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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Pitchfork on Blue Scholars’ Bayani

posted by on June 5 at 11:18 AM


Today Pitchfork posted their review of Blue Scholars’ Bayani. They give it a respectable 6.8. Is this the first time Seattle hip hop’s scored an album review on the site? Well, no. But it’s still a pretty big deal.

Pitchforky (that’s a real adjective) prose:

They play up their otherness as a nationally known hip-hop group from Seattle, dropping evocative regional references from 1980s Sonics fixture Xavier McDaniel to front-line accounts of the World Trade Organization demonstrations, while their ethnicity (MC Geologic is Filipino-American; DJ/producer Sabzi is of Iranian heritage) stands out as a prospective dialogue-starter in such a race-conscious genre. But while there’s admirable intent behind their working-class solidarity, the album could use a bit more levity and funk for fans still riding high off the party-political momentum of last year’s brilliant Coup album Pick a Bigger Weapon.

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the writer is an onion writer. pitchfork is such that if another writer got a hold of this, it would have gotten a really snarky review.

for the site, i'd say this is a very balanced assessment, BTW easily the most positive review so far of "the new rawkus." notice the reviewer talked not at all about the label's history or reputation, but focused on the music and it's connection to seattle. that's got to make the scholars happy.

anybody else find it weird that pitchfork- who loves LITA- doesn't seem to have the saturday knights on its radar?

Posted by ndrwmtsn | June 5, 2007 12:37 PM

Looks like I got out of Pitchfork on time. But I brought something from the early days with me:

Anytime you see a review you don't like, just look at the above link. Perspective is a beautiful thing.

Posted by Jason Josephes | June 5, 2007 1:11 PM

they only like the reissues dude not the new bands...

Posted by anon | June 5, 2007 2:14 PM

it got a better rating than Brother Ali or R. Kelly, so not bad.

Posted by nwh | June 5, 2007 2:20 PM

Get over it. It's only a grade.
Isn't music criticism passe or to be ignored anyway?

Posted by biggie j guitar player for amplified rock outfit SSS | June 5, 2007 3:52 PM

I believe you are thinking of Nathan Rabin.

Posted by Sanchez | June 5, 2007 4:51 PM

yeah #6 rabin is right

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