Blood Of Haiti
label: firm & cleo
includes: wyclef jean, d.auguste, mecca, paw dukes, assassin, papa doc, foxy brown, dialek, others.
year of release: 2004
1. Intro - Blood Of Haiti (Stop The Killing)
2. Wyclef Jean/Fox Brown "Haitian Mafia"
3. Jules/Das "Travelin (Haiti To Japan)"
4. Seca Konsa "Pajijem"
5. D.Auguste "Midnight Express"
6. Interlude - Blood Of Haiti (Stop The Killing)
7. Laster "Street Poetry"
8. Barbancourt Nan Nov. Pt. 2
9. Jules/Rony/Lion Paw "Lakay"
10. Mecca "Ayisien"
11. Paw-Dukes "C'est La Vie"
12. Papa Doc "Real Hip Hop"
13. Wyclef Jean/Buggah "La Vie New York"
14. Assassin "Earth Wing Fire"
15. Interlude - Blood Of Haiti (Stop The Killing)
16. D.Auguste/Paw Dukes/Laster/Dialek "The Mic"
17. T Pe Show aka Fresno/M-D 200 Years (beat Immortal Technique LP)
18. Eddie Francois "Zinga"
19. Jules "Like That (Rap Creole)"
Like many conflicts on this earth that are not of any interest for making high profit, the killings in Haiti disappeared from the press as fast as they had cropped up. Here is something to remind.
"Haiti is a very small country, but it's easy to forget about the small ones, but it's problems are getting bigger every's easy to forget the suffering in Haiti…" That's how this mixtape starts, and who is worthier to follow this statement than mister hip hop Haiti itself, mighty Wyclef; effective support coming from the singer Foxy Brown ("Haiti Mafia"). Feel free to feel loose. "Travelin (Haiti To Japan)" by Jules / Das proves that linkage goes further than to enemy-friend USA and that Japanese goes well with Creole. Anyway, Creole gives an excellent rhyming, words flowing effortlessly. "Street Poetry" (by Laster) treats you with a phat blaxploitation beat and some real flow. Laster is really something to dig. Timeless.
What comes now, is Madsol-Desar talking, drinking, playing some French chansons….the perfect picture ("Barbancourt Nan Nov. Pt. 2"). Then, what we have been missing so far: zouk, finally. "Lakay" by Jules, Rony and Lion Paw is really nice to hear, completely in place, but also not really soothing our melancholy. Never mind, we're served two club tracks to cheer up. ("Ayisien" by Mecca and "Real Hip Hop" by Papa Doc). On "La Vie New York" things get somewhat contemplative again, apparently talking 'bout emigrant life. For the ones who are happy enough to understand Haitian Creole…
Madsol-Desar appears every now and then, reminding us of Haiti, still drinking… ("Interlude - Blood Of Haiti (Stop The Killing"). D. August, Paw Dukes, Laster and Dialek's "The Mic" comes without rough edges. Like many times before, rhymes are impressively sophisticated, flow polished as hell. Now, if anyone had been missing the heat: "Zinga" (by Eddy Francois) spreads the unmistaken Caribbean flavor. Did I see any hips swinging? Hopefully, because Haiti is not only about murder and chaos; this seems to be the bottom line here after all.
Speaking about the lot that's presented here, it's fair enough to say that beats (many of which produced by DJ Madsol-Desar) stand on solid ground; discrete instrumentation, rhymes ever filling the space. What we feel is an intact sense of rhythm and musical quality. Sounds that easily find their way to the ear. Still, it might happen every now and then that the simpleness of certain tracks fails the taste of any complex mind. Besides the occasional gaps in between plain melodies, however, rhymes appear elaborated, melancholic at times, rarely grim, mostly peaceful. If music had political power, then... that's what we ponder. Once again.
review: denise
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