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Friday, Sep 19 2014 | 12:29
Image: 1592152 Blasphemy, the collaborative album from esteemed Mello Music Group
producer Apollo Brown and Ras Kass, is a thought-provoking and highly
personal treatise on the unspoken. The sub-rattling and operatic opener
“How to Kill God,” a scathing indictment of major religions and the
transgressions enacted in their name, serves as a statement of purpose. No
“ism” is out of bounds, no topic too untoward. Whatever you hold sacred
isn’t above aggressive inquiry.
Behind the boards, Apollo Brown orchestrates with divine aural vision.
Though Blasphemy is his first album with a west coast rapper, he doesn’t
retread g-funk synth grooves. He also forgoes the minimal, rubbery
bounce popular with the current crop of west coast talent. Amidst a sea of
production crafted for the drug-addled turn up, his work is a life preserver,
saving ardent hip-hop fans with hard-hitting beats made buoyant by donuts
ÄŸ*hüof an unabridged Bible to the dome, the samples masterfully selected and
utilized. With Blasphemy, Brown has created MPC gospel, sonic scripture.
In his seminal memoir Soul on Ice, Eldridge Cleaver wrote, “All the gods
are dead except the god of war.” Ever since Ras Kass titled his 1996 opening
salvo after Cleaver’s book, the critically revered Carson, CA rapper has
waged verbal warfare against all those with aims of obscuring the truth.
Rappers, preachers, politicians – none have been spared from the wrath of
his sharp, illuminating rhymes.
When not eviscerating MCs and poking holes in theologies, Ras Kass
surrounds himself with a rogue’s gallery of decorated veterans. Pharoahe
Monch, Rakaa Iriscience, Xzibit, and Royce Da 5’9” are among the
handful of the elite lyricists present. Each delivers their singular bars in top
form, making the songs on which they appear some of the best posse cuts
you’ll hear in 2014.
Above all, this album displays Apollo Brown & Ras Kass’ undeniable
synergy. Their sacred writ is the same, their blasphemy for those who want
to think as they nod to the rhythm. When Ras Kass crucifies supposed facts
over Apollo’s beats, it’s clear he is the West Coast’s preeminent philosopher.
When Apollo’s blaring suites soothe your soul, it’s an ontological fact that
he ranks among the best producers in the game. With Blasphemy, the duo
has delivered the truth.

01. Next Caller
02. How To Kill God
03. H2O (feat. Pharoahe Monch & Rakaa Iriscience)
04. Please Don't Let Me
05. Strawberry
06. Giraffe Pussy (feat. Royce The 5'9", Xzibit & Bishop Lamont)
07. Roses (feat. 4Rax)
08. Deliver Us From Evil
09. Too Much of a Good Thing (feat. Larina)
10. Animal Sacrifice
11. Humble Pi
12. 48 Laws Pt. 1
13. Francine
14. Drink Irish (feat. Slaine, Sick Jacken & Sean Price)
15. Bon Voyage Available from 28.11.2014
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