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  1. Esoteric vs. Japan
    Esoteric vs. Japan
    Esoteric vs. Japan
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  2. Esoteric vs. Japan

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    Customer Ratings (4 reviews)
    Price R365.00

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No one is safe! Nuclear testing has resurrected this Jurassic Age relic and now the emcee/producer known to the U.S. as Esoteric has risen off the coast of Tokyo Bay, bringing chaos, crisis, and hysteria with him. Armed only with the sounds of 70's and 80's Japanese classics, Esoteric must strike against the uncompromising forces that aim to dismember him. He calls upon Godzilla, Rodan, Force Five, Ultraman, the Shogun Warriors, early Japanese surf, punk, and electro bands, and even the Japanese Spiderman to aid him in his fight! The sound he created, which he calls "Mecha Mecha," stands as the boldest of the daring directions Esoteric has taken his music. With his recent genre-bending efforts such as A New Dope, Egoclapper, and Esoteric vs. Gary Numan, the world needed to hear how he handles the beautiful country of Japan. Much tokusatsu is brought on this feature length epic depicting one man's struggle with life as an English speaking Bostonian. All tracks produced by Esoteric. Features Main Flow, King Magnetic (Army Of The Pharoahs), Moe Pope (Project Move/Megaphone), Nejel Mongrel (8th Wonder/Japan), Eddie Meeks, Will C. + KARMA. Continuing a historic and coveted twelve year career, the street-tested, taste maker-approved new sound of 7L & Esoteric has evolved again. The electronic fun of their last group record, A New Dope, (compared to Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique by several publications including HHC), and the hellish tempest of abrasive sounds and untouched samples that defined Esoteric's first solo studio offering, Egoclapper, now gives way to yet another full-length opus. All New Studio Album Available On Limited Edition Deluxe Six Panel Digipak CD

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I bought this a while ago and it has never left the rotation of CDs in my car... Everyone I've introduced this album to went out and bought it within a week of hearing some of it... This is something special, ladies and gentlemen. MC Esoteric delivered a pure work of genius from start to finish. A unified work with very few guest spots and includes even a few instrumental interludes of sort that showcase Esoteric's beat-making skills are as rich and as complex as his verbal delivery.

The impact of anime and Asian cinema on hip hop - particularly underground hip hop - is profound, and MC Esoteric takes it to a whole new level on Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo. Filled with samples and clips from classic cartoons like Shogun Warriors, Esoteric unapologetically delivers a fusion of boom bap hip hop with 1980s-era Japanese pop culture. The result is part Ghostface Killah-caliber devotion to saturday morning cartoons and breakfast cereals of his childhood, and part Quentin... Read more
Wow, I'm not sure where to start. I've been meaning to write a review since I got this cd early this last summer. This is my favorite album so far this year. I have been a fan of 7L & Esoteric since Dangerous Connection and have seen them evolve as artists. This album is SO creative and different then anything I've heard. To be honest, it's been tough finding good hip hop lately. Once I heard this, I was able to exhale and not worry so much that the whole industry is falling off. My favorite tracks are Neo-Tokyo (Main Flow verse is insane), Wrestlelectro, Real Rap Design, & Gigantor Says Anything...but I truly like them all. Esoteric is a sampling beast on this album. Thanks for putting this out and switching it up in an industry of bland, predictable,'s refreshing.
I bought this album around the time it originally dropped and have been listening to it since. I been a fan of 7L and Esoteric for a while now and this has got to be the best stuff I've heard come from Esoteric! I love when artists try different concepts and push the creative envelope, and Eso does that here. Being a fan of stuff like anime, comics, sci-fi, etc., I can really get into how Eso gets creative with the samples from various Japanese shows & films (there's even a sample from an old Godzilla commercial I remember from my childhood!) and made it hip hop.

Favorite tracks:

Real Rap Design
Mecha Mecha
God Less America
I Do Lo-Fi
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