Return From Mecca
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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is really refreshing to hear an MC (Grand Verb) tell it how it is and feed the culture with such empowerment. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by N. Podesta
i listened to xclan back in the day. my cousin called me to tell me to get the xclan cd. didn't know what he was talking about. didn't know they were still recording. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by charles grubbs
Even Brother J cant save this mess of horrible C grade beats and rhymes (minus J) and guests like Papa Roack are you kidding me WTF. I paid $@ on here and I feel ripped off.Published on December 23, 2009 by M. balesterri
The return of X-Clan without Sugar Shaft and Professor X is certainly different from the way they used to sound, but that isn't a bad thing at all. Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by J-Train
EXCELLENT AND IT WILL DEFINITELY TAKE YOU BACK. WAS WEIRD NOT HEARING PROFESSOR X VOICE INSTEAD SOMEONE ELSE WAS HIS VOICE. OTHER THAN THAT I ENJOYED ITPublished on January 14, 2008 by Yvonne Hankins
This album is incredible! I always felt like Brother J, KRS, and Rakim where ahead of their time but the times caught up with KRS and Rakim. Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by J. Hester
This has to be the best CD on the market today. I was actually able to listen to all of teh tracks. Jason Hunter, aka The Grand Verbalizer Funk'n Lesson Brother J, aka Brother One,... Read morePublished on April 25, 2007 by Warren Fields IV