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24 Hour Karate School:twilight Zone(Explicit Version) CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 228254727
UPC: 857593002863
UPC 14: 00857593002863
Release Date: 2/14/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Did I 4 The Green - (featuring Dash) ~ Ski Beatz
2. Fly By - (featuring Curren$y) ~ Ski Beatz
3. Heaven Is ~ Ski Beatz
4. Gentlemen's Quarterly ~ Ski Beatz
5. Living It Up - (featuring Mikey Rocks/Trademark Da Skydiver) ~ Ski Beatz
6. Fly High - (featuring Smoke DZA/Terri Walker) ~ Ski Beatz
7. Hip-Hop & Love ~ Ski Beatz
8. City Lights ~ Ski Beatz
9. On - (featuring Olamide Faison/Sam Adams) ~ Ski Beatz
10. Time Goes - (featuring Mac Miller) ~ Ski Beatz
11. Thank God - (featuring Rugz D Bewler) ~ Ski Beatz

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Cid D Kid.
Muze PNote Recording information: DD172 Studios, NUC.
Muze PNote Photographer: Evan Brockett.
Muze PNote Ski Beatz' debut album begins with a little old and a little new. 24 Hour Karate School -- which features all Ski Beatz productions in the same vein as other "producer albums" -- begins with "Nothing But Us," a horn-heavy track that sounds like Ski Beatz's ode to some of the music he produced for Jay-Z on his classic debut Reasonable Doubt, music that garnered Ski Beatz moderate, regional fame and insider legs. He updates that sound with live instrumental textures, while his new Jay-Z is New Orleans emcee Curren$y, his frequent collaborator behind the mike. But, if you're expecting more music along the lines of the ambient vibe of Reasonable Doubt and Ski Beatz's "Feelin' It" or "Politics as Usual," you won't find much of it here. He's moved on, as he should. His skills and ideas, however, have not atrophied in the 15 years since his early success. Here, Ski Beatz is offering more gutter fare, like the Just Blazey-organ'd and fuzzed-out "Go" with his fellow Harlemite Jim Jones, or the boom-bap stomp of "Prowler 2" he lays out for Jean Grae and Joell Ortiz to mike-rip, bookending the never-not-dope Jay Electronica's usual, self-described blazay-blah -- images of "salt rivers comin' out my eyeballs" and Kennedy assassination metaphors. Ski Beatz does well to bring in credible rappers to do his music right. Ras Kaas is Ras Kaas on "I Got Mines," your typical but still nasty hop-hop rock where Kaas lets you know where he stands: "everybody can't sing tryna get they Drake on." The Cool Kids emcee a beat from Ski Beatz that could be described as gutter dance music, full of distorted bass and aggressive synths that sound like fire alarms. D.C.'s Tabi Bonney and Stalley are relatively unknown rappers who get sparse canvasses to paint on. Their respective solos sound like tracks that you'd find on their debuts. But even on an album with Ortiz and Electronica and Kaas, "Super Bad" might feature the album's stand-out verse. Here Rugz D Bewler (who owes much in flow and tone to Lupe Fiasco), nimbly flips the word "super" for the song's final eight bars. It's brief but compelling. It also doesn't hurt that Ski Beatz provides a groove that somehow morphs from dancehall rock to neo-bounce. The album is lean -- just 12 tracks, the last two instrumentals. The final track with lyrics is the snarling "Back Uptown," Ski Beatz's reunion with Camp Lo, a group for which he's handled much of the production load on all three of their albums, including one of the '90s truly iconic production efforts, "Luchini aka This It." That, along with Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" and "Streets Is Watching," makes Ski Beatz one of the '90s most unheralded but important voices. Nothing on 24 Hour Karate School reaches those heights, but it is an album of solid and, at times, stellar work. ~ Vincent Thomas

Producer: Ski Beatz

Engineer: Matt Cody

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Dash
Muze Guest Artist Curren$y
Muze Guest Artist Stalley
Muze Guest Artist Mikey Rocks
Muze Guest Artist Trademark Da Skydiver
Muze Guest Artist Smoke DZA
Muze Guest Artist Terri Walker
Muze Guest Artist Tabi Bonney
Muze Guest Artist Olamide Faison
Muze Guest Artist Sam Adams
Muze Guest Artist Mac Miller
Muze Guest Artist Rugz D Bewler

Associated Artists and Works

Scarfo, Sam
5 Million Stories, Vols. 1 & 2 [Digipak] ~ Scarfo, Sam

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/14/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 30028
Music Label Name Label : DD172
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00857593002863

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ski Beatz
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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