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Beatbox Dub Poetics

by Baba Israel and Yako 440

This is that soulful classic boom bap.Beatbox dub poetics is a journey through reflective and hitting lyrics, Beatbox artistry, soulful vocals and deep bass and musical touches.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. Survivor feat Breez Evahflowin Baba Israel and Yako
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2. Tell me your story Baba Israel and Yako
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3. beatbox collab feat. d-cross Baba Israel and Yako
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4. Spit Conciousness feat. Core Rhytm and Creature Baba Israel and Yako
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5. Terrified Baba Israel and Yako
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6. Chant feat. Sparlha Swa Baba Israel and Yako
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7. Feel the Change Baba Israel and Yako
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8. Running outta time Baba Israel and Yako
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9. Soul Working feat. Maya Jupiter Baba Israel and Yako
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10. Meta Transition interlude feat. Morganics Baba Israel and Yako
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11. Electrorganics feat. kid lucky Baba Israel and Yako
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12. Freestlye with jesus Baba Israel and Yako
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13. Human funk interlude Baba Israel and Yako
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14. Recruit feat. Duv Baba Israel and Yako
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15. Emergency feat. Toli Nameless Baba Israel and Yako
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16. Dedication 245 Baba Israel and Yako
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17. live beatbox Baba Israel and Yako
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18. didge 2006 Baba Israel and Yako
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19. This is for feat. Substantial Baba Israel and Yako
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Album Notes
Baba Israel and Yako met through DJ Center at a loft party in Brooklyn New York city. Baba was rhyming and yako got on the drums, piano, and just about every other instrument around. There was an instant musical connection and after going on national tour with DJ logic they knew that they would be making music for a long time. After a three year period of making music with DJ center they have now continued on in the great tradition of musical duos.




This dynamic duo brings together two artists with a range of skills that combine to produce quality Hip Hop and an exciting and high energy show.

Baba Israel is an emcee, beatboxer, and hip hop didgeridoo player known for his freestyle ability, powerful lyrics, and booming beatbox beats. He has joined forces with Yako, a multi-instrumentalist and graffiti artist who plays bass, triggers beats, cuts, and beatboxes with the best of them.

Baba Israel and Yako’s new album Beatbox Dub Poetics reflects over a year of hard work and collaboration with some of NYC’s finest emcees, beatboxers, singers and musicians! It is a journey through reflective and hitting lyrics, beatbox artistry, soulful vocals and deep bass and musical touches! The album features the lyrics, didgeridoo, and beats of Baba Israel and the bass, keys, guitar, and beats of Yako and special guests: Core Rhythm, Duv, Toli Nameless, Breez Evahflowin, Subtstantial, Kid Lucky, Midi, Masai Electro, D-Cross, Creature, Dana Leong, Jason Lindner, Marcus on cuts, Sparlha Swa, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Maya Jupiter (Australia), Morganics (Australia)

Together Baba Israel and Yako have toured the states playing colleges and clubs as well as internationally at the Big Day Out tour in Australia with Afrika Bambaataa, Aesop Rock, and Mr. Lif and the Low Lands festival in Holland. Baba Israel has released music with Meta Bass n Breath on Bomb Hip Hop records and was featured on the Ming and FS album Subway Series. He has released a full length album called MIND MUSIC on Velour Records which received strong reviews and consistent top 20 Hip Hop CMJ radio play. Baba Israel has performed with Full Circle on Broadway at The New Victory Theater, and was featured on BET's 106 and Park. He has been seen in Hip Hop films such as Freestyle, Breath Control, Hip Hop for Hope, and his music was featured in the Freshest Kids Documentary. Baba has shown in up in DVDs from Chuck D, Roc Raida, and the VH1 Hip Hop week.

The 2003 album Force of Life with Baba Israel, Yako and DJ Center was released as a single in the US, Japan, and Europe by Bay Area label Wide Hive and as a full length record to critical acclaim in Australia and New Zealand on Earshot Recordings.

