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Qwazaar (of Typical Cats + Outerlimitz) & Batsauce: Bat Meets Blaine

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Qwazaar & Batsauce follow up their masterful Style Be The King EP (2011, Fifth Element/Galapagos4) with a 14-track juggernaut entitled Bat Meets Blaine. The record is an absolute rarity, a series of inspired sessions from a world-class MC & producer team at the height of their respective powers. Batsauce provides ambidextrous backdrops that are as multilayered as they are strident, while Qwazaar simply astonishes, baring his soul while performing near-impossible lyrical feats. It's a record all true heads should cop and that all lab scientists can envy.

At this point in his career, Qwa's pedigree is unquestionable. South Side representative extraordinaire; Low End theorist; endlessly inventive with flows and increasingly daring in subject and range. Long hailed for his vocal ability, the decades have seen Qwa transform into the rare artist whose symphonic flow is effortlessly matched to pitch-perfect confessional content. The moments that meld both into a unique storytelling voice are rare-Rakim's "The Ghetto" comes to mind, as do Black Thought's post-bop excursions. Qwa's true corollary, however, aren't his fellow MCs-it's Charlie Parker, whose wrenching solos feature a technical genius that are only matched by their sorrow-the sound of Icarus' wings melting. He's found his proper spar this go-round-Batsauce is a Berlin-based turntable Gillespie (URB recently dubbed him "the next 'it' thing in...underground hip hop"), and their first full-length is a true titanic, trans-Atlantic meeting of the minds. Tasteful guest shots only augment the chemistry: Denizen Kane, Onry Ozzborn, Offwhyte, KP the Ilustrado of The Pacifics, Lady Daisey, and DJ Bizkid round out a stellar supporting cast.

Bird once famously said, "If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn." Bat Meets Blaine is a record of tremendous vitality and reach-Chicago, LA, Jacksonville, and Berlin are a part of its geographic DNA. It numbers several underground classics (Typical Cats, Walk Through Walls, Suicide Prevention, etc.) as its bona-fide predecessors. Its progenitors have earned accolades and stripes and props in print and in person. But most importantly, it has been soaked in rum and in the river, and it has emerged as a testament to pain and power, and it plays beautifully. Bird and Diz, meet Bat and Blaine.

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1. Choice
Producers: Batsauce
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2. I Know
Producers: Batsauce
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3. What Love
Producers: Batsauce
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4. Chop Em Down
Producers: Batsauce
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5. Eye To The Sky
Producers: Batsauce
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6. Never Weaker
featuring Onry Ozzborn (of Grayskul & Dark Time Sunshine); Offwhyte; DJ Bizkid
Producers: Batsauce
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7. Surrealism
featuring Lady Daisey
Producers: Batsauce
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8. Power
Producers: Batsauce
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9. If It Seems Wrong
Producers: Batsauce
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10. I'm Gone
Producers: Batsauce
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11. A Feeling
featuring KP (of The Pacifics); Denizen Kane (of Typical Cats)
Producers: Batsauce
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12. The Dream
Producers: Batsauce
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13. Til It's Done
Producers: Batsauce
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14. Thank You
Producers: Batsauce
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Total Comments: 11
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/19/2014 1:29:00 AM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az
Comment: Good from beginning to end , fuck the radio for not supporting this album!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/2/2013 12:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 13.196.194)
Location: Portland
Comment: I've been listening to Qwazaar for ten years and I'm glad everyone agrees this album is dope.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/15/2012 5:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 88.150.248)
Location: SFC
Comment: I'm flying on 'Eye to the Sky'
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/30/2011 8:31:00 AM; Partial IP: 27.212.156)
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: Every track is fucking dope i'm definately copping this.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/2/2011 10:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 90.104.189)
Location: 303
Comment: I can't get enough of this album. Batsauce came out of nowhere for me, and this dude killed it front to back. The beats seem completely effortless and the samples and cuts are some of the nicest I've heard in years. The If track 8 doesn't make you move, you need to seek immediate help.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/29/2011 5:33:00 AM; Partial IP: 152.245.75)
Location: leeds UK
Comment: another quality album from Qwazaar- raising rhe bar yet again, definetly a grower too- gets better on every listen!- all we need now is a new typical cats album- with Batsauce and Maker on the beats!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/20/2011 2:55:00 AM; Partial IP: .17.58.197)
Location: AZ
Comment: I'm so ashamed to admit this but this was the first time that I've actually listened to Qwazaar let alone even heard of Batsause. I just never really got into the Galapagos 4 crew. Obviously I never tried. This album is fucking amazing though, holy shit. Top to bottom, every aspect, straight dope. The beats are ridiculous and Qwazaar does more than justice to them. You're right a_ronious, this album will definitely change his status. New Qwazaar AND Batsuace fan right here.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/17/2011 9:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 101.19.108)
Location: Ohio
Comment: unique yet still hip hop to the core cop this if you a head
5 Stars
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 9/13/2011 1:01:00 PM; Partial IP: .119.89.28)
Location: UGHH World HQ
Comment: this is the true essence of hip hop, a perfect album. Qwazaar is so ridiculously underrated but this album will hopefully change that - this is one of those rare albums that probably any UGHH head could love regardless of your lane. Impeccable symbiosis of emcee and producer, great lyrics, fiiire beats, ridiculous flows, perfect running length with no filler or skippers, Bat Meets Blaine knocks it out the stratosphere. Galapagos4 has always been one of my favorite record labels but this joint is easily in their top 5 greatest releases. wreckonize!!!
Name: (Posted: 9/3/2011 5:25:00 AM; Partial IP: 137.200.49)
Location: PLand
Comment: Style Iz Da Key
Name: (Posted: 8/22/2011 2:35:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.129.112)
Location: 303
Comment: Can't wait. Style Be King is ill.
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