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As If We Existed

Solillaquists of SoundAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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At their core, heroes are trailblazers, engulfed by a spirit that is unafraid to break outside the constraints of conformity to innovate and improve the space in which they exist. And their path is a rocky one – some of the greatest minds of our time have been plagued by the pioneer's curse. All too often, the rest of the world greets these ahead-of-their-time individuals with a ... Read more in Amazon's Solillaquists of Sound Store

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B000HDRB48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Farther down the road than the "dirty South" of Atlanta lies Orlando, Florida. It's not a known creative center for beats and rhymes, but don't tell the Solillaquists of Sound. The collective creates a hefty-conscience brand of hip hop that's speaker-rattling rich in the deep lows and features a great combo of fury, and sultry, wavy-voiced melody via MCs Swamburger and Alexandrah. As If We Existed comes with some Coup-reminiscent meditations on racism and capitalism ("blacks were promised 40 acres / but only got 40 ounces / no one should own land"), and moreover, the album comes with a dizzying array of musical textures. Super-fast electronica makes for quick carpeting to rhyme against, while a mournful violin might color a vocal segment from Alexandrah, who sounds like a wayward 1920s-trained jazzer let loose in a distant mad decade. As for Swamburger, he's spitting mad in spots, then bluntly frank. It's no coincidence that the group resembles in some ways the Black-Eyed Peas. They scrapped politically once, too. --Andrew Bartlett

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This is the debut and next link in the chain of cerebral hip-hop by the proteges of politically minded rapper Sage Francis. Beat artist DiViNCi plays his MPC with the passion and intensity of a Hendrix or a Townsend, filling the stage with an astonishing sonic landscape. These athletic beats form the perfect setting for MC Swamburger's flow; a tongue-twisting, machine-gunning cadence whose precision is surgical in both rhythm and message. With tough, spiritual tracks that take aim at specific issues like cultural revolution, ethnic alcoholism, and personal wellness, "As If We Existed" is a public service announcement with spit.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating...truly unique in both lyrics and beats October 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I came across this CD because I am a huge Sage Francis fan and I heard that this CD was the debut of his proteges. Very impressive debut I must say. MC Swamburger can tear it up on the mike and his clear and precise voice combined with the sing-songy rhythm of Alexandrah makes for a head nodding extravaganza. Both artists stay within their respective limits and conform their rhymes seamlessly to dAVINCi's beats. Actually, the most impressive piece of the puzzle may just be dAVINCi who comes up with some of the most unique techno/soul/hiphop beats that I've ever heard. Pick this up if you're trying to hear something you've never heard before...you'll be as happy as you are impressed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars strong effort indeed November 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
These guys performed with Sage and Slug last year in NC. As soon as Swamburger hit the stage I lept into the air. I had randomly picked up his Roots of Kin album out of a used bin the previous year and had been wondering for a while who the hell this unknown, dope, artist was. I recognized his voice emmediately. I don't listen to this album in the same frame of mind that I do when I want to hear Sage, but it's great in its own right/write. His wife does a lot of the vocals and was a wonderful woman when I talked to her after the show. I was glad to see they had a major release because they seem to not only be good artists, but genuine human beings. Pick up this album and be pleased!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important new albums out there January 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
With everything from ill rhymes to poetic female vocals, sweet hip hop and techno beats to symphonic rapture, this album blurs a lot of lines, and is challenging, interesting, beautiful, and important music. I could see ani difranco fans, Blue Scholars fans, and techno fans digging this disc. The range is incredible for being one album, and i think it breaks trail in some interesting new territory for hip hop music. As a lover of vinyl, i also value quality album art, and this disc has one of my favorite covers, period - which helps remind the listener that music truly is art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new leaf April 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is definately a must have for anyone interested in HIPHOP, ground breaking music, or someone who has an interest in learning about the classics of the future. An album to shake your body, mind, and soul to while becoming an active part of a community that will truly bring positive change to the whole world over.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure energy on stage January 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
this cd is a culmination of many other, non-label released cd's best songs. They are all without a doubt, amazing. Alexzandrah, Swamburger, Tanya and DiVinci all come through, as expected with fire-tounged rhymes, futuristic beats, and truly unique content that not only enriches the listener, but enlightens them as well. One song actualy analyzes the relationship between alex and swam in great detail at a fast pace (they're a couple) over top the concept of how personal choices can define or do not define who we are as humans. The range of lyrics is truly depth-defying (new word). The production of DiVinci is complimented well by the deep, layered, ever-changing rythms of on the MPC (he actually plays the MPC, like a keyboard for the beats). But enough of how good this album is. SEE THIS GROUP LIVE! nothing can touch their live shows. period. I've seen the roots, i've seen tribe, i've seen percee p, pharaohe monch, etc. etc. etc. but NOTHING compares to the level of energy, conviction, and true honesty of their live shows. It is something that must be seen to believe. DiVinci alone is worth the price of admission. Please, please, please, if you hear they're coming to your town, GO! i can not stress this enough to you. This group will have you awe-struck. I've seen them 4 times live and each time, i hug each and every one of them after their sets. (they mingle with the crowd after each show) its truly something any hip-hop head needs to see because live hip hop is DYING my friends. it is on its way out, and they're one of the few hopes we have. I hope this has been helpful. please, buy this cd, see them live, and visit the website to buy the un-labeled cd's. they all have solo cd's and they're all amazing. peace.
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