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Blood of Abraham: Eyedollartree
Blood of Abraham: Eyedollartree
Artist Blood of Abraham
Album Eyedollartree
Label Basement Records
Released 8/23/2005
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Countering the materialistic direction much of the world has taken, the majority of the songs on Eyedollartree address the type of worship that ends up destroying people. "The title is a play on the word idolatry, idol worship," Benyad says. "With all of the hype and materialism, we wanted it to show that if you're motivated by materialism, your god is really money. Your god doesn't have to be your religion. It's what you spend your time on, whether its drugs, sex, material stuff." "Calling All Citizens," the lead single, aptly demonstrates Blood Of Abraham's message. On the song, Benyad and Mazik explain that things aren't always as good as they appear, from the person who undergoes cosmetic surgery to the propaganda being pushed by an ever-increasing number of sources. By coupling the urgency of their words with a strong soundbed that features a riveting bassline, Blood Of Abraham have created music of undeniable significance and addictiveness. "The beat is universal, it'll grab anybody," Benyad proclaims. "And it's got the lyrical potency that we love. We knew right away when we finished it that it was something special. We want to spark awareness in people, about where they live and what's going on.”

Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am appears on "99 Cent Lighter," an organic, pulsating song where Blood Of Abraham warns against the ease and potential devastation that can be set off by a person's unintentional thoughtlessness, while "Rosetta Stone's" ominous wall of noise fits perfectly perfectly with its message that things must be examined and taken for what they really are. Elsewhere, underground legends Divine Styler and Kool Keith appear on the futuristic "Omegaton." Divine Styler portrays the oracle that Blood Of Abraham seeks during the song, while Kool Keith delivers yet another quirky role as the controller of water at Oasis Incorporated. We knew that if we had Kool Keith and Divine Styler on our album that it would have to be some shit," Benyad offers. "They've got their own characters on the song, and that track is like five songs in one. It's real dense audio-wise. It worked out beautifully."

Produced by Will.I.Am, Blood of Abraham, Cyrus Melchor, and Motiv8, Eyedollartree is replete with lush guitars, exotic keyboards and other-worldly sound effects. The 13-cut collection marks a definitive moment for hip-hop, standing as a testament to the idea that credible, enjoyable, groundbreaking hip-hop music can be created with an eclectic musical vision.

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