Red Alert (2006)

by Quest-Rah & Scarab

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"...If the sound of the Wu-Tang Clan could be blended with the militancy of Public Enemy, the result would be the duo of Quest-Rah and Scarab...."

"...The group is armed with beats that echo Rza from the Wu's golden era, and Quest-Rah and Scarab spit flows in the same politically minded vein as dead prez. "Red Alert" is a stellar debut from a pair of rappers that care about the world they live in and aren't afraid to raise their voices...."

"...Such is the level of depth that Quest-Rah and Scarab inject into their rhymes. Not only does the group display potential because of their lyrics, but the tandem also exhibits a solid chemistry. Both groups spit at tongue-twisting levels that make them harder to understand, yet the same flaw adds to the charm and intrigue surrounding their styles. While they're easier to comprehend than Camp Lo and use different vernacular, their lyrics already have a higher poetic value...."

"...."Calm Before The Storm" is a grand finale to an album with a fresh point of view. The dreamland sound from "What's Peace" seamlessly transitions into this track, which features the use of a harp and a heavenly sped-up vocal sample. The instrumental is morphed into a darker sound when Scarab gets on the mic as the same sample is given a deeper tone. This change makes the song feel like a journey between the rappers' two different perspectives, and is a though-provoking end to an intellectual album...."

"...."Red Alert" is a release that should garner Quest-Rah and Scarab attention, not just in their native Great Britain, but overseas, as well...."

"At the very least, some Americans will relate to their hatred for U.S. foreign policy, which is illustrated by several subtle jabs at President Bush. What hip-hop heads should hope for, at best, is a pair of new voices in the genre, two souls willing to examine the ills of the world from another part of the globe..."

- Janus Abello - Rapreviews.com (December 5, 2006)

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released November 5, 2006

Quest Rah, Scarab, MastaMind, Original Masters, Ancient Arts, Spitz

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QUEST-RAH UK

Quest's sound is born out of struggle, celebration and life-lessons. It's a blend of the fine elements of Hip-Hop production and MC'ing - coupled with deep messages and an oriental twist.

Quest's work is a cinematic experience through the speaker, focused on quality of lyricism and beat selection. It's as much influenced by the wonders of nature as it is the harsh realities of inner city life.
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