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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 (born in Fresno, he's spent most of his career living in Los Angeles and San Francisco) shows no signs of slowing down. The first decade of the new millennium saw Asia briefly sign with major label Interscope, go independent again for his debut album The Grand Opening, release full-length collaborative projects with both Evidence of Dilated Peoples (The Medicine) and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill (Pain Language), form his own label (Gold Chain Music), and work with everyone from Linkin Park to Bun B to Ghostface Killah. Now, Planet Asia is back with his first retail album in four years, the star-studded Black Belt Theatre, which hits stores everywhere via Daddy Real/Wandering Worx/Greenstreets on February 28th, 2012.

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. "I wanted to make the album like a movie, something you would see in a theater," says Asia. "That's why it has so many features. All the guests feel like different characters in the movie." These 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. "They're basically just all people I thought were dope," says Asia. "Both young cats I'm feeling and veterans I've always admired." Unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia also 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 !!...a full plate for the listener."

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1. Lost And Found
Producer: Khrysis (of Away Team)
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2. Grown Folks Talkin
featuring Talib Kweli (of Black Star & Reflection Eternal)
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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3. Tell The World
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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4. All Mine
featuring Paul Wall
Producer: Twiz The Beat Pro
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5. No Apologies
featuring Raekwon (of Wu-Tang Clan)
Producer: Oh No
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6. Fuck Rappers
featuring Fashawn; Willie The Kid
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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7. Diamond Life
featuring Camp Lo (Sonny Cheeba + Geechi Suede)
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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8. Furniture
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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9. Mach One
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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10. Daggers And Darts
featuring Rogue Venom; Tristate
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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11. Bruce Lee
featuring Chace Infinite (of Self-Scientific); Rasco
Producer: Soul Professa
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12. Golden State
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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13. Coons
featuring Killer Ben
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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14. The Line Of Fire
featuring Krondon (of Strong Arm Steady); Phil Da Agony (of Strong Arm Steady); Picaso
Producer: Brisk Oner
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15. Big Fish
Producer: Twiz The Beat Pro
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16. External Motives
featuring The Jacka (of The Mob Figaz); Mitchy Slick (of Strong Arm Steady)
Producer: Twiz The Beat Pro
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17. Classical
featuring Ras Kass; Torae; Jasiri X
Producer: Rel!g!on
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18. Stay Ready
featuring Dengee; Mistah F.A.B.; Nio The Gift
Producer: Oh No
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19. Whirlwind Patterns
Producer: Rel!g!on
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20. Dogon Outro
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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Total Comments: 46
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/6/2013 11:21:00 AM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: Man ya'll trippin Asia going hard on this biiitch!! If you like raw lyrics and soulful break beats then peep it!
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 2/23/2013 3:03:00 PM; Partial IP: .78.147.42)
Location: stantum
Comment: wack as hell
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 1/25/2013 9:44:00 AM; Partial IP: 50.126.161)
Location: here
Comment: what hapen witt beats of this album, almost are bad and boring beats, planet need back to his solid albums and make better shit
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/1/2012 4:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 24.111.157)
Location: Leicester UK
Comment: Normally a big fan of Planet A, but not a lot going on here to keep my interest. Golden State is i-ight though.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/15/2012 11:48:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Tampa Bay
Comment: I like it, real dope production, Asia doing what he does. Best album other then Pain Language
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/26/2012 9:34:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Per-COL
Comment: me ha gustado parece verdaderamente sencillo, pero las letras son el significado de lo que sentimos y hacemos o dejamos de hacer.
Name: (Posted: 4/29/2012 12:54:00 PM; Partial IP: 182.20.241)
Location: LA
Comment: HAHAHAHA little do you know. For a 34 year old, your pretty lame for trying to argue with me on undergroundhiphop. stick to buying your sorry ass albums because your taste in hip hop is horrible.
