Title: Hip-Hop Meditations
Label: CasaMena/Bomb Hip-Hop
Catalog Number: BHH2066
Configuration: Compact Disc
Date: in stores now!
File Under: Hip-Hop "M"
cd track listing
01. Introducing Solrac (for Eleggua)
02. Auction Block (featuring Nonameko)
03. Lucumi Song (Canto para Eleggua)
04. God Is You
05. Yemaya Meditation No. 1
06. Walking in the Light
07. I.T.I.S.I.N.Y.O.U. (featuring Suashia)
08. Obatala Meditation No. 2
09. Nine Haikus
10. Orisha Drink (Voices in my Head)
11. Sheets of Sound (for Coltrane)
13. Eggun Meditation No. 3
14. Red, White, and Blue
16. Breathe Meditation No. 4
17. Bonus Track
Oaklands Hip-Hop Slam Poet and MC Carlos Mena brings together an
amalgamation of MCs, poets and musicians for his stellar solo debut album Hip-Hop
Meditations, a joint release by his own CASAMENA record label and Bomb Hip-Hop.
This former leader of the bay area legendary hip-hop crew, 10BASS T (Lollapalooza
Tour, Ubiquity Recordings), delivers a record to live with. Carlos broadens your
mind and connects with your soul by encompassing his thought provoking rhymes,
organic production, and deep spoken word and meditative chants all under one cohesive
roof. This album is truly a journey and the documentation of Carlos spiritual
awakening over the last two years.
Throughout this journey Carlos delivers soul-filled and melodic hip-hop jams,
such as, "Walking in the Light" featuring MC AngelEye and "Buscando
Luz" featuring Speech of the Grammy award winning and 5x Platinum
selling group Arrested Development. Included on the album are four beautiful
meditation tracks, which fuse traditional African bata drums, (used in Lucumi/Santeria
"Orisha worship") and help you relax and make peace with yourself. Spoken
word poetry is also showcased and truly paints pictures like "Sheets of Sound
(for Coltrane)" and "Red, White and Blue" featuring Suashia. These
different elements combined doesnt make this release sound like your average
hip-hop album, but then again Carlos Mena is not your average hip-hop artist.
His influences and background span from house to dancehall, to afro-cuban as well
as poetry and obviously hip-hop. Unlike your typical misogynistic hip-hop album,
Carlos features many talented female artists like AngelEye, Suashia, Evelyn
Crespo-Mena, Gabrilla Ballard, Rosa Parilla, and CASAMENA recording
artist Noñameko in a very positive light.
Light up your incense, close your eyes, and dive into the sounds of Carlos Menas