Monday, March 17, 2008

Velvet Glove Iron Fist 12" (1999)

The tree of artists that (the late great) Eazy-E put on is pretty well known with successful artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Black Eye Peas, but the group known as Blood Of Abraham might have been Eazy's best kept secret. Blood Of Abraham is a Jewish hip-hop duo of conscious lyricists Benyad & Mazik. The piece of wax I present to you in this update is their first release, "Velvet Glove Iron Fist."

The lead track, "Velvet Glove Iron Fist," has a melodic, dreamy vibe. Every time I listen to this song it puts me in a certain mind state. This song is all cerebral, and Benyad & Mazik hit the point dead on with their lyrics. They explore how people are pretty much infatuated with a fantasy way of living and get caught up with the so-called "The American Dream." They point how this whole concept is basically a trap to keep people in their position/place. The hook personify this point quite well.

It's just the velvet glove, that you love away and trust
Then the iron fist, comes along and then crush
and then reality..
Why is it that you fail to see they got you
Spiritually, Mentally & Physically

The producer for this track isn't listed but I have a strong feeling that they did the production themselves. The soothing vibe of the instrumental helps supply a somewhat falling feeling that draws u in and tap into your head sub-consciously. The sample saying "Spiritually, Mentally & Physically" throughout the instrumental is what caps off the cerebral feel.

On the B-side we have "99 Cent Lighter" which features B.E.P. frontman, The beat is a tad more upbeat, and this is Blood Of Abraham's version of raw shit talking lyricism. Even WILL drops a decent verse to keep pace. Both vocal and instrumental versions are available in the link. Drop a line, peace.