Okay Peoples…..I know this will be about the third post out of the last five dealing with new music…no need to worry, things will be back to normal tomorrow continuing with “Select Records Selections Pt.II”. It’s just that there have been some recent “underground” releases (I’m talkin’ underground) that have really made me feel good about our music once again. I just feel that there isn’t a whole lot of Hip Hop today that really moves me and when in a case such as the Blue Scholars new LP “Bayani”, I’m sure as hell gonna’ give credit where credit is due! I can’t tell you too much about Blue Scholars other than the fact that they released a self titled debut and the duo hails from Seatle, WA. You can click HERE to check out Blue Scholars a little more in depth than what I’m offering. I will say this though, this album is EXTREMELY refreshing and most definitely original and very honest. I’ll say it one more time, first and foremost I’m all about the BEATS and producer Sabzi (who also handles Common Market’s production duties, which I also recommend you check out) does a helluva’ job backing Geologic, who is very impressive in his own right as the MC.
This album surprised the hell out of me!! After hearing the “Intro” (which is on some crazy crooning sh*t..I can’t even describe it you’ll have to hear it for yourself) I was prepared to just listen to the first minute or so of each track all the while hoping to find a cut that would be worthy enough to listen to in full length (that’s a bad habit I have from my DJ days…call it “DJ’s Ear”), but as soon as the intro ceased and blended right into “Second Chapter” I literally stopped what I was doing (running) and made a “funk face” that even Craig Mack would envy. Straight talk, there are about five SERIOUS cuts on “Bayani” that I would immediately declare some of the best I’ve heard this year to date. The aforementioned “Second Chapter”, “Opening Salvo”, the title cut “Bayani” (which seriously knocks in the trunk), “Fire For The People” and what is the absolute standout “Loyalty” (see my most played for the week) are all incredible tracks. You can literally hear Geologic’s passion comin’ thru your headphones and Sabzi’s beats???? Dayuuuum!!!…I’m mean it’s just so refreshing to find such a dope album, group, MC, DJ when you least expect to find it. Congratulations to The Blue Scholars…you’ve made one dope ass album!!!! If you love Hip Hop and are sick of the same ol’ rigmarole you’ll dig this this. Oh, and it’s also being dropped by Rawkus Records (damn, Kidz In The Hall, Marco Polo and now this!! Good to see Rawkus back on the map). Drop me a line and let me know if my judgement is on point! Check it out HERE…and again, big ups to HHB!!….-Eric