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Tonedeff How To Support Polymer…

We all want to see Tone finally get his due, right?

Well, posting here is great, because we are some of the biggest fans of his art and enjoy digging into it deeper than most. However, at the end of the day we’re preaching to the choir.

So, let’s start going other places and commenting. Liking. Upvoting. Retweeting. Sharing. Reviewing. Word-of-mouth the shit out of this album.

I’d personally really like to see Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop (https://twitter.com/theneedledrop) review it. At this point, even if he shits on the album for whatever reason.. he gets views.

Retailers
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/polymer/id1114927871
https://www.amazon.com/Polymer-Explicit-Tonedeff/dp/B01FT7XLEU

Blogs/Other
http://2dopeboyz.com/2016/07/08/tonedeff-polymer-lp-stream/
http://genius.com/albums/Tonedeff/Polymer
https://twitter.com/theneedledrop/status/751431044147081216
http://watchloud.com/2016/07/08/album-releases-july-8th/
http://www.the9elements.com/2016/07/08/tonedeff-polymer-album/
http://poetrist.com/releases/tonedeff-polymer-lp/
http://www.axs.com/tonedeff-s-long-awaited-second-album-polymer-is-now-available-90515
http://www.fashionably-early.com/2016/07/08/tonedeff-polymer-album-stream/

Forums/Threads
https://www.reddit.com/r/hiphopheads/comments/4rso3g/fresh_tonedeff_polymer/
https://www.reddit.com/r/hiphopheads/comments/4rv69u/daily_discussion_thread_07082016/d54e59g
http://board.okayplayer.com/okp.php?az=show_topic&forum=5&topic_id=2968838&mesg_id=2968838&page;=

Just a warning : the mods on /r/hiphopheads at Reddit are pretty strict about vote manipulation. I’m not sure about the exact rules but definitely don’t start making an account just to upvote those links. Lil Dicky is completely banned for doing something like that.

tak08810 said:Just a warning : the mods on /r/hiphopheads at Reddit are pretty strict about vote manipulation. I’m not sure about the exact rules but definitely don’t start making an account just to upvote those links. Lil Dicky is completely banned for doing something like that.

Hm. I have an account I made years ago but don’t frequently use. I’m not sure if they would view similar accounts with sudden activity the same.

Nice one Zack, I wanted to share a similar sentiment. It’s been a long while since this forum flexed it’s muscle and the internet has grown exponentially - but we still have power. This isn’t just “some hip-hop album” it defies categorization. People are gonna love this, we just need them to sit down and listen.

We need to do everything we can to promote this project - Tone has broken his back for us and it’s time to repay the favor.

https://www.reddit.com/r/listentothis/comments/4rzjsj/tonedeff_five_sisters_indie_hiphop_2016/?ref=share&ref_source=link

I took the liberty of making a post for the subreddit /r/listentothis. For those unaware, it’s for artists that are new or overlooked, as it says in its description. And with 6 million subscribers and a few hundred visiting at any given time, some support for the thread can have it stay up longer.

I’ve never used reddit. Is it a forum like this one? Anyway, do what ya’ll can.

Blogs that I frequent that might accept Polymer:

SYFFAL

The Find Magazine (they posted about Built to Fade once)

Potholes in My Blog (the website’s been down for like a year but the twitter is frequently updated)

Wordplay Magazine (UK hiphop magazine but who says Tone’s music should stay local)

UGS Magazine (I’m sure I saw Tonedeff’s EPs posted on here before, I think)

Tonedeaf (Australian music blog that mostly posts Australian music but the name thing might interest them)

Hype Machine

The Beeshine (local, based in New Jersey plus supported by the Plague Fam.)

Numonic said:
Wordplay Magazine (UK hiphop magazine but who says Tone’s music should stay local)

Wait, wha? Why?

You might have misread that. I was saying Tone’s music should NOT stay local. It’s a UK magazine.

I just realized that I know someone that writes for The Source magazine and BET and some other big sources. She has been following a few of my favorite “local” rappers so I’m pretty sure she’ll be fine to review Polymer.

Her name is KC Orcutt

Check out her page and bio here http://kcorcutt.com/

Posting reviews on Amazon and iTunes can have an especially big impact on increasing awareness for the album. I look forward to the AMA on Monday!

ThatLoudKid said:Posting reviews on Amazon and iTunes can have an especially big impact on increasing awareness for the album.

THIS!!!

posted on the alt-rap subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/altrap/comments/4s1t3b/tonedeff_polymer_2016/
heres a post someone made on UGHH: http://forums.undergroundhiphop.com/readpost.asp?Forum=Common&Whichpage=1&QuestionID=2841948

I think these forums could potentially be receptive to it if anyone has an active account:

IGN Hip Hop Board
PhilaFlava
KanyeToThe
Strange Famous

I hate UGHH forums so much, I can never go to their forum. I disagree with a lot of people in my life but the people that post on the ughh forums are on another level of disgust. Loewi made the post. He posts here too, he’s cool, everyone knows him I believe but can’t agree with many other on the ughh forums. For some reason the post is looking all messed up on my browser.

