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Music, Magic, Myth

Last Emperor Vinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl (November 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raptivism
  • ASIN: B0000AZKNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail September 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album deserves to get far better than some mixed reviews and a recognition for future potential. For those who have never heard Last Emp before, now's the best time. He uses fantastically vivid and tightly woven lyrical skill along with strong intellectual content to produce what I see as some of the best hip-hop ever to vibrate its way out of a speaker.

The album starts out setting a plot with a skit. An evil army of whack emcees has risen in the eastern provinces, and they now threaten the capital; the time for battle is at hand. Hence forth a hero arises from the "people's republic of west philly" trained in the dark arts of hip-hop. Of course, our hero is Last emp himself.

The entertaining intro sets the scene for Last Emp to come correct on the mic for track after track of pure hip-hop goodness. There are so many tracks on this album that go beyond what the mainstream masses would have ever dreamed or thought hip-hop could be. On "Tiger Trail" emp shows you his talent for raw lyrics over a hot eastern influenced beat with a hard hitting hypnotic bass line. The delivery here is right on the mark too, it's just one of those tracks you can't help but rap along to. On "Prisoner" Emp shows his story telling abilities, and it truly demonstrates his artistic talents. Compare this to anything else out there and it blows it out of the water. Perhaps the hottest all around track is "Karma". Here Emp delivers 3 separate brilliantly expressed stories of heartfelt emotional empathy over a thought-provoking beat. The words here are inspiring and uplifting, and show a much more positive side of hip-hop. Emp gets downright philosophical on "One Life", on a track that is both heart-wrenching and mind blowing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the Emperor Debuts! September 12, 2003
By Louie G
Format:Audio CD
I am sooo glad he was finally able to deal with all the problems he had with his distribution and all that and sign with raptivism. Ive been a fan of The Last Emperor since 99 when I first heard secret wars part 1 and was blown away by how he was able do deliver something inovative and new and not rhyming about "bling bling" and all that junk that now runs rampant throughout hip-hip.If you are a true hip-hop head and still hold the art of real lyricism close to you I highly recommend this album from the first track to the last the emp paints vivid images in each of his songs and deliver's a great album BUY THIS ALBUM!!!! and also download his vast collection of songs on the internet I promise you won't be dissappointed. Visit his website [...]
My favorite tracks Who's That, Some Love Some Hate, Tiger Trail, Karma, One Life, The Incredible Man, and Finally my absolute favorite Single Mother ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album no one knows about? Probably. October 19, 2006
By Pablo
Format:Audio CD
The Last Emperor made his name on the Lyricists Lounge albums, an series of albums dedicated to hip-hop heads connected with the underground. He wasn't a prominent feature on these albums, hence there wasn't a whole lot of hype for his debut album. Working against Last Emp even more, he couldn't even get it out on Rawkus, where it'd have moved more units; he had to go with a very cheap label to publish and distribute his music for him. By the time Music, Magic, Myth was released, not only was it scarce in any store, but even some of the most dedicated hip-hop heads had no idea who this cat was.

Last Emp showed his brilliance on the Secret Wars saga, which can be found on the bonus disc of this album. The chosen few who did know this cat's skills were anxious to hear how well he'd do on a solo album; and thus, this masterpiece was given to us. But are there even more than a thousand people out there who've heard this album? It'd shock me. I'm shocked to see this album has the sixteen reviews it does on it, and also very pleased that this album, at the very least, reached some heads; because anyone who is a fan of hip-hop deserves to own this album.

It's musical perfection; from start to finish, nearly cracking in at an hour long, Last Emp doesn't let up. He is the most passionate emcee I've ever heard on the mic; if you thought Shakur's delivery was powerful, you haven't heard anything yet. His lyrics are leagues above most cats in the game, including some of the most revered lyricists; on a straight-up lyrics tip, I'd only put him behind Immortal Technique and the GZA. The thing is, unlike the aforementioned CD, who are politically charged(Tech), or throwing poisonous darts(GZA), Last Emp is the soft-spoken poet who spills his heart out onto his music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC, MAGIC, MYTH, IS NO MYTH OF MAGICAL MUSIC January 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
THIS ALBUM IS COMPLETELY THOUGHT PROVOKING, FIRST RATE MUSIC AT IT'S FINEST, AND THE LEGEND HIMSELF IS BACK TO WHIP THE RAP SCENE BACK INTO THE SHAPE IT BELONGS IN. LAST EMPEROR GIVES PAUSE FOR THOUGHT WITHOUT THE TAUDY BRAINLESS DRIVLE LIKE TODAY'S CLONE RAPPERS, WHO APPARENTLY HAVE LESS ENTERTAINMENT VALUE THAN THE HALF HOUR OF INFOMERCIALS FROM THE "TIME LIFE- BEST OF THE 70'S COLLECTION" HAVE TO OFFER.

