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Pagan : 1st Movement 1968

by Conscious

Alternative adult hiphop/spoken word some may pigeon hole it as but I honestly just create my music. You have to listen and find out.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. City Streets-Conversations
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2. Cast
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3. Unorthodox
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4. Burn'em Up
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5. Eastern
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6. Verbal Pimp
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7. Basket Ball Jones
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8. Crazy 4 U
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9. Makeshift: Here's A Tale
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10. Honorable Mention
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11. She Devil: Lyrical Lady
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12. Ba
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13. Cast Remix
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Album Notes
The pendulum of art swings to extremes. It can be overtly public or
complexly personal. Striking a balance between the two can be difficult to
do and even when it's achieved, very few do it as well as Conscious. Rising
from the ashes of an artistic world bent on quick success and prepackaged
formulaic fodder, this multi-faceted renaissance man is exactly what that
name evokes: a revival of intellectual and artistic growth with a vigor and
passion that's unmatched.

Never boastful, Conscious moves with quiet force; building his audience,
expanding his ventures and linking with like minded individuals to make sure
there are alternatives for the masses. He doesn't complain that things
aren't changing; he makes his own route, daring others to do the same.
Making sure the community is growing just as he is, Conscious has dedicated
not only his time, but also his talents to prison outreach performances, as
a hip-hop business instructor, a computer instructor at Harlem's Jericho
Learning Center and opening for Beatboxer Entertainment and Scot Ritner for
the 9/11 commission.

He performs at venues such as The Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poet's
Café, the Schomberg Theatre, The Sae Institute's Hotel Remix and Wheaton
College to name a few and he's built a solid reputation as both a poet and
an emcee. As founder of the Eklektic Gardens label, he's released multiple
collections of progressive, innovative music including Neo Retro Spectro
Graphiks Vol.1, Journal: An Eklektik Journey, Pagan: 1st Movement 1968, and
Vinyl Destination.

Conscious isn't content to have his hand in only the writing and recording
worlds. He's an experienced actor with credits under his belt in films like
Little Man and Take the A Train, television shows such as MTV's "The Shop",
the documentary "To Thine Own Self Be True" and on the DVD "Beatboxing & The
Art of Spoken Word". He's even appeared as a model for Jask Clothing. He
maintains multiple websites like, and his blog He's
a painter, a photographer, a producer, a force to reckoned with.

True growth for art comes through those involved stepping outside of the box
and breaking the mold of what's come before. It's finding a new angle and
expanding on it until the world opens up. It's sparking your own personal
renaissance every time you pick up a pen, a mic or a brush. It's what
Conscious does, what he lives, what he is.



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Silver Pharoah

It might not be appropriate, but I am writing the review with only one spin of t
Pagan: 1st Movement 1968

Simply magnificent. The beats are relatively simple, some of the loops are recognizable, but they peacefully coexist with the lyrics. The production brings the whole mood of the album together fairly well with deep messages contrasted by raw common sense. "Underground" hiphop music is displayed in one of its finest forms with 14 tracks of knowledge and experience. The variety is evident, blurring the lines between emceeing and spoken word, between the slower darker music to the upper tempo of "Honorable Mentions", boredom is easily achieved in most independant releases, but thats not the case this time. "While I aint a clone, I aint gone play the role of a deacon, but I'll still leave the light on", he raps, "I must admit though that I'm a hypocrite", The words are proven to be much deeper due to the fact that we have an artist here who, can indeed play the teacher and the student with very little conflict. This album is definately not the party album, nor is it purely deep. Creative linguistics and witty lines keep the album fresh when the hypnotising instrumentals lose you in the music. To wrap it up, if most mainstream albums were looked upon as relationships, the fling on the side is only good for the moment because its refreshing, however, Pagan: 1st Movement 1968 is the wife that still wants you to come home even when nobody else wants you. Respect has been earned.

Sugar Johnson

Pagan is a Gansgstarr, De La Soul, Slum Village po boy sandwich with no mayo and
In the late 90's, Stream of Conscious traded clever cipher innuendos for
small-restaurant-turned-open-mic venues. But after audiences opted for
pussy poems and diatribes of the newspaper clipping du jour instead of
politically spiced self reflection, Conscious hurriedly dusted off his rhyme
book and headphones. "Pagan Beta Version 1.0", his second offering, is
reminiscent of a backpacker's creed sans pseudo-intellectual preachyness.
Songs like "Unorthodox" and "Honorable Mention" assert a kinship to street
life without glorifying the perpetual degradation. In fact, Pagan seeks to
provide a home remedy for scars improperly treated by band aid toting urban
missionaries. "Basketball Jones" confers a thug's love requirement and while
numerous emcees have touched on the subject, the track is a testament to
human need. Not only is the album covertly political, but it also succumbs
to the listener's desire for sonic entertainment with hesitation beats like
an Iverson crossover in the playoffs. Pagan is a Gansgstarr, De La Soul,
Slum Village po boy sandwich with no mayo and extra mustard. Pass the Grey