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Braille (of Lightheaded): Native Lungs

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5 Stars (7 customer reviews)
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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    "Native Lungs" is the 7th solo album from Portland, OR bred mc Braille. Mostly known for his passionate lyricism and strong beat selection - Braille has remained very active over the last 12 years. Although his career has many highlights he's spent most of it off the radar. He's worked with a plethora of producers including Ohmega Watts, S1, Celph Titled, 9th Wonder, Kno, DJ Spinna, OhNo, Marco Polo, 88 Keys and many more. He's toured the world performing in Japan, Europe, Australia, Canada and Brazil and has opened for legendary acts such as James Brown (20 times), De La Soul and Snoop Dogg. His sound is heavily influenced by boom-bap style production and his Christian faith is evident in his lyrics. Growing up on early 90's Hip-hop, Braille was always attracted to authentic artistry. Rather than chasing trends or watering down his music - he's remained diligent, writing honest lyrics that reflect his thoughts, emotions and experiences.

    The title "Native Lungs" is an ode' to everything Braille has "breathed in" during his lifetime, as well as a flip on the name of the classic hip-hop crew "Native Tongues". It was groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul that inspired Braille to pursue doing music. The intensity and hunger Braille displays on "Native Lungs" serves as a re-introduction to his style. His previous album "Weapon Aid" was a bit darker then the rest of his catalog because it was collection of songs he wrote during a difficult season of life. On "Native Lungs" it's almost as if Braille sounds brand new. The entire album was recorded at Side3 Studios in Denver, CO. Most of his lyrics were written spontaneously while big beats blasted out of big speakers (see the "making of" videos below). The production on "Native Lungs" is primarily handled by beat-makers residing in his home town. A few exceptions were made to include contributions from Evidence, S1 and DJ Official. In partnership with his new label Humble Beast, no corners were cut in the making of "Native Lungs". With a successful IndieGoGo campaign they were able to get engineers Frank Azzaro, Eddie Sancho and Tony Dawsey involved in the mixing and mastering process. This is indeed Braille's biggest album and marks a new chapter in his career.

    Track Listing

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    1. Native Lungs
    Producers: Odd Thomas; Xperiment
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    2. Feel It
    featuring DJ Revolution
    Producers: Evidence (of Dilated Peoples); Khrysis
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    3. Death In Me
    featuring Theory Hazit; Odd Thomas
    Producers: DaveNotti
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    4. We Will Remember
    Producers: Braille (of Lightheaded)
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    5. Storm Trooper
    Producers: Theory Hazit
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    6. Spell Check
    featuring DJ Cassidy
    Producers: DJ Official
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    7. The New Raw
    featuring Rob Swift (of The X-ecutioners)
    Producers: Ohmega Watts (of Lightheaded)
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    8. Nightmare Walking
    Producers: Trox
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    9. Too Many Tomorrows
    Producers: Calvin Valentine
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    10. Step Up
    Producers: DaveNotti
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    11. 48 Prisons
    Producers: Xperiment
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    12. DeepRest
    Producers: S1 (of Strange Fruit Project)
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    13. Finally Arrive
    Producers: Odd Thomas; Xperiment; DJ Cassidy
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    Total Comments: 7
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    Name: (Posted: 6/15/2014 3:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 45.222.100)
    Location: South Africa
    Comment: The production to the lyrics this guy needs the nearest hospital because his bars are ILL! Highlights are: Native Lungs, Feel It, Too Many Tomorrows and The Hardway ft. Andy Mineo. 5 star record.
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    Name: (Posted: 10/15/2011 2:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 239.54.194)
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Comment: BRAILLE BREEZY! Good lord man, this album is unreal. You went hard on this whole thing. THANKS!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/2/2011 9:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 29.190.103)
    Location: the north woods
    Comment: Word to hip hop kid..This are what this culture needs!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/28/2011 11:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 186.195.83)
    Location: new jerzee
    Comment: this is what hip hop is!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/26/2011 9:42:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.206.246)
    Location: heLL
    Comment: Yo Son it's Beautiful
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/25/2011 7:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.236.148)
    Location: Tx
    Comment: Awsome!!!! Simply Awesome Work!!!! Love Hip Hop Now And 4Ever!!!!!!!!!
    Name: (Posted: 8/12/2011 12:00:00 PM; Partial IP: 1.16.240.5)
    Location: Nexus of Hip hop
    Comment: It so cool to finally see this album here. I contributed to the IndieGoGo campaign and thats a cool feeling to see a product/dream that you helped finance. Can't wait to listen to the album.
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