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The So Called Seder: A Hip Hop Haggadah

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
From avant-garde New York artist So Called comes a rather iconoclastic rendition of a Passover Seder dinner. The ceremonial songs sung during the night are represented and remixed. The style is somewhat reminiscent of Cut Chemist, with cuts of old, notably dated educational and cultural records intermixed with scratches and drum loops. What differentiates So Called from Cut Chemist though is less reliance on scratching, the obvious Jewish content of the samples, and a tendency for So Called to spend a fair amount of time letting guests freestyle over the top of the mix. The guests steal the show from time to time, with rising star and dancehall singer extraordinaire ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
From avant-garde New York artist So Called comes a rather iconoclastic rendition of a Passover Seder dinner. The ceremonial songs sung during the night are represented and remixed. The style is somewhat reminiscent of Cut Chemist, with cuts of old, notably dated educational and cultural records intermixed with scratches and drum loops. What differentiates So Called from Cut Chemist though is less reliance on scratching, the obvious Jewish content of the samples, and a tendency for So Called to spend a fair amount of time letting guests freestyle over the top of the mix. The guests steal the show from time to time, with rising star and dancehall singer extraordinaire Matisyahu taking over on a piece related to the drinking of the third cup of wine, Wu-Tang's Killah Priest joining in on the Ten Plagues, and a handful of others from the hip-hop world as well as the cantorial traditions. There's some incredible newfangled fusion coming from the New York Jewish musical communities of late, and So Called is poised right near the top. Worth hearing even by those unconcerned with the religious content, but probably better for those interested in the religious-artistic fusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Jdub Records
  • UPC: 616892644125
  • Catalog Number: 102
  • Sales rank: 136,379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pesach Zeit (2:39)
  2. 2 1st Cup (2:21)
  3. 3 Four Questions (2:46)
  4. 4 L.M.P.G. - Katie Moore (4:27)
  5. 5 The 10 Plagues (3:41)
  6. 6 Dayenu (2:41)
  7. 7 2nd Cup: Bless the Wine (4:59)
  8. 8 Who Knows One? (4:06)
  9. 9 3rd Cup: Yahu - Matisyahu (3:57)
  10. 10 To the Red Sea Interlude (0:58)
  11. 11 The Miriam Drum Song (Chad Gadya) (4:06)
  12. 12 Passout for Passover (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
SoCalled Primary Artist
Trevor Dunn Bass
P. Love scratching, Turntables
Killah Priest Rap
Cuz Teahan Track Performer
Ganesh Anandan Vocals, Hand Percussion
Ron Caswell Tuba
Elaine Hoffman Watts Drums
Susan Hoffman Watts Trumpet
Matisyahu Vocals, Track Performer
Teah Rap
Ego Rap
Technical Credits
P. Love Engineer
SoCalled Composer, Audio Production
Dan Seligman Management
Aaron Bisman Executive Producer
Kees Dekker Engineer
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