Album Pitchfork on Blue Scholars’ Bayani
posted by June 5 at 11:18 AMon
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.