Afu-Ra
Body Of The Life-Force


3.0
good

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
January 17th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whirlwindin' through cities...

He’s travelled through time, he’s visited different dimensions, he can move objects with his mind, he’s lived in other universes. Meet the man they call Afu Ra. Born Aaron Phillip, Afu Ra was inducted into the rap game by Jeru the Damaja, and thanks to his Gang Starr connections, released his debut October 10th, 2000. A student of martial arts and chess, Afu Ra embodies the type of “self-aware” MC that riddles the indie and underground rap scenes, and while it’s impressive for a debut, Body Of The Life Force isn’t done as well as other intelligent rap albums.

Astoundingly enough for an underground debut album, Body Of The Life Force possesses some good production, no doubt as a result of being executive-produced by DJ Premier. Examined in and of themselves, the instrumentals aren’t anything especially impressive. But as a collective unit – whether it be the Latin tinges to Calienta with its female Hispanic singer sampling, Spanish guitars, and maracas; the Oriental atmosphere to Mic Stance with its Chinese bells and gongs; the Middle Eastern tint of Warfare with its creeping desert night synths and Arabian gongs; or the Caribbean feel of D&D Soundclash with its reggae elements – the production is largely an international tour of seemingly culturally-based beats.

Alas, and unquestionably, the best aspect of a conscious rap album should be the lyrics, and with Body Of The Life Force is no exception of thus. Afu Ra’s vast vocabulary (“exuberate,” “microcosmic”) and intellect make for some intelligent rap quotables (“My ship is stainless/Orbits next your Uranus/As long as you know/Brain freeze likes of Pluto/My wordplay firm-lay/In zero gravi-tay/I be the dentist and you, you be the cavi-tay/Or neurosurgeon, brain work pathogen/From your consumption, first thing is oxygen,”) that are multifarious and ambiguous.

But where this album finds its faults is within Afu Ra’s voice box, throat, and tongue. While occasionally displaying some intricate rhyme schemes with complex flows, Afu Ra’s MCing itself is only deemable as ‘just-solid’ the majority of the time. His rapping suffices, but isn’t particularly and consistently outstanding. His voice is fairly high, and scrapes the characteristic of ‘nasally’ which isn’t very appealing, as the borderline level of it can be annoying to a minor extent, and it isn’t cohesive in the least with his spirited delivery.

Body Of The Life Force is a solid album, and was a nice start to a good career, but it doesn’t deserve listens en masse, and doesn’t have a clear-cut, standout hit to lead the charge. This album is definitely worth owning, but will most definitely garner dust on the shelf frequently.



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hydeyomoney
January 17th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I generally disagree on the fact this guy is intellegent just because he uses bigger words than most rappers, but still nice review.

Bulldog
January 17th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

which is why i said it isnt done as well as other intelligent rap albums.

hydeyomoney
January 17th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

ahhh very good sir

Bulldog
January 17th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

indeed

FistfulOfSteel
January 17th 2010


894 Comments


only heard his verses off Jeru's stuff but nonetheless good review. could either of you guys review some Big Noyd?

FistfulOfSteel
January 17th 2010


894 Comments


or some DITC/other Queensbridge stuff?

Bulldog
January 17th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sure, I have a bunch of reviews still in the chamber I've yet to fire but I guess I could add another to my inbox. What album and by who?

hydeyomoney
January 17th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

only heard his verses off Jeru's stuff but nonetheless good review. could either of you guys review some Big Noyd?


Big Noyd has exactly one good release, and...

or some DITC/other Queensbridge stuff?


might be able to eventually.

somberlain
January 17th 2010


2121 Comments


"Big Noyd has exactly one good release"

what would that be?

hydeyomoney
January 17th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Episodes of a Hustla

Bulldog
January 17th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Whatever he wants me to review, I'll review it.

FistfulOfSteel
January 17th 2010


894 Comments


im really indifferent, whatever you guys think would work. i've just never checked out his solo stuff but i guess ill give "Episodes of a Hustla" a listen.

Bulldog
January 17th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've never heard any of those guys so I would not be able to.

Ross22
February 2nd 2010


1597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't know about you guys but I really enjoyed this.

Bulldog
February 3rd 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoyed it, just not to a large extent.

FuncrusherPlus1
September 30th 2013


116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked it more, it's really good lyrically and production wise, i'd even buy it.

LordePots
May 9th 2014


9360 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

6 ratings, 3.2 average? no big, just another case of sputnikmusic.com being a complete failure when it comes to classic hip-hop.

we love hip-hop. slum village who????

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Phlegm
May 9th 2014


5610 Comments


i-i-i whirlwind through cities

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LordePots
May 9th 2014


9360 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0



thank u phlegm



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