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Raw Material

August 28, 2001

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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
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:11:09
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  • ASIN: B000TEVJPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,809 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is hip hop for the true heads out there, you know who you are!
Tarik O Robinson
I just happened to pick this album up at random and little did i know how good it would be.
Eric Thomas
Nevertheless, this album is one of the tightest I've heard in a LOOOOOOOOONG time.
Scott Hay

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By slangles on 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 By Cam on September 10, 2001
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
Lingo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Diaz on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "trailblaza" on September 10, 2001
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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 By Eric Thomas on April 15, 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Grant on December 27, 2001
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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. This Gangstarr-like duo, DJ Dust and soulheir, create a unmistakeable underground style with dope breaks and intelligent lyrics. They touch all topics from Christ to life and bring every song raw to the core.
This CD is not for those looking for a cute lyrics and beats that you can do the Harlem shake to. But this is for people who respect the art of true hip-hop and love Jesus at the same time. Get it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Kepler on July 26, 2005
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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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