The Tokestrumentals [Instrumentals From Uncut Raw - First Toke] [2017]

by Fluent

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    Handmade cassette pressings by yours truly. These are as immaculate as I can afford to make them right now with money out of my own pocket. Recorded on a professional Nakamichi tape deck on music grade, custom green cassettes. Features artwork originally made by Pencilface but specifically tweaked for the cassette release by me. Each cassette is hand recorded by me, and I designed and printed all the artwork, from the J-cards and cassette labels. Each album is also numbered and signed. Comes in a quality, clear Norelco case, inside of a custom fitted plastic baggie. This is the Uncut Raw after all, so you'll need that nice baggie.

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    The tape features 30 minutes of instrumentals, 15 minutes on the ROUGH SIDE and 15 minutes on the RUGGED SIDE. This release contains all 34 beats from the 2007 Green Llama release, Uncut Raw - First Toke, stacked to a full 30 minute tape experience.

    Those of you who purchase it will also receive something that you may find interesting if you like my music and are interested in future cassette releases. (*wink wink*)

    Take a toke and enjoy the Llama history. Peace.

    - Flu

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about

This is an edited version of the instrumentals from the 2007 Green Llama release, Uncut Raw - First Toke. It includes all 34 beats used on the original release.

First Toke was the first official release by the Green Llama Movement in 2007. GLM started as myself, a music maker from Pennsylvania and staying in Akron, Ohio at the time, and ILL DON, the native New Yorker creative. After finding some old public access radio broadcasts of The Green Llama radio show, we adopted the name. We added Decay, the Chicago native emcee, who then subsequently added his close friend, Selfish, another Chitown emcee, and formed the groups City Slick and Uncut Raw, respectively. I had been sending beats to Selfish for a year or so, putting together tracks and keeping them in the vaults. Once we had a lot of tracks recorded, we mixed it all, put the final touches on it and the rest is history.

The album received good reviews at the time and started to develop a word of mouth buzz. When the album was picked up and re-released by a label in 2008, after a strong initial push it had to be pulled from shelves when a sample dispute was started by someone who was sampled for an interlude on the album. The result meant the end of selling physical copies of the album at the time through the label, and left a salty taste in our mouths from dealing with the business aspect of making the music that we love.

Work began on the follow-up album, which was titled "Heavy Dose". The album was completed but due to the universe deciding it wasn't time to release it, the album did not see the light of day.

A companion album for "First Toke" was dropped simultaneously by City Slick (Decay + Fluent), titled "The Antique Black". It was a companion album because of the way the 2 styles complimented each other. While "First Toke" was dusted, somewhat crazy and more experimental, "The Antique Black" was a bit more straightforward yet still raw and artistic.

"First Toke" remains to this day a sort of cult classic, hailed by some who have heard it as a classic album. I have personally received messages about the album that were incredible, and it was humbling to hear what people have said about it over the years. Thank you to all of you for that.

The artwork was created by Joseph Blakey, aka Pencilface, from the UK.

This is the first time the instrumentals were available in any form. I hope you enjoy them and some of the vibes of these sessions were captured.

Llamaste,

Fluent, aka Jethro Dumont of The Green Llama.

credits

released August 10, 2017

All beats produced by Fluent, with the exception of track 8, "Heroin", which is produced by fellow Green Llama, ILL DON.

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