When terrible shit jumps off in some other part of the world, the mind automatically goes to the people you know who are there or are somehow connected to it. For many of us in the New York DJ circuit, the first person we thought of when we heard the news about Haiti was undoubtedly Madsol-Desar. Not only because he is everywhere, DJing at the most unexpected events and tirelessly representing his side at the rest. But also because long before the talking heads could find Haiti on a map, he was doing his thing to focus the eyes of the world on his native land with the Blood of Haiti mixtape and movement. In what must have been an around-the-clock effort he has just dropped Blood of Haiti pt. II, doing his piece to keep the alarm bell ringing just as the mainstream media  gets restless and starts looking around for the next tragedy to alchemize into ratings gold. About the music I’ll just say this: of all the harrowing images and testimonials we’ve heard from Haiti, nothing has made the hair stand up on the back of my neck quite like the sound of kreyol sung over the ominous bounce of the Shootout riddim. This mixtape is not a problem. It’s a state of emergency. stream the mix via soundcloud here:


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PRESS- Like many conflicts on this earth that are not of any interest for making high profit, the killings in Haiti disappeared from the press as fast as they had cropped up. Here is something to remind."Haiti is a very small country, but it's easy to forget about the small ones, but it's problems are getting bigger every's easy to forget the suffering in Haiti…" That's how this mixtape starts, and who is worthier to follow this statement than mister hip hop Haiti itself, mighty Wyclef; effective support coming from the singer Foxy Brown ("Haiti Mafia"). Feel free to feel loose. "Travelin (Haiti To Japan)" by Jules / Das proves that linkage goes further than to enemy-friend USA and that Japanese goes well with Creole. Anyway, Creole gives an excellent rhyming, words flowing effortlessly. "Street Poetry" (by Laster) treats you with a phat blaxploitation beat and some real flow. Laster is really something to dig. Timeless.What comes now, is Madsol-Desar talking, drinking, playing some French chansons….the perfect picture ("Barbancourt Nan Nov. Pt. 2"). Then, what we have been missing so far: zouk, finally. "Lakay" by Jules, Rony and Lion Paw is really nice to hear, completely in place, but also not really soothing our melancholy. Never mind, we're served two club tracks to cheer up. ("Ayisien" by Mecca and "Real Hip Hop" by Papa Doc). On "La Vie New York" things get somewhat contemplative again, apparently talking 'bout emigrant life. For the ones who are happy enough to understand Haitian Creole…Madsol-Desar appears every now and then, reminding us of Haiti, still drinking… ("Interlude - Blood Of Haiti (Stop The Killing"). D. August, Paw Dukes, Laster and Dialek's "The Mic" comes without rough edges. Like many times before, rhymes are impressively sophisticated, flow polished as hell. Now, if anyone had been missing the heat: "Zinga" (by Eddy Francois) spreads the unmistaken Caribbean flavor. Did I see any hips swinging? Hopefully, because Haiti is not only about murder and chaos; this seems to be the bottom line here after all.Speaking about the lot that's presented here, it's fair enough to say that beats (many of which produced by DJ Madsol-Desar) stand on solid ground; discrete instrumentation, rhymes ever filling the space. What we feel is an intact sense of rhythm and musical quality. Sounds that easily find their way to the ear. Still, it might happen every now and then that the simpleness of certain tracks fails the taste of any complex mind. Besides the occasional gaps in between plain melodies, however, rhymes appear elaborated, melancholic at times, rarely grim, mostly peaceful. If music had political power, then... that's what we ponder. Once again. 

#Urban Smart//


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