20 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When San Francisco’s Nicholas Giacomini isn't writing graffiti or teaching yoga with his wife, Amanda, he's most likely performing or recording as MC Yogi. Pilgrimage is an outstanding sophomore album boasting 19 tracks (20 with the bonus version) that seamlessly fuse worldbeat and reggae with hip-hop, electronica, klezmer, jazz, and dance pop—all the while musing on Hindu-based themes. Following a quirky, minute-long intro, “Ganesha (Sound the Horn)” properly sets the tone with a melodic horn section and vintage organ notes looped under MC Yogi rhyming and singing alongside samples of female Indian vocals and groovy sitar-shredding. “Hanuman” drops harder beats and skronky saxophone to blatantly (and brilliantly) recall The Beastie Boys’ “Brass Monkey” as MC Yogi rhymes a narrative about a simian Brahman deity. Some droning harmonium notes help give the Sanskrit-sung “Jai Sita Ram” a mellow, meditative feeling. Similarly, “I Am That” pulses with repetition similar to the mantra rhythms practiced in transcendental meditation. “Give Love” closes with catchy reggae melodies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When San Francisco’s Nicholas Giacomini isn't writing graffiti or teaching yoga with his wife, Amanda, he's most likely performing or recording as MC Yogi. Pilgrimage is an outstanding sophomore album boasting 19 tracks (20 with the bonus version) that seamlessly fuse worldbeat and reggae with hip-hop, electronica, klezmer, jazz, and dance pop—all the while musing on Hindu-based themes. Following a quirky, minute-long intro, “Ganesha (Sound the Horn)” properly sets the tone with a melodic horn section and vintage organ notes looped under MC Yogi rhyming and singing alongside samples of female Indian vocals and groovy sitar-shredding. “Hanuman” drops harder beats and skronky saxophone to blatantly (and brilliantly) recall The Beastie Boys’ “Brass Monkey” as MC Yogi rhymes a narrative about a simian Brahman deity. Some droning harmonium notes help give the Sanskrit-sung “Jai Sita Ram” a mellow, meditative feeling. Similarly, “I Am That” pulses with repetition similar to the mantra rhythms practiced in transcendental meditation. “Give Love” closes with catchy reggae melodies.

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About MC YOGI

The stage name of Nicholas Giacomini, MC Yogi specializes in a mystical fusion of styles that skillfully combines his love of yoga and hip-hop. A native of Northern California, Giacomini spent his formative years at a group home for at-risk boys, and it was there that he began honing his rap skills. At 18, he experienced a life-changing meditation session with a famous Indian spiritual leader, and spent the ensuing two years immersed in the studies of yoga, devotional chanting, and philosophy, but he never lost his love for reggae, electronica, dancehall, dub, and hip-hop. He issued his debut album, Elephant Power, in 2008 via White Swan Records. Pilgrimage arrived in 2012, followed by the Sounds True-issued Mantras, Beats & Meditations in 2014. Only Love Is Real dropped in 2015, with Ritual Mystical (featuring East Forest) arriving in 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco, CA
  • GENRE
    World

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