Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Long a phantom of the underground hip-hop scene, Divine Styler has been met with extreme anticipation upon his return. Newly converted to Islam, he devotes much of Wordpower 2 to his faith. Yet where others are didactic, t... more »
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Long a phantom of the underground hip-hop scene, Divine Styler has been met with extreme anticipation upon his return. Newly converted to Islam, he devotes much of Wordpower 2 to his faith. Yet where others are didactic, the Styler speaks of conviction without alienating rap's core audience--he still sounds as raw and insightful as he did in years past. The album opens with "Al-Ahdan," an Islamic prayer; a later track, "Hajji," relates the tale of Styler's own haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is a cornerstone of the Islamic faith. Over thundering beats that wouldn't sound out of place in Queensbridge, he tells his tale with a thuggish delivery, ensuring he's preaching well beyond the converted. --Jon Caramanica
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Gregory Ashley(greg@ashleygraphics. | Boston, MA. | 01/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been listening to hip hop since '79 and I've heard many albums, but undoubtedly this is one of the BEST hip hop albums I've ever heard. The thing that really shines on this album is the positivity. No mediocre tales of guns, hoes, and drugs on this CD. Divine Styler who originally started out with Ice-t's Rhyme Syndicate in the late 80's released the album Wordpower which did well and contained a positive pro-black vibe. After severing ties with The Rhyme Syndicate and re-emerging on a new record label(Giant) he released the incredible "Spiral Walls Containing Autumns of Light" which was a blend of hip-hop, spoken word, industrial, speed metal, and acoustic. The content here was more mature, addressing his belief in the 5% Nation of Islam Theology, but is still easily embraceable by those of a different faiths. Now on his most recent Word Power 2:Directrix he chronicles how his beliefs and life have changed since his trip to Mecca where all Muslims make an excursion to pray and worship together. "Word Power 2" like his previous album don't necessarily fall under the tradionally sound of other hip hop albums with overused samples and beats. On this CD as with his previous album he plays all his own instruments and produces most of the album himself. The lyrical content on this album is very thought provocking. Take for example "Before Mecca". This song chronicles Divine's mentality before his conversion to Islam and his philosophical beliefs afterwards. The insert in the CD breaks down exactly what all the terms mean and exactly what he's saying on the song for those who aren't familiar with terms associated with his religion. Another stand out song is "Time Fold '79" which is a dedication to old school hip hop on which Divime reminisces on his days in New York during the time of Breakdancing and Graffitti. It brought back alot of memories for me too. Other notable songs are:"Hajii", "Nova" (with label mates Styles of Beyond), "Invitation to Life" and the last cut: "Gift of Love" which is an acoustic number with Divine doing spoken word. It's definately worth listening to."
email@example.com | Queenz NYC | 10/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW!!! What an album, great. Fially somebody with something to say thats positve without coming off soft. His flow is like the Nile his mic stance is strong and definate. Yet his words are sweet and knowledgable, some you rearly if ever see in any type of music let alone rap. The musical side of this album doesnt get put on the back burner because of content its elevated to another level! Undiscribable.."