Sometime near the beginning of the pandemic, Kay reached out to let us know his friend and collaborator Kitz Willman would be moving to Winnipeg. Kitz is a unique case of someone who moved here by choice. He recognized what it took me well into my adulthood to appreciate: that Winnipeg and the land it sits on is a globally and historically significant place.

Kitz and I probably bonded first over our hatred of Canada the settler colony. We bonded later over our love of independent rap music. We bonded personally somewhere in between.

I started to send him beats a few months ago, and he’d keep sending back full songs waiting only for vocals from me. Because I produced this one, Kitz took on the artwork, named the songs and titled the album. He’ll produce the next one.

Gazogene is music for a society in decay.

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