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"Bayani" marks a creative and emotional leap forward for Blue Scholars. The four years since recording their first album has been marked by four years of war and uncertainty. People everywhere are looking for answers, growing tired of the banality and repetitiveness of the music and culture that currently dominates the airwaves. Similar to the wave of protest music that emerged during the Vietnam war, "Bayani" is a statement record stamped with the anger, depression and the slowly emerging hope of these uncertain times. Less sloganeering and more storytelling, Bayani showcases a more focused Geologic and a polished Sabzi coming into their own as a premier DJ-emcee duo. "The Distance" tells the story of a working-class immigrant, accompanied by a dark melodic soundscape that recalls a Philippine dance song. Geo also flexes his narrating skills on "Joe Metro," an ode to Seattle's lone form of public transportation and "50 Thousand Deep," recalling the 1999 "Battle in Seattle" at the historic WTO protests.

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"...easily one of the most poignant, important, and best albums ever to come from the Northwest." -- www.ThreeImaginaryGirls.com

Bayani stands as Blue Scholars' most impressive achievement. -- Charles Mudede, The Stranger

Sabzi has honed his production...with influences as far-flung as Marvin Gaye and Aphex Twin -- Biran Barr, The Seattle Weekly

This record is what hip-hop was made for...an example of the perfect album falling into the public's hands at the perfect time. -- www.ThreeImaginaryGirls.com

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Baha'I Healing Prayer
  2. Second Chapter
  3. Opening Salvo
  4. North By Northwest
  5. Ordinary Guys
  6. Still Got Love
  7. Bayani
  8. Loyalty
  9. Fire For The People
  10. Xenophobia
  11. The Distance
  12. Back Home
  13. 50 Thousand Deep
  14. Morning Of America
  15. Joe Metro


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Massline / Rawkus
  • ASIN: B000Q66HX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By ctrx VINE VOICE on November 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Seattle-based Asian-American rap duo Blue Scholars dropped their third release, "Bayani," on the reincarnated Rawkus Records this year, and it is one of the best hip hop albums of 2007. This was my introduction to the group and I must say I was impressed. They reflect my perception of their beloved home city as forward-thinking, peaceful, clean, liberal, artistic, thoughtful, and educated. Geologic and Sabzi have a definite chemistry, and the result is a special album.

The first thing that jumps out is Sabzi's excellent production. Although his beats do possess the slightly mechanical quality commonly seen in today's underground hip hop, his beats are frequently beautiful. His dense, layered beats maintain a consistent tempo and vibe. They're smooth, soulful, and peaceful, and despite their high quality they never really grapple for the listener's ear with the lyrics. This is a sign of great chemistry. The instrumentation is wonderful and it seems like each beat fits each verse so well. Sabzi has a great ear for piano lines, and many of his productions are built around a nice keyboard line.

Geologic took a little getting used to for me, but I came to love his performance too. A proud son of Filipino immigrants, he has so much to talk about and makes for a compelling rapper. He grew up in military housing and maintains a political agenda through most of his verses. He often speaks of the struggles of an American immigrant and the problems resulting from racism in our society. He stays relevant throughout the album. Besides this, he has a gift for lyricism, and many of his verses come across as poetic. His rhyme structure and references are artistic and clever. His delivery is a bit slow and monotonous.
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At only the seven-month mark of the year, I feel very comfortable hailing "Bayani" as one of the best hip-hop albums of 2007. If you haven't yet discovered the prowess of Geologic (rhymes), and Sabzi (beats), let me be the first to tell you that you are missing out. The bond between the two is inseparable. They create a unity that is often rightly compared to that of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, or DJ Premier & The Guru. That sounds far-fetched, but these two really have all the tools, passion, and soul to live up to these legends.

The Blue Scholars bring their strongest work to the table for their most anticipated album of their still-growing career - "Bayani". Geologic stepped up his rhymes from the last two albums nicely. His lyrics are more focused and concise than before. It's pure poetry filled with some of the most outstanding political and socially consciousness in hip-hop today. He is arguably the most intelligent protest rapper to come along in the past 5 years. But on the other hand, as track 5 exemplifies, they are just "Ordinary Guys". The statements made aren't overtly political, and can be respected by most anyone besides your right wing extremists.

Sabzi has also really grown over the course of the last 2 albums. His production is jammed packed with ideas just as fresh as Geologic's rhymes. I have always loved Sabzi's production, as it's always been very soulful and unique from the norm, even in underground circles. He's nearly today's equivalent of DJ Premier. His timing is ridiculously on-point, and it seems his soundscapes have their very own stream of consciousness. He brings a lot of emotion to the table with only the beats, it makes the album feel that much more personal.
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During this time of watered down hip hop and ring tone albums, Blue Scholars "Bayani" is definitely a breath of fresh air. People, this is what hip hop is supposed to sound like. Tight production, strong lyrics, and great beats make this my favorite album in the last couple of years. If you love hip hop then you need to cop this. If you don't love this then your either 15 years old or you aren't a true hip hop head. Just pop this cd in and let it ride, you don't need to hit the skip button. GREAT EFFORT!
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Blue Scholars at their best! An incredible album that deserves national attention. If you're thinking of purchasing this album do it! This is hip hop with meaning and a real sound. Some personal favorites from the album include Morning For America, Still Got Love, North By Northwest, Fire For The People, but to truly experience the full affect you must listen to the album face to face, which is easy as it's easily one of the best albums to come along in quite some time. Keep up the good work Blue Scholars!
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I was told that there was a conscious MC that goes by the name "Geologic" that was gaining his reputation out of Seattle. Knowing this I had to have a copy for myself. After listing to a few songs you know not only is Geo trying to push people into a more positive movement but also push those to become more of a aware freethinker. No ties to the pop radio commercial contracts Blue scholars has no censored degradation you hear in hip hop today. I was glad I bought this product overall it was well worth what I payed for! 5/5
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