Tuesday, September 09, 2008 | Posted in ,

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Tobacco Road finds Sabzi unveiling an elegiac, sample-based sound for rapper RA Scion that's distinctly unique from Sabzi's other group, Blue Scholars. Of course, as his Massline compatriots often do, RA Scion peppers his lyrics to leftist/radical ideas from the past century. The title Tobacco Road alludes to a 30s novel about struggling Georgia sharecroppers in the Great Depression. Many of the songs feature themes where impoverished rural protagonists manage to combine spiritual faith with political activism.

"Tobacco Road showcases a more lyrically engaging RA Scion over Sabzi's most creative and melodic compositions to date. It is laden with heavy introspection and RA Scion's staunch personal convictions on life, love and art with meaning, but is noticeably absent of the feeling of pseudo-evangelical idealism," reads a press release for the album. "The album is not an 'easy' read, however, and not fashioned to be fully digested in a single setting. Tobacco Road is comprised of 18 tracks, within which lie hidden gems that the listen will appreciate with dedicated discovery. Upon closer examination, you'll find the incorporation of seasonal progression in reference to the album's agricultural influence."

1) Service
2) Trouble Is
3) Gol’Dust
4) Slow Cure
5) Back Home (The Return)
6) 40 Furrows
7) House
8) Winter Takes All
9. Weather Vane
10) 40 Acres
11) Nina Sing feat. Funklove
12) Certitude feat. Chev
13) The Crucible feat. Geologic of Blue Scholars
14) 40 Thieves
15) Spits (inst.)
16) Nothin’ At All
17) Swell
18) Tobacco Road

Review coming soon...