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Return From Mecca

4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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X-Clan, one of the genre's most powerful and influencial hip-hop crews ever, have returned after nearly a decade-long hiatus. Making its debut in 1990 with the classic To The East Blackwards, X-Clan was at the forefront of hip-hop's cultural movement. With hits like "Funkin' Lesson," "Head The Word Of The Brother" and "Raise The Flag," X-Clan secured hip-hop as a vehicle to advance the science and math of upliftment, popularizing the ideas of Malcolm X, Sonny Carson, Huey Newton, and Clarence 13X, while keeping dance floors packed. Led by Brother J, the Clan's founder and original lead MC, X-Clan is ready again to move your mind, body, and spirit.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. X Clan Album Intro
  2. Aragorn
  3. Voodoo
  4. Hovercraft Intro
  5. Why U Doin That?
  6. Weapon X
  7. Speak The Truth
  8. Positrons
  9. Mecca
  10. Prisons
  11. Atonement
  12. Brother, Brother
  13. Funky 4 U
  14. Self Destruct
  15. Space People
  16. Trump Card
  17. To The East
  18. Locomotion
  19. Americans
  20. 3rd Eyes On Me
  21. Culture United
  22. Bonus Track 1


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suburban Noize
  • ASIN: B000IFSGEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This review is protected by The Red, The Black and The Green. For those of you who dont know, X-Clan is one of those groups of the early 90s that gave you superb rap classics like Return To The East Blackwards and Xodus(the album You dont mention). After a long hiatus and the untimely passing of Professor X(RIP), Brother J is back and in full effect with this album. Brother J sounds very energized as evidenced in tracks like Aragorn, Who U Doin That and Weapon X. He stills drops knowledge as well as dope rhymes on those track mentioned as well as Mecca, Prison, Atonement, Self-Destruct, 3rd Eyes On Me etc. Voodoo brings back memories as RBX does his best Professor X impression on the track. Im glad that Krs-One and Brother J buried the hatchet(rap gods should never beef period!)because Speak The Truth is 2006's best rap collabo. Trump Card is another exciting cut that features a pretty good verse from a femcee by the name of Hannah Barbera. Locomotion has the most unlikely but good collaboration with Tri State of One Session and Brad X of Kottonmouth Kings(yes, you've read that right). Another unexpected but good match up is Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach on the rock-inspired Americans. Damian Marley shows up on the beautifully reggae-inspired Culture United. Even though this album is great, I dont feel, Space People(feat Quazedelic) and Funky 4 U(feat Charli 2na of Jurassic 5). Bottom Line: X-Clan's Return To Mecca is one of 2006's best releases and is X-Clan's best work to date. The Production: innovative, unique and catchy. Lyrics: Brother J is still sharp and his rhymes are stilled filled with jewels that need to be heard especially now. Guest appearances: They were great too(especially Krs-One) and added to the album's appeal. I strongly recommend this to any fan of political hip hop.Read more ›
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The last album X-Clan dropped was all the way back in 1992 ("Xodus"). The group disbanded after that album to pursue other collective & solo projects. In 1995, original member Sugar Shaft died from AIDS. Shortly before the making of this album, Professor X died from spinal meningitis. With Paradise out of the picture, that left Brother J to single-handedly reform X-Clan for their comeback masterwork in 2006. The results are incredible. Brother J in particular sounds like he never left the booth. You would hardly believe his skill has not decreased since the golden age. He enlists a slew of producers, some veterans, but mostly new and fresh talent. The result of the production is near-perfect, and the chemistry is jaw-dropping.

01. X-Clan Album Intro: A nice tribal-rhythm background with past legends and new producers reintroducing X-Clan to the scene.

02. Aragorn: Quazedelic sets it off with a fresh, memorable beat. Brother J spits like he never took a break from the game. Guest rapper RBX adds nicely.

03. Voodoo: One of my favorites here; and also a throwback to the "Grand Verbalizer"/"Tribal Jam" days of 1990 with classic Professor X lines intertwined. Brother J slides smoothly into DJ Khalil's throwback beat. Pure dope!

04. Hovercraft Intro: A nice intro the blends nicely with the next cut

05. Why U Doin That?: Bean One's production flows nicely around Brother J's worldly commentary. After all these years, Brother J finds excellent ways to speak on wrenching matters. A quote from Afrika Bambaataa leads into the next cut.

06. Weapon X: UltraMan takes care of this cut, and it's nice spin on a CTA (?) classic. Again, Brother J's lyricism is in top notch form, delivery memorable verses and choruses.

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What a return! What a comeback! When I was a teenager, X-Clan was one of my favorite groups. They were a way more radical, pro-black, pro-Africa version of Public Enemy. Brother J was just as good a MC as Chuck D, but X-Clan gets no respect.

So this album picks up where their first left off. It's been about 15 years, but this actually meshes well with the older stuff. The beats are updated a bit. But they're still hard, upbeat and militant.

Brother J has one of the greatest deliveries/ flows/ presence on the mic. They borrow enough of the old lyrics to make it familiar to those of us who were fans back in the day. But it's not like it's a straight remake of To The East, Blackwards.

"Return from Mecca" is definitely recommended to anyone who likes that old-school hip-hop. This is music for true hip-hop heads, backpackers and college students.... Good stuff... which probably means no one will buy it.
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A lyricist, dope beats and knowledge are the key elements to a dope conscious album. Funkin' lesson hits all the categories on the head with this new release from x clan. When I heard a new album was coming out after the long hiatus I questioned if brother J still had it. Well I saw x clan live when they came to chicago with public enemy. needless to say I left the concert with x clan's new cd in my hand. Not only does brother J shine on the album but he also has some nice guest appearances (Krs-One, Chali 2na, Jr. Gong Marley). It is good to hear a solid album that actually has some substance to it instead of wack material lyrics with a wack dance to accompany the weak track. This release gets two thumbs up from me.
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