I haven’t been to PhilaFlava in like over 10 years.

Never really visited the IGN board nor the Kanye one.

I’m a long time member of the strange famous forum but I’m sure Sage Francis does not allow posting of non Strange Famous Records artists albums. Haven’t been to that forum in a while either, mainly because of that stipulation.

Great work, Zack! I’m definitely in for this but I just want to share a few thoughts on how to approach this.

In continuation of what Tak08810 said, I think it’s important that we are aware of the differences between discussing among the superfans here on the boards and trying to push the music to a broader audience. If we act too much like fanboys with an agenda, we’ll most likely be brushed off as exactly that.
Of course that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be praising the fuck out of the album. My point is, we can’t expect the average hip hop head to initially love an album which incorporates noise rock, piano ballads and all kinds of electronic music. Hell, I’ve been a Tonedeff fan for years and I still needed 5+ listens to enjoy a lot of these tracks. Tone’s music IS challenging and requires patience and attention. Most people aren’t used to listening to music this way – especially not rap fans – and the way I see it, we should try to help them approaching the music in a proper manner rather than simply writing them off.

Of course we will be met by a fair amount of rude and unfair argumentation – that’s the internet – but in my opinion, Tak and Amplifiya are handling it in the right way by trying engage in a discussion with people who are critical of Polymer. Chances are their answers will be ignored, but every now and then we might be able to convince people to give the album more listen, even if it didn’t click with them at first.

I posted a review to Amazon.co.uk. I was planning for it to be short, but of course couldn’t help myself and wrote several paragraphs.

Would be good for people to get round to doing this!

BTW: I think the review is still pending so I’ll just post it here if anyone is interested:-

Tonedeff has released one of the most ambitious, honest and genre-bending albums of the decade with his second full-length LP “Polymer”.

The first thing you need to know is that this is not a hip-hop album. After years of restraining himself artistically to appease underground hip-hop fans, Tonedeff has fully unleashed his breadth of musical influences into a project that’s almost impossible to fit into a box. Fans of James Blake, M83 and Sigur Ros are going to get some kicks here, as will anyone who’s a fan of modern electronic production, heavy 808 drums and yes.. rapping. Whilst this may not be a ‘hip-hop’ album of sorts, Tone certainly does rap circles around the entire genre with his impeccably technical flow and lyricism.

On the one hand you have deeply personal tracks that tackle family, anxiety and self-sabotage, yet on the other he’s accomplishing those sentiments whilst giving a masterclass in emceeing. Rarely is this more obvious than the track “Demon” where Tone raps at breakneck speed in a 6/8 time signature (Rap is hardly EVER in anything other than standard 4/4) whilst he unravels his deeply personal battle with anxiety and his fear of time catching up with him. It contains some of the most impressive verses you’ll probably ever hear from a rapper on a purely technical level.

The rapping is never a crutch to hold up a song though, as almost every angle of this project is supported by layers of lushious vocals, lathered in reverb and interwoven with harmonies. It’s an intoxicating blend that glides you from section to section, more concerned with taking you on a journey than getting to the [Insert Hook Here] bit. Tonedeff has always flirted with singing in the past, but here is the true unfaltering marriage of those two distinct vocal disciplines. He is simply the guy who can do it all.

Meanwhile, the production on this album is likely unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Ethereal pads, haunting vocals and twinkly synths are somehow successfully mixed with hard hitting drums, sinister bass, aggressively distorted leads and occasionally industrial clunks. On paper it should sound like a mess, but in reality it’s one of the most impressive blurring of genres I’ve literally ever heard. Whilst this extends throughout the album, some of it’s biggest moments such as the crescendo in “Control” are gloriously cinematic and powerful - exploding your speakers with emotion and noise. To think that this was all accomplished by one man without a record label supporting him or even a fancy studio is simply staggering.

Narratively this is the tale of a man who’s life has fallen to pieces whilst he scrambles to balance his personal life and his art, delving into Tonedeff’s inner-soul and smothering you with it’s raw, cathartic emotion. The detail of which might be missed on first glance as at times Tone’s rapid-fire delivery makes hefty statements whizz past your head in sequence. But this isn’t a project you can understand everything from after 60 minutes, it demands you give it time to be digested and thoroughly examined. Those who are willing to really listen and perhaps follow along with the lyrics will be those most rewarded, as Tone opens his deepest, darkest and most difficult thoughts for your analysis.

I’ve listened to this album probably 20 times from start to finish so far and I will no doubt be playing it for years to come. It is at times an unfathomable achievement and deserving of unrelenting attention and praise. It’s certainly not an album for the narrow-minded, you will probably be challenged by it at some point, but musical connoisseurs are going to bask in it’s intricacies and rich powerful production. Entertaining, honest and excessive..

It is one hell of a ride.

Bumping because my Amazon review just went live.

Come on ya’ll, there’s only about 7-8 about them up there right now! I know there’s more of you out there.

Click here and write a review!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8awRqOAZMc

Fantano just reviewed another album.

