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Chris Palko, better known as the rapper Cage, is not quick to grant interviews. He tends to disappear from the limelight for long stretches of time, popping back up with a new album or as part of a new underground rap group. Within the past decade, he has lent his talents toward collaborative work with artists as far reaching as Kid Cudi and Shia LeBeouf.
Born in 1973 on a military base in Germany, Cage spent his childhood years bearing the brunt of various traumas, eventually landing him in a psychiatric hospital where he was forced to serve a trial subject for one of the chemicals used in Prozac. The negative reaction to this chemical that he experienced led him to attempt suicide several times, and helped fuel his already-present struggle with substances and the darkness within himself. This darkness is ever-present in his music, a world which he has created to vent years of abuse and pain.
Last year, Cage re-emerged to release his fourth studio album, Kill the Architect. The album is wrought with his signature storytelling skill and aggressive vocal delivery, adding another piece to the complex puzzle that is his legacy. This Sunday, Cage will perform in Minneapolis at Pourhouse. He hesitantly granted Gimme Noise an interview, much at our behest. Despite setting up a definite interview time, Cage called us randomly a couple hours late, explaining that his phone had been dead, and granting us a few quick questions before he hit up the Halloween shop to prepare to leave town for the tour.More »