Indigenous Tribe ‘As Of Light Into Darkness’

by CultureOfNone on March 28, 2010

This EP was released in Detroit around 1997.  I don’t even have the original disc anymore – just this CD-R burn from many years ago.  The cover art was basically a photo of a turntable platter with a bunch of scattered spraypaint caps and other B-Boy paraphenelia – very old school.   It was a decidedly underground  local effort.

Track two on this CD is “Drastic Measures” which, of course, has garnered some degree of fame for its early-era Slim Shady (Eminem) cameo verse.

Also worth noting here is the somewhat confrontational “Detroit scene” lyrical jab in the first track:  “ICP is overrated and hated for the false identity created” which now surely falls on different ears with eras gone by.

A few years later (around 2002) Indigenous Tribe made a significant industry move with ‘Doomsday Machine‘ as a professionally realized full-length, endorsed by some Wu-Tang affiliates – but it remains a scarce and unrecognized hip-hop recording.

They also apparently released a followup disc called ‘Amazing Little Black Box‘ which prominently featured the names of Eminem and DJ Rec on the front cover.  I have no idea why it has similarly vanished into history, but that’s the story.

Listen to this stuff and tell everyone you got it here.


1 Polysemy November 24, 2010 at 7:16 am

Hey man, huge thanks for sharing this. I think I’m like a lot of people in that I’ve only ever heard Microphone Autopsy; I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the album. I can’t believe I’m the first one to comment on this. Did you ever manage to find those Bassmint Productions cassettes you have? I know Steppin’ on to the Scene is out there, but Under New Management (on the same tape) for some reason still isn’t. Anyways, keep doin’ what you’re doin, this site is one of the Internet’s true hidden gems.

2 Polysemy November 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

Sorry, I misspoke in my previous post. You’re right, it should be Drastic Measures. For some reason that track gets called “Microphone Autopsy” a lot of places. By the way, would you happen to have the names of the other tracks on this EP? I’m searching for a tracklist for this record but so far I haven’t been successful.

3 Polysemy November 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Also, are you sure it came out in ’97? Elsewhere I’ve seen it listed as a ’98 release. The track title has been posted as “Drastic Measures (Microphone Autopsy)” on a number of other sites. But they may be incorrect as well. Just wondering what if any details you can recall about the record.

Anyhow I’ve listened to it 3-4 times now, it’s surprisingly good. Indigenous Tribe showed a lot of ability and promise on this record, and I dig that raw unmastered sound.

4 Jack Grey May 1, 2011 at 7:45 am

Microphone Autopsy was the original title of the song. That is my crew that I grew up with. One of the funniest misconception that I ever heard relating to that album was that Eminem did ALL of the voices. LMAO – I actually had some asshole on a website try to argue with me about it. I think he was 17 and from another country…I am not sure what point of reference he used…but I can surely identify each artist.

Thanks for sharing and getting this out there for people to hear – it really is a gem of an underground album.

5 fidel aka dr.lohu(indigenous tribe) June 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

yo this fidel it’s cool to hear everbody speak on the subject but i was there an produced all the albums plus apeared on them back then i went by greed on the ‘as of light in darkness’ i put the group together in about 93′ me ,dj rec, eminem,proof all those guy we were all friends an worked on shit’ an that day we were recording the ep an eminem just stoped by the studio to hang. the project an all others really only released overseas an we just pushed cds local. we still working on new stuff”2011” an i got some solo stuff comin! we just stepped in the background but we have’nt whent anywere. i would be happy to answer any ??? peace ‘fidel starks’

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