Illuminati Congo

Illuminati Congo

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Illuminati Congo

Illuminati Congo (you've got to love that band name) are a Chicago-based hip-hop ensemble whose core membership includes rapper/toaster Jahn the Baptist and producer Nic the Graduate. On its debut album, the duo is joined by such internationally famous names as Luton Fyah, Big Youth, and Cee Knowledge (of Digable Planets), as well as locally known hip-hop figures Juice, Ang 13, Sharkula, Yaw, and I Black. The album's offerings are at times stunning, and never dip below the level of pretty dang good. Interestingly, the least impressive entries are the most straightforward hip-hop tracks: "Tell Me Who" (which traffics in tired resentments) and "Jahnigga" (which also shoots at easy targets without bringing anything sonically interesting to the mix, despite some nicely subtle turntablism). At the other end of the spectrum are standout tracks like "Eternal Life," with its honking ska horns, shuffling funk drums, and a grumbling, glowering string section; the unbelievably funky "Tweakin" (featuring local rapper Juice); and the dubwise, melodica-laced dancehall workout "No Matter What." Everything else falls somewhere in between, which means that on the whole, this album is very good indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Nyahbanga Records
UPC: 0753182103563
catalogNumber: 351

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Illuminati Congo   Primary Artist
Phil Upchurch   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Anthony Abbinanti   Baritone Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Chris Merrill   Bass,Guest Appearance
Otto Roeser   Guest Appearance
Tom Riley   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Cosmos Ray   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chuck Okulinski   scratching,Guest Appearance
Ben Bertucci   scratching,Guest Appearance
General Jahson McDaniel   Guest Appearance
David Young   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Guest Appearance
Jahnigga the Baptist "J. Hooks"   Vocals
Robin Croke   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Qi Frazier Hooks   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tim Toc   Slide Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Anthony Abbinanti   Producer
General Jahson McDaniel   Producer
Graduate "N. Gourguechon"   Producer

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