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Unlearn [Explicit Lyrics]

YoungBlood Brass BandAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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listen  1. BloodshotYoungblood Brass Band 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Acousticon ThemeYoungblood Brass Band feat. DJ Skooly 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Human NatureYoungblood Brass Band 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. SomethingYoungblood Brass Band feat. Ike Willis 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Da BombaYoungblood Brass Band 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Warrior Comes Out To PlayYoungblood Brass Band 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pastime ParadiseYoungblood Brass Band 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. PeaceYoungblood Brass Band feat. Mike Ladd 7:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The TrilogyYoungblood Brass Band feat. DJ Skooly 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. From Now OnYoungblood Brass Band 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ya'll Stay UpYoungblood Brass Band feat. Talib Kweli 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. It's All OverYoungblood Brass Band 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. ChinatownYoungblood Brass Band 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B0000541BS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


"...Some sections of 'Unlearn' are so good it hurts...brass will never be the same." -- Christina Knapp, The Daily Cardinal, Madison, WI

"They transcend homage...referencing 'The Warriors,' hiphop's legacy, Kermit Ruffins and Afro-Cubanismo. Word to your cultural mother." -- Peter Scholtes, City Pages, Minneapolis, MN

"YoungBlood Brass Band is the show of the week any week of the year." -- Lincoln Journal, Lincoln, NE

...dope sh*t, very much worth peeping, if you're interested in MUSIC. -- Hugz Boss,, Nov. '00

YoungBlood Brass Band is the reigning Mardi Gras 2000 Battle of the Brass Bands champion! -- Mardi Gras 2000, Club Onyx, New Orleans, LA

Product Description

UNLEARN (un-lurn)v. To return to that which we never had to learn in the first place, e.g. how to eat, sleep, love, smile, play, and listen without judgment; to recognize cultural sublimity over commercial and mass influence.

Combining the freshest man-made beats with ingenius harmonic horn lines and ill lyrical delivery, not to mention the only hiphop sousaphonist/composer/human DJ ever, "Unlearn" also features appearances by some of the most forward-thinking minds in music, including:

Talib Kweli of Reflection Eternal/Black Star - Undoubtedly one of the most ground-breaking, driven, absolutely illest MC's in the world. Reppin Brooklyn, NY. His new album with DJ Hi-Tek is in stores now on Rawkus Records.

Mike Ladd - Cambridge-bred Bronx-residing poet whose lyrical mastery will leave you speechless after taking you on a journey around the universe. A true wordsmith. His latest project is The Infesticons, who just released "Gun Hill Road" on Big Dada Records. His solo album "Welcome to the Afterfuture" is diverse, moving, frequently hilarious and always serious.

DJ Skooly - Reppin Chicago’s own Platter Pirates, the most-feared battle crew in the MidWest. The youngest man appearing on the album. If you sleep on Skooly, he’ll probably wake you up in 3 years by cracking you on the skull with his turntables, and leave the world's tightest mixtape shoved in your ear.

