The story for this entry begins here, at an inconspicuous grey building on West Lake Street in Chicago, just outside the Loop. Back when our Art Director JASH and I were students at UIC, we lived here in a loft with 7 other people – mostly graf writers and emcees, including G4 recording artists Serf400 and Dr. Spliffen. It was an eccentric crowd, and we definitely had some great times at 657B.
That was ’96, before anything related to Galapagos4 had even begun to happen. Or had it? In my opinion, it was a time when the independent hip hop scene in Chicago was becoming more defined. When thinking back to what Chicago records were in rotation for me at that time, E.C. Illa’s second album and the Talent Fest compilation are two that come to mind. I remember listening to Rhymefest’s “How We Chill Part 2” for the first time just inside those second story windows. Those times, and the events that filled them, would personally influence my own music, and ideology of music, for years to come.
Fast-forward to the present day.. and I guess fate would have it that this small stretch of Lake Street remain significant to our crew. Across the street from the old loft, at 650 W Lake, is Crosstalk International, one of Galapagos4’s largest distributors.
Crosstalk is both a distributor and a label, and their latest vinyl release is definitely noteworthy – Tokimonsta‘s debut album, Midnight Menu. Crosstalk is the exclusive distributor of this record, so act fast if you want to own a copy.