[AUDIO] Tonedeff - “Sunrise (v2)”

Posted 1 month, 2 weeks, 8 hours, 8 minutes ago

NYC’s emcee/producer/singer/songwriter, Tonedeff delivers a massive new single from his new album, Polymer. “Sunrise (v2)” is at once a freestyle-flavored stadium trap epic and a paean to embracing insomnia and the stressful grind of modern life. Following a mechanically vicious second verse, the song culminates in wall-of-sound style choir, featuring the voices of Fjer, Kokayi, Deacon The Villain (CunninLynguists), Steph The Sapphic Songstress and newcomer, Emilia James. This is progressive hip hop taken to gorgeous new heights.

“I wanna be riddled with millions of rays on the skin of my face
Till the cinnamon pigment is colored crimson in shade
And I’ve been in the gray and I’m sick of waiting
And I don’t want to wonder anymore if the sun has risen today”

Share the fuck out of it.

Category: Audio


[PRE-ORDER] Kno - Bones [Instrumental LP]

Posted 2 months, 2 weeks, 4 days, 13 hours, 19 minutes ago

Today, QN5-Alum Kno release his brand new instrumental project Bones on bandcamp! Bones is a 32+ track instrumental project in the vein of Excrementals Volumes 1-5 but curated & sequenced for a more enjoyable listening experience. Containing previously unreleased instrumentals from Strange Journey Volume 3, To Dust & more as well as some brand new material, Bones will be available on super limited edition CD, tape & 2XLP electric blue & white haze vinyl.

The early digital release will come to those who pre-order via Bandcamp soon thereafter, followed by availability on all digital outlets on August 12th.




[VIDEO] Tonedeff Explains Polymer To DJ JS-1 On Rap Is Outta Control (Sirius XM)

Posted 2 months, 2 weeks, 4 days, 14 hours, 33 minutes ago


Category: News Video


[VIDEO] Tonedeff - “Filthy XXX (v3)” - Acoustic

Posted 2 months, 3 weeks, 6 days, 15 hours, 6 minutes ago

“I’m sorry, mom” – Tonedeff

Tonedeff is back with the hilariously raunchy acoustic sing-along version of “Filthy XXX” from his new album, Polymer. For more info on the video, check out the exclusive feature over at Impose Magazine.

Directed By: Tonedeff
Assistant Director: Peri Fluger
Director of Photography: Cory Cross
Guitar: Adonis Tsilimparis
Background Vocals: Carolyn Gilliam & Jennifer Menter





[DOWLOAD] Tonedeff’s Polymer [LP] Is Finally Here and It’s Absolutely Fucking Massive!

Posted 3 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes ago

HOLY FUCK! We can’t believe it either. Can it be? Tonedeff’s long-awaited second LP Polymer IS FINALLY HERE!!! Written, produced and performed by the polymath himself, Polymer is a multi-part genre-shattering emotional epic three years in the making. No stone goes unturned as Tone puts his full range of versatility on display for the world, via his most devastatingly personal and revealing work to date. The album includes the exclusive 5-songs from the Phantom EP not available anywhere else. Now available digitally worldwide. CD/DVDs are available here. So let’s discuss shall we?


As the core piece of this massively ambitious multimedia project, (which includes an upcoming documentary, an art book and multiple videos), the musical scope presented here is IMAX-level massive. As Tonedeff’s first official studio album since 2005’s Archetype the artistic grown on display here is flat-out staggering. Song to song, Polymer treats genres like light suggestions and blends seemingly juxtaposed styles like shoegaze, boom-bap, electro, piano balladry with highly dense technical emceeing and the fragile ache of indie singer-songwriting. This thread is something he’s clearly been weaving through his work since his 1997 debut, The Monotone EP – but we’re just now seeing the incredible tapestry it has evolved into.

With his trademarked breathless flow and knack for life-distilled quotables filtered through impossibly intricate rhyme schemes, there’s nothing Tonedeff doesn’t do here. From lightning speed cross-examinations of time and anxiety, battle-hardened scene-observations, to goose-bump inducing slow-flow retrospectives – this is world class emceeing at the highest level and a rousing endorsement for Pantheon status. The sole feature here is Danish singer/songwriter Fjer, who delivers her own gut-punch moment to close out “More Like You, a song that reveals the echoing effects of early child abuse which still play a factor in the artist’s head.


Thematically, Polymer is a veritable odyssey of pain, sex, self-sabotage, reflection and triumph as the album delves equally into the four portions of Tonedeff’s personality – each assigned to their own EPs, which were released prior to their assembly here. The meaty pieces of Glutton, Demon and Hunter are all stirred to great effect and then melted together by the fusing properties of Phantom, and the jumble of personalities suddenly become the perfect singular stew where each ingredient provides its own distinguishable kick to the greater dish. This is a portrait of a complete person used as platter for a four-course meal.

From the moment the album begins with “The Things You Don’t See Coming”, (which Tonedeff cites as a link to Archetype’s closing anthem Gathered”), and is suddenly crushed by the industral trudge of “And They Watched Him”, you realize immediately that – like life – none of this will be predictable. Other highlights include the stunning choiral-trap remix of “Sunrise (V2)” and the family novela of “Five Sisters”. But it’s the BEHEMOTH-SIZED entries of “Phantom” and the 10-minute shape-shifting struggle with self-sabotage on “Control” which steal the show here. We have three words for you: WALL. OF. SOUND.. Drawing inspiration from the towering soundscapes of My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Ros and M83, Tonedeff manages to bring arena-sized emotional noise rock to a “rap” record in a way you have to hear to believe. We’re in uncharted waters now, people.

