album?
Tokyo Cigar: That’s the only complicated thing. We are in different states so linking up to perform is an issue. We’re gonna work around it. I may go up to Jersey to link up and lace some shows. But we gonna work it out. We on some Phonte and Nicolay shit right now ha ha.
Cyclops: Because we live in different locations that’s pretty difficult but it’s definitely a possibility and something we’re working on. Shows are really important so it’s one of our goals for the near future.
Cee: So what’s the plans from here? Should we expect another PGF release any time soon? Many solo projects on deck?
Tokyo Cigar: Oh yeah for sure. The crazy thing is that we are already working on our third and Fourth project. We also have a top secret project were doing that should blow some peoples minds. Cyclops also has a solo album called “When Inspiration Hits” which I produced entirely for him. We dropping that in December. That joint has some of my BEST beats ever. I’m also lacing an EP called “The Last Dragon” for my man Ra that is gonna be retarded.
Cyclops: We’re working on a few projects actually. I have a new solo album produced by Tokyo coming out in December, called “When Inspiration Hits.” We’ve been working on this album for a while and it’s definitely my magnum opus as a solo artist. Tokyo has some of his best production on that album and I have my best lyrics so the album is going to be something very serious. I also have a project coming out produced by Half-Centric. It’s a very soulful sound and is going to have collaborations with Cee and Notion. Recently, I started on another solo album that’s going to be somewhat of a sequel to Oceans. It’s tentatively titled “The Red Morning Sky.” There’s only 1 song completely finished for that project called “You Don’t Understand” produced by Razorsharpe and everyone I’ve played it for has gone nuts.
As for new PGF shit, I don’t know how much I’m supposed to talk about LOL but we are planning a bunch of different shit. We’re working on our 3rd album, which is on some take it back to 94 shit. I mean, I was only 2 then but you get the idea. We’re also planning a Trip Hop project infused with some poetry and prose. That’s not really fleshed out yet, but I’m sure it’s gonna be insane once we get the ball rolling.
Cee: Any message for the people?
Tokyo Cigar: Please support the Plexiglass click. Our motto is “Music is my Life, Life is my hobby” so we really put our heart and soul into this.
Cyclops: To everyone who supported us and listened to the music, thank you. We work hard to put out the best music possible and when people respond to that it means a lot. To everyone who hasn’t checked us out or is waiting to, please take a few minutes out of your day and listen. All of the music is available for streaming and free download so there’s no reason not to check it out.
Cee: Hit us with the science where folks can grab the music and get more info on Tokyo Cigar & Cyclops.
Anyone interested in beats get at me thought the homie Big Cee at email@example.com and Tokyocigartalk@gmail.com.
Cyclops: Check out http://www.theplexiglassfountain.com. Anything that we do as a group or solo gets posted there so it’s pretty much a 1 stop type thing. If you want go to http://www.theplexiglassfountain.bandcamp.com
http://www.tokyocigarmusic.bandcamp.com if you want to download our
Cee: Peace guys.
Tokyo Cigar: Peace. Thanks for the interview. AUG. 10th “Midnight Hindsight” support the album. ZOOM.
Cyclops: Good looking out on the spotlight. It’s really appreciated.
Inside The Mind… The Plexiglass Fountain (Tokyo Cigar x Cyclops)
Wow, it’s really been a while since I’ve done one of these. Expect more from dope artists here soon. But why not come back with a bang, eh? This Inside The Mind if from two of the dopest artists in the underground scene right now. Tokyo Cigar, an amazing producer who has produced for Cyclops and Ohini Jonez and also made a Blogger Soundtrack which is definitely dope. Cyclops, on the other hand, is one of the most lyrical rappers out there and showcases it every time he laces a Tokyo Cigar beat with narration. In this interview they let us know who their influences are, what they do in their spare time, and what they think about the music of today. It’s definitely a great read. So check it out after the jump and let me know what you think in the comments.
1. Tell all us Decepticons out there who you are and what you do.
Cyclops: In the world of Hip Hop I go by Cyclops, I’m 1/2 of The Plexiglass
Fountain, and I make music.
Tokyo Cigar: Tokyo Cigar. a.k.a. Akira Parker. Producer, MC, 1/2 of the Plexiglass Fountain. I pretty much lay down the musical canvas for heads to paint on.
2. We are all in love with music so I ask: What made YOU fall in love with music?
Cyclops: Since I can remember, I’ve always loved music. Even as a kid I used to
sing. It’s always been a part of my life and once I was introduced to
Hip Hop I became obsessed. I was really into writing poetry so being
able to combine that with music was huge.
