Dr. Israel Live
Thematically, everything is on message, with tales of Brooklyn, Babylon and Revolution. While drawing heavily from the new album, Doc also digs into his back catalog, including a number of gems from his recently re-issued classic Inna City Pressure. It's all about defending the downtrodden and the poor, sticking up for people's rights against the man, stopping the war, the call for true justice.
A number of jams into the set, Doc brings two gifted female vocalists onstage, Lady K and Chemda- both featured on the new album- and the sound coming from the stage swells to an incredibly powerful peak. Chemda lays down some stunning Middle Eastern 24 tone vocal riffs that has the crowd howling. For the encores, Doc hands the mic to a favorite MC- identity unknown to this writer- who blows the folks away with his rootsy rapping about the power of music being able to take you away. And the crowd is along for the ride. Dr. Israel is still an artist in his ascendency; it's hard to say how far he will lead the way, but it's looking like his pulse will be informing the universe for aeons to come.