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Spirit in Stone

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Soldierfied
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It's Over
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What If It's True
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Livin' Time/Life: Movement 1 + Livin' Lude
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Fever
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Hellohihey
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Head Excercise
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Selector + Fa' Show
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Fa' Show
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State of the World/Apocalypse/War
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Resist
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5th Horseman
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Skeletons
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Emerge
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Me
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Spirit in Stone Outro
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 65:36

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Douglas Wolk writes about pop music and comic books for Time, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired and elsewhere. He's the author of Reading Comics: How Gra...more »

04.22.11
Lifesavas, Spirit in Stone
2003 | Label: Quannum Projects / The Orchard

Portland, Oregon, isn't exactly famous for its hip-hop scene, but we do have one top-notch crew, the Lifesavas team of Vursatyl, Rev. Shines and Jumbo the Garbageman. They've toured with Blackalicious, and their own 2003 debut album could pass for a lost gem from 1992: funky cut-ups that tweeze their grooves from deep in the crates (and not just the "funk" crates), and hot-potato rhyme-swapping that's as much about exploring themes as verbal pyrotechnics. De… read more »

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ulrichrp

I have seen these guys live a couple times and there just as good as their albums. All their tracks have great beats and lyrics. I heard about them through some Gift of Gab tracks. If you like this smooth style of Hip-Hop you'll dig Othello and Braille. Great music. I would love to see some new albums!!

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Overlooked

GutDigga

This is a great album and I can't believe it hasn't gotten more love. Nice beats the whole way thru and some great rhymes. Some of the songs can be a little weird, but hey that keeps you on your toes.

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After debuting in 1999 with the all-star Quannum Spectrum record, the Quannum label wasn’t releasing enough albums to qualify as anything other than a boutique label; Lifesavas’ wide-release LP was actually the first from a non-Quannum-connected artist. Spearheaded by Blackalicious’ Chief Xcel, Spirit in Stone reveals a heavily spiritual hip-hop crew with plenty of talent. Producer Jumbo the Garbageman creates some warm, hard-hitting tracks heavy on the soul samples, and main rapper Vursatyl expands his De La Soul influence to don several guises, from a politically and spiritually conscious intelligent rapper to a smooth-flow master to a Rasta spitter. Gift of Gab, always a great addition to an optimistic message track, drops a batch of twisting rhymes for “Livin’ Time/Life: Movement 1,” and the full Quannum crew unites for the scratch symphony “Emerge.” Lifesavas need more work to hit the same high peak as Blackalicious, but they already possess one of the rarest traits to find in hip-hop — the ability to write on intriguing subjects, no matter the mic skills or sample digging. For evidence, listen to the hilarious “Hellohihey,” on which Vursatyl runs through a collection of rap-group character lessons, from a metaphysical, cartoonish Voltron of a hip-hop crew to an arrogant, greater-than-thou rapper. – John Bush

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