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Meiso

DJ KrushAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 9, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: April 9, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • ASIN: B000003R67
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only The Strong Survive - DJ Krush With C.L. Smooth
2. Anticipation
3. What's Behind Darkness?
4. Meiso - DJ Krush with Black Thought and Malik B.
5. Bypath 1
6. Blank
7. Ground - DJ Krush with Deflon Sallahr
8. Bypath 2
9. Most Wanted Man - DJ Krush With Guru And Big Shug
10. Bypath 3
11. 3rd Eye
12. Oce 9504
13. Duality
14. Bypath-Would You Take It?

Editorial Reviews

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DJs like Krush don't make it easy for MCs to keep rap music primarily a tapestry for vocalists, as it's often perceived. DJ Krush doesn't write lyrics, he doesn't rap, he doesn't even understand English. But this renowned Japanese turntable maestro creates richly detailed and expansive tracks that, vocal or not, ooze hip-hop.

Perhaps to gel with American notions of what constitutes hip-hop, Meiso, his third album, features guest appearances by well-known rappers like C.L. Smooth, Guru, and the Roots on four of the album's fourteen, otherwise instrumental cuts. Though the MCs perform admirably and provide welcome human contact, the raps seem mostly like an afterthought, even a hindrance to the music's ebb and flow. There's never any doubt the star of Meiso is Krush, who imbues his electronic collages with mystical soul. --Roni Sarig


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album December 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is probably one of the most excellent albums by Krush. Unlike other albums rappers on this one dont spoil the awsome beats. Pretty much all the tracks are good to listen over and over again. This is one of his better albums i believe.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man... December 9, 2004
By M. Hoff
Format:Audio CD
Dont listen to part of the review 2 slots down...

Dj shadow while a great producer doesnt even come close to the pure genious that is Krush.

While many try everything possible to make their music unique, Dj krush makes it all too easy, Meiso is a trip-hop/hip-hop masterpiece.

If you want to own the 10 most essential albums in this style this is one of the 10 to get, Meiso is riddled by beautifull urban vibes. Similar to some music that comes from the oldschool NYC hiphop scene or some of the more headwise London scene.

Make no mistake this album has DJ Krush written on every song, yet the mood is very familiar to everyone who has listened to real hiphop.

Always innovating, yet never making his older albums obsolete, Dj Krush is truly a master...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the atomic bomb August 2, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is truly a great hip-hop album. Krush throws down a style that is undeniably his. The beats ooze rawness. The guest rappers give the album a good deal of variety. However, the best song on the album is "Duality," his collaboration with DJ Shadow.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Krush has the beats. July 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album overflows with rich down-tempo beats that take hip-hop in a new direction. It is a deft album - similar (though inferior) to the structural form of Dj Shadow, who also guests here in the massive Duality. It may not be approachable by non-hip-hop-heads, but to those who have a taste for the dope beats, this is unmissable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for Cave Dwellers February 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is probably in my top 5 downtempo joints of all-time. It's murky, dusty, and mystical grooves set a very distinct introspective groove. Maybe a TAD repetitive, thus i'll give it 4 stars instead of 5, but certainly a must-own for any downtempo/underground hip-hop head. The title track with Black Thought and Malik B is worth the price of admission by itself. Some of the fiercest, dream-tinged lyrics I've heard from the Roots Crew. Cop this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully subtle December 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
DJ Krush is a master of the super downtempo, where all the action takes place in a murky area beneath the beats. The majority of this album is chill beats over quiet instrumental samples. Some of this CD is rap - good bare homegrown-style rap. At first it seems to interrupt the theme, but then you get it and it flows great as an album. You can't listen to half these tracks in the car, because the road will drown out all the good stuff, but that's a small price to pay for great music.

The best tracks to check out are "what's behind darkness?", "most wanted man," "bypath 3" and "duality," which I consider an epic masterpiece. If you like this type of music, also check out DJ Cam's album Mad Blunted Jazz, Coldcut's Back in the Bass, and DJ Vadim's stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "DJ Krush from Japan and no more need to discuss" August 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I went into this cold turkey, only knowing the names Black Thought and DJ Shadow as guests. Some other reviewers say that the rappers only get in the way of the beats, but I think while beats on their own is great, it's also great to give them a face/voice to work symbiotically. This is HIP-HOP, not chill out, techno trance garbage. DJ and MC work together to make art. Overall, brilliant. Beats are always on point, except one track with an odd baby noise that occasionally gets annoying. Black Thought drops some of the best rhymes of his career, and the other MCs do a damn good job themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very deep and powerful.. June 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
..time to put on the he dphones..lots of d ep sounds and amb ence that you only notice on repeat list ns..the beats keep yo r head moving and the melodies are minimal and dr matic..a must list n..a masterpiece th n and now..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars DJ Krush ‎- Meiso
For MEISO, DJ Krush invites some vocalists to augment his trip-hop. A hint of shakuhachi creeps onto "Only the Strong Survive," though C.L. Smooth takes center stage. Read more
Published 18 months ago by scoundrel
2.0 out of 5 stars there's a fine line between subtle and dull
I hate to rain on this parade, because Krush is a talented dude and I was really excited when I got this album. And it does have a few moments. Read more
Published on February 15, 2007 by Joseph Geni
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, but not quite his best.
This CD is a mix between ambient/music-only tracks and rap/hip-hop - and it all sounds good, or is at least interesting. Read more
Published on January 22, 2007 by Kenneth Harden
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark vibes and ill rhymes
This was my introduction to DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Mo Wax, intrumental hip-hop and electronica all wrapped up into one. Read more
Published on June 7, 2006 by D. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like ninja-tune/toy-factory you will love DJ krush.
One of the best example of what happens when hip-hip culture transends it's native U.S home and move overseas to japan.
Published on April 15, 2000 by felix a holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like ninja-tune/toy-factory you will love DJ krush.
One of the best example of what happens when hip-hip culture transends it's native U.S home and move overseas to japan.
Published on April 15, 2000 by felix a holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like ninja-tune/toy-factory you will love DJ krush.
One of the best example of what happens when hip-hip culture transends it's native U.S home and move overseas to japan.
Published on April 15, 2000 by felix a holmes
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