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Everyone has become accustomed to artists boasting about how they never sleep, but for Tah Phrum Duh Bush, his sleeplessness has never been a point of pride. For the majority of the Brooklyn, NY, native’s life insomnia has taken his nights away from him. Instead of turning to medicine to attempt to cure his sleeplessness, Tah worked to turn his pain into art, and created Luminous Dark Alleys: The Insomniac Works. A 15 track album based on his experiences with insomnia and the ideas that have run through his head as a result of sleeplessness. Tah describes the album as “a dark ride through the mind of an insomniac.” It’s a ride that comes with an accompanying 100+ page book that has a chapter for each song and gives listeners a deeper, fuller experience.
The project is the long awaited follow up to Tah’s 2005 release Sunshine or Pure Shade. During the five years in-between albums Tah experienced a number of extreme highs and lows like the triumph of touring Europe and the tragedy of losing his home to a fire. For most artists, not having a new album out, and touring overseas, results in anonymity at home, but Tah kept his name alive and well through his unique guerilla marketing techniques. His giant “Tah Phrum Duh Bush” sign that he takes to shows, and the “missions” he sets up for his fans that have them promoting his name throughout the city in large groups, have become nothing short of legendary in NYC’s underground hip-hop scene.
Tah packs the house for his performances. Not content with having a typical hip-hop show, Tah enlivens the crowd, getting them involved in more than just the traditional call-and-response way.
Sleeplessness keeps Tah working when even the artists who claim to be up all night have gone to bed. As he continues to put those long nights to good use for both himself and his community, the latest result of his sleeplessness, Luminous Dark Alleys: The Insomniac Works, will wake up anyone who isn’t already familiar with Tah Phrum Duh Bush.