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Date of Birth [PA]

  • 1. Date of Birth (Intro) - (German)
    2. Stay Lo - (German)
    3. We Be About - (German)
    4. What You Want? - (German)
    5. Language Arts - (German)
    6. Respect the Unexpected - (German)
    7. Self-Righteous Spics (Anthem) - (German)
    8. His Hate, Her Love - (German)
    9. Burn It Out - (German)
    10. Whatever, Whenever - (German)
    11. Bleep - (German)
    12. Wordplay - (German)
    13. Alive - (German)
    14. Epitaph - (German)
    15. Space Junk - (German, featuring Kinetic NRG')
    16. Millionaire - (German)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 476

  • Credits
    EngineerJesus Roa

    The Arsonists: Q-Unique, Jise One, Swel 79.
    Additional personnel includes: Lori Velez, Zoey Pena, Elle Pena (vocals).
    Producers include: Q-Unique, Psycho Les, The Arsonists, DJ Doom.
    Personnel: Lori-Ann Velez (vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Jesus Roa.
    Recording information: Gallco Studios.
    On the sophomore release from this Brooklyn underground trio (surfacing here as Jise, Q-Unique, and Swel 79), the Arsonists continue to swim away from the mainstream, not in a calculated manner as some backpackers do to try to make a name, but because for these self-proclaimed hip-hop pyromaniacs, this is the only way to make their music. As a result, many hip-hop luminaries have taken notice, including the legendary Chuck D, who at one time quipped: "When you see a group like the Arsonists out there, they're better than what any major label has got." Living by KRS-One's immortal credo -- "Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live" -- the Arsonists set fire to many a microphone and drum machine on Date of Birth. Again sticking to their largely in-house production protocol (though the Beatnuts' Psycho Les drops a burner on "Self Righteous Spics"), flaming arrows are fired on the rollicking "Space Junk" and the classical piano-infused "Alive." But these are mere warm-up acts for two of the more memorable underground tracks in recent memory: the hilariously sharp "Millionaire," a slick, hip-hop parody of Regis Philbin's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game show, and "Language Arts," a blazing combination of kabuki theater strings and Akira Kurosawa film aesthetic. While the album lapses occasionally with a couple of patches of redundant production, Date of Birth is a strong follow-up from a crew who keep it real by nature. ~ M.F. DiBella

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (1/1/02, p.74) - 6 out of 10 - "...Arsonists are serious about their skills, and a listen to DATE OF BIRTH proves it..."
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