To be adorned and walk is to be scorned and stalked
But burnt bridges from principled fires keep one’s lab lonely and prolific
Learning revolution collecting trumps
of tiny pebbles to throw at Operation Bootstrap.
The Peoples’ righteous cooperation is all there in one coon to be snapped.
Secrets from the elders were to pull the plug out with two hands,
Fast and build to do more.
Achieve with will, word is bond those arrears
Yet forsake too many appears
Scolding with jewels these gifts scald into wax
We Puerto Rican terrorists quote Dom Pachino hadith
As the discography deepens, the album that is being ever made is the catalog itself, the Dom Pachino playlist is primarily built on warrior anthems. There will be long players that are classics (i.e. the Killarmy LPs), special duets (i.e. Teraban’s Camouflage Children or War Poetry w/Bronze Nazareth), sleeper gems (i.e. Unreleased; The Last Armageddon), big sellers (i.e. Rice & Beanz) and essential greats (i.e. Tera Iz Him 2, Gemini Mind) and the memorable debut (Tera Iz Him). Along with greats as Sadat X, KRS-One, Thirstin Howl the 3rd or Madlib, the Pachino catalog is qualitative and long as fuck. Every next LP are now just moments of his next ideas. For Firegod, it’s an edutained sentiment into warring anthems.
In this #InvisibleRenaissance, Dom Pachino has released his greatest concentration of work and Firegod, wonderfully out of place in the millenial brainwashing the other man releases daily, withering the most high, supreme being, alpha male leader into beta bitchness, intensely works themes of awareness to empowerment. Pachino is a hustler success story but all those words are so manipulated and so abused they mean little. The story isn’t finished and all that I have heard and seen, it is a living truth, learning of itself, adapting, growing and repairing itself daily. The success isn’t measured by the cliches of the latest trending video. While it includes the significant moments with indulgences of his illness (“Firegod”), riches (“I’m So Fly”) and beautiful women (“Pinterest”), it is also sincerely reflective [“Golden Era (NY Shit)] and with perspective sharing understanding (“Knowledge Be Born”) and perseverance (“Vivid”). So this hustler isn’t some cheap exploiter with dishonorable cunning but a brother working to make hardcore Hip Hop, simply the tough stuff of merit from the root alive.
The theme of Firegod is an overt showing of knowledge of self in anthemic war offerings and succeeds with Pachino’s content on key tracks. “Knowledge Be Born” powerfully details the destruction of our Boricua peoples from the genocide of the indigenous along with the forced import and enslavement of our ancestors to today’s call for Puerto Rican independence from the oppression as the last colony in the Western hemisphere (“Thanksgiving/yeah, I’m thankful for living/don’t appreciate the raping of the women and slaughtering children/came to my land they had nothing but a book/they took everything/left us with a book/now how the fuck that look?!/Brainwashed like a tsunami or hurricane that wiped out my people/now the mentals forever stained/Cocksucker! Now give us our independence!/If there’s no equality why the fuck you pretending/bloodsucking us for all our resources/your symbolic to that wicked death that rode on pale horses…”). “Brain Power” bombs the swine, emphasizes our need for knowing our history for an honest critique on relevant issues. The immensity of what Dom Pachino has added to the Wu legacy in furthering the theme of KOS through a hardcore Hip Hop artistic forum, as the only Puerto Rican, the only Original man in the family representing the Brown and Yellow seeds. (“16 shades of Black, I’m the Yellow seed in the Black seat/my cipher complete…this is preparation/demonstration/for all creation/constant elevation/ motivation/ meditation/ aggravation/ frustration mixed with a little patience/made Mr. Tera a musical sensation…” – “Eye on the Prize”). This truth is often understated because most gentrifiying bloggers have no clue and most forms of commercial media of all niches has never properly cared about the depth of Hip Hop culture and its context in the lives of the Black and Brown peoples that created its foundation.
Musically, the reminder that the extended family is Wu-Tang and that a living knowledge of self with all of its ultimate goals of a cultured life of powerful equality are the ultimate goal. That’s a lot of shit but this Wu cult, though powered by enthralled whites and goofy fanflies to the light, actually had/has a deeper ethos, one they themselves still work and rework to wonder about or fulfill. So Firegod is framed with the Kung Fu movie samples from their own recreating [“Napalm Fire Technique (Intro)”] to The 7 Grandmasters to invite us into beats that slam hard and loud. Noisy and more treble slamming than 2016’s thick thud breaking Gemini Mind and closer to the driving intensity of Digital Warfare (2016), the samples are more familiar than usual but very well utilized. The majority of the LP produced by Trickytrippz is where the loud slap power as the building anthems “Brain Power” and “Knowledge Be Born” that are two of the LP cornerstones for the theme. That other major track, “Eye on the Prize,” is driven by the musically active Rock riffs and long distance snare from Dash Shamash. Trickytrippz’ “Golden Era” rocks the strings nice and precise “duhp” sounding drum pounds while “Inflowenza” smashes a background key throughout with cymbal bass smashes crashing in 1,2 break time. “Firegod,” also by Tricky, with its epic backdrop and mid tempo groove lets Pachino drive bars while pausing, infecting and idiosyncratically photographing his flow.
Firegod is a long player of worth for the content it wields and the ever developing mastery Pachino holds as a stylistic great (i.e. knowledge the anomalous flow on the title track) of hardcore Hip Hop. Musically, the lesser familiar parts sum to a consistent illness. Ultimately, this is an album that makes his catalog so much stronger because Pachino is saying more, non-preachy yet filled with his plus lessons, and increases the range of superior anthems his career is built on daily.
#LOVEandLOYALTY A #LoLife
The organization of these principles around a counterculture, an expressive arts of creation that uplifts the ideas and thoughts of an oppressed people, is why I’m an honored builder amongst legends, knighted by heroes of Medina (Rakim Supreme Shabazz Allah/Rudy Lo, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Bonz Malone) to further create in my element as a Hip Hop Writer of #ArtOnArt & #ScienceOnMusic. So the world may find love that locks in with the action of loyalty though they may never find another writer with my kind of grammar…
Living and sharing the pillars of:
Peace, Sunez Allah