Thursday, 8 May 2008
Blu & Ta'raach - C.R.A.C. tour
I met Blu in downtown L.A. last Summer at Bobbito and DJ Spinna's Wonderful party at Crash Mansion, through my girl Jaevi of Quality Collective. Met lots of cats, Amad Jamal, C Ray Walz, B+ and others. Blu was cool and we almost had him come play once already but unfortunately that tour fell through. Fresh from a dope album produced by Exile, "Below the Heavens", which has been on heavy rotation in my sets and on my ipod, we've managed to confirm him along with Ta'raach who you should know from Dilla's - Jay Love Japan and Platinum Pied Pipers - Triple P, as they promote their new album The Peice Talks.
C.R.A.C. (pronounced CRASS), and their debut release, "The Piece Talks LP," is a collaborative project from Ta'Raach and Blu, alongside a host of special guest contributors. As an acronym for Collect Respect Anna Check, the name and idea of C.R.A.C. is much more than a name. It is more so a way of life comprised by a movement of like-minded musicians, artists, producers, and documentarians for a structural change in previous stratifications of power and belief systems. It is a brand via the collective efforts of many, and their power and the ultimate Lovelution is manifested through their music.
Produced by Detroit's finest, Ta'Raach, the musical landscape is reminiscent to early Bomb Squad productions complimented by the 'left-field' humor and sensitivity similar to the work of Prince Paul for De La Soul. Both Ta'Raach and Blu share mic duties, and their chemistry is undeniable. Mainly recorded in just 7 days, the album is more like a musical and spiritual journey that listeners can feel they are a part of.
Many will be aware of Ta'Raach's previous work with the late-great Jay Dee, Platinum Pied Pipers, or his latest release, "The Fevers," and the same will go for fans of Blu's recent release w/ producer, Exile, "Below the Heavens." Regardless of their previous projects, C.R.A.C. is something new and fresh that offers a different and unique perspective to the masses. It radiates a powerful energy and confidence that people will want to study, imitate, and initiate in their every day lives. It speaks to the majority, which lack self-esteem, and opens a path never treaded upon. As one entity, C.R.A.C. is here to stay and for those who aren't on-board, are already late.
Don't miss this, it's gonna be crack!
And to all my Europeans, if you miss them in London catch them in one of the cities below;
May 8th - London, UK - LOOKOUT!
May 10th - Budapest, Hungary -
May 13th - Vienna, Austria - Claus (Loud Minority)
May 14th - Linz, Germany -
May 15th - Mainzlits, Germany - Frank (Audio Treats)
May 16th - Munich, Germany @ Erste Liga (Reebok Nite)
May 17th - Zurich, Swizz - J. Sayne -
I'm guessing they will be selling copies of the Piece Talks on the night so make sure you cop your signed copy.
plus our regular dance floor surefire party starters djs will be dropping all the best in hip hop old and new, funk, soul, new soul and beyond...
Michael D - shoreditch house
Khy Boogie - hyperadio.co.uk
DJ Cavalry - your favourite bedroom dj
it all goes down at
91-93 Great Eastern Street (old street tube st.)
London, United Kingdom
please note, this night only
entry is free before 7pm
£3 after 7pm
there is no guestlist, so make sure you get your
free entry pass from one of the djs before the night.
blu and exile - below the heavens
C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Blu & Ta Raach - The Piece Talks
1. (00:01:50) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - What Up (Part 2)
2. (00:04:24) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Buy Me Lunch (feat. Noni Limar)
3. (00:03:00) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Love Don't
4. (00:02:03) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Major Way
5. (00:00:45) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Activate Too
6. (00:03:28) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - CRACHAUSE
7. (00:02:54) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Respect
8. (00:02:31) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Pop Dem Boyz
9. (00:01:54) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - 2.16.05
10. (00:02:54) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Mr. Big Fizz
11. (00:02:00) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Chill
12. (00:00:35) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Hello!?
13. (00:03:11) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Go!
14. (00:01:20) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Activate...As Well
15. (00:04:12) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Bullet Through Me (feat. Shawn Jackson)
16. (00:01:11) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Cotton
17. (00:04:51) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Credits
18. (00:00:59) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Umm Yeah
19. (00:14:36) C.R.A.C. Knuckles - Ready