More Than Meets the Eye

Rapper/producer Vandalyzm makes a major splash with his debut album.

"It only had a couple tracks on there and they were all heaters," adds Big Pooh, the other half of the duo, who contributes a verse on the Majorz track "Hands High."

Collaborations with Little Brother's crew the Justus League followed. In October 2007, Vandalyzm was featured on a track produced by former Little Brother DJ 9th Wonder, on which he traded verses with Detroit emcee Royce Da 5'9". DJ Khrysis, also affiliated with the Justus League, produced the Majorz track "Money on the Table."

For the past two years Vandalyzm has lived in Atlanta, where he worked as a producer for the R&B group One Chance, who are signed to US Records. (Vandalyzm's double-duty as a producer/emcee — he crafted his own beats on ten of the eighteen tracks on Majorz — is clearly a point of pride: He makes a point of including production credits for each song on the album's track listing.) But after returning to St. Louis late last year and enlisting several notable St. Louis emcees and producers to contribute to Majorz — Black Spade, Wafeek, Gotta Be Karim, among others — Vandalyzm says he's proud to be representing the city again. He just hopes you won't hold that against him.

"I keep my Cardinals hat on, but don't let that be something that you judge me automatically on, on the strength of 'Hot In Herre,'" he says, adding a playful declaration that embraces the spirit of his Megatron alter-ego. "I'm speaking some truth in a lot of people's faces, and as much as it might hurt people to listen to it, the truth is they're going to enjoy it 'cause it's a damn good album. You can't front. Even if I might be talking about you, it's a damn good album."

Contact the author keegan.hamilton@riverfronttimes.com

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