|MH-243 Blue Sky Black Death - A Heap Of Broken Images
Blue Sky Black Death step on the scene with their double CD debut, A Heap Of Broken Images. Comprised of producers Kingston and Young God, this San Francisco tandem explores the nether regions of hip-hop, meshing dark samples, vocal snippets and live intrumentation into an album that holds its mood from start to finish. The first CD consists entirely of dense instrumental music, while the second is structured around guest MCs. Jus Allah, Wise Intelligent (Poor Righteous Teachers), Sabac Red (Non-Phixion), Guru (Gang Starr), Chief Kamachi, A-Plus and Pep Love (Hieroglyphics), Rob Sonic, Virtuoso, Mikah-9 (Freestyle Fellowship), Awol One, and Holocaust (Wu-Tang) all appear. This deep line up of collaborations spans the spectrum of hip-hop sound with stirring cohesion.
|Pure, unadulterated hip-hop fire - Vapors / Screams quality all throughout - Word / Stunning - Mean Street / Recommended! - Boomkat / The music is so intriguing it's impossible to stop listenining - All Music Guide / If you need something new and fresh in your life you may have just found it - UK Hip-Hop
|The second CD is pure, unadulterated hip-hop fire. It opens with “Engage My Words,” which features Jus Allah, Wise Intelligent, and Sabac Red spitting hot flames and dropping jewels of knowledge over a dark and grimy, yet catchy beat. It’s the rebirth of East Coast street science rap. From there the program travels across the country to Oakland with Pep Love and A-Plus doing some classic Hieroglyphics shit. Hip-hop has been thirsting for that ‘93 to Infinity flavor since the ‘90s. The track is an appetizer, hopefully a full course Hiero meal is in the works. And it gets better from there with appearances from Guru, Chief Kamachi, Mike Ladd and Mikah-9 to name a few. Each of these legends seem possessed and inspired on the tracks, lending some of the best verses I’ve heard from them in a long while. One of my favorite tracks is “Scriptures,” where Li’l Sci blesses us with some brain cell therapy. Li’l Sci says it best: the album is “Grassroots/Hand to hand style back to basics.” Make sure to cop this one y’all. - Vapors