IT FADER. DL/LP
Vega’s last work, released to mark the first anniversary of his death. Deploying his lifelong creative method of freestyling over coruscating noise, Vega intended IT to be his last epic statement and had completed most of it with wife Liz Lamere before 2012’s near-fatal stroke/ heart attack. Over grinding machine beats and unrelenting loops, Vega testifies or screams lyrics inspired by global news or late-night walks near his financial district home, including Prophecy’s vicious mugging (“Blood’s dripping down my face… I will get up, I will survive, so fuck you killers”), self-explanatory Motorcycle Exploded and transcendental Stars. As these songs’ first (and final) airing at London’s Barbican in 2015 showed, Vega’s spirit still blazed with righteous passion even when his body was giving out. Now it glowers like a ghostly light sculpture from beyond the grave, predicting current atrocities and still bang on for modern times.