Mbugout City

Mbugout City

by BlesteNation
     
 

The year 2010 could arguably be described as the 26th anniversary of rap-rock. It was back in 1984 that the merging of rock guitars and hip-hop beats started with two seminal recordings: Run-D.M.C.'s "Rock Box" and the Beastie Boys' "Rock Hard," both of which helped to pave the way for all the rock/hip-hopSee more details below

Overview

The year 2010 could arguably be described as the 26th anniversary of rap-rock. It was back in 1984 that the merging of rock guitars and hip-hop beats started with two seminal recordings: Run-D.M.C.'s "Rock Box" and the Beastie Boys' "Rock Hard," both of which helped to pave the way for all the rock/hip-hop fusion that took place in the '90s and 2000s. Countless alterna-rockers are incorporating hip-hop in the 21st century, but what transpires on BLESTeNATION's Mbugout City isn't rock being influenced by hip-hop -- it is hardcore rap being influenced by rock. This New York City-based trio (rappers Various and Werdplay and DJ/producer Fafu) shouldn't be lumped in with Rage Against the Machine, (hed) p.e., Limp Bizkit, or any of the other rap-metal bands that emerged in the '90s because that isn't where they are coming from on this 2010 release. Rather, Mbugout City is the work of a hardcore rap group with a serious craving for rock guitars, and there are plenty of them on tracks like "Witness," "Like It or Not," "Never Let Your Guard Down," "730 Strong," and "We'll Die." But not everything on Mbugout City is overtly rock-influenced. Some of the tunes don't have a really prominent rock guitar -- for example, the eerie "Sally," which is about the horrors of methamphetamine addiction and describes the types of things that tweakers (meth addicts) go through. Mbugout City isn't an album with a huge sociopolitical agenda, but when BLESTeNATION do address social issues on a few tracks (including "Sally" and "Don't Let Your Guard Down"), the results are engaging -- which is not to say that the rest of this 60-minute disc isn't worthwhile. Although not groundbreaking, Mbugout City is a likable reminder of the fact that rock can still have a positive effect on hardcore rap.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2010
Label:
Suburban Noize
UPC:
0673951017023
catalogNumber:
170

Tracks

  1. We'll Die  -  BlesteNation
  2. 730 Strong  -  BlesteNation
  3. Beat Em Up  -  BlesteNation
  4. Witness  -  BlesteNation
  5. Blackout  -  BlesteNation
  6. Never See Em Crack  -  BlesteNation
  7. Just Walking By  -  BlesteNation
  8. Simmer Down  -  BlesteNation
  9. Ghosts  -  BlesteNation
  10. They're Coming for You  -  BlesteNation
  11. Make Way  -  BlesteNation
  12. Sally  -  BlesteNation
  13. Never Let Your Guard Down  -  BlesteNation
  14. Like It or Not  -  BlesteNation
  15. In a Hurry  -  BlesteNation
  16. Permanent Scar  -  BlesteNation

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BlesteNation   Primary Artist
Tom Scott   Piano,Strings
Michael Bland   Drums
John Fields   Piano
Nate Albert   Guitar
Ken Chastain   Drums
Dana Leong   Cello
Wordplay   Vocals,Rap,screams
Lonnie   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Zef Noise   Violin
Mike Ill   Guitar,Vocals
Emanuel Ayvas   Piano
Fred Lowinger   Guitar
Johnny Larkin   Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Scott   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Aron   Engineer
Tommy Barbarella   Orchestral Arrangements
Michael Patterson   Additional Production
Kevin Zinger   Executive Producer
Brad   Executive Producer
Ladytron   Composer
Fafu   Producer,beats
Brian Johnson   Engineer
Mike Saputo   Illustrations,Layout
Casey Quintal   Layout
Tone Tank   Logo Design
O+S   Composer
N. Albert   Composer
J. Larkin   Composer
Emanuel Ayvas   Whistle

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