Tokyo Cigar: The feeling it gives me. Music has made me laugh, cry, get depressed, feel appreciative etc The shit is literally life expressed through sound. Shit is crazy. It’s Like yo, I was at a WU show in 97 when they came through with Rage. Deep in the crowd. RZA was talking for a minute. Then Math dropped “4th Chamber” and the fucking place exploded with a combined energy that i have not seen since then. All from a fucking song. Shit is beautiful.
3. What was the first album you ever heard and did that impact your life in any way?
Cyclops: I think the first CD I heard was Peter Gabriel’s greatest hits because
my dad played it all the time. I still like that album to this day. As
for Hip Hop, the first album I bought was Lloyd Banks “A Hunger For
More.” At the time I was really into the more mainstream stuff but
that album was still dope. I think the albums that really changed my
life are ones I heard a little later on like Brother Ali “Shadows on
Tokyo Cigar: I don’t remember the first specific one that started it off cause i always used to listen to different shit depending on where i was and who i was with. But i do know “The Chronic” was the first album i bought. It stayed in rotation. It’s funny cause the first time i got blunted i was kinda like “Whatever” But the second time changed my life cause i was in whip getting blasted and dude popped in a mixtape he made of all his favorite songs from “The Chronic” and “Doggystyle”. When i heard the music for the first time while blunted IT WAS OVER. That was what eventually turned me into the cat i am today. Irony is a muthafucka.
4. I know from experience artists are always working and making moves. What are you currently involved in and can we expect any new projects/features soon?
Cyclops: I’m working on my solo album “When Inspiration Hits” which Tokyo is
producing. We’re working on finishing that up and releasing it in
December. The album has some of my best rhymes and Tokyo’s best beats.
It’s very conceptual and atmospheric. We’re also always working on new
PGF music so you can look forward to some new projects in the works.
Tokyo Cigar: No doubt. PGF is back in the lab already working on some new shit. Plus we twisting out the Cyclops solo album for December. Me and Ra lacing an EP. And as we speak keb0 and i are lacing up an album that will be crazy.
5. We all know you make music but what do you do in your spare time?
Cyclops: I’m also a poetry and prose writer. I’m planning to write a novel
sometime. I’m a big fan of watching TV and movies. I spend a lot of
time on school too.
Tokyo Cigar: I’m either watching tv, reading, hitting a bar/club/show, playing computer chess, playing Airsoft, working out, playing pool, taking trips, whatever.
6. Who would you cite as your biggest influence in music?
Cyclops: Wu Tang is a big influence, specifically GZA. He’s so intricate with
his rhymes it always makes me try to spend more time writing.
Tokyo Cigar: Arrrgh. Too many to name. But my most obvious one is Wu tang. Them cats are the last of the TRULY great ones. Lyrically and production wise their music was the most remarkable shit of all time in hip hop.
7. Who is your favorite artist out right now and why?
Cyclops: I have a few favorites. As for people rapping right now I have to say
Brother Ali. Whether it’s the battle raps, personal songs, or stories,
the music is always incredible.
Tokyo Cigar: As far as new cats I fuck with Fashawn for his rhyming ability. Dude gave me that Nas in 94 feeling when i heard “The Antidote”. As far as overall being out i gotta say Roc Marciano. I been a UN fan for years but “Marceberg” made me wanna punch a hole in the wall. The shit was so RAW it was crazy. His rhymes and production are an incredible update of the boom bap era.
8. Everyone has their own opinion on music in the 21st century but what is yours? Does it impact your music in any way?
Cyclops: There are a lot of great artists out there and so many people are making music. It’s good because anyone can record music and you don’t need to go to an expensive studio. You can record in your house and the sound can still be pretty damn good. The negative side of that is because there are so many artists out there the amount of music is crazy, so you never know what to check out. Mixtapes and albums come out everyday and that keeps people from really appreciating a project. Instead of sitting down and listening to something, people will just skip over it and move on to the next mixtape. It’s tough for us because we try to put out quality albums that you can sit with and that’s not the climate that’s out there. Regardless, that’s the type of music we’re going to make because we know there are people out
there that still enjoy it.
Tokyo Cigar: Generation X is at a crazy crossroad right now. We grown enough to know the Greatest era intimately but we young enough to still be in the mix of whats going on now. I do miss the experience involved in going to record stores and hanging out with people there talking about music. I was in College Park with Cyclops and i saw that one of the classic mom and pop music stores by the university was closed. That shit was fucked up cause it’s really a dying culture. The internet has given so many incredible opportunities to make and promote music, our group is living proof of that, but at the same time the ease of it makes it harder for good music to stick out. 21st century music is more singles driven but i’m forever a believer in the value of making a complete album
9. Twitter and Facebook are huge social networking sites right now. How have they helped/hurt you in promoting your music?