Name: (Posted: 4/25/2012 8:09:00 AM; Partial IP: .72.219.26)
Location: Copenhagen
Comment: Waauw what a comeback, you are going places, I see a bright future for you, as a manager of a McDonald's, or a Night janitor at wallmarts, you know, something that matches your high intelligence..
Name: (Posted: 4/19/2012 12:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 182.20.241)
Location: LA
Comment: Jacob..... your gay.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/17/2012 6:10:00 AM; Partial IP: 141.61.124)
Location: LA
Comment: Good to hear him back, not the all time greatest form PA's has been in but worth listening.
Name: (Posted: 4/12/2012 11:38:00 AM; Partial IP: .72.219.26)
Location: Copenhagen
Comment: Ok had to comment back on "sneaksnshit", let me ask you this, do you own Cali Agents - How the west was one? Now thats a 5 star album from PA (and Rasco), now with that in mind, would you still give this 5 stars? and I never wrote the album was bad, I was saying it was average, so please let me be entitled to my opinion, I been buying my hiphop since I was 10 (pushing 34)
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/4/2012 1:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 77.144.119)
Location: Da Dirty Southeast
Comment: This is why Planet Asia is one of my favorite MCs right now! Loved most of the beats, and the lyrics were dope as usual for PA. I even liked the Paul Wall collab cuz when all is said and done, dude CAN rhyme! Overall, BBT is a bangin' album from top to bottom. Worth the hard earned Loot!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/29/2012 9:16:00 PM; Partial IP: .94.29.121)
Location: K.C.
Comment: this is a really good album, just falls a little short of being perfect. 1, Paul Wall, 2, too many guests. I actually like most, if not all the beats. Smooth and jazzy with that wu-tang style interlude between some songs. Asia's lyrics are always on point. I would actually give this 4.5.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/27/2012 12:54:00 PM; Partial IP: 182.20.241)
Location: LA, USA
Comment: DOPE ALBUM! guy from copenhagen is crazy! DOPE BEATS first of all, nice concept. copenhagen?! whats hip hop over there? nothing. must have a disillusioned idea of hip hop is "supposed" to be.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/27/2012 12:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 182.20.241)
Location: LA, USA
Comment: DOPE ALBUM! guy from copenhagen is crazy! DOPE BEATS first of all, nice concept. copenhagen?! whats hip hop over there? nothing.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/27/2012 7:36:00 AM; Partial IP: 142.192.41)
Location: Joburg, South Africa
Comment: The album is a dope banger with a great combination of feautures and concepts like dat Bruce Lee track. Dudes from Copenhagen & Hungary wat ya'll goin on about??! STFU, hehehehe
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/26/2012 2:03:00 PM; Partial IP: .72.219.26)
Location: Copenhagen
Comment: Very very average, probably shouldn't have Dirtydiggs produce half the album, I guess PA got a discount on the beats from him... I hope he did...
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2012 5:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 86.153.200)
Location: da lowa
Comment: oow wee pretty solid album thinkin of pic up the wax ..
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2012 6:57:00 AM; Partial IP: .64.11.139)
Location: Darnxo
Comment: I want to like it. But haven't been caught by it yet.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/13/2012 3:23:00 AM; Partial IP: .2.177.235)
Location: Hungary
Comment: Good in the text and the music style, but I have only worth four stars.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/10/2012 11:03:00 AM; Partial IP: 126.249.64)
Location: Newyork
Comment: One of asia's best albums of all time every track is fire. Dirty diggs is def someone to watch out for. Don't be stupid buy this album now!!!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/3/2012 2:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 47.215.105)
Location: EARTH NY
Comment: dope album .. not a total blowout .expected a banger. decent hip hop. asia is def one of my fav underground artist of all time
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/3/2012 6:42:00 AM; Partial IP: 24.135.158)
Location: LV
Comment: Impressive skillz from the Planet Asia & friends on this...