Go comment for Polymer. The more consistent we can be with the request, even if he doesn’t see it, random people reading the comments will start seeing it and it will begin to look familiar and some will inevitably question who this Tonedeff guy is and what on Earth is a Polymer.

Kags said:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8awRqOAZMc

Fantano just reviewed another album.

Go comment for Polymer. The more consistent we can be with the request, even if he doesn’t see it, random people reading the comments will start seeing it and it will begin to look familiar and some will inevitably question who this Tonedeff guy is and what on Earth is a Polymer.

Full disclosure: Fantano was DMd a link to the album on Twitter a couple weeks ago. Keep tweeting at him and perhaps he’ll review it. Myke C-Town from DEHH as well.

QN5 said:

Kags said:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8awRqOAZMc

Fantano just reviewed another album.

Go comment for Polymer. The more consistent we can be with the request, even if he doesn’t see it, random people reading the comments will start seeing it and it will begin to look familiar and some will inevitably question who this Tonedeff guy is and what on Earth is a Polymer.

Full disclosure: Fantano was DMd a link to the album on Twitter a couple weeks ago. Keep tweeting at him and perhaps he’ll review it. Myke C-Town from DEHH as well.

Word. I’ve seen a few Blue Schoolers comment, but I feel like it’s been the minority. There’s definitely more people expressing their love on the forums, which is expected. But writing here isn’t going to get Tonedeff more exposure. Can all the Blue Schoolers here who haven’t commented on The Needle Drop please do it? If you don’t have a YT account just quickly make one. This is important in the exposure of the record.

Kags said:

QN5 said:

Kags said:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8awRqOAZMc

Fantano just reviewed another album.

Go comment for Polymer. The more consistent we can be with the request, even if he doesn’t see it, random people reading the comments will start seeing it and it will begin to look familiar and some will inevitably question who this Tonedeff guy is and what on Earth is a Polymer.

Full disclosure: Fantano was DMd a link to the album on Twitter a couple weeks ago. Keep tweeting at him and perhaps he’ll review it. Myke C-Town from DEHH as well.

Word. I’ve seen a few Blue Schoolers comment, but I feel like it’s been the minority. There’s definitely more people expressing their love on the forums, which is expected. But writing here isn’t going to get Tonedeff more exposure. Can all the Blue Schoolers here who haven’t commented on The Needle Drop please do it? If you don’t have a YT account just quickly make one. This is important in the exposure of the record.

We some Internet 2008 motherfuckers. Alright, stepping my game up. Youtube account, twitter account on their way.

Posted. And it’s probably worth commenting on multiple videos.

It also appears we have to promote each other’s comments too. So thumbs up each other’s posts also.

I think tweets may be even more effective so make sure to do that. Also definitely reach out to Mike C-Town he’s not as popular but he’s more into underground hip hop.

Also theneedledrop just dropped a review for Apathy’s new album so comment there and like any similar comments

Fantano has jumped the shark

I just got a Danish hip hop reviewer to listen to Polymer. This will hopefully result in a review of the album. This reviewer was the one who put me on to QN5 by giving APOS 6/6 stars and calling it his favorite album of all time by far and across all genres as well as giving Oneirology 6/6 stars too. He also gave IFHR 5/6 and has called My Lady and No Hope with Tonedeff some of the best tracks he has ever listened to.

He has a small following of only 1,460 Facebook followers, but each of these are very devoted to hip hop and if he gives Polymer a great review it can trigger several to listen and potentially buy the album. Crossing my fingers.

@Friis I suspect you might know him too? HipHopAnmeldelser?

Porsborg said:

@Friis I suspect you might know him too? HipHopAnmeldelser?

I certainly do. I discovered APOS/QN5 through that site as well. It’s funny you’d mention it, because I actually planned to ask him if the site is still open for guest reviews. I might do it anyway though; he doesn’t post as frequently as he used to, and if he hasn’t got the time to review Polymer, I’ll look into the possibility of doing one myself.

Fantano just did an “it came from bandcamp” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QuLKmZB5lg

Go keep requesting Polymer.

Oh, look at the comments. Watch Zack and I shut a hater down. Blue School Tag Team Champs. Although I didn’t want to attack that guy’s opinion, it felt good doing that. Been so long since I cared to put someone in place in a comment section on musical topics.
Blue School support don’t mess. *fist in the air and chest bump w Z* lol

Guys you all have to actually go and like these comments - there’s tons of people on every video requesting reviews for every random joe that makes music. If there’s aren’t a lot of likes it just gets totally lost, although I am pretty sure Fantano is at least familiar with Tonedeff given that he seems to be a fan of Cunninlynguist’s music.

Also I still think that tweets may get more attention.

Kags said:Fantano just did an “it came from bandcamp” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QuLKmZB5lg

Go keep requesting Polymer.

Just went and liked everyone’s comments about Polymer and added a note of my own. I haven’t watched any reviews that this guy had done yet though… Very Happy

^ Nice! Good work.

Even more comments and likes on the 2dopeboyz post will help -
http://2dopeboyz.com/2016/07/27/tonedeff-filthy-xxx-video/