Embrace the Chaos [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Abraham Velez
This multi-culti L.A. collective made waves with their freewheeling 1998 major-label debut, a merry mixture of Latin styles, hip-hop, jazz, and sundry other sounds that followed the word-of-mouth success of their EP Ya Llego. The genre-hopping bedlam reconvenes in earnest on this long-awaited sophomore effort, as Ozo continue to pursue their two-pronged agenda of party-time and social justice. Fortunately, the departure of rapper Chali 2na and DJ Cut Chemist for full-time work with Jurassic 5 seems to have had little impact on the band's momentum -- guests Common, De La Soul, Kanetic Source, and Black Eyed Peas Medusa and Will.I.am pick up the slack, and the Chemist ...
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Barnes & Noble - Abraham Velez
This multi-culti L.A. collective made waves with their freewheeling 1998 major-label debut, a merry mixture of Latin styles, hip-hop, jazz, and sundry other sounds that followed the word-of-mouth success of their EP Ya Llego. The genre-hopping bedlam reconvenes in earnest on this long-awaited sophomore effort, as Ozo continue to pursue their two-pronged agenda of party-time and social justice. Fortunately, the departure of rapper Chali 2na and DJ Cut Chemist for full-time work with Jurassic 5 seems to have had little impact on the band's momentum -- guests Common, De La Soul, Kanetic Source, and Black Eyed Peas Medusa and Will.I.am pick up the slack, and the Chemist appears on three tracks. With production help from Steve Berlin of fellow Angelenos Los Lobos, the reconfigured nine-piece band is more focused in its stylistic leaps -- yet there's still plenty of freaky fusion going on. "Pa' Lante" is a spirited swirl of Gypsy rumba vocals and plucked kora, the stringed instrument of choice for West Africa's griots. "Sueños en Realidad," a delectable pairing of New Orleans brass and thumping samba, matches "Guerrillero," a lighthearted anthem for soul rebels that throws a few tons of old-school salsa and Cuban son together with a dollop of fatback funk. But these hard-hitting rhythms get deadly serious on the title track, a rough hip-hop retelling of Ozo's attempt to stage a peaceful protest outside the 2000 Democratic National Convention. With a message in their music that recalls the M.O. of '70s funk activists War and Mandrill, Ozomatli continue to chart the new sound of America's melting pot.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not many people heard Ozomatli's 1998 debut, but those who did loved its fearless blend of hip-hop, Latin rhythms, jazz, and rock. There was a long wait between that record and its 2001 successor, Embrace the Chaos, and while that prolonged gestation period may have not resulted in a radical new direction for the collective, it did give them time to grow. They're still working from the same basic template, but their results are richer and fuller than before, as their various influences come together seamlessly. In other words, they sound more themselves then ever, and while that still might bring them to a larger audience, those who do bother to seek this out -- especially those who find classic Latin jazz as intoxicating as alternative hip-hop -- will find this to be a thoroughly engaging, distinctive listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949311629
  • Catalog Number: 493116
  • Sales rank: 304,702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pá Lante
  2. 2 1, 2, 3, 4
  3. 3 Dos Cosas Ciertas
  4. 4 Vocal Artillery
  5. 5 Guerrillero
  6. 6 Embrace The Chaos
  7. 7 Pensativo (Interlude)
  8. 8 Timido
  9. 9 Lo Que Dice
  10. 10 Mi Alma
  11. 11 Sueños en Realidad
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ozomatli Primary Artist
De La Soul Rap
David Hidalgo Violin
Harry Kim Trumpet
Bob Power Slide Guitar, fender rhodes
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Ulises Bella Clarinet, Guitar, Piano, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Requinto
Cut Chemist DJ
Alberto Salas Piano
Prince Diabate Kora
Asdrubal Sierra Trumpet, Vocals
Walter Miranda Piano
Wil-Dog Abers Guitar, Electric Bass, Vocals, Ampeg Baby Bass
Andy Mendoza Drums
Raúl Pacheco Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Jarana, Tres
Justin "El Niño" Porée Percussion, Vocals, Rap
Jiro Yamaguchi Percussion, Tabla, Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Berlin Producer
Mario Caldato Jr. Producer
Dave McNair Engineer
Bob Power Producer, Engineer
Peter Young Cover Photo
Tom Coyne Mastering
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Robert Carranza Engineer
Ulises Bella Contributor
Alberto Salas Arranger
Ozomatli Producer
Justin "El Niño" Porée drum programming
Kanetic Source Collaboration
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