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This Is Babylon


Download links and information about This Is Babylon by Y-Love. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Rap, World Music, Alternative genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 55:10 minutes.

Artist: Y-Love
Release date: 2008
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Rap, World Music, Alternative
Tracks: 14
Duration: 55:10
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No. Title Length
1. This Is Babylon 5:37
2. This Is Bump 5:11
3. Bring It On Down 4:35
4. Keep the Party Divine 3:38
5. Check the Technique (feat. Sha'anan Streett of Hadag Nachas) 3:21
6. Exhibit A: The Diagnosis 1:03
7. New Disease 5:41
8. 6000 4:27
9. This Is a Test 0:19
10. State of the Nation 4:36
11. Mind Transit 3:54
12. From Brooklyn to Ramle (feat. Saz) 3:57
13. Mt. Sinai 3:29
14. Mehadrin Rhymin' 5:22



In the wake of a Hasidic Jew achieving world-wide fame as a dancehall reggae deejay, it's hard to miss the mirror-image gimmickry aspect of an African-American making a splash on the hip-hop scene as a Hasidic rapper. But it's worth the effort it takes to look past the obvious strangeness and listen carefully to the songs — even if you're not fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, or Latin (all of them languages in which Y-Love raps on This Is Babylon, not to mention English). Like all good conscious hip-hop, there's just as much energy put into creating slamming beats as into preaching righteous messages. The mood is generally dark and relatively low-key: the slow and squelchy "Keep the Party Divine," the brilliantly reggae-flavored "Mt. Sinai," the darkly eschatological "6000" ("What you gonna be doin' when he shows up?") — these all combine spiritual exhortation with dancefloor booty-shaking to excellent effect. Shaanan Street joins him for an outstanding tag-team performance on "Check the Technique," and "From Brooklyn to Ramle" features some very fine Hebrew rapping (but the machine-gun sounds are a bit chilling — what exactly is the point there?). Nothing on the program jumps out as an immediate hit single (though "Mt. Sinai" does come close), but everything achieves a fine balance between darkness and light, faith and funk, warning, and an invitation to dance.