Name: (Posted: 3/2/2012 1:27:00 AM; Partial IP: .49.87.201)
Location: america
Comment: i never heard of dirty diggs before this album but he came with some real funky stuff here and planet asia destroys every track. I like his sound, sample heavy, lots of soul. even the paul wall track was good. this is one of asias finest albums. great listen. well done PA. beat after beat dirty diggs really impressed, if he's one of asia's proteges, he found a winner. miss that sound. "coons" is my favorite track, beautiful hip hop.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/29/2012 2:40:00 PM; Partial IP: .233.32.17)
Location: LA USA
Comment: Not that PA has ever come close to falling off, but this is what I like to call a return to the Classics. From track 1 to track 20, each track brings a necessary element to the totality of the album. If you know Asia then you know his potential, picture that with an aged wisdom that brings him even closer to legendary status. Keep em' coming Medallions, the seeds need these jewels. Peace.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/29/2012 1:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 98.243.137)
Location: Leysin, switzerland
Comment: awesone March one track dope greetings from switzerland
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/29/2012 3:51:00 AM; Partial IP: .28.176.12)
Location: Cape Town
Comment: Dope Album
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/28/2012 1:59:00 PM; Partial IP: .169.185.3)
Location: L.A AREA 5100 INFININT
Comment: Fresh coast knocken down New pork buildings again
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/28/2012 8:55:00 AM; Partial IP: .193.68.22)
Location: Newark, NJ
Comment: Very Good Album....that is all
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/27/2012 7:18:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Denver
Comment: 5 Stars, man
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/27/2012 3:22:00 AM; Partial IP: .78.50.186)
Location: Fresno, CA
Comment: PA all day. Top 5
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/26/2012 10:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 28.195.178)
Location: Boaton
Comment: Good album, Asia always comes with the lyrics , thought some of the beats could of been better, but overall a good album
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/26/2012 6:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 28.152.207)
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: Decent album , but in the hell , would he have a collab with paul wall .. you have to be kidding me ..??? I meen c'mon asia you really need to have a featurette album
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/25/2012 9:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 254.146.52)
Location: Bedford , England
Comment: Love it ,feeling the beats and Planet Asia is hectic.
Name: (Posted: 2/25/2012 12:44:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.206.246)
Location: heLL
Comment: Fuck Yeah
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/24/2012 2:30:00 AM; Partial IP: .231.18.85)
Location: Seattle, WA
Comment: okay, the beat to Diamond Life is fucking wack, which is a goddamn shame because the rapping on that track is fucking amazing. I have no idea what they were thinking on that one... other than that, this album is pretty solid. loving the sound.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/24/2012 12:09:00 AM; Partial IP: 194.33.177)
Location: Chica Go ILL
Comment: This shit is on point/ NUFF SAID.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/23/2012 11:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 38.214.119)
Location: The Bay
Comment: Planet Asia + Raekwon!?!?!?! Two top 5 emcees tag-teamin?!?! Talib too!?!?! And the Beats are dope?!?!! ILL SHIT SON
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/22/2012 10:47:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.123.36)
Location: North Carolina
Comment: Insane Album! Planet Asia is definitely the best.
Name: (Posted: 2/20/2012 2:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 47.130.227)
Comment: damn havn't heard this yet bout to order my copy right now, pa has yet to disappoint me
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/18/2012 2:14:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.236.148)
Location: Tx
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/18/2012 1:35:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.206.246)
Location: heLL
Comment: Classic shit
Name: (Posted: 2/16/2012 5:46:00 PM; Partial IP: 55.105.195)
Location: Stockton
Comment: Pain language was a hard album. This will probably be dope too.
Name: (Posted: 2/14/2012 3:54:00 PM; Partial IP: .83.229.17)
Location: philly
Comment: Ras Kass & The Chef is all I need to buy this one
Name: (Posted: 2/11/2012 1:37:00 PM; Partial IP: .89.153.53)
Location: troy, mi
Comment: gooooood. cannot wait
Name: (Posted: 1/25/2012 6:25:00 PM; Partial IP: .92.246.45)
Location: SJ, CA
Comment: cant wait for this one
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