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Centri ‘Rise of a Veteran’ Mixtape reviewed on Soul Anchor Collective

Source: http://soulanchorcollective.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/centri-rise-of-a-veteran-mixtape-2012-album-review/

Centri Rise of a Veteran Mixtape

After the military Centri built up a name for himself in underground hip hop circles joining the abstract crew, The Lenzmen & debuting on The Persecution of Hip Hop compilation album in 1998 Cannibal Ox, Slug, etc. He recently dropped a military inspired album titled article 15: The Rebel Knowledge Story and will be dropping the headless Nobody featuring Akir. Blaq Poet, Sha Stimuli, Sky Zoo, etc

Congrats to Centri on the positive review.  Congrats to Dynamics Plus for producing a whole lotta cuts on the joint.

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Hard Core Wrestler 1 and 3 – Both tracks flex the lyrically advanced styling of Centri and his crew The Lenzmen. This track makes listeners remember when they first discovered that hip-hop could be more that just end rhymes and basic delivery. Whether that was via Rakim, Inspectah Deck, or Eminem on the Wake Up Show, once you hear hip-hop on this  (almost scientific) level of  representation, its hard to ever go back to monosyllabic word play.

They fully say :

Centri, the ex-military man with flow hits us with his latest project entitled  ‘Rise of a Veteran” hosted by DJ Jedi and masterfully produced by  Akir, Nickel Plated and others. Full of a slew of underground features ranging from Skyzoo to Blaq Poet and Sha Stimuli the project is laced with below the surface (and above the surface) talent ready to emerge.

Hold NY Down (Masai Bey) – The word play is reminiscent of early Canibus, with a true rapid fire approach and effortless delivery that connects the bridges and represents for NYC.

Culture Shock – This has the feel of that late nineties, hip-hop storytelling. that told social tales of urban environments within great production and lyrics that never let up. I feel that “Phone Tapped” vibe as he tells the story of a solider that has came home from 6 years in the service only to find out that the aftermath isn’t as sweet as envisioned.  That “Persecution of Hip-Hop” Centri is resurrected on this track.

Rot The Body – This track is a vacation from the emcees norm and enlists a heavy break beat package. With a flow that borderlines eccentric and sporadic the emcee creates his most diverse and improbable track. There are a couple reasons why this works…He allows himself to create a sonically nostalgic nod to hip-hops past via the beat; while at the same time bringing lyrically unpredictable rhyme schemes to the present.

Hard Core Wrestler 1 and 3 – Both tracks flex the lyrically advanced styling of Centri and his crew The Lenzmen. This track makes listeners remember when they first discovered that hip-hop could be more that just end rhymes and basic delivery. Whether that was via Rakim, Inspectah Deck, or Eminem on the Wake Up Show, once you hear hip-hop on this  (almost scientific) level of  representation, its hard to ever go back to monosyllabic word play.

Other stand out tracks worth the listen:

M.O.M.M

Residue (with The Lenzmen)

Black Light Sabre

Despite some awkward arrangements  and imbalanced mixing on a couple tracks, this mixtape goes hard and will offer a great precursor to further Centri projects. Stay tuned for Headless Nobody, the LP coming soon.  Also, we at SAC are hoping there is more from The Lenzmen. Centri seems to be at his best in this collective of big spitters.

Paz,

Antonio Cortez Appling

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You can download it for FREE here: http://centri.bandcamp.com/album/rise-of-a-veteran

And learn the man here: http://centrimusic.com/

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Centri featuring Skyzoo – RhymeGlue produced by Dynamics Plus

 Off of his upcoming Rise of a Veteran mixtape, Centri unites with Skyzoo and reinvents the concept of a hook over production from Dynamics Plus.

Centri Rise of a Veteran, The Mixtape

Centri ft. Skyzoo – RhymeGlue produced by Dynamics Plus

About a year ago, I produced a bunch of tracks off the Article 15 album from fellow Lenzmen Centri. Since then he’s been running around, traveling and meeting up with other emcees and also started featuring other rappers on his songs. Every once and a while I hear that someone else is on board and it seems like cats is really getting behind his mission. Now the thing about Centri (that I endlessly make fun of) is the fact that he’s a One-Man-Army like he done had too much super-soldier serum. When he goes in, he goes in…all in and so it’s almost no surprise when I see videos of him performing over my unreleased tracks and unfinished beats like nothing.

