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cLOUDDEAD were an experimental hip-hop group consisting of musicians Doseone (Adam Drucker), Why? (Yoni Wolf), and Odd Nosdam (David Madson). Generally Drucker and Wolf provide the group’s vocals while Madson produces the music. Occasionally Madson’s vocals can be heard, while Drucker and Wolf provide music, especially for the group’s second album.

The group’s name comes from a nonsensical knock-knock joke Drucker’s sister told him when she was 6 years old. The joke runs like this:

“Who’s there?”

But no-one remembers the punchline.

cLOUDDEAD’s sound is notoriously hard to define, and although it is undoubtedly grounded in ‘traditional’ hip-hop, influences as varied as electronica, psychedelic music and indie rock can be heard. Because of this non-traditional take on hip-hop, more conservative corners of the rap community have labeled cLOUDDEAD as “smartarse surrealism” - with some rejecting the notion that the group can be classed as hip-hop at all, ignoring Doseone’s request to ‘just call it hip hop.’

cLOUDDEAD’s first six 10” EPs were compiled in 2001 as a self-titled compilation album. The band’s subsequent discography includes a further two 10” EPs, the single “Dead Dogs Two” and the album Ten. Printed on the sleeve of “Dead Dogs Two” is “this is clouddead number 9 of ten”, indicating that as of Ten, cLOUDDEAD, as a group, have finished making music.

As of 2009 cLOUDDEAD came together under the name again to record a track on Themselves newest mixtape “theFREEhoudini” performing the song “Rapping 4 Money”.


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  • HedorianForever

    Boards of Canada is for the whole family [2]

    23 Jun 9:51pm Reply
  • MrCuckoo

    It sure is cLOUDDEAD out tonight.

    18 Jun 5:31am Reply
  • yspyg

    I check this shoutbox like once a month to see whats new and I laugh every time at the "Boards of Canada is for the whole family" comment

    30 May 11:27pm Reply
  • David-Haller

    If you like cLOUDDEAD you may like my two new songs: or may not. I dunno.

    27 May 7:07pm Reply
  • hasture

    My Brain!

    4 May 8:47pm Reply
  • ComradePoos

    "Sounds like Boards of Canada for children and metalheads" - eh? more like the other way around, this is so much less accessible than BoC

    6 Apr 1:33am Reply
  • tobacconist

    you know what's this one thing that these guys & James Blunt have in common?.......................................................................................................they both said fuck in their pop songs

    2 Mar 5:40pm Reply
  • anecdotal

    whats the knock knock joke??? and fuck off boc are sick

    6 Jan 3:45am Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Boards of Canada is for the whole family

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • smuckersjelly26

    boards of canada is for kids tho

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • hexah

    Sounds like Boards of Canada for children and metalheads. [3] this joke will never get old

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Yeedil

    Supposedly reissues of cLOUDDEAD stuff are coming out according to Yoni's podcast.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • marmaluke

    Dead Dogs Two <3

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bonsek

    by far the most underrated hip hop group I know of

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dtuominen

    @Insomniasaur thanks for that live in montreal upload, nice to hear the live renditions in quality that's not from the tour DVD.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • clutnuckle

    Sounds like Boards of Canada for children and metalheads. [2] ya

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Dr_MoonOrGun

    Anyone know how many copies of each of the 10" singles were pressed? 1000?

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • neonowyflaming

    that's hip hop? more like trip hop. still nice

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • thelastsignal

    These guys are visionaries; love Dose and Why?

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • ArousedNinja

    @Insomniasaur - it's not yours

    12 May 2013 Reply
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