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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gnawledge Records
  • ASIN: B0018S4VI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silence of the Now
2. Disappear
3. Handcuffs
4. No Survivors
5. Machine
6. Break
7. Dying Planet
8. Don't Front
9. Hanging By A Thread
10. Your Love Is Fate
11. Life is Priceless

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When Elemental Zazen started working on his sophomore release The Glass Should Be Full, he envisioned the album as a political manifesto for radical social change - revolutionary hip-hop in the tradition of Public Enemy. Over the next two years, a series of tragedies in his personal life interrupted his plans and forced Elemental Zazen to shift his focus to survival.

In 2006, Zazen lost a close family member in a tragic accident, and then lost most of his worldly possessions when his house burned to the ground in a five-alarm fire. The following year, Elemental Zazen (real name Jason Trefts, age 25) was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumor in his occipital lobe, which required immediate brain surgery. His new album narrates the fear, hope and anger of a disillusioned revolutionary struggling against both political injustice and personal tribulations.

Elemental Zazen raps with an aggressive flow, attacking the mic with honest grit and athletic lyricism. With an urgent need to tell his story, Zazen limits his guest appearances to an elite group of veteran and emerging underground hip-hop producers: Kno (Cunninlynguists), Maker (Glue), Joe Beats (Non-Prophets), Gnotes, Scroll, J.Ferra and Confidence.

Musically diverse, the album ranges from riotous fist-pumping anthems ("Handcuffs" and "No Survivors"), to subtle, reflective rhythms layered with lush instrumentation ("Silence of the Now" and "Machine" feature live trumpet, guitar, bass and violin). With intricate rhyme-schemes penned by an angry scholar, The Glass Should Be Full is explosive hip-hop with a revolutionary purpose: "I'm a socialist vocalist focused on roping the hopeless in."


'Fast, furious, raw, and reflective... Verbally nimble and righteously indignant, Zazen rhymes with a purpose' --The Boston Globe

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By N. Proph on February 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to this album by Elemental Zazen (which by the way is quickly one of my favorite rap names: Zazen being a Buddhist meditation, so this guy is really deep and philsophical), I thought this album was released in the early 90s. I was shocked to learn this album was just released in May 2008. It is a purely clear-cut rap album, with excellent production, start to end. I would imagine despite all the misfortune that Elemental Zazen has experienced over the past couple years of his life (tragic accident, the fire and his brain product description for more info), that his music would be just bitter and angry. But, it is NOT at all. He raps with a lot of fire, vigor, assertiveness, and most importantly, honesty. His music is very conscious of the social and cultural horizons that we all succomb to.

My favorite tracks on the album include "Disappear" which is an instant classic and I believe is the most prolific track on his nearly impeccable album. "Silence Of The Now", "Machine", "Dying Planet", "Hanging By A Thread", and "Life Is Priceless" are also well-produced and well-lyricized tracks to help fulfill E. Zazen's message. I think this is an instant must-buy for all true rap-lovers.
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By Laos Olu on June 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Dope beats by very good producers(kno,joey beats etc..)and his rhymes are deep and skillful that to me = good music.
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