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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Basement Records
  • ASIN: B0002ELWMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. intro
2. another day
3. balance (feat. Scarub)
4. Sidestep (feat Destani Wolf)
5. B-Boy Interlude
6. B-Boy
7. Fortitude (feat Gift of Gab)
8. Maxlude 1
9. Fate
10. Culture
11. D minor nine
12. Simple
13. Heat
14. Earthtones
15. Without Love (feat Zion)
16. Something pt. 3
17. 10.53
18. No Sense
19. Proteus (bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

2004 album from Bay Area hip hop collective formerly known as Mission. 19 tracks including "Proteus" added as a bonus.

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Mission

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Real hip hop music!
matt burkle
The feel of the album is impeccably jazzy and smooth, which follows the concept of "Earthtones" being a very natural, and organic sound.
Alan Pounds
The MCs flow perfectly with the music.
Berna Sokolowski Jr.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DukeOfEarl on December 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unlike what the last reviewer says, you do not need a bong full of weed to enjoy this music. In fact, I don't recommend ever needing to smoke it in the first place, and I don't think Rashaan Ahmad would approve of it either. This album is very, very nice and TRULY a breath of fresh ass air. This is not just a Hiphop group, this is a band. These members are not even of the same race and gender. Interesting...this albums displays how Hiphop has diversified and is still growing stronger.

The CCR's are comprised of lead MC Rashaan Ahmad(who is African-American in case you cared), an Asian female on the keys, and three white guys on their respective instruments. Intriguing indeed! I just figured out that this is their second album, the first was released under the name "Mission." I say that this is the most positive album of the year because it's all about enjoying yourself, enjoying life, and finding yourself. Even the two battle-rap songs("Simple" and "No Sense") come off as positive and done with good intentions. Rashaan Ahmad may not have the most captivating flow and voice in the industry, but his lyrics are good-natured and he basically never cusses. This dude sure displays much talent throughout the album.

The separate collaborations with two of the top MC's from California, Gift of Gab and Zion, on the tracks "Fortitude" and "Without Love," respectively, are shining moments on the album. Rashaan does a commendable job keeping up with the untouchable Gift of Gab, but his track with Zion(from Zion I) comes out to be the real classic. "Without Love" is socially conscious and very soulful, truly memorable. "Sidestep" might be Rashaan's best track here by himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cleveland on October 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I heard this cd by accident at a local record store in Rockville, MD and I simply flipped out off of the musical arrangment and lyrical dexterity that the Crown City Rockers exude. Why does good music never get the exposure it so deserves on FM Radio? I probably would have never witnessed these guys if I did not stumble upon them by mistake. If you like groups such as Crown City Rockers, Greyboy, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Goapele and so forth then check out the Ultimate Radio Station [...] "iNfinite gRoove" with DJ Cleveland 2-4pm (est) M-F. It's Free! Enjoy Yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By matt burkle on October 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Real hip hop music! these 5 musicians are so dedicated to what they do. emcee Raashan Ahmad flows smoothly over crisp beats and instramentals. it doesnt get any better than this...positive, uplifting hip hop music

....IT's LOVE....

Thank you KAt,Raashan,Headnodic,Woodstock,Max
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Heck on October 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
excellent music. crown city brings smooth style to the game. every song is a hit. i bought this cd 3 weeks ago and have been listening to it ever since. i have been into crown city since they were mission, and have never been let down by their music. if you want smooth, good hip hop, this is the cd for you.
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Format: Audio CD
The Crown City Rockers are perhaps one of the finest new school groups making hip-hop today. I first took notice of this group from lead emcee Raashan Ahmad's debut LP "The Push" - one of my favorites from '08. He's got a smooth, alluring flow with excellent cadence. Above all, he excels in the songwriting department, and brings plenty of freshness to the table that's sorely missing today. Even more striking, the sound they create is massive, thanks to the help of a superb live band. The players include Kat Ouano (Keys), Max MacVeety (Drums), Headnodic (Bass/Production), & Woodstock (MPC/Production) - among other studio musicians, vocalists, and engineers.

The feel of the album is impeccably jazzy and smooth, which follows the concept of "Earthtones" being a very natural, and organic sound. If you are a fan of jazz and/or jazz flavored hip-hop, this is a must buy. Also, it should be noted that the guest spots here capture the artists at their finest. Scarub fluidly spits his bars on "Balance" with sheer speed. Speaking of speed, Gift Of Gab completely murders his spot on "Fortitude". Zion brings the heat on "Without Love" as well. The real star on the mic is Raashan, as he is never outshined on the whole. My favorite cut here is the gorgeous "Sidestep" featuring Destani Wolf - who classes this track up to the max. My second favorite would have to be "B-Boy" - a complete banger with a superb chanted chorus. Other favorites would be "Culture" featuring Luq, and the charming "Simple". Though nearly the entire album is hip-hop based, "D Minor Nine" featuring the extraordinary David Boyce on saxophone is simply a breathtaking instrumental, and definitely one of my favorite cuts on the album. All in all, not a single skip track has revealed itself to me after several, several listens.
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