Rapper AOK (Assault of Knowledge) and producer Currie's EDMONTOSAURUS is named after the prehistoric creature unique to the Alberta Capital. This theme of mortality, extinction, fossilization and legacy is heavy on the album. The two Edmonton artists who met in 2010 have packed the short-and-sweet Edmontosaurus with both experimental and party beats, and cover a range of topics — summers, animality, sexuality, religious zeal — with the help of Juno- and Polaris-nominated rapper D-Sisive, Ill-Legitimate's co-founder Anonymouz and AOK's own kin, Cousin.
Edmontosaurus is both the third release for Currie, who moved from Ontario in 2009, and for Mouallem, whose last effort, Q Without U, was a pairing of children's book and music made available through a download code inside the cover. Similarly, for Edmontosaurus, they're also selling the music in the form of a T-shirt designed by illustrator Josh Holinaty, the artist behind Q Without U.
"[Edmontosaurus] features the likes of Deepak Chopra and Daedalus mingling with references to local institutions — The Black Dog, Lake of Fire, Corso 32 chef/founder Dan Costa — and tongue-twisting wordplay about life, death, indie girls and cosmetics. As a rapper, AOK’s flow feels more studied than street … AOK’s producer, Dan Currie, boasts more finesse — his beats and samples are suave and soulful, punctuated with occasional (yet rhythmic) screams and video-game squiggles." —Sandra Sperounes, Edmonton Journal (3.5/5 stars)
Produced by Currie. Written by AOK, Janae Jamieson and accompanying vocalists. Mixed by ZIko Ghost, except for "Lights On/Lights Off," which was done by Mitchmatic.
OMAR MOUALLEM, aka AOK (Assault Of Knowledge) is a critically acclaimed rapper who has performed at Nextfest, Hip Hop in the Park and Scribble Jam. His second album, Q Without U, combined children's literature with adult-oriented hip hop. He is also National Magazine Awards nominated writer who's contributed features, profiles, reviews, essays and business stories to such publications as the Globe and Mail, enRoute, Eighteen Bridges, HipHopDx.com and South China Morning Post. assaultofknowledge.com
DAN CURRIE is an Edmonton transplant by way of the Niagara, Ont. region. An accomplished hip hop producer, he's released two instrumental albums, Currie vs. the Electronium, which was inspired by 60s and 70s electronic music, and Liberace Fingers, a heavily orchestral album inspired by Chopin, Wagner and Mozart. His music has been featured on TV shows and played across Canadian college radio stations.
Oooh, she's got her Mac face on
Can't take off the mask
Till the mascara's gone.
A buxom blonde with bucks to blow
Swarovski crust on her bra
To the bar she goes.
She's breast deep in books
Sleeps with her texts
'Cause degrees won't earn themselves, so
Eats sashimi with her number two pencil
It's her number one
Then eschewed for a Creme d'nude
They swing like a big band
A big, bad bookworm, seeking out a big man
Big-boned, she's Big Mac, still a Mack 10,
When she struts with that copper-tone blush in her clutch,
Oooh, she's got her Mac face on
Machiavellian brawd with both guns drawn
Put your hands up,
Yup, It's a stick up
Now twist the cap off your lipstick with her.
Back to business, back to the basics
She closes the deal like a Re/Max agent.
Boys got cards poised like a pink slip
Now quick to her crib.
Ooh, she's got her Mac face on x3
Can't Take off the mask till the mascara's gone.
When life gives you mascara,
Make masquerade, make masquerade, make masquerade x3
She's hotter than a red dwarf* in her headscarf
Yeah, she can rip your hat off with her catwalk
Eyes flock, necks torque to her red cheeks
Loverrush blush, nice touch for the edging.
"Muhajababe"** with "deen"*** and class,
But if you look too long, you’ll get 36 lashes
Eye Kohl makes her eyes pop
Like a ring pop
She’s got a ring.
She’s clothed to the wrist
So hip it hurts
With her Shirelle nails
She could rip the Earth.
Not fair only one gets to stare
At her hair
Run his hands through her strands
Put her legs in the air.
Mac face stays in tact
Never cracks a line
Primer stays fine
It’s a fact of life.
Wherever she goes, she has to pass the plight
They laugh at her back, never ask her nice.
On the bus they fuss, like threat levels high
Pops that Viva Glam 5, it's elevated to red.
She’s got a bomb [EXPLOSION]
Oh, made you look
You're a slave to the ways of her fine looks.
* The category of star, not the BBC show, idiots.
** Slang for a hot Muslim girl in a headscarf
*** The Arabic word for piety. I know, sexy right?