Cyclops: They are great for getting your music out there but the internet cab
really consume peoples’ lives and they lose contact with reality. The
internet is a valuable tool but when it replaces real social
networking, that’s a problem. It’s like people forget how to sit down
and have an actual conversation because they are used to a 140 word
Tokyo Cigar: It helps a lot cause you can reach so many people with it. If your in a situation where you cant put in some face to face time to perform or play your music for cats you can post it up for people to hear.
10. Do you ever listen to your own music when you’re not recording it?
Cyclops: Yea. I love listening to my own music. It gives a great sense of
accomplishment plus I study it so I can make improvements in future
songs. It’s all about progress.
Tokyo Cigar: Here and there on some reminisce shit. I dont really fall in love with my own shit too much except for certain albums like “Left of the scenery” and The 9 diagram phoenix”. I normally just smoke out to something i made for like a week after it’s done then i’m on to the next project. I’m more in love with the making it aspect. When it’s done i stay depressed cause i miss the act of just reaching out into oblivion and pulling a fucking song out of it.
11. Everyone is looking to improve on their musical sound. Is there anything you would change about your music and why?
Cyclops: I wouldn’t straight up change a certain aspect but I’m always looking
to elevate my sound. I’ve made a lot of improvements in my flow and
delivery but it’s never the end. Everything I do I try to make better
than the last. Nothing is ever perfect. Listen to your favorite
classic album and there are small imperfections. It doesn’t take away
from the music. It adds a personal aspect. Even the best artists
Tokyo Cigar: I wanna change the fact that the music is so fucking slept on. haha nah, I would like to have more of a budget to get better mics and shit. Just polish up the overall sound. Get on some tracking the whole shit out in the crib but then mixing it down in the studio.
12. Do you have any last words you’d like to say to the Decepticons out there?
Cyclops: Big thanks to Mega for the spotlight. We appreciate the support. Thank
you to everyone who has an will listen to our music.
Tokyo Cigar: Music is my Life, Life is my Hobby
The genesis of the group. Peep the science lesson:
“The Plexiglass Fountain” is bound to raise a certain level of interest and confusion among listeners. What does it mean? Where did it come from? Much like the story behind the group, the name, “The Plexiglass Fountain” doesn’t have a reasoning behind it besides being a natural progression in creativity. Tokyo Cigar and Cyclops first began working together when Tokyo produced Cyclops’ single “Don’t Know How.” Because the single was met with such enthusiasm, the two artists recorded the song “Marsha Brady” with both of them rapping. Shortly thereafter, The Plexiglass Fountain was formed. Their first album “Left of the Scenery” was released on December 15th, 2009 and has received much praise from the Hip Hop community including being named the number one free album of 2009 at Kevinnottingham.com.
Providing an extremely visual and detailed sound, The Plexiglass Fountain has been referred to as new, fresh and creative. Instead of dwelling on what Hip Hop is supposed to be and creating highly formulated music, the group strives to make their own legacy. Utilizing abstract production and lyricism, Tokyo Cigar approaches music making in a style highly reminiscent of stream of consciousness. On the opposite end, Cyclops provides very focused lyrics with tons of vivid imagery and well thought out rhyme schemes. When put together, the two achieve a sound with chemistry and cohesiveness. Not afraid to touch on any subject or experiment with any sound, The Plexiglass Fountain is a breath of fresh air to music lovers and will continue to break down boundaries in creativity.
The feedback was crazy
What are people saying about The Plexiglass Fountain?
- “You know with Tokyo the beats are crazy and Tokyo & Cyclops rip it on the mic as well. Trust me, you’re gonna love this!” – Justin (Kevinnottingham.com)
- “Huge props to Tokyo Cigar & Cyclops this album is dope, filled with creativity and brings a new sound to hip hop.” – TheHipHopEffect.com
- “The Plexiglass Fountain makes great music and I suggest you check them out. Their sound is original and unique. You’ll notice the creativity right with the opening track.” – HailMegatron.net
- “Very unique and refreshing for sure.” – PotholesInMyBlog.com
- “The album is a little deeper than your average hip hop opus, so it takes some listens to “get it”, but that to me, isn’t a bad thing.” – Travis (Wake Your Daughter Up)
- “This isn’t your regular album… The whole thing is visual.” – WG Meets