Carne Masada: Quite Possibly the Best of Hip Hop Hoodios [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Hip-hop has enjoyed Latino and Jewish participation for a long time. In 1981, the Mean Machine's groundbreaking "Disco Dreams" became the first hip-hop single to include some rapping en español -- and a few years later, the Beastie Boys made the transition from punk band to rap trio. The Beasties didn't spend a lot of time discussing their Jewish heritage -- the very fact that they were the first all-white rap group was enough of an attention-getter at the time -- but even so, they inspired a lot of kids with names like Goldberg, Goodman, and Rosenstein and for that matter, non-Jewish whites to take up rapping just as the Mean Machine helped pave the way for MCs with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Hip-hop has enjoyed Latino and Jewish participation for a long time. In 1981, the Mean Machine's groundbreaking "Disco Dreams" became the first hip-hop single to include some rapping en español -- and a few years later, the Beastie Boys made the transition from punk band to rap trio. The Beasties didn't spend a lot of time discussing their Jewish heritage -- the very fact that they were the first all-white rap group was enough of an attention-getter at the time -- but even so, they inspired a lot of kids with names like Goldberg, Goodman, and Rosenstein and for that matter, non-Jewish whites to take up rapping just as the Mean Machine helped pave the way for MCs with names like Lopez, Vega, Hernández, and Delgado. The number of Latino and Jewish MCs has grown exponentially since the 1980s especially Latino MCs, but rarely does one come across a rap group that has both Latino and Jewish appeal. Nonetheless, Albany's bilingual Hip Hop Hoodios do, in fact, offer a seamless blend of alternative rap, klezmer, and Latin music on Carne Masada: Quite Possibly the Best of Hip Hop Hoodios. This best-of collection which is dominated by previously released material but also contains five new tracks doesn't draw on one type of Latin music exclusively; everything from salsa to cumbia to reggaeton is part of the equation, and the Jewish influence always asserts itself to some degree both musically and lyrically. The Hoodios' lyrics are genuinely clever on infectious tunes like "Nose Jobs," "Aqua Pa' la Gente" Water for the People, and "Hoodia Para Mi," all of which contain some Beasties influence Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head more than Licensed to Ill but without actually emulating them. Besides, the Beasties never made either klezmer or música latina an integral part of their sound the way that the Hoodios have. The Hoodios are distinctive and genuinely original, and this excellent 59-minute CD is the most appropriate starting point if one is getting into their work for the first time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Jazzheads
  • UPC: 809819116823
  • Catalog Number: 1168
  • Sales rank: 248,575

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hip Hop Hoodios Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Gorman Artwork
Happy Sanchez Producer
Traditional Composer
Ernesto Lechner Liner Notes
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