If you like hip-hop and are tired of the talentless crap that MTV and the music industry are rotating, then this might be your ticket. From the reawakened hip-hop scene in Seattle, Blue Scholars bring us a well-thought out and intelligent record, 'Bayani', their second full-length release.
The thing that hits me first about this record is that it sounds nothing like anything else on the scene, yet something about it is pleasantly familiar. Sabzi (beats and production) has a talent for keeping things bumping without getting too simplistic or too complex. He's found the perfect balance of downbeat and jazzy without getting monotoneous or boring. His style definitely has a retro element to it, but his modern studio wizardry keeps things current sounding. Geologic's vocals compliment the great production with his smooth delivery, clever and intelligent lyrics, and a profound sense of purpose.
I expect this record to grow on me even more as a listen to it, but make no mistake that it is instantly likeable. And if you're from Seattle or know the area, then you'll no doubt recognize some of the nods to the local scene. With Geologic's easy-to-listen-to cadence and Sabzi's expertly crafted mix, this album is the perfect soundtrack to doing almost anything.
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