Mantras, Beats & Meditations by MC YOGI on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Smooth flow, languid beats, an organic vibe … just when you’re relaxing into this, things sometimes take a noisy and perhaps offensive turn. Never fear with MC Yogi, who combines a background in yoga, meditation, and philosophy with his love for hip-hop and reggae. The Northern Californian (real name Nicholas Giacomini) has been making music as MC Yogi since 2008, and Mantras, Beats & Meditations continues his practice of using a popular music form as a kind of teaching tool, with the MC dropping knowledge on everything from the eight limbs of yoga to the wisdom of Buddha. Tablas, shimmering loops of keyboard notes, crisp snares, and Giacomini’s scruffy vocals (along with appealing guest appearances on tracks like “Heart Sutra”) create music that's both hip-shaking and chill-inducing. Beatboxes and cellos mix beautifully, and exotic spice from instruments like harmonium and the esraj (slightly similar to a sitar) are elegantly woven in. The mesmerizing chanting on “Prayer Wheel” and the opening “Introduction” is lovely, while the hip-hop energy, organs, and lively horns of “A.U.M.” ignite into infectious dance-floor fuel. Yes, “Yoga Breakdance” is also a foot-mover: turntablism and esraj make fine bedfellows. Namaste, y’all.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Smooth flow, languid beats, an organic vibe … just when you’re relaxing into this, things sometimes take a noisy and perhaps offensive turn. Never fear with MC Yogi, who combines a background in yoga, meditation, and philosophy with his love for hip-hop and reggae. The Northern Californian (real name Nicholas Giacomini) has been making music as MC Yogi since 2008, and Mantras, Beats & Meditations continues his practice of using a popular music form as a kind of teaching tool, with the MC dropping knowledge on everything from the eight limbs of yoga to the wisdom of Buddha. Tablas, shimmering loops of keyboard notes, crisp snares, and Giacomini’s scruffy vocals (along with appealing guest appearances on tracks like “Heart Sutra”) create music that's both hip-shaking and chill-inducing. Beatboxes and cellos mix beautifully, and exotic spice from instruments like harmonium and the esraj (slightly similar to a sitar) are elegantly woven in. The mesmerizing chanting on “Prayer Wheel” and the opening “Introduction” is lovely, while the hip-hop energy, organs, and lively horns of “A.U.M.” ignite into infectious dance-floor fuel. Yes, “Yoga Breakdance” is also a foot-mover: turntablism and esraj make fine bedfellows. Namaste, y’all.

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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

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