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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm so glad that I purchased this album. It is an amazing album that was released by the re-launching of Rawkus Records in 2007. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Jeremy Horn
If you like good quality rap with good beats and soul u will likethis cd and ifyour from the nw or Seattle than this is a must buy. And its one of there better cd'sPublished on October 8, 2013 by kyle c.
I don't typically listen to hip hop... but, Blue Scholars is one of the few hip hop artists i enjoy. This album as a whole is phenomenal! Highly recommended! Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Troy Brilhante
Blue Scholars, what not to expect but much integrity and sublime attributes.
You can always expect something new and rejuvenated from them
this album executes all... Read more
I picked up this album after listening to some samples at a local record store. When I got home and popped it in, I was surprised by the blend of beat and rhyme into a beautiful... Read morePublished on April 3, 2010 by S. Clyde
this album was garbage...no memorable beats, or anything even remotely entertaining as far as lyrics....bad delivery also coupled with a very suburban sound..... Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by CALI HIP HOPPER
Albums like this are the reasons why I'll never give up on real hip-hop. Today's over-crowded market of clone Rappers and their reliance on image and gimmicks its so refreshing to... Read morePublished on July 24, 2008 by J. C. Monteiro
This album is absolutely amazing. I love their style and message and their beats are great. If you haven't heard the blue scholars then frankly, you are missing out. Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by R. Singh
Such a good album. This stuff is real hip hop, with real flow, real beats, and a real meaning. Blue scholars own the hip hop scene in Seattle and are taking it in the right... Read morePublished on February 19, 2008 by J. Enyeart