Planet Asia – Black Belt Theatre

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Planet Asia helped jump-start the West Coast independent hip-hop movement, releasing a slew of popular 12-inch singles on upstarts like Stones Throw and ABB Records in the late 90s that established him as one of the leaders of a crop of talent that included the likes of Dilated Peoples, Madlib, Murs, and Jurassic 5. Now a 15-year veteran, the Cali-based MC shows no signs of slowing down, especially on his the star-studded new album Black Belt Theatre. Named after a 1980s Saturday-afternoon TV show and inspired by Planet Asia's favorite films, Black Belt Theatre combines the violent precision of classic kung-fu flicks with the calculated cool of classic blaxploitation movies. Guests include veterans like Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, and Strong Arm Steady, as well as newcomers like Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, and Nio Tha Gift. And unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia got to determine the sonic direction on Black Belt Theatre, resulting in a soul-heavy, blaxploitation-influenced sound. “It was fun because I got to reach out to guys like Oh No and Khrysis for beats, find the best tracks and put together a masterpiece,” explains Asia. “It's some esoteric gangster shit…a full plate for the listener.”

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1. Lost And Found (prod. by Khrysis)
2. Grown Folks Talkin’ (ft. Talib Kweli)
3. Tell The World
4. All Mine (ft. Paul Wall)
5. No Apologies (ft. Raekwon) (prod. by Oh No)
6. Fuck Rappers (ft. Fashawn & Willie The Kid)
7. Diamond Life (ft. Camp Lo)
8. Furniture
9. Mach One
10. Daggers And Darts (ft. Rogue Venom & Tristate)
11. Bruce Lee (ft. Rasco & Chace Infinite)
12. Golden State
13. Coons (ft. Killer Ben)
14. The Line Of Fire (ft. Krondon, Picaso, & Phil The Agony)
15. Big Fish
16. External Motives (ft. The Jacka & Mitchy Slick)
17. Classical (ft. Ras Kass, Torae, & Jasiri X)
18. Stay Ready (ft. Dengee, Mistah FAB, & Nio The Gift) (prod. by Oh No)
19. Whirlwind Patterns
20. Dogon Outro

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