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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Tres Records/Wax Orchard
  • ASIN: B000A0LBYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rap Attack
2. One Time
3. With It
4. Super Fly
5. Just Cause
6. Diggin In The Tapes
7. 90's
8. Sho' Improve
9. Chops
10. Grand Prix
11. Always Dope
12. 3rd Party
13. Racist
14. T.K.O.
15. Strings
16. Classic Rock

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Tres Records presents the debut album from Giant Panda, “Fly School Reunion”. Giant Panda is a group composed of the ethnically diverse Chikaramanga, Maanumental, and Newman (with DJ Superbrush 427 and Sir Kado). After the success of GP’s independently released 88 Remix (Ukenjam 12” 2003) and their critically acclaimed Tres debut, With It (Tres 12” 2004), the time has finally come for the crew to show their full colors to the listening public. Though “Fly School Reunion” might be perceived as a throw back to a simpler, and arguably better time in Hip-Hop, it is more than just a practice in old themes and techniques. “Fly School Reunion” is Giant Panda’s celebration of what made those times special and what they feel needs to be reclaimed in order to advance the art form they practice and love. With production by Giant Panda’s Chikaramanga, Newman, and Sir Kado, as well as outside help from the up and coming Milhouse Scoop and the legendary Thes One of People Under the Stairs (who mixed the entire album in his analog studio), “Fly School Reunion” is guaranteed to please the B-Boy preservationist and the forward thinking listener. The Thes One produced lead single, Superfly, exemplifies Giant Panda’s ability to balance the past and the future through music and rhymes. With Diggin in the Tapes, Racist, Classic Rock, and the tribute to GP’s favorite era (and a favorite group), 90’s, GP exhibits the sophistication of diligent students ready to evolve their medium while maintaining a healthy sense of humor Already gaining worldwide recognition from their past releases (XXL-Chairman’s Choice, HHC- Single of the Month, URB-Next 100 2005), the table is set for Giant Panda to serve their full-length platter. A cohesive 16-song journey, “Fly School Reunion” is Hip-Hop the way it is supposed to be done.

About the Artist

To the animal kingdom, a giant panda is the symbol of resilience for species pushed to extinction. To the recently synthesized and comically mundane world of Hip-Hop, Giant Panda is the rare group that symbolizes the power of using traditional methods to stay innovative and funky. Hailing from various spots around the globe, Giant Panda was formed around a childhood friendship, chance meetings, and an inside joke. Los Angeles is where the Pandas call home, but it all started when Maanumental and Newman started building on the teatherball courts of their Seattle elementary school. Newman would end up in So. California for college, where he met Chikaramanga and DJ Superbrush 427 who were roommates through out college. It is in this dorm (which was the center of the local scene) where Giant Panda would begin to take form. However, it would take a few years (and a few groups) before they would move to the heart of L.A. and adopt Sir Kado's (Maanumental's brother) nickname (for Chikara, Maanu, and New) of Giant Panda as the name they should've been all along. It is Giant Panda's dedication to fresh beats, lyrics, flows, and stage shows that gained them the respect of their peers (People Under The Stairs, Cut Chemist, J-Live) and the release of "88 Remix" (12inch UKJ-001 Dec. 2003) that gave them approval of their elders (Marley Marl, Pete Rock, Brother J). Although "88 Remix" was only pressed in limited quantities, it reached the high honor of "Single of the Month" in Hip-Hop Connection magazine. Their next release, "With It" (12inch TR396-002) also recieved a great reception from DJ's and critics alike. Among many reviews, "With It" was reviewed by Chairman Mao in his "Chairman's Choice" column (XXL Jan/Feb 2005). With a feature in URB's Next 100 (April 2005), it seems that the perfect time has arrived for Giant Panda to release their debut album, "Fly School Reuion". The overwhelming amount of support and respect Giant Panda has received confirmed that their desire to stretch out without getting thin and progress without forgetting where their art came from is the right choice. While quality Hip-Hop becomes a rare product to find, Giant Panda stand to be a constant reminder that it will stay in existence

Customer Reviews

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Then this CD is a very safe bet - flows are great, beats are funky, this album moves real nicely.
Very different, and it works fantastically only adding to both Newman's & Maanumental's additional impact.
Once purchased, I listened to the entire album and realized that I really enjoyed every song on it.
T. Burton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ? on July 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
2005 saw many remarkable underground releases ; Oktober - The Art Of Raw, One Be Lo - Sonogram, O.C. - Starchild just to name a few, but it has to be Giant Panda's "Fly School Reunion" that reigns as the most hard-hitting, original & refreshing album to come out at a time when authentic & fun-loving music was missing. Maanumental (Black lead MC), Newman (White MC/Producer) & Chikaramanga (Japanese Producer/MC) are a trio that make up the group Giant Panda. Hailing from 2 different places ; Seattle (Newman, Maanumental) & L.A. (Chikaramanga), Giant Panda offer a very diverse listen on Fly School Reunion, in terms of both the artists' own personalities & indeed the music they make together. The most notable thing about this particular group is that they sound remarkably like their close LA affiliates, People Under The Stairs (Thes One & Double K). This mainly being down to the fact that for some odd reason both Maanumental & Newman are indeed very reminiscent of Thes One, in both delivery & charisma. However saying this, it has to be said that no matter how much of a massive fan I am of the P, both Maanumental & Newman are on a totally different level, lyrically, to both Thes & K, purely for their complex, flavorful & innovative word-play that both successfully demonstrate. Straight B-Boy's.

The production courtesy of Chikaramanga & Newman (the majority) is also very similar to that of PUTS, with the SP sounding funk, snares, hi-hats, pefectly flipped samples, cuts & alla the rest of that good stuff! that has made both Thes & K, two of my favourite producers, period. The production here is AMAZING...with Thes One actually dropping by for the tracks "Super Fly" & "Racist".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Knackwurst on July 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dope stuff right here from the new Giant Panda crew. All the Jurassic 5 and People Under The Stairs fans will appreciate the fun lyricism, neck snappin production and love these cats put into it. The single "Racist" caught some attention and first got me to listen to this, and it does not disappoint for the true school b-boy heads. The flavor is all over with the black/white/japanese trio of emcees. A bit derivatvie some might complain, but these guys really show promise, and Fly School Reunion (can't even front on that name!) is one hell of a debut. Yeah, still some good hip hop happening these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thunk on September 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
About a week after picking up this album I went to see these guys perform out at Slim's in San Francisco with PUTS and Time Machine. GP definitely knows how to rock a set. But that's not really the point is it? Fly School Reunion is one of those albums that I wish I could forget about just so I could discover it all over again. From the intro to the end, this album hits you with lush, varied beats that all manage to sound cohesive enough to fit together on the same album, but nowhere near repetive or boring. The production from Thes One (personally my favorite producer), Newman, and Chikaramanga keeps your foot tapping and head nodding in the nicest way. Plus, all three of these cats can not only rock a mic, but can come together to make a song with meaning and feeling, something that is seriously missing in todays mainstream hiphop scene. West Coast to East, America to Japan, This is quality music.

Favorite Track: "Racist"
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By T. Burton on February 5, 2010
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Originally heard Giant Panda on [...] and bought the album for only two songs; Strings & Classic Rock. Once purchased, I listened to the entire album and realized that I really enjoyed every song on it. Looking into their other albums knowing I'll be satisfied.
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