It’s been 9 years since emcee Paul Barman has released a new album, 2009’s Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud is the last time his name was the focal point of a full LP. While he’s been heard throughout the years on other releases by Open Mike Eagle and Kool Keith, he just released the new single “((( leapfrog ))),” which is filled with the multisyllabic rhymes many remember him for.
About the single, Barman says, “I wrote ((( leapfrog ))) in one subway trip last summer. Was imagining stacking rhymes on top of each other, overlapping the last word of a line in the Left channel with the first word of a line in the Right channel. Then varying the lengths of those lines, and the size of the stacks, in addition to the regular rhymes. But when I tracked it at Dove’s, the punch-in’s required killed the vibe. So I just ran through it like a demo and didn’t think too too much about it. Then Memory Man demanded the a cappella and banged out this mix.”