Ike Willis - Frank Zappa's long-time vocalist blessed us with a track that has received the most enthusiastic replies from our fans. We're just glad he could shake things up a bit. Ike can sing his ass off, nuff said.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang! Zoom! Pow! March 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first became aware of Youngblood Brass Band at a concert on the third floor of an old warehouse in LaCrosse, WI. I rarely buy CDs these days, but I bought their first two albums immediately. Their blend of New Orleans jazz and hip-hop, with distinct flavors of Afro-Cuban percussion and an arranging style with hints of top-level drum corps (no doubt gleaned from co-creator David Henzie-Skogen's stint in the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps), is not only one of the most seamless crossover styles ever created, but also has more raw passion and power than any other band I've ever heard. The other co-creator, sousaphonist Nat McIntosh, has such technical majesty you'll wonder if your ears are hallucinating. Throughout his material, he makes a tuba sound like a dj turntable, electro-synthetic bass, rock organ, and even some sounds that defy classification. Having started playing together in high school, the core of the band has developed an incredibly tight synchronization with each other, and it shows. Each of their songs is well-crafted and has beautiful transitions and grooves in it. Their infectious fire will keep you dancing and humming their tunes to yourself for weeks, even months. And "fire" really is the only word to describe it; it's like having a horn line throw gasoline on you, a snare drummer/mc master strike a match to you, and then having a whole sousaphone full of liquid oxygen dumped on you just to kick it up a notch. In short, there is no band more passionate about what they do or how they do it.
This album is my favorite out of the three they've released to date. The balance of parts and influences is perfect. No one song on the album really stands out, but that's because they all approach such a high level of quality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YoungBlood's got me singin' new songs! February 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Anyone reading this should know that i never heard of YB till i saw them perform in a tiny club in St. Joseph's MI. They were one of the best bands i have ever seen perform. When i got their CD, i assumed it would be quite a change from the intense performance i saw, but i was in for a complete surprise. The CD lives up to my expectations and the intesity and surpassed my musical amazement. If you know what is good for you buy this CD, and make it a point to see them play live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Listening January 26, 2001
By Molly
Format:Audio CD
This album effectively showcases YoungBlood's unique synthesis of New Orleans inspired brass band, Afro-Cuban rhythms, hip hop, and pure fun. Though I'm familiar with brass band music, I've never heard anything like this. I hear something new each time I listen to it -- and I haven't stopped listening since I bought it three months ago!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible January 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Youngblood Brassband is an awesome group that can get you up and dancing any day of the week. Their CD provides a wonderful mix of hiphop, jazz, and traditional brassband music. Give this album a try and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWICE HYPE January 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The album is hot, and the band is the best live group I've ever seen. These cats are focused. The revolution will not be will come out of a trumpet. Big ups.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warrior Rules January 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was astounded by the sounds that "the Warrior" is able to make on the sousaphone. How does he do that Cosmic Bass? These boys are on the brink. How come no one has signed them?
Buy this album you won't hear anything like this brand of brass band, hip hop anywhere else. A new sound is born.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! August 9, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have to start off by saying that I have not yet heard this album, but I just saw these guys playing on the corner of 5th and Pine here in Seattle during my lunch break. These quys were incredible! You would not believe the crowd they had surrounding them to listen to their infectious mix of hip-hop, New Orleans brass, jazz, and funk. They were absolutely rock-solid tight, screaming, and stopping traffic. I was only able to stick around to listen to three songs, but I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. I had to hop online as soon as I got back into the office and order their CD, and I am for sure going to go out for their live show tomorrow night. Too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooks a plenty April 30, 2001
By Tim G
Format:Audio CD
Heard "Acousticon Theme" by YBBB on WLUW here in Chicago, ordered the disc soon after that and have it in steady rotation with my current personal favorites. I'm not a big hip-hop fan, but the subtle combination with all the horns and the FANTASTIC tightness of the band and compositions make this disc a must have. If you are TIRED of the same old same old, this will surely shake that media made malaise from your mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but why so Explicit
The Youngblood Brass Band is an excellent band. I like their tight ensemble playing. Their solos are adequate, except for the sousa player, who is fantastic. Read more
Published on January 16, 2007 by Bob Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing since breathing!!
I saw an add for YBB in a local paper, and I was extremely interested in a brass band with an MC. So I drove about an hour away just to see what they were like, and let me tell you... Read more
Published on August 9, 2005 by Buffalo Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Its YoungBlood, enough said
This is simply to most innovative band I have ever encountered. If you don't like these guys, youre not listening to the right music, period. Read more
Published on May 3, 2005 by Jeff Satterley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
the Youngblood Brass Band is aboulutly amazing. some of the best brass band stuff out there. if you liked this and want to get into some of the same, check out the Dirty Dozen... Read more
Published on December 14, 2004 by jetBlack
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never heard anything like this....AMAZING!
Ok, so I am complete classical music freak. I play the clarinet for goodness sake. BUT wow these guys are utterly impressive. I am in complete awe. Read more
Published on May 8, 2003 by "clarinetguy12"
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING doesn't even begin to describe it...
Whether you are a fan of brass music or hiphop or not, this band is very impressive. If you like jazz, like new orleans, like hihop, like soul, like funk then you will be in... Read more
Published on September 2, 2002 by brian courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars youngblood fan
this album is very inventive. it's unlike anything i've ever heard. i still don't understand how the tuba can sound that amazing-or how the guy on snare pulls off those wonderful... Read more
Published on August 5, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars YoungBlood Brass Band, A Musical Revolution
The YoungBlood Brass Band is a revolution within the brass band world. Though, they are a revolution with their hip/hop beats, this music is based upon many years of tradition. Read more
Published on June 30, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars GET UNLEARN!
One of the best and most original bands left in America. YBB is a revelation.
Published on May 24, 2002 by Kristi Ouellette
5.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable
when i uploaded the review for this (at i checked out a couple of the songs and i was impressed. i just got my own copy of it...and damn... Read more
Published on October 18, 2001
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