I Never Knew You

Depart from Me

Depart from Me
Studio album by Cage
Released July 7, 2009
Genre Horrorcore, rap rock,
Label Definitive Jux
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Depart from Me is the third studio album by American rapper Chris Palko, better known by his stage name Cage. Released on July 7, 2009, it is the rapper's second and final studio album on Definitive Jux.



Palko describes Depart from Me as being "an exorcism of sorts", stating that it is more personal than previous albums. Palko states that the album's lyrics do not focus on social commentary, but instead deal with life and "things that people can relate to". The album continues from the lyrical direction of Hell's Winter and distancing himself from the persona featured on Movies for the Blind. Palko felt that since becoming a father, he no longer wished to write the same type of lyrical content as he had in the past. Palko stated that "if people can't understand that, that's good, because I don't want to make music for assholes." While Hell's Winter deals with personal change, Depart from Me deals with the difficulty of implementing these changes.

Describing the recording process, Palko remembers that El-P had been working on a track, and Palko soon thought of a hook that would fit the song, and recorded its freestyle lyrics on the couch. El-P and Palko later decided not to record a studio take of the track "because it just had a vibe to it. I was out of my mind. I might as well have been a blind man being walked in front of a microphone. I was just out of it."


According to Palko, the music of Depart from Me does not rely on sampling, and instead features a guitar and synthesizer-oriented sound. Palko describes the album as incorporating pop influences while keeping an "indie sensibility". Palko states that he wanted to produce music that would appeal to a larger audience. Describing the album as rap rock, Palko states that he did not intend to produce an album that would replicate early fusion attempts, or more recent, popular acts within the genre, but to incorporate elements of more diverse influences. According to Palko:

Palko describes the album's title track as being similar to Nine Inch Nails because guitarist Sean Martin had been listening to the band heavily during the production of the album.

Thomas Golianopoulos, of Spin Magazine, has stated that "... [Depart From Me] is the most seamless, compelling union of hip-hop and modern rock since the two genres first collided".


The first music video from the album, "I Never Knew You", debuted on May 18, 2009. The video was directed by Shia LaBeouf, and features actor Dan Byrd following a woman played by Scarlett Kapella. The video was shot on location in downtown Los Angeles on February 21 and 22, and featured cameos from LaBeouf, Alex Pardee, and Definitive Jux artists such as El-P, Aesop Rock, Chauncey, F. Sean Martin and Yak Ballz.

On May 18, 2009, Palko released the extended play I Never Knew You as a digital download, initially for free, and then through digital stores. The EP featured four exclusive tracks and "I Never Knew You", from the album.

Depart from Me was initially announced as being scheduled for a June 29 release, but was delayed. The album was released as a digital download, and in deluxe editions on compact disc and vinyl.

Track listing

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Nothing Left To Say" El-P, additional guitar by Sean Martin 4:28
2. "Beat Kids" (featuring Red Bank Kids Choir) Sean "F. Sean" Martin 3:32
3. "Dr. Strong" Sean "F. Sean" Martin, drum programming by Tero Smith 3:19
4. "I Found My Mind In Connecticut" Sean "F. Sean" Martin 4:20
5. "I Lost It In Havertown" El-P 1:36
6. "Teenage Hands" Cage & El-P, guitar by Sean Martin 1:47
7. "Eating Its Way Out Of Me" El-P 3:57
8. "Kick Rocks" Sean "F. Sean" Martin 2:09
9. "Captain Bumout" Sean "F. Sean" Martin, guitars by Phil Caivano 2:55
10. "Strain" Aesop Rock, guitars by Allison Bavitz 3:39
11. "Fat Kids Need An Anthem" Sean "F. Sean" Martin 2:19
12. "Look At What You Did" Sean "F. Sean" Martin 3:03
13. "Depart From Me..." Sean "F. Sean" Martin 4:49
14. "I Never Knew You" Sean "F. Sean" Martin 4:17
I Never Knew You EP
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "I Never Knew You" Sean "F. Sean" Martin 4:17
2. "Follow the Bleeder" 2:24
3. "Hell Oh" 3:24
4. "Tongue in a Sharks Mouth" 2:59
5. "It's The 80's Again" 3:05
iTunes exclusive
No. Title Length
15. "Hugs and Kisses" 2:10
Deluxe edition exclusive
No. Title Length
15. "Worm in Her Vein" 3:25


Information taken from Allmusic.


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