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ILLuminate

by AMS (Agent Mos)

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about

From the depths of a spraycan and live on a concrete surface comes Agent Mos, otherwise known as AMS. The man dubbed as "King of the Nerds" at 14 years old came up as a confused mass of musical influences, making his brand of hip-hop into a breakbeat beat-down, fileld to the brim with wit, stinging punchlines, a eye for the detail of life, and a brain built for storytelling.

Following hip-hop as a hobby earned him a slew of features on mixtapes, guest shots, and the occasional show in high school. Pursuing it as a part-time dream earned him opportunities opening for some of his favorite acts, after only having been on stage for 2 years (Mr. Lif, Blueprint, Illogic, Braille, KRS-One, Treologic, Animate Objects just to name a few), and allowed him to garner the applause of the public as Champaign-Urbana's Hip-Hop artist of the year in 2006.

His work with local musicians (Larry Gates of Lorenzo Goetz, Kayla Brown, DJ Spinnerty, Zirafa) has earned him acclaim not only where he found himself for college, but an odd and spreading following at home and around the world, after having his material played on college radio in France, Britain and Japan.

The debut LP from 2006 Local Music Award Winner Agent Mos reads as a funny, introspective, questioning look into the mind of the man dubbed "King of the Nerds". Agent Mos takes us on a ride that begins with an apology from him, but ends as a thank you from the audience. Tracks such as "Afterthought" and "Control" show his dexterity with the complex, while "Dawn", "ILLuminate" and "Requiem" give a window into how he thinks, and whom he thinks of.

He may label himself a nerd, but nerds make excellent hip-hop, it seems. "ILLuminate" sheds light upon an artform that is suffering through its dark ages.

You ready to hop in the cypher with the nerd? Then strap on your headphones and buckle in...

credits

released March 13, 2006

Lyrics by AMS (Agent Mos).
Instrumentals/Interludes composed by DJ Spinnerty and Zirafa.

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AMS (Agent Mos) Chicago, Illinois

Meet 30-year old AMS, hailing from a set of confusing musical upbringing on Chicago's South Side. The breakbeat beat-down is still ever present, but the years of listening closely have given him an even greater talent for storytelling, and a subsided fear of being himself on tracks.

A new record. A new person.

Ladies and gentlemen, the TRUE Nerd King: AMS.

Lights on. Welcome back.
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