Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

Blood of Abraham - Eyedollartree 

Sometimes the best thing someone can do when trying to find his or her way in the industry is to take an extended break to discover inspiration. For some bands, however, taking this kind of hiatus is not by choice. Emerging with a controversial album in 1993, their careers cut short by the death of a mentor and their career revival thwarted by a label's money woes, Blood of Abraham could have died a slow quiet death. But with the release of their ill-fated 2000 album Eyedollartree (a play on the word idolatry) this August on a new label, the Jewish emcees may well lay claim to having produced the best album released in 2005. Move over, Kanye West.

Twelve years ago NWA-member Easy-E discovered rappers Benyad and Mazik, who were performing in Los Angeles as Blood of Abraham. Becoming their mentor, Easy-E helped them record 1993's Future Profits, which received mixed reviews due to the band's attacks on the rap culture for what the two perceived as anti-Semitism. Blood for Abraham missed the irony evident when two white rappers write a song called "Niggaz and Jews (Some Say Kikes)" in which they perpetuated the worst stereotypes about black people to stop black people from stereotyping them.

Expecting to become hip hop superstars, the two rappers were hit with terrible news when, in 1995, Easy-E died of AIDS. His label died a slow death, and Blood of Abraham was without any way to promote their music. Thankfully for those who enjoy solidly written intelligent hip hop, the duo re-emerged in 2000 with Eyedollartree. Unfortunately their terrible luck continued, and right as the label Atomic Pop went bankrupt. The album never saw the light of day, and a few leaked copies, widely circulated by the old Napster were the only evidence that the music ever existed at all.

Until now. Red Urban Records re-released the album this August, and it was immediately evident that Benyad and Mazik took the seven years between albums to mature their songwriting style. With the help of friends including Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas fame (he had appeared briefly on their debut) Blood of Abraham emerges as a bright spot in today's disappointing hip hop scene. But will any of their fans hear the album that took twelve years to release?

One would hope so. "Only The Wise," the album's second track, is a stunningly complex funk-filled beat (composed by real musicians, not through over-sampling!) that rivals anything The Roots have produced, layered with vocals that are both ear-catching and socially conscious. And "99 Cent Lighter," which features Will.I.Am" on guest vocals, has perhaps the catchiest hook not being played yet on today's hip hop saturated radio. And "Hurricane" may feature the most inventive sample ever used to create a hip hop track (anyone who's ever seen the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will hear it immediately). All of this comes together to create an ear-catching blend that no one who enjoys the genre is going to want to miss.

Blood of Abraham is still rapping about what they tried to expose on Future Profits. But they've discovered that there's a way to spread their thoughts without using racism to expose racism. They manage to take on controversial subjects, including the AIDS epidemic, trying to put a face on the intense ethnocentrism that led to white Americans assuming that AIDS was the disease of homosexuals and those living in the inner city. Perhaps with the death of their mentor they found a better way of voicing their displeasure with the state of race relations in America -- that it isn't possible to bring differing sides together when hate is used to decry hate.

Eyedollartree is an album that stands up to repeated listening. It also suggests that Blood of Abraham may have career potential despite the troubles they endured to get the album out for people to actually hear. There's also the suggestion, musically speaking, that while 50 Cent may sell millions of records because he raps about drugs, sex and violence, the better hip hop albums generally come when socially conscious lyrics meet intelligently composed music.

CD Info and Links

Blood of Abraham - Eyedollartree

Label:Basement Records / mastergrip

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review


News Reports
Day in Rock:
Muse Release New Video 'Something Human'- Def Leppard Streaming Unexpected Cover- Billy Joel Jams With Bruce Springsteen At Milestone Concert- David Bowie Box Set- more

Day in Pop Dead & Company Hit Milestones On Summer Tour- Uli Jon Roth Announces 50th Anniversary Tour Dates- Unseen And Heard Leonard Cohen 1972 Tour Rediscovered- more

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

Today's Rock News

Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

Today's Pop News

North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

anti Worthy Links
The Screen Door superLOUD A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!


Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.