He mentions that he’s working on a collabo with Skyzoo. Cool. I got up on Skyzoo at a few iStandard events so I’m thinking Yeah, I can imagine them cooking up something kinda crazy. Next he tells me that it’s done and says “By the way Skyzoo picked one of your beats”. Nice, but they happened to pick a track from my Fallout Shelter instrumental album and so I had to replace it and strip down the track to create space for rhymes.  If you listen to the ending you can hear me playing the Jamisen <think Shamisen, a Japanese guitar> and I had a bridge and additional solos before the track was opened up.

The track was mixed by Big Earth and you catch it on Centri’s Rise of a Veteran. Right now he has it for free download on his Bandcamp site here. You can catch more on Centri by visiting his website here and check out his previous album Article 15: The Rebel Knowledge Story here.

Rapper’s Delite has a blog blast about this single too!

After the military Centri built up a name for himself in underground hip hop circles joining the abstract crew, ’The Lenzmen’ and debuting on ’The Persecution of Hip Hop’ compilation album back in 1998 along side Cannibal Ox, Slug, etc. He recently dropped a military inspired album titled ’Article 15: The Rebel Knowledge Story’ on 11.11.11. Veteran’s Day in preparation for his next project ‘Headless Nobody’ which features Akir, Blaq Poet, Sha Stimuli, Planet Asia and more.

New Album from Lenzmen Centri: Article 15- The Rebel Knowledge Story

November 15, 2011 Leave a comment

New Album from Lenzmen Centri:

Article 15- The Rebel Knowledge Story

Lenzmen centri Article15 album cover

Lenzmen centri Article15 album cover

There is reason to celebrate whenever a fellow Lenzmen drops a project. This is the highly anticipated album from Centri. And since Dynamics Plus did a lot of the beats, you know it’s bangin!

ALBUM NOTES FOLLOW:

From the murky depths of the rebellious souls of our few and proud U.S. Veterans comes a grim depiction of a soldier’s reality. Centri the GodKilla Zilla collaborates with Nasa and Dynamics Plus in his solo release called —Article 15: The Rebel Knowledge Story. It’s a pro-soldier album that pulls no punches, and it’s the rawest uncut album to date on this subject in the genre of hip hop. It’s a powder keg that captures the angst of every soldier that’s ever had to iron a pair of BDU’s (camouflage uniform), and it should be issued to every soldier with their boots and M-16. Trust me it’s brings forth the TRUTH.

Centri is a veteran of the U.S. Army that never goes into to detail about his military experiences. He instead created this album as an educational tool for anyone interested in joining the military, anyone in the military, and anyone who’s out of the military whether with an honorable or not honorable discharge. It shows the good, the bad and the ugly of service. He claims most of his closest friends got kicked out of the military and it became a detriment in their lives. He believes there is a lot of soldiers who don’t know who to turn to when they are having problems with their command or what to do if their on the verge of getting kicked out themselves. This album relates to these individuals, as well as providing them with insight on what to do under these typical circumstances.

This album taps into that rare emotion of a soldier in today’s military, and guides them through the adversities that every one of them could very well face tomorrow. It holds even more emotion than basic training and with military stories that can only be challenged by Tom Clancy. With songs like “Airborne Ranger” that follow a veteran from his gung-ho years to being a P.O.W and though his later years of headaches, nightmares, and trying to cope when he finds out the biggest lies he’s ever been told by the government. “Black Cat Dumb Luck” is a story that describes how a lost soldier survives when he’s arrested and the Army kicks him out in the street with no money, car or direction and what he must do from there. The banger “A.W.A.L.L” (The Army Will Achieve by Letting me Leave) demonstrates how a delinquent soldier whose unit won’t let him out the Army does everything in his power to piss off anyone he can off.


Article 15: The Rebel Knowledge Story invites you to partake in a psychological and intellectual attempt to feed the soldiers with “brain food ammunition”. It is inspired by real life situations, catastrophic world events, and 1st hand experiences. If you have any direct or indirect contact with someone in the military or concerns about how our military treats our soldiers get this album!

Snatch it up here

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Centri1

or on iTunes

http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/centri/id140461847
Congrats Lenzmen number 3!