Old Press:

Lyrically flowing, musically innovative political hip-hop in the old-school tradition of Public Enemy and KRS-One." - Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 21, 2001

"Baba, A true Poet" NY TIMES

"Mission District-based Wide Hive presents well-cured cuts from Brooklyn hip-hop threesome Open Thought. On "Force of Life," lush beats, bass plucks, trumpet puffs and turntablist flair serve as the funky foundation for MC Baba's life-affirming lyrics about staying focused despite the obstacles we encoutner in our day-to-day lives. The flipside track, "Cold Cut," tells an all-too familiar story about a jailed inner city youth whose only crime was being black and in the wrong place at the wrong time."

-By Bill Picutre -SF Examiner - Wed. December 10, 2003

“They inspire you to continue your destiny because they are certainly finding theirs." -Derek Beres- GLOBAL RHYTHM MAGAZINE

"Possessed of one of the most pleasing voices and softest accents in hiphop – ex-Metabass MC Baba has a uniquely empathic attitude to hiphop – as well as impeccable freestyle and beatbox skills."

-Dale Harrison- Cyclic Defrost (Australia)

"A poet's heart with an emcee's bozak" CMJ magazine

"Flanked by a well-hued balance of programmed beats and live instrumentation, Baba encapsulates the flair for prose he's honed on the Nuyorican circuit within a formidable shell of mic skills." - Shout NY, November 2001.

"The album's hot- knowledge in the lyrics, and all the beats are on point. There are more than a handful of hot verses, and the album isn't just another cookie cutter representation, so the replay factor is high on this one."- Yellow Rat Bastard, Fall 2001.

"Baba is far from your ordinary emcee. Rather than discuss his numerous hoes in different area codes, Baba feeds our minds with mysticism. With an album this well reounded it is quite evident that Baba graduated with honors."- The Island Ear, Dec. 9, 2001.

"Here and there, in the pockets of the hip-hop scene still buried too deep to fall prey to the greedy, sharp-clawed grasp of commercial culture vultures, a slew of beatboxers, DJs and emcees are still living and breathing the true-school. [Mind Music] is one of the brightest and bravest full-length hip-hop releases in recent memory."- Silja J.A. Talvi, Gadfly, Sept. 2001.

"...a fine, socially conscious and just-released new album, Mind Music."- Time Out New York, July 12-19, 2001.

"Very cool, very laid back, very groovy, very good music."- Ken Wohlrob, Bully Magazine


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Cat The Great

A truly timeless hip hop masterpiece
Great album, the flow of Hip hop colored beats and rhymes kept my mind at a steady nod through out. Baba and Yako correctly demonstrate what happens when perimeters are abandoned, creativity at its purest. This is more than just any old circular piece of shiny plastic; it is a Hip hop experience. “Beatbox Dub Poetics” features beatboxing, honest lyrics, beautiful voice styles and hard spitters. Baba and Yako have created a truly timeless hip hop masterpiece and I hope that all artists aspire to reach their level, for the sake of Hip hop.


This cd is straight ear candy and soul nutrition. Make the music with your mouth
Thank you so much for this fine example of what Baba and Yako are all about. My favorite track is "Tell me" You know Undakova loves that smooth melodic hip hop. I like my hip hop mystical deep and well settled for example if I drank my hip hop would be Guinness. Word and those violins really had me in the zone that I love to be in. Perfect track. My other favorite is "Feel the Change" Man I can feel the change as well. The lyrics in that song are remarkable yet simple and powerful. Plus the beat got that rim shot which I loved for so long even in Biggie's I got a "story to tell." Only difference is Baba and Yako got a real story to tell and it is of change, love, music and political and mental shifts due to the desire of the peoples need for realness.

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Didn't think these cats could capture the essence of their live performances on a CD? You're dead wrong!
Baba and Yako Bring it to you live and official!

Pick this one up, you won't be sorry!