These moments should be noted. If Archetype was a harbinger of the coming wave of singing rappers with emotional issues, Polymer is an alarm clock blaring at you after an all-night bender to warn you of an encroaching army of futurists with no-fucks to give. Make no mistake, that with these songs, Pandora’s box has been opened and it appears Tonedeff gnawed the latch open with his teeth when no one was looking. Whether the acknowledgement via cosigns or coverage ever occurs is immaterial, it’s those in the know that can validate it and testify it to power. It’s a unique piece of art – an artistic statement by an artist as unique as his skillset. No one else could’ve made this but him. With so much to take in, this one’s undoubtedly gonna be a slow-burner, but a rewarding listen for those willing to explore the many dark corners of this labyrinthine work. Who would ever expect that level of commitment from the casuals? We don’t. “And They Watched Him…”

But as for you? Yeah, don’t wait… listen to this modern masterpiece RIGHT NOW. And when you’re done…share it until people hate you. Then you’ll know you’ve done enough to spread the word.



Category: News


[NEWS] Tonedeff - “Competitive Nature” - POLYCHROME Art Book Preview

Posted 3 months, 2 weeks, 4 days, 2 hours, 36 minutes ago

Tonedeff’s massively ambitious second studio album Polymer drops digitally on 7.8.16, which physical editions shipping in early August.

Today, the QN5 head honcho dropped a preview from the forthcoming art book entitled POLYCHROME that will be packed in with the Polymorph edition. The photo, shot by Chad Griffith (aka The Wizard), is entitled “Competitive Nature” and is meant as a companion image for the single which is now on Tonedeff’s Soundcloud.

Polychrome includes the gorgeous cover illustrations from Becky Cloonan and Brian Christopher and stunning original companion photography from Chad Griffith and Scut36, all printed on gorgeous 12×12” 150 GSM paper stock. Polydisc and Polymorph pre-orders are closed once again for good, but standard editions are still available on Tonedeff.com.




Deacon The Villain - Peace or Power (Oxblood Red Double Vinyl)

Posted 4 months, 1 day, 13 hours, 30 minutes ago

Deacon The Villain – Peace Or Power [LP] – Oxblood Red Double Vinyl – [SHIPPING NOW!]

CunninLynguists’ own Deacon The Villain has finally released a vinyl edition to his critically acclaimed solo debut Peace Or Power. Featuring the glorious artwork of Michael Manomivibul and a Motown Records inspired custom label that pays homage to Deacon’s hometown of Versailles, Kentucky. This is a must have item for any QN5 fan!

Due to CL’s upcoming European tour, supplies are limited! Hit up PeaceOrPower.com to grab one ASAP! This is NOT a pre-order. This item will ship immediately!



Category: News General

[VIDEO] Fjer - “Her Turn” - Dir: Stine Thorbøll

Posted 4 months, 2 days, 16 hours, 39 minutes ago by QUINTIC

QUINTIC continues it’s assault on 2016 with the latest offering from Denmark’s triple-threat singer/songwriter/producer Fjer. The official music video for her sultry new single, “Her Turn” was directed by Stine Thorbøll and inspired by the pixelated lo-fi visuals of Second Life. When paired, the video weaves a retro-heavy optical kaleidoscope to play alongside Fjer’s achingly sexy vocals and electro-soul production. In other news, “Her Turn” was recently selected for Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Hiptronix” playlist! Congrats to Fjer and the QUINTIC team!

Now it’s your turn to watch & listen, share with a friend and let us know what you think. #quintic





[VIDEO] Tonedeff - “Use Me” - Dir: Daniel McStay

Posted 4 months, 1 week, 2 days, 22 hours, 32 minutes ago

Auralarians rejoice! “Use Me” is the first visual released from Tonedeff’s forthcoming second album, Polymer, which will be released on July 8, 2016. Directed by Norway’s Daniel McStay (who was responsible for “Water” by Peter Anthony Red), “Use Me” features intricate shadow puppets, a Fincher-esque atmosphere and rope work with a free-fall drop that had to be reset multiple times to get the shot.

In an interview with HipHopDX (be sure to rate/comment and show your support!), Tonedeff recalls:

“I had rope burns around my neck, wrists and ankles plus a bruised groin for three weeks after shooting this video, so if I never have kids, you’ll know why.”

After a lengthy release gap between his first album Archetype and Polymer, Tonedeff felt a need to address the clamor for more material. “There is some truth to this song being written as a love letter to those who feel entitled to my output,” he shares. “The fan-artist relationship in 2016 is at a point where people forget there’s an actual person at the other end of the song and not a vending machine. So when I say ‘Chew Me Up & Spit Me Out” it resonates on a personal level.”

When asked about the significance of the nooses tied around his body, Tonedeff explains, “There’s a masochistic partnership in allowing yourself to be used – whether it’s a conscious decision or not. But in regards to love, coworkers, even with corporations and government, we’re constantly giving up control in order to get the tiniest bit of joy out of life. I felt the double entendre of marionettes and self sacrifice really worked for the video.”





Posted 4 months, 2 weeks, 5 hours, 25 minutes ago

Robert “PH” Diaz was not only a ferocious MC and an underground Hip Hop legend, he was a friend and brother to the QN5 family who supported from day one. To commemorate his memory 1 year after his untimely passing, we put together this footage of him graciously rocking his track “Now You Know” at QN5 Megashow 2011 with GMS & Blitzkrieg of The Plague. We hope you enjoy seeing PH in his element with people he loved. If you haven’t already, please find it in your heart to donate to PH’s wife and 3 children via the link above.


Category: Video


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