Planet Asia - Black Belt Theatre 2xLP

Planet Asia - Black Belt Theatre 2xLPPlanet Asia
Label: Green Streets Entertainment
Year: 2012
Price: $17.95
Format: Vinyl

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Named after a 1980s Saturday-afternoon TV show and inspired by Planet Asia's favorite films, Black Belt Theatre combines the violent precision of classic kung-fu flicks with the calculated cool of classic blaxploitation movies. ''I wanted to make the album like a movie, something you would see in a theater,'' says Asia. ''That's why it has so many features. All the guests feel like different characters in the movie.'' These guests include veterans like Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, and Strong Arm Steady, as well as newcomers like Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, and Nio Tha Gift. ''They're basically just all people I thought were dope,'' says Asia. ''Both young cats I'm feeling and veterans I've always admired.'' Unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia also got to determine the sonic direction on Black Belt Theatre, resulting in a soul-heavy, blaxploitation-influenced sound. ''It was fun because I got to reach out to guys like Oh No and Khrysis for beats, find the best tracks and put together a masterpiece,'' explains Asia. ''It's some esoteric gangster !!...a full plate for the listener.''

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Produced by Khrysis (track 1); Dirtydiggs (2, 3, 6-10, 12, 13, 20); Twiz the Beat Pro (4, 15, 16); Oh No (5, 18); Soulprofessa (11); Brisk Oner (14); Religion (17, 19).

1.Lost and Found
2.Grown Folks Talkin (feat. Talib Kweli)
3.Tell The World
4.All Mine (feat. Paul Wall)
5.No Apologies (feat. Raekwon)
6.F*ck Rappers (feat. Fashawn / Willie the Kid)
7.Diamond Life (feat. Camp Lo)
9.Mach One
10.Daggers and Darts (feat. Rogue Venom / Tristate)
11.Bruce Lee (feat. Chace Infinite / Rasco)
12.Golden State
13.Coons (feat. Killer Ben)
14.The Line of Fire (feat. Krondon / Phil Da Agony / Picaso)
15.Big Fish
16.External Motives (feat. The Jacka / Mitchy Slick)
17.Classical (feat. Ras Kass / Torae / Jasiri X)
18.Stay Ready (feat. Mistah FAB / Dengee / Mo the Gift)
19.Whirlwind Patterns
20.Dogon Outro

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