Wednesday, October 12, 2011



Artist : C-Rayz Walz
Title : Ravipops (The Substance)

Genre : Hip-Hop
Label : Definitive Jux
Catnr : DJX065-2
Type : Album
Ripped : 2011
Released : 2003
Source : CDDA
Quality : VBRkbps
Size : 112,4 MB

eh about this release


Socially conscious and a skilled freestyler,
underground rapper C-Rayz Walz participated in
open-mike nights around New York City before
hooking with the Stronghold collective. Walz's
earliest appearances included mixtapes, an
AWOL magazine compilation, and Single Minded
Pros' "Session 2" EP. A demo-filled debut
album, "The Prelude", appeared on his own Sun
Cycle Entertainment imprint in late 2001 and
soon caught the attention of the folks at
Definitive Jux. A guest feature on Cannibal
Ox's "The Cold Vein" with fellow Stronghold
member L.I.F.E. and an appearance on Aesop
Rock's "Labor Days" kicked off his
relationship with the label.

While he touches upon the same socially
conscious topics labelmate Mr. Lif does,
C-Rayz Walz comes from a refreshingly more
personal and humble angle. Family, home life,
and the day-to-day struggle are topics that
show up on "Ravipops", an album title that
represents Walz's status as father to the
newborn Ravi and a new alias for the rapper. A
corrupt and oppressive world has often been a
topic for underground rap; seeing it through
the less self-centered eyes of a father is
what gives the album its allure and makes Walz
seem all the more genuine. Don't think Walz
has bought his Cosby sweater and clamped down.
He boasts, sings the praises of weed, and
cusses all over the album, and his distaste
for the status quo is obvious.

It's his appreciation of life's simple
pleasures that makes him easy to relate to and
an underdog worth rooting for. There's a new
producer for practically every track, but the
album flows well enough, keeping things more
traditional than expected for a Definitive Jux
release, and the freestyling ranges from
biting to abstract. The ode to domestic
responsibility, "Protect My Family", and the
nostalgic look at one of rap's brilliant
years, "'86," are highlights, with raps that
are focused and inspired. Walz's developing
skills may not turn every head right away, but
he sounds like he's on the road to releasing
underground rap's "What's Going On".


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::t r a c k l i s t :::

01. Floe (Prod. Malik Allah) [02:58]
02. The Essence (Prod. Belief) [04:12]
03. Guns And Butter (Feat. Natural K.A.W.S.) (Prod. R'Thentic) [03:51]
04. Protect My Family (Feat. Killa Kal) (Prod. DJ Lord Ron) [04:21]
05. Thug Melody (Prod. Belief) [04:16]
06. '86 (Prod. DJ Sean One) [03:57]
07. The Lineup (Feat. Breezly Brewin, J-Treds, MF Doom, Thirstin How [04:26]
08. Buck 80 (Prod. DJ Etch A Sketch) [04:21]
09. Battle Me (Feat. Natacha Elossaint) (Prod. Jo Chris) [04:35]
10. Elephant Guns (Prod. Belief) [04:46]
11. We Live (Prod. Ste-Lo) [04:30]
12. Yeah (Feat. Natural K.A.W.S.) (Prod. Malik Allah) [03:48]
13. Seal Killa (Feat. 4th Pyramid & Malcolm Bix) (Prod. Wally What) [03:59]
14. Dead Buffalos (Prod. Plain Pat) [04:09]
15. Camouflage (Prod. Black Panther) [04:30]
16. 3 Card Molly (Prod. Belief) [04:18]
17. Moses (Madd Cold) Revelations 15:2 Fuhks [03:01]




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