So here we go again. Consciousness is alive and well in hip hop, or at least the coolness factor around revolutionary speak has been re-upped. In this case we have another installment of the eclectic mash up of sound and politics that Ozomatli has been cramming out for the past 15 years. This will be Ozomatli’s 5th studio album and their first with Chali 2na since their debut in 1998. The album, just like the new Cypress Hill joint has an extremely external revolution-themed aura, and both will be released on April 20th, 4/20, how cute and culturally rebellious! Let’s get right into listening to the joint, who waits till albums drop, pfff.
It’s Only Paper
Gay Vatos In Love
I think that this album will stand out from the Cypress Hill album in purpose and execution. The political motivations of Ozomatli are without a doubt educated ones. Living in Los Angeles, their ability to pick up on the cacophony of sound and culture that emanates all over the place here, puts them in a unique position to deliver a one-of-a-kind product. The re-inclusion of Chali 2na without a doubt puts a marketable voice behind the sound and message that we have come to expect from Ozomatli. Touching on subjects ranging from homosexuality to material greed and wealth, Ozomatli has chosen to continue to do what they do best, represent L.A. in a globally mindful way.
That’s enough pre-drop hype for now, if you like the tracks, cop the album 4/20.