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Title: DE AFARĂ: Planet Asia - Black Belt Theatre (2012)
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Black Belt Theatre este cel de-al 6-lea album al lui Planet Asia și a fost lansat în data de 28 februarie 2012 prin Wandering Worx &...

Black Belt Theatre este cel de-al 6-lea album al lui Planet Asia și a fost lansat în data de 28 februarie 2012 prin Wandering Worx & Daddy Real & Green Streets Entertainment.

Planet Asia helped jump-start the West Coast independent hip-hop movement, releasing a slew of popular 12-inch singles on upstarts like Stones Throw and ABB Records in the late 90s that established him as one of the leaders of a crop of talent that included the likes of Dilated Peoples, Madlib, Murs, and Jurassic 5. Now a 15-year veteran, the Cali-based MC (born in Fresno, he's spent most of his career living in Los Angeles and San Francisco) shows no signs of slowing down. The first decade of the new millennium saw Asia briefly sign with major label Interscope, go independent again for his debut album The Grand Opening, release full-length collaborative projects with both Evidence of Dilated Peoples (The Medicine) and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill (Pain Language), form his own label (Gold Chain Music), and work with everyone from Linkin Park to Bun B to Ghostface Killah. Now, Planet Asia is back with his first retail album in four years, the star-studded Black Belt Theatre, which hits stores everywhere via Daddy Real/Wandering Worx/Greenstreets on February 28th, 2012.

Named after a 1980s Saturday-afternoon TV show and inspired by Planet Asia's favorite films, Black Belt Theatre combines the violent precision of classic kung-fu flicks with the calculated cool of classic blaxploitation movies. "I wanted to make the album like a movie, something you would see in a theater," says Asia. "That's why it has so many features. All the guests feel like different characters in the movie." These guests include veterans like Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, and Strong Arm Steady, as well as newcomers like Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, and Nio Tha Gift. "They're basically just all people I thought were dope," says Asia. "Both young cats I'm feeling and veterans I've always admired." Unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia also got to determine the sonic direction on Black Belt Theatre, resulting in a soul-heavy, blaxploitation-influenced sound. "It was fun because I got to reach out to guys like Oh No and Khrysis for beats, find the best tracks and put together a masterpiece," explains Asia. "It's some esoteric gangster !!...a full plate for the listener."

Track Listing

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1. Lost And Found
Producer: Khrysis (of Away Team)
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2. Grown Folks Talkin
featuring Talib Kweli (of Black Star & Reflection Eternal)
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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3. Tell The World
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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4. All Mine
featuring Paul Wall
Producer: Twiz The Beat Pro
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5. No Apologies
featuring Raekwon (of Wu-Tang Clan)
Producer: Oh No
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6. Fuck Rappers
featuring Fashawn; Willie The Kid
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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7. Diamond Life
featuring Camp Lo (Sonny Cheeba + Geechi Suede)
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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8. Furniture
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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9. Mach One
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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10. Daggers And Darts
featuring Rogue Venom; Tristate
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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11. Bruce Lee
featuring Chace Infinite (of Self-Scientific); Rasco
Producer: Soul Professa
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12. Golden State
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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13. Coons
featuring Killer Ben
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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14. The Line Of Fire
featuring Krondon (of Strong Arm Steady); Phil Da Agony (of Strong Arm Steady); Picaso
Producer: Brisk Oner
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15. Big Fish
Producer: Twiz The Beat Pro
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16. External Motives
featuring The Jacka (of The Mob Figaz); Mitchy Slick (of Strong Arm Steady)
Producer: Twiz The Beat Pro
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17. Classical
featuring Ras Kass; Torae; Jasiri X
Producer: Rel!g!on
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18. Stay Ready
featuring Dengee; Mistah F.A.B.; Nio The Gift
Producer: Oh No
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19. Whirlwind Patterns
Producer: Rel!g!on
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20. Dogon Outro
Producer: DirtyDiggs
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