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Beware

Panjabi MCAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sequence
  • ASIN: B00009ZYBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beware (Jay-Z remix)
2. Mirza (Part 2)
3. Jogi
4. Sweeter
5. Soundz of the Des
6. Jatt Ho Giya Sharabee
7. Ghalia Gurian
8. Jindi Mahi
9. Challa
10. Yaaran Kollon Sikh Kuriye
11. True MC's
12. Jugni
13. Buzzin'
14. Beware of the Boys (Mundian to Bach Ke)

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Review

If you’ve been within shouting distance of any self-respecting "urban" radio station this past summer, you doubtlessly heard Jay-Z’s monster remix of Panjabi MC’s "Beware" countless times. That inimitable Indian sitar melody over a thick, syrupy beat while Panjabi and Jay just go buck wild on the mics. It was definitely among the hip-hop anthems of the summer, one of those beats like Nas’ "Made You Look" and N.O.R.E.’s "Nothin’" that will always get heads open at the party. But are you ready for the straight dope, without the NYC mixer? You should be, as Beware is a seriously hype journey into a sexy new world. Right from the second track, the brooding love song "Mirza Part 2," it’s on (at least if the wailing, exotically melodic male vocals are any indication it’s a love long. I can’t understand the language, but only a woman can cause that kind of plaintive emotion). "Jogi" brings back the fun with an up-tempo and a high-pitched female voice that’s coolly cartoonish. From the dramatic "Jatt Ho Giya Sharabee" to the slowed-down house sway of "Jindi Mahi," this album rocks. Hard.

