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Raw Material

August 28, 2001

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Mars Ill (Raw Material Album Version)
Sphere Of Hip-Hop (Raw Material Album Version)
We'll Live Underground (Turntable Feast) (Raw Material Album Version)
Black Market (Raw Material Album Version)
Love's Not (Raw Material Album Version)
Monotone (Raw Material Album Version)
Unsound (Raw Material Album Version)
Send A Man (Raw Material Album Version)
Compund Fractures (Raw Material Album Version)
Rap Fans (Raw Material Album Version)
Sounds Of Music (Raw Material Album Version) (Feat. Syntax and Rahlo)
Who Will Answer (Raw Material Album Version)
Indulgent Instrumental #1 (Raw Material Album Version)
Try Again (Raw Material Album Version) (Feat. Flynn Atkins)
Touch And Go (Raw Material Album Version)
Indulgent Instrumental #2 (Raw Material Album Version)
Sphere Of Hip-Hop (Original) (Raw Material Album Version)
Fade To Black (Raw Material Album Version) (Feat. Syntax)
Abolition Of Manchild (Raw Material Album Version)

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 24, 2001
  • Release Date: May 24, 2001
  • Label: Brandon Ebel Company (BEC)
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 UpRok Records
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  • Total Length: 1:11:09
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,937 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freezer Fresh Material September 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If forced hip hop is gettin to ya; if jiggy or gangsta rap is givin you a headache; if corny, predictable beats and rhymes are numbin your thoughts; if all you really want is fresh, I mean chill see-your-breath fresh hip hop, then Mars Ill is the pill to pop to ease that dull throb in your skull.
Soulheir the MANchild flips his rhymes easy, but keeps his cryptic word-play packin' enuff punch to have you reelin'. And he does so over expansive, intellegent, head-noddin' creations by DJ Dust.
Seriously, this album has plenty of bumpin' tracks and runs long: which means that'll only lengthen the eargasm you'll be havin'.
Raw Material keeps your cereal crunchy with ill concepts too. Thru every avenue of rhyme or beat expression the ideas conveyed are extracted to wax facts and style; and the guest's spit the best saliva when its their turn to shine.
Mars Ill's Raw Material is as good as as any Dilated Peoples or Lone Catalysts, and might be better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its in the name...ILL! September 11, 2001
By Cam
Format:Audio CD
Word up...
As far as underground hip hop goes there very rarely is a group that can put all the pieces together. Some have the beats, some have the lyrics, some have the overall sound and production, Mars Ill has it all. This isnt so much an LP as a collection of perfectly crafted words and music, an underground clasic if you must. Mars Ill has the talent to capture a listener with creativity and imagination. With there content based in the roots of their faith in christianity this is one raw album you can drop the windows to, drive a little slower, bump LOUD, and know your dope. Pick it up!
Peace and Godbless
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Ill.. Bringing Hip Hop Back To Its True Elements!! September 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
One word for this album HOT.. Comprised of Man-Child(lyrical genious) and Dj. Dust (skillful turntablist) Mars Ill puts together a sound, which they boast to be "Underground", and yes they most definately do keep it real. On the Tracks "Sphere of Hip Hop" Pt. 1 & 2 Man-Child spits the real, reguarding the hip hop culture (the innovation that has brought it up, but also all the mess that is bringing it down), while taking you on a trip through the world of hip hop that has been evolving since Sugar Hill Gang released "Rappers Delight" A nice bonus on this cd are tracks by DJ Dust.. no lyrics, just the turntablist doing his thing on the wheels of steel, Brother got skillz.
This album is a must to Cop if you crave anointed hip hop. Mars Ill has a style which could very well have made them a big secular act.. but dont mistake it, Christ is truly the CENTER of this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fresh & so clean clean September 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Mars ILL is one of the dopest crews in the hip-hop underground. Soulheir the manCHILD and DJ Dust display a verbal arsenal & scratching skills that are severely lacking in today's industry. This is quality hip-hop for the masses & has everything you'll ever find in a hip-hop album: articulate rhymes, scratching, guest emcees, shout outs & phat beats. This is a must have for every hip-hop fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the real deal June 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
everything that has every come from Mars Ill has been amazing, including this first, nationally distributed album. These guys are true heroes of the underground scene, too, unlike these mega stars who have to have gimmicky stories and actions to build up some false credentials.

I can't say enough about this band and this album, the music speaks for itself. Check it out. My personal favorite on this album is Sphere of Hip Hop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME September 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Best Christian Rap OR Secular Rap CD out in the market....a definite MUST BUY!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good July 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Dust and Man Child tear it up on this album and with the addition of the Deep Space 5 crew how could this be a failure? The beats are tight and the lyrics are unique and plenty of tracks to keep you bumping throughout the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece April 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well what can I say Mars Ill "Raw Material" is one of the best albums i've heard in a long time. It is a well put together piece of underground hiphop that is heads above the so-called hiphop they play on the radio and tv. I just happened to pick this album up at random and little did i know how good it would be. I've been bumping the album everyday since i bought it. I did some research after buying the album and come to find out they're a christian hiphop group and alot of hiphop heads we'll probably be turned off by that but don't be because this is hiphop in its truest form.If great beats and lyrics are what you seek then look no further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very unique classic
I was first introduced to Mars Ill back at Cornerstone, barely weeks after they had created this debut album. Read more
Published on October 11, 2007 by Arthur J. Sluka
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone in christian hip-hop
Manchild and Dust created what is still their greatest album in this highly entertaining debut. With more of a Gangstarr-like sound, Mars ILL really delivered a true banger on this... Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Mr_No_Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to deny . . .
Long before there was an Eminem, or however you spell his name, Mars Ill was droppin the word of God through the vehicle of Holy Hip Hop and helping us to experience the goodness... Read more
Published on February 20, 2006 by A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hip Hop Album EVER!
I first heard Mars Ill on a compilation which featured "The Sphere". I was thrilled that Hip Hop was raw again (no pun intended). When I got the CD, I was blown away!!! Read more
Published on May 20, 2005 by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Hip-Hop
I don't even think there is a word to describe this classic hip-hop CD. This not only should be in the best of all time in Christian music but in hip-hop in general. Read more
Published on December 27, 2001 by Christopher A. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars On a short list
...Mars ILL's "Raw Material" is an album that simply requires acknowledgement as a hip hop classic. SoulHeir the Manchild and his partner DJ Dust combine to form a potent one-two... Read more
Published on November 21, 2001 by Omagus
5.0 out of 5 stars its on top
its underground but its on top .smooth album tight beats and one of the best for this year
Published on November 16, 2001 by lennon baksh
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight stuff
I haven't heard this newly re-released version of Raw Material yet. I bought the original version from Sphere Of Hip-Hop records which didn't include the 3 extra tracks. Read more
Published on September 16, 2001 by Scott Hay
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