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  • 6月 17 / 2014
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Rhythm 旋律

Blue Sky Black Death & Hell Razah – Razah’s Ladder Instrumentals 2007

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“Our father Jacob is having a dream,“ Hell Razah recounts at the outset of the excellent Razah’s Ladder. “And in this dream he sees a ladder that’s set up on the earth, and the top of it reaches into the heaven. He say he can hail the angels of Yahweh, ascending and descending on this ladder, and when he look to the top of it, he saw the creator of the universe: Yahweh. He who is, he who was, and he who shall be.”

Over Blue Sky Black Death’s lonely saxophone, the telling of the Old Testament tale is a perfect intro for the brooding Ladder; right away, Razah establishes himself as the wise seer, tugging at his thick beard as he explains the ways of the world, as he bring us up his ladder one rung at a time.

Samples from the poorly aging Tarantino-lite Boondock Saints are awkward but easy to ignore thanks to Razah’s engaging, often cryptic lyrics, especially his oblique Judaism references. Razah, who came up with the Wu-Tang-affiliated Sunz of Man and has run solo since 2001’s When All Hell Breaks Loose, has, as far as I can tell, no explicit association with Judaism. (He says on 2004’s “What Gangstas Do”: “I injure players like Ray Lewis, vests spray through it/ Get mad cash like I’m half Jewish.”) Repeatedly, he draws an association with Jews and Israel: “I was told by wise men that the blacks was Jews/ So that made me strap up with tools”; “This for the kids outside that’s in the military/ No matter black or Israeli, they both want us buried”; “I get chills from the pain every time that I kneel/ Now my head is saying prayer for the rest of Israel”; “I’m about to blow like an ave. in Tel Aviv”; “On Shabbat we give the Most High props through hip-hop.”

That’s one of the intriguing things about hip-hop; it’s a conducive medium for a vocalist to craft a persona. Razah’s enigmatic lyrics hint at a personally cultivated, oddball belief system, and, like the best material from his former mentors in the Wu-Tang Clan, demand repeat listenings for proper deciphering.

Razah summed up the recording process, a full-album collaborative effort with the relatively new San Francisco production duo Blue Sky Black Death, as “Studio equipment, Hennessy bottles, spiritual books, sour diesel, and a box of Dutches.” Kingston and Young God of Blue Sky Black Death explained further that that they provided Razah with more beats than he could use, allowing him to pick and choose the best fits. And it shows: The production makes Razah’s mid-groove flow seem downright effortless. Razah’s Ladder makes me wonder, once again, why more emcee don’t employ the practice of the full-album collaboration.

On “Audiobigoraphy,” Razah walks us through his sojourning, small-stakes career — through busted record deals, limited-run seven-inches, flopping LPs — as much for his own fleeting posterity as for our sake. At one point he brings up a few perceived creative appropriations from his higher-profile one-time boosters — “Me and 7th did “Livin’ in Hell”/ Pressed up it independent, not knowin’ if a record would sell/ Rae and Ghost made “Heaven & Hell” while we was hearin’ it/ Meanwhile we thinkin’ it was all coincidence.” He’s not bitter — more confused, shruggingly pensive about what might have been.

Of course, the burn of watching dudes he came up with grace magazine covers and cash royalty checks that as far as Razah is concerned might well have been his will never completely fade. But the emcee has seemingly accepted his fate as a foot soldier in the campaign for quality hip-hop, independent or otherwise. This late-career period finds Razah at ease — confident, reflective, singularly focused on his music, free of resentment. As Razah’s Ladder attests, it should be a fertile one.

Tracklist:
01. Elevation
02. Razah’s Ladder
03. The Cube
04. Halos
05. Most Merciful
06. Audiobiography
07. Pray Together
08. Poor Righteous Dreams
09. Better Than Jewelry
10. Project Prophecy
11. Painted Jezebels
12. Written In Blood
13. Stairway To Heaven
14. Sun Of Man
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  • 5月 22 / 2014
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Beatzone 推荐