BUT, EMP KNOWS THAT. THAT IS WHY HE MADE AN ALBUM SO GOOD THAT PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO PAY OVER $30.00 TO GET IT. WOULD YOU PAY THAT MUCH FOR A 50 CENT ALBUM? NO, I DON'T THINK YOU WOULD. YOU WOULD NEED SIXTY 50 CENT'S TO PAY FOR ONLY ONE EMP. AND RIGHTFULLY SO. LET'S VIEW LAST EMP'S ALBUM SHALL WE.

Disc: 1

1. Intro 10/10

2. Who's That 9/10

3. Some Love, Some Hate 8/10

4. Tiger Trail 10/10

5. Prisoner 8.5/10

6. Karma 8.5/10

7. One Life 11/10 (R.I.P.) POETIC

8. Meditation 8/10

9. Animalistics 8.5/10

10. Underground 8/10

11. Block Party 9/10

12. Do You Care? 8/10

13. Shine 8/10

14. Incredible Man 8.5/10

15. Let's Ride 8/10

16. Hold On 9/10

17. Single Mother 10/10

18. Great Pretender/Outro 10/10

SO IT IS AROUND 160/180= 16/18= 8/9= 89%

Bonus Disc

1. Secret Wars, Pt. 1

2. Secret Wars, Pt. 2

3. Here We Are

ANYWAY, FIND THIS ALBUM. REALIZE THE TRUTH ABOUT REAL RAP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LEGEND
THE LAST EMP IS THE GREATEST STORYTELLER WITH ILLEST RHYMES AND REFERENCES THAT ARE UNHEARD OF IN TODAYS IN HIP HOP. ALL HAIL THE LAST EMP!
Published 8 months ago by Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars Now that's talent
The Last EMP is one of the most talented emcees of this time. Deep with concepts, ability and versatility. This offering from him captures a large part of his potential. Read more
Published on March 30, 2007 by Red Planet Science Officer
5.0 out of 5 stars One verse says it all
This album is absolutely amazing but the third verse on the track "Karma" blew me away the first time I heard and still blows me away each time I hear it. Read more
Published on September 27, 2006 by Honky Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars True Art
The Last Emp; superurb music. Lyrics with true substance, Hypnotic beats. Truely Art that will last the ages.
Published on November 16, 2005 by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shade Away From Greatness...
The Last Emperor is a difficult MC to define. His rhyming and wordplay are second-to-none, rivaling many of the more popular rappers out there like Ludacris (who, love him or hate... Read more
Published on December 27, 2004 by M. Broo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anticipation of a Last Emperor debut
Lyrics: This is The Last Emperor's greatest aspect. His lyrics are generally clever, and often have profound meaning. Read more
Published on November 14, 2004 by Sundiata Piankhi
5.0 out of 5 stars tight.
you will not regret buying this album. the emp's lyrics are consistantly tight - well thought-out, intelligent, and mystical. Read more
Published on October 7, 2004 by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars plain ol dope
dope dope dope. straight up and down. cop this!!!! secret wars part 2 is just as ill as part 1. meditation is bugged
Published on July 8, 2004 by flexxxor
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Brown
"Charlie,is the life of the party, made the girls get up move their bodies, this is my review so im sorry" The Last Emperor, one of the unknown great mcee's, I agree with... Read more
Published on December 24, 2003 by CHARLIE
4.0 out of 5 stars The long awaited debut has it's flaws, but it's solid.....
nonetheless. The Last Emperor is a true emcee in the real sense of the word. Taking his vibes and lyrical ability from the golden era of hip hop when you sold records and were... Read more
Published on November 6, 2003 by Eddie Montgomery
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