NOAH 23 / Press

“... For avid followers of Noah 23, his diversity is probably something already known to you. I’m a more recent convert to his following, so I had no idea... This album opens up with the sing-song “What It Is” which sees Noah displaying a tonal rap-style and a lyrically ambiguous chorus that would make Mike Patton and company proud. This song is a good opener because I feel like it offers a brief glimpse at the many styles contained on the record. The rest of the early tracks on this record include the pop sensible off-the-wall love song “Bright Green Laces” as well as avant-gangster anthem “Murder City” featuring Awol One and Sole rapping alongside Noah over brooding organs and synths.... ”

“Noah23 is Guelph Ontario’s rap Godfather and Canada’s own “Poetical Prophet.” He is the President of the Plague Language record label/art collective and he’s been “rapping seriously,” for 13 years or since the early 1990s. With about 10 solo albums and a number of other side projects under his cap, Noah23 has been over-looked except by the most arcane underground rap intelligentsia. I myself had only heard of a rapper from Guelph named Noah23 until I listened to his Bourgeois Cyborgs project with friend and label mate Baracuda. I arrived 2 hours late (fucking GO Transit), but found Noah dutifully waiting for me at the Guelph terminal. Our rendezvous took us west to a nice restaurant with lots of pretty ladies. Peep the interview.”

“From the little bit I knew about Noah23, I was expecting an album full of him spitting super-speed, scientifical riddles. While there are moments like this on the album (Crystal Palace, Gaia Bacteria and Dead End Game come to mind), there are also plenty of songs that find Noah in a more playful or thoughful state of mind (Half Drunk, Faded, Toy Story and Fame), and I think that's a big reason why this album works for me. I love the super serious, mind-bending Anticon steez (aprapos of nothing, Sole appears on Tragic Comedy) as much as the next guy, but I also appreciate a chance to see the other side of an MC's personality. ”

“.....Noah23 is a technical prankster caught on tape chortling. Never before have I encountered a rapper whose whole swag is to make fun of you, himself, and everything else for being infinitesimal.....”

“As awe-inspiring as Noah23 can be as an MC, he continues to leave space for other talents to shine on his tracks and, with its dynamic guest list, Heart of Rock has the juice of a gorgeous mixtape. Buck 65 lends a diabolical beat to "Motor Head," enabling Noah to cut loose on a head-turning boast with a spastic hook. The faux-lounge piano of "Foot Loose" features Mac Lethal mixing up his flow, setting the stage for Noah to bust a dizzying litany of rapid-fire jokes. That same sense of humour shines through on "Lollapalooza," a crazed sponge dripping with pop culture references that's only outshined by the record's centrepiece: "Air Guitar." A posse cut featuring D-Sisive, Bender, Baracuda and Icon the Mic King, the song is actually sort of understated, its pulsing keys and crunk beat leading to a distorted guitar crescendo after every verse. However, its quirky energy perfectly exemplifies Heart of Rock, another brilliant salvo by Noah23. (Plague Language)”