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Blue Scholars / Bayani
Album:Bayani Collection:Hip-hop
Artist:Blue Scholars Added:08/2007
Label:Rawkus Entertainment 

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Add Date:2007-08-26 Pull Date:2007-10-28 Charts:Hip-Hop
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Album Review
Jon Witz
Reviewed 2007-08-21 
Blue Scholars – Bayani

Socially Conscious Jazzy Hip-Hop. Third socially conscious and politically informed release by Seattle duo Geologic (rhymes) and Sabzi (beats). Steady hip hop beats drive the album with the occasional pop-radio track (Track 4). Like two previous albums, sounds like hanging out with friends on a nice day talking about our society and respecting where you’re from—uplifting. Listening to the Blue Scholars is like hanging out in “Hip-Hop Cheers.” All tracks good, gets mellower as the album goes on.

FCC: 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14

1. A minute long Baya’i Healing chant. Good intro directly into track 2.
**2: Steady smooth beat with rolling rhymes. Sounds like hanging out on the corner.
3. FCC: (“fuck” at 0:43)-- Great track, catchy hook and deep lyrics. Medium pace.
***4. The “single” from the album—catchy, up-tempo track with big brass old jazz sound. And no, the CD is not skipping on the chorus, that’s how it is.
**5. More smooth catchy mid-tempo rhymes over jazzy beats. Self-Reflective.
*6. FCC: (mild language, “shit” in hook) “A love song for everybody”—Long, meandering track with Geologic saying what’s on his mind.
**7. Socio-Political track with catchy beat and the usual lyrics (not a bad thing).
8. FCC: (“shit”) Slower jam with soulful overtones.
*9. FCC: (“shit”) Piano and flute hooks with metallic beats and more socio-political rhymes.
10. Contemplative instrumental track leads into next song.
11. Picks up instrumental beat, but not necessary to play both. Contemplative lyrics and beats.
12. FCC: (“shit) Slow beats, soul feel, reflecting on Seattle and society on the whole.
13. Track about the WTO Riots in ’99. Steady and drawn out.
14. FCC: (“fuck” around 3:00) Another smooth reflective track.
15. Final smooth, piano, reflective track. Really sounds like the last track on an album.

Reviewed by: Jon Horowitz (Witz)

Track Listing
1... 8.Loyalty
2.Second Chapter 9.Fire For The People
3.Opening Salvo 10.Xenophobia
4.North By Nothwest 11.The Distance
5.Ordinary Guys 12.Back Home
6.Still Got Love 13.50k Deep
7.Bayani 14.Morning Of America
 15.Joe Metro