Afu-Ra Instrumentals collection by Beatzone

Afu-ra是一名East Coast的硬核饶舌歌手,在得到了说唱狠角Jeru The Damaja提拔之后开始饶舌。在此之前他一直是唱着别人的歌,而Jeru The Damaja告诉他应该写一些自己的东西。他在Jeru的第一张专辑《The Sun Rises In The East》里面与Jeru合作了一首歌,从此踏上了饶舌路。此后他一直与Jeru在欧洲巡演。1997年他在D&D Studio录制了他的第一首单曲《Whirlwind Thru Cities》,这首由DJ Premier操刀制作的单曲在当时非常火热并且在地下圈里面被广泛播放。
Afu-ra的意思是“Body of the life force(灵力之形)”,他说他生活中的一切受亚洲文化很深。他是太极拳的黑带并且他也在钻研道教与佛教。
Afu-ra的第一张专辑《Body of the life force》在2000年被发行,广受好评。他的词汇机智、敏感,饶舌功力也是相当不凡,这张专辑邀请到了M.O.P以及一票地下说唱高手客串,仍然由DJ Premier制作。两年之后,他的第二张专辑《Life Force Radio》登台亮相。这一次的客串阵容更加强大,包括RZA(武当帮Wu-Tang Clan掌门MC)、Big Daddy Kane、Guru等人,Afu-Ra言之有物的语意也更上一层楼。专辑一开场就是优雅古筝和悠悠笛声,紧接着慵懒爵士风的Scat Man,显见扩张音乐版图的野心,就像广播电台一样放送五花八门的曲风。Hip Hop注定成为舞池的必备国歌;火辣与性感的女声,让情歌Open、Miss You煽情难档:R&B男声Readjustment定让你一听上瘾;帮派饶舌Stick Up,因Afu-Ra流动多样的声音表情而丰富起来;RZA在勇猛快步调的Dangerous Language表现更令人大呼过瘾。超强劲的节奏独树一格,乐风轻松游走而没有界限,随着客串者不同,每首歌都有自己的个性,如DJ Premier巧妙穿插的音效,让Mic Stance混得极丰富,而Caliente美丽的吉他拨弦及异国女声,营造出专辑中最令人惊喜的轻松情调。当「观世音菩萨」的念经生前奏想起,Mortal Kombat将让你知道Afu-Ra有多爱亚洲!在阵阵琵琶轮拨中,一场融合道家智能的武斗展开了,Wu-Tang Clan(武当家)的Masta Killa也置身其中,提醒你,这仍然是美国东岸逞凶斗狠的残酷世界,而机枪扫射的声音,果然就在下一首响起了。再接再厉,2005年他又推出了最新专辑《State Of The Arts》,依旧好评不断。Afu-Ra给东岸说唱带来了一股新风,不可小视。

01 Afu-Ra – Whirlwind Thru Cities (Instrumental)
02 Afu-Ra – Mortal Kombat (Instrumental)
03 Afu-Ra – Lyrical Monster (Instrumental)
04 Afu-Ra – I Love My Hip Hop (Instrumental)
05 Afu-Ra – Equality (Instrumental)
06 Afu-Ra(Ft.Guru & Hannibal Stax) – Trilogy Of Terror (Instrumental)
07 Afu-Ra – Sucka Free (Instrumental)
08 Afu-Ra – Open (Instrumental)
09 Afu-Ra(Ft.Funky Fresh Few) – Through These Veins (Instrumental)
10 Afu-Ra – Mic Stance (Instrumental)
11 Afu-Ra – Whirlwind 2 (Instrumental)
12 Afu-Ra – BigActs LittleActs (Instrumental)
13 Afu-Ra – Defeat (Instrumental)
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  • 4月 19 / 2014
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Mixtape 分享

Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva N A Day (Instrumentals)回馈粉丝的一张instrumentals


01 Big K.R.I.T. – Wake Up (Instrumental)
02 Big K.R.I.T. – Yesterday (Instrumental)
03 Big K.R.I.T. – Boobie Miles (Instrumental)
04 Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva Na Day (Theme) (Instrumental)
05 Big K.R.I.T. – Me And My Old School (Instrumental)
06 Big K.R.I.T. – 1986 (Instrumental)
07 Big K.R.I.T. – Country Rap Tunes (Instrumental)
08 Big K.R.I.T. – Sky Club (Instrumental)
09 Big K.R.I.T. – Red Eye (Instrumental)
10 Big K.R.I.T. – Down & Out (Instrumental)
11 Big K.R.I.T. – Package Store (Instrumental)
12 Big K.R.I.T. – Temptation (Instrumental)
13 Big K.R.I.T. – Handwriting (Instrumental)
14 Big K.R.I.T. – Insomnia (Instrumental)
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