Exalted being the third collaborative mixtape from Nacho Picasso and Blue Sky Black Death released in a few months, it was somehow expected that, at that stage, the Seattle rapper and the two producers would get a bit less relevant. But actually, it didn't happen that way. Released not long after Lord of the Fly, this project was, in reality, the best of the trilogy. It was also the first they didn't release for free. They might have assumed that, by then, their fans and listeners had become so addicted to their music, that they would be willing to pay for more.
On "Julia Set", a track on Quicksand (2002), Noah23 had promised that his next album would come with a complimentary dictionary. It could have been a good idea. The characteristic of the rapper from Gelph, indeed, is to build his raps with plenty of unusual and weird words, coming from the worlds of technology, medicine, or science-fiction. In addition to this, he delivers them at full speed, mixing them with incongruous beats coming from folk music, or drum'n'bass, or whatever else he has in mind. Needless to say, since his first album, Neophyte Phenotype (2001), many have been quite dubious when listening to his music.
By the early 2000's, nobody cared any longer about drum'n'bass. After a few years, in the previous decade, when this genre - born from the UK rave scene and characterized by frenetic rhythms - was praised as the music of the future, it almost disappeared, leaving the way to its UK garage and dubstep offspring. Strangely enough, by these days, the only people still captivated by this music were indie rappers, like Zion I or, later, The Orphan, Noah23's main beatmaker, who confirmed his passion for 180 bpm music with the album Atoms of Eden.