The Nobody Hole is a dark hip-hop opera written between 2005 and 2006 with music composed entirely by Brooklyn-based producer Badtouch. It is exactly 60 minutes long. It is not a loose concept album, but rather a literary work set to music. For over four years, it has been an intense labor of love for creator, Sum. The project is constantly evolving musically and visually, taking on new incarnations and directions while reaching a wider audience every year. It is far from a traditional album in many ways. There are no singles; any isolated song would make no sense alone. It is "re-released" every year around Halloween in a new way. The project is just as much about the artwork accompaniment as it is about the music itself. The Nobody Hole is even surrounded by an annual festival of events affectionately called "The Nobody Ball", which has covered everything from animatic screenings and masquerades in Manhattan, to live performances in Los Angeles.
A detailed account of The Nobody Hole's creation and evolution can be found here: thegoodlook.net/members/the-nobody-hole-year-six/
Borrowing themes from Alice in Wonderland, Edgar Allan Poe, Star Wars, ancient mythologies, fables and many other influences, The Nobody Hole is a melting pot of creativity. This album is an all out experiment in songwriting, storytelling and visual art. For years Sum has been advising listeners to "put on headphones, turn out all lights, shut out distractions, close your eyes and let The Nobody Hole take you where it may" when listening, which is alot to ask in today's culture of "download and listen on the run" but never disappoints those who take his advice.
The story follows a boy by the name of Paul Lowenfall (also known as “Pygmy Paul”) who spends much of his lonely life sketching masterful portraits of characters from his imagination. A traumatic run-in with his mentally fragile mother breaks his heart and forces him into an alternate dimension. This alternate dimension is a halfway-world, full of the sad, lonely and broken. Nothing is what it seems, everyone is a figment of their own imagination and nobody is whole. Once he arrives in The Nobody Hole, he runs into a cast of characters he hopes will help him get back home. Among them are a pumpkin-headed sorceress, an old man with a rickety ship, and a mysterious thief with silver eyes. To make it worse, Paul's being stalked by a psychotic killer in a panda mask that he drew with his own hands. As the journey unfolds, Paul discovers a secret deep within his blood and hidden in his drawings...
This is the first album of its kind; a Halloween-esque tale told from the voice of an authentic emcee with a notable catalogue under his belt already (i.e., "The Lil Folk", "Sum and Belief are The Lone Wolf" and The Milky Way's 2010 offering, "Metal Tiger Mixtape"). The Nobody Hole is a universe and playground for those with vivid imaginations. The ultimate goal is to one day animate the tale, hence, the steady collaboration with visual artists and character designers.
A truly collaborative piece, The Nobody Hole features the outstanding music of Badtouch, narration by Sum's wife, Nzinga Kadalie, and the accompanying artwork of Doug Hoffman, Jared Rogness, Jeffrey Hurst and Jerome Lewis.
Enjoy the ride, thanks for supporting, and stay tuned as The Nobody Hole experience continues to become an annual tradition for progressive hip-hop fans and music lovers across the globe.
released 29 October 2010
Produced entirely by Badtouch. Written and Performed by Sum. Narration by Nzinga Kadalie.