Rise of the Champion Nation

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Rise of the Champion Nation is music of its early 21st century era, in that it's not just difficult to pin it down to a style, but also to attribute the work to specific performers. Resurrector & Patch are credited with production, writing, and performance, with additional contributions in all those categories by Totter Todd, and scratches by DJ i11 Naughty. They might be at the heart of this booming, sometimes dub-reggae-flavored hip-hop, but a whole lot of others contribute vocals and lyrics to the 15 tricks, KRS-One being the most celebrated of the lot. A manifesto of sorts titled "The Liberation Process" in the packaging seems to announce that this is an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Rise of the Champion Nation is music of its early 21st century era, in that it's not just difficult to pin it down to a style, but also to attribute the work to specific performers. Resurrector & Patch are credited with production, writing, and performance, with additional contributions in all those categories by Totter Todd, and scratches by DJ i11 Naughty. They might be at the heart of this booming, sometimes dub-reggae-flavored hip-hop, but a whole lot of others contribute vocals and lyrics to the 15 tricks, KRS-One being the most celebrated of the lot. A manifesto of sorts titled "The Liberation Process" in the packaging seems to announce that this is an endeavor devoted to freedom and expression. That could be, but for such lofty intentions, the mood is pretty glum. Criss-crossing electronic bleeps, chattering beats, and low pulsations are at the core of the sound. These project a rather barren landscape for the vocalists to poetically, if largely abstractly, expound upon grinding sociocultural frustrations to be overcome and transcended. There's enough variety in the modulations and vocalizations to sustain interest for those who get into such creations on a purely sonic level, but at over 71 minutes, it's difficult to keep involved in whatever thread the confluence of forces might be trying to construct. Lady K's soulful, shiveringly spiritual vocals on "Trouble" add some welcome warmth, while A.P.O.S.T.L.E.'s rap on "Warrior Divination Three" is the most reggae-like contribution to the effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Champion Nation
  • UPC: 823297000726
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 300,091

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Renegade (1:49)
  2. 2 Arrival (5:34)
  3. 3 Destroy the Industry (6:27)
  4. 4 Trouble (3:20)
  5. 5 Babylon Beast (4:56)
  6. 6 Warrier Divination One (3:02)
  7. 7 We Will Conquer (5:12)
  8. 8 Dawn (4:02)
  9. 9 Rise (5:59)
  10. 10 Warrier Divination Two (2:26)
  11. 11 Exorcism (4:47)
  12. 12 Villian's Impasse (3:30)
  13. 13 King of the Mountain (7:51)
  14. 14 Warrier Divination Three (7:19)
  15. 15 Promised Land (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heavyweight Dub Champion Primary Artist
KRS-One Vocals
Dana West Synthesizer, Guitar
Dr. Israel Vocals
Killah Priest Vocals
Ganga Giri Didjeridu
Wailer B Vocals
Vida-Sunshyne Vocals
Totter Todd Saxophone
Tanjung Redeb Imak Vocals
Stero-Lion Vocals
Punan Elders Vocals
Lynelle Moran Vocals
Lady K Vocals
J Criminology Vocals
Ivan "Choi" Khatchoyan Drums
Hector Becerra Drums
Emcee Vill Vocals
Elf Tranzporter Vocals
DJ Illnaughty scratching
David Icke Vocals, Spoken Word
A.P.O.S.T.L.E. Vocals
Dan West Synthesizer
Ganga Giri Didjeridu
Technical Credits
KRS-One Composer
Dr. Israel Composer
Killah Priest Composer
Traditional Composer
Elf Tranzporter Composer
Resurrector & Patch Composer
Totter Todd Composer, Audio Production
Resurrector Composer, Audio Production
Elf Tranzporter Composer
Patch Composer, Audio Production
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