Permanent Ink -- From URB Magazine

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious, catchy and fresh December 6, 2003
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
I originally heard Pan'Jabi MC a few months ago by chance after a random click on launch.yahoo.com. I was quite taken by the lead song, Jobi. Just recently I found there CD and on a whim, bought it. I'm by taste, a fan of most forms of rap and hip hop (minus dirty south) and up for listening to most anything hip hop.
Pan'Jabi is fresh, using traditional Indian instruments and lyrics over modern hip hop break beats and bass lines. There's some fun reworking of TV show themes as "Beware" uses a clever interpretation of the Knight Rider theme song and Magnum PI can be found in Jatt Ho Giya Sharabee. The knight rider bit has been done before by various beat smiths for a few major rap artists, but not quite like this. Add an on point, Jay-Z (as much as I love him, he can be a bit sloppy) and you've got one sick track.
The only gripes I have with this CD is the few English tracks, minus the Jay-Z one, aren't quite as stimulating as the rest of the CD. True MC's is your atypical underground anti-commercial bite on main stream rap but without some of the lyrical dexterity of more recent artists like Louis Logic's Street Smarts. Sounds of the Dres doesn't fair much better; run of the mill smoked out rhymes lack the energy and flair found on the rest of the CD.
Still, the whole CD is quite listenable. All it takes is an open mind, an ear for new and different sounds and at least a little love for hip hop and you'll be blessed with one hell of a CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to indian music for numb american ears April 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I started out on the other side of indian music- the classical, heavily instrumental sound often composed of just a sitar. The genre is amazing, calming, genius, and a nice break from the 4/4 mediocrity that so much American music has become.
This album is a nice blend of vocal samples, bhangra beats, and some hip hop thrown in. To coin a comparison, Panjabi MC is the Moby of bhangra.
I am a big fan of his popular tunes, but the track that gets me is Ghalla Gurian, with an absolutely intoxicating female voice starting out the track.
Jugni has some of the finest drum beats I've heard.
The album is a work of art as a whole, and will see much more popularity shortly as it gets more recognition.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seemingless blend of two cultures meshed into one sound September 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am not really that into music from India except for Talvin Singh with his blend of traditional Indian music and modern drum & bass...and now Panjabi MC. I came across "Beware" today in the used cd bins. I bought it because I really wanted to check out what people are raving about when it came to Panjabi MC. I have heard nothing but good things about him. My first exposure to Panjabi MC's music just happened to be recently on the fourth volume of the Buddha Bar series. The song was "Mundian To Bach Ke" (otherwise known as "Beware"). The song piqued my curiousity. I was intrigued by the fusion of traditional Indian melodies and modern hip hop beats courtesy of Panjabi MC himself. As I am listening to "Beware", find myself completely astounded how much I am enjoying this cd. I find "Beware" completely refreshing in today's modern music scene. I am not a hip hop fan by all means by I did actually enjoy the Jay-Z remix of the title track. I swear on track 6 "Jatt Ho Giya Sharabee", Panjabi samples the theme song from the '80s cheeseball fest "Magnum P.I". I am pretty sure he did and if so, I thought Panjabi did an excellent job at handling the sample. There wasn't one song on the album that I did not like. After listening to "Beware", I definitely could see myself exploring music from India. I certainly have to rank "Beware" as one of the best cds to come out this year.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking on the World! November 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Its kind of amazing to see how music can break all ethnic, religious and cultural boundaries. I am about to write a review for an artist from India, in an American website, and I live in Brazil! Its awesome! Anyway, I was listening to the radio the other day and suddently this song came up...nice beats, some dude singing in arabic or something, but somehow I really enjoyed. Then I was in a club and the same song came about and you should've been there to see the crowds reaction....it was like everyone was waiting for it...the floor just exploded! Well, to make a long story short, I found out that Panjabe MC does not sing in arabic (obviously!) and that "Beware" kicks butt!! I really dont have a clue what he says, but I guess in this case his music is very intuitive for me..I like it even though I dont understand the words. Anyway, just wanted to drop by my 2 cents and give thumbs up for Panjabi
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and we don't stop! January 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ever since David Byrne's label introduced Vijaya Anand's Bollywood movie soundtracks to us, with their mix of Indian classical and pop music with western, middle-eastern, and even South American rhythms and instruments, I have been waiting for hip-hop to make the discovery and run with it.
This album is great. It is dynamic without ever sagging, beautiful, fun, and sexy. It combines soaringly beautiful melodies sung in Indian style with relentless house beat and rap. Scores big. Check it out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish we had a 6th star!! This album rocks! October 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like the Hip Hop sound and are tired of the Gangsta Rap, this might be the perfect alternative. It is a great blend of the Indie Pop sound and Hip Hop. Panjabi MC is kickin' it hard in these tracks. Rarely do you find an album that you love so many tracks on the first listen. Also, every song has a distinct sound that is different from the last - Panjabi is the master. Don't wait to buy this one! IT IS THE BEST ALBUM THAT I HAVE PURCHASED IN 3 YEARS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fusion
Love reviewing East Asian literature notes with this album blasting in the background, Maya Angelou is right,we are more alike than unalike:-)
Published 20 months ago by Gie
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the hook
If you have a love for the Bollywood vibe and are ready to do some serious dancing, this music is for you. I stumbled across this CD and am now completely addicted to it. Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by JB Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, enjoy every track.
I bought this for my girlfriend who wanted the Jay-Z song. After adding this to my play list, I found all the songs to be enjoyable and actually listen to the entire CD. Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by J. Ludwig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
It's a fun album with a strong beat and you just can't help but be pulled into the music. Great accompanyment to a hot curry (I prefer a chicken masala). Read more
Published on April 17, 2010 by Jacob Shaffer
1.0 out of 5 stars Hindu Hip Hop
Enticed by "Chaiyya Chaiyya" on the "Inside Man" soundtrack, it's just not my cup of tea. I like the idea of Indian music and Hip Hop and global hybrids generally, but this one... Read more
Published on August 18, 2008 by J. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Realistic
After hearing a few of his songs, i realize his tune may be nice to hear. But still first of all this is nothing like indian music, except for the instruments and language. Read more
Published on April 22, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Punjabi MC amazing CD!!!!!
I first heard the track Beware (mudian tu bach ke) and thought great track and pmc was just a one hit wonder anyway i gave the album a try! Read more
Published on December 3, 2005 by G. Clare
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Eastern music
I have loved watching movies like Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. I fell in love with the music from those movies and came across this CD. Read more
Published on September 13, 2005 by Gypsysoul88
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy beats for those hooked on all things Indian
I've purchased soundtracks to 'Monsoon Wedding,' 'Bend It Like Beckham,' and 'Balle Balle Amritsar to LA,' plus have 'Bhangra Fever' lodged on my wish list. Read more
Published on February 26, 2005 by Andy Orrock
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a listen
the song "Ghalia Gurian" is worth the price of purchase alone - A great down tempo song with tablas, flute, guitar and i think accordian? Read more
Published on February 23, 2005 by dolby taylor
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