Bless The Mad

by Bless The Mad

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about

Maxwell Street Flea Market, the famous open-air Chicago institution where the Chicago Blues was first heard, also, in no trivial way, gave birth to this:

BLESS THE MAD

Ibrahem Hasan and Matthew Rivera, Chicagoans through and through, a Palestinian and a Puerto Rican Jew, met there, during the market’s second iteration on Canal street, both digging furiously for records, books, and old recording gear.

Hailing from opposite ends of the city, they connected at its center, every Sunday, rain or shine, among the forgotten objects that washed up there. Max was church; a living museum of old Chicago from which to learn and draw inspiration. For the budding beat-makers participating in hip-hop’s golden age, the flea was an important 6th element.

BLESS THE MAD, the group’s self-titled debut, is an audio collage and musical tribute to those years in Chicago as they experienced them. It represents and connects all the dots, from their break-obsessed early years to their current roles as ambassadors of militant jazz, tough soul, and spiritual rap exotica. It is a loving homage to the past with an eye toward the future.

Dig the music or don’t, but you must BLESS THE MAD.

credits

released September 25, 2020

Bless The Mad = Ibrahem Hasan + Matthew Rivera

All tracks produced by Bless The Mad
Most tracks recorded at Boobytrap Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Steven Berson at Total Sonic Media
Artwork by Ibrahem Hasan

BLESS THE MAD (Ibrahem Hasan, Matthew Rivera, Jorjão Barreto)

Jorjāo Barreto- electric piano
Alexandre Cavallo- electric bass
Flávio dos Santos Silva- drums
Celso Guimarães- electric guitar
Matthew Rivera- synthesizer, percussion
Diego Alzate- double bass
Ibrahem Hasan- percussion
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

SHOW ME THE WAY (Larry Adams)

Edson Sean- vocal soloist, electric bass, background vocals
Matthew Rivera- electric piano, synthesizer, drums, finger snaps, background vocals
ArinMaya- background vocals
Ibrahem Hasan- finger snaps
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

ANCESTORS (PART ONE) (Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan, Jonathan Clifford Lee)

Jonathan Clifford Lee- double bass
Chris Rozik- electric guitar
Matthew Rivera- electric piano, RMI piano, drums, percussion, hand claps
Ibrahem Hasan- percussion, hand claps
Diego Alzate- double bass
Mixed by Matthew Rivera & Gerald Trotman

MAMA'S LAND (David Andrew, Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan, Jasmine Mitchell)

Silka- vocal soloist, background vocals, vocal chants
D.A.P.- vocal chants
Matthew Rivera- baby grand piano, electric piano, RMI piano, synthesizer, drums, flute, percussion
Ibrahem Hasan- percussion
Mixed by Matthew Rivera & Gerald Trotman

FALL DEAD (Michelle Hicks, Gerald Trotman, Matthew Rivera, Arin Maya Lawrence, Ibrahem Hasan)

Gaia Earthpeace- vocal soloist
Edson Sean- background vocals
Matthew Rivera- drums, electric piano, xylophone, percussion, synthesizer
Ibrahem Hasan- electric piano, percussion
Diego Alzate- electric bass, double bass
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

RIO DARKNESS (Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan, Jorjão Barreto)

Jorjāo Barreto- electric piano
Alexandre Cavallo- electric bass
Flávio dos Santos Silva- drums
Celso Guimarães- electric guitar
Matthew Rivera- synthesizer, percussion
Diego Alzate- double bass
Ibrahem Hasan- percussion
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

INTERLUDE (FOR RA) (Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan, Gerald Trotman)

Matthew Rivera- drums, electric piano, synthesizer
Edson Sean- electric bass, background vocals
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

RA'S LAMENT (Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan, Gerald Trotman, Diego Alzate)

Edson Sean- vocal soloist
ArinMaya- vocal soloist
Diego Alzate- double bass
Matthew Rivera- drums, synthesizer, RMI piano, percussion, hand claps
Ibrahem Hasan- percussion, hand claps
Mixed by Matthew Rivera & Gerald Trotman


INSIDE THA DANJA ZONE (Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan)

Matthew Rivera- drums, synthesizer, RMI piano, electric piano, percussion
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

I WANNA GIVE TO YOU (Ibrahem Hasan, Matthew Rivera, Gerald Trotman, Jasmine Mitchell)

Silka- vocal soloist, background vocals
Diego Alzate- electric bass
Edson Sean- vocal soloist, electric guitar, background vocals
Matthew Rivera- RMI piano, synthesizer, sand, water
Ibrahem Hasan- RMI piano, sand, water
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

RUSSIAN SUMMER (Ibrahem Hasan, Matthew Rivera, Gerald Trotman)

Edson Sean- electric bass, electric piano, synthesizer, background vocals
Matthew Rivera- drums, percussion, RMI piano, hand claps, background vocals
Ibrahem Hasan- percussion, hand claps, background vocals
Mixed by Matthew Rivera & Gerald Trotman

ANCESTORS (PART TWO) (Jasmine Mitchell, Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan, Arin Maya Lawrence, Gerald Trotman)

ArinMaya- vocal soloist
Melodiousfly vocal soloist, chants
D.A.P.- background chants
Ibrahem Hasan- chants, percussion
Matthew Rivera- drums, RMI piano, electric piano, synthesizer, chants, percussion
Edson Sean- electric piano
Diego Alzate- electric bass, double bass
Mixed by Matthew Rivera

LOVE ME (Matthew Rivera , Ibrahem Hasan, Gerald Trotman)

Matthew Rivera- drums, electric piano, synthesizer
Edson Sean- electric bass, synthesizer, background vocals

WE MUST CARRY ON (Matthew Rivera, Ibrahem Hasan, Gerald Trotman, Arin Maya Lawrence)

Edson Sean- vocal soloist, electric piano, electric bass, background vocals
ArinMaya- vocal soloist, background vocals
Matthew Rivera- drums, synthesizer, percussion, hand claps
Ibrahem Hasan- percussion, hand claps
Mixed by Matthew Rivera & Gerald Trotman

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