VA – Shaolin Style (Vinyl) (1995) (FLAC + 320 kbps)
The battle has been waged. The fort has been captured. Just Doin’ It Right Productions/Management has supplied the weapons – The Rugged Assasinz (Peace Shahiyd, Melv Da Hell-Razor), Redrum – “Da Bodycatcha”, The Lowlifes (Booya, Striketerror, Ravage and Dj Nonstop), Double Action (Mo Diggy and Sealo), E.G., Hasstyle, Renagayd, War-Child, and The Zone (Mayday and Laa) are representin’ the new vanguard of Performas com-in-atcha from SHAOLIN ISLE. These acts are poised to make their mark on the music Industry. THEY WILL NOT BE DENIED! SHAOLIN STYLE is a compilation album showcasing the best of what many critics consider to be the freshest, most innovative school of Hip-Hop, the “Shaolin Style” coming outa Staten Island, New York.
“Mortal Kombat”, the albums first cut, sets the tone as The Rugged Assasinz’ raw, hardcore lyrics are “kicked” over contrasting melodic beats. Group member Peace Shahiyd explains, “the music reflects who I am, it’s real”. Melv Da Hell-Razor further explains that “Hardcore Street Knowledge must be addressed!” Redrum “Da Bodycatcha” makes an appearance on this track. His death scene lyrics are haunting. Redrum proclaims that “my style goes back to the essence of the Lyrical Battle. No guns! Just my words, it’s Mortal Kombat of the Mind!”
The hardcore emotion is also captured by The Lowlifes as they perform the street rap “Big Up”. Group members Booya, Ravage, Striketerror and Nonstop describe their sound as “Undeground Roughness”. These beats are not for the weak-of-heart!
The group Double Action offers a song that combines riveting beats and hardcore verses in “Do or Die”. The duo Mo Diggy and Sealo have been together for several years as is evidenced by their smooth delivery. The two anticipate one another’s style. The result is lyrical Hypeness!
The cut, “Darkside of Life”, is reflective. The Zone, featuring Hasstyle, gets minds OPEN! This single can be described as “Dungeon Hardcore” with meaning. The Zone members Laa and Mayday agree that there must be “Knowledge and Science behind the music”. A beat and lyrics without purpose are a waste of their time!
“Life in the Ghetto” is a break from the albums hardcore feel. Soothing West Coast beats flava’d by powerhouse R&B vocals courtesy of Heather “Ciara” Mangus and Sonya Mason. A musical interlude delivered with sheer smoothness by Shane “Gifted” Nembhard adds the finishing touch to this already mighty mix as Double Action kick their lyrics with their East Coast vibe. But its ALL good!
Another surprising departure is the Reggae song “Wave Your Gun” by E.G. E.G. offers soul-stirring, compelling Reggae beats. E.G. describes his music as “Reggae Hip-Hop coming real.” He explains “my music is about what goes on in real life, straight from the heart, about things I go through”.
Hasstyle settles the listener securely back into the Shaolin groove with “Road to Success”. His militant style produces lyrics that flow as he raps about his hopes and dreams, about making it in this chaos-ridden world.
The Hood becomes the focus once again. Rapper Renegayd blends soft melodies with lyrics that produce realistic images of life ‘round the way. Renegayd’s music concentrates on Street Mentality and Reality. This is in keeping with the lessons learned from his musical mentor, Mad Lion. This straight-up style can also be seen in Renegayd’s delivery when he hosts the music interview program “Video Posse”.
The album’s final cut is the glue that binds this collaborative musical effort together. The sounds of the title cut “Shaolin Style” defines the album’s progressive musical, social and emotional direction. Double Action, War-Child and Renegayd bring their unique styles together, accompanied by smooth beats, to offer music lover a taste of the Shaolin School’s varied styles. These soldiers take no prisoners!
Album producer, Louis Lake makes a complete musical statement. He embraces several different musical reflections flava’d with the distinctive “Shaolin Isle” vibe. Under the skillful direction of Leo Batista, Ivan Duran, Joseph Parnell, Priya Wick and Danny Coston – the Just Doin’ It Right Management/Production team, Shaolin Style is proof positive that Hip-Hop is alive and Kickin’ on the Isle of Staten.
Some hard as fuck promo only Staten Island shit right here!
A1. Renagayd – Introduction
A2. The Rugged Assasinz feat. Redrum “Da Bodycatcha” – Mortal Kombat
A3. The Lowlifes – Big Up
A4. Double Action – Do Or Die
A5. The Zone feat. Hasstyle – Dark Side Of Life
B1. Gifted – Introduction
B2. Double Action – Life In The Ghetto
B3. E.G. – Wave Your Gun
B4. Hasstyle – Road To Success
B5. Renagayd – Shop Of Horrors
B6. Double Action, Warchild & Renagayd – Shaolin Style
FLAC – Florenfile
320 kbps – Florenfile