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ARTIST
TITLE
Monolith
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
MH 221CD MH 221CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/22/2003

"Omid raises the standard on producer-driven hiphop albums with Monolith, a project that rests in concept between his Celestial Recordings' smash Beneath the Surface and 2002's stellar Distant Drummer. Equally split between densely layered instrumental pieces and standout vocal tracks, Monolith features some of the world's most important emcees rhyming over Omid's beautifully crafted, Middle Eastern tinged productions: Buck 65, Busdriver, Abstract Rude, 2Mex, Spoon (of Iodine), Luckyiam.PSC, Slug, Aceyalone, and Murs all give noteworthy performances. Two standout tracks are turned in by Hymnal, whose world-weary tales of moral corruption bookend the album. In a time where some producers are content with just making beats, Omid's mature design speaks volumes with or without emcees."