Ism and Blues [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
In early 1994, H2O caught fire with its smash backpacker single "LI Groove," a tune that affirmed through a Rakim sample that the trio represented "New York, from Long Island." On the strength of H20's newfound respect among hip-hop's cypher legions, H2O dropped Ism and Blues to explore three true loves: weed, women, and hip-hop. The album reflects this triple love affair, combining hazy funk and jazz echoes with a rapper's delight format. MCs Taste and DL are B-Boys in the traditional sense, playing off each other nicely with call and response rhymes. "LI Groove" may be H20's only real claim-to-fame track but Ism and Blues does contain a few other hidden highlights. The ...
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All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
In early 1994, H2O caught fire with its smash backpacker single "LI Groove," a tune that affirmed through a Rakim sample that the trio represented "New York, from Long Island." On the strength of H20's newfound respect among hip-hop's cypher legions, H2O dropped Ism and Blues to explore three true loves: weed, women, and hip-hop. The album reflects this triple love affair, combining hazy funk and jazz echoes with a rapper's delight format. MCs Taste and DL are B-Boys in the traditional sense, playing off each other nicely with call and response rhymes. "LI Groove" may be H20's only real claim-to-fame track but Ism and Blues does contain a few other hidden highlights. The horn-heavy "Ghetto Diamond" is a fortified ode to beautiful women of a hip-hop persuasion and "Heels Without Souls" fuses hip-hop and the R&B-styled vocals of Vinia Mojica with some flair. A propensity towards repetitive rhymes bogs this album down slightly and, despite worthy efforts, in the end H2O is found to be overmatched in the hip-hop game. This largely slept-on album also features a guest appearance from New Jersey underground stalwarts the Artifacts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Traffic Ent.
  • UPC: 829357551320
  • Catalog Number: 77513

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joker's World (4:44)
  2. 2 Babble On (3:51)
  3. 3 Heels Without Souls (4:51)
  4. 4 Shit We Do (4:10)
  5. 5 Street Dwellers (4:15)
  6. 6 A Lil Sumthing (5:26)
  7. 7 L.I. Groove (5:44)
  8. 8 Time (3:50)
  9. 9 Local Hero (3:50)
  10. 10 Gaining Pounds (3:51)
  11. 11 Parkyard Lingo (4:47)
  12. 12 Bust Me Down (4:39)
  13. 13 No Batter Swing (4:49)
  14. 14 Ghetto Diamond (3:52)
  15. 15 Joker's World (4:25)
  16. 16 L.I. Groove (Reprise) (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hard 2 Obtain Primary Artist
The Artifacts Vocals
Miles Evans Horn
Darryl Jenifer Bass
Jay Nichols Bass
Anton Pukshansky Bass
DJ Nastee scratching
Vinia Mojica Vocals
Nicoli Telemaque Vocals
Sugarpop Keyboards
Six by Seven scratching
Technical Credits
Roc Raida Producer
L. Michael Smith Composer
DJ Nastee Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
John Gamble Producer, Engineer
D. Ross Composer, Producer
Geeby Dajani Producer
Jean Cronin Art Direction
Stimulated Dummies Producer, Executive Producer
Robert Perlman Executive Producer
Mason Composer
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