Blue Scholars wear their ideologies on their sleeves. The three years between their self-titled debut album and its follow-up, Bayani (Rawkus) have been remarkably turbulent. Let it be the politics of government, cultural developments, or economic depletion, there are opinions to be had and to be shared. On their sophomore LP, MC Geologic and DJ Sabzi have polished their styles. Geos passion for spoken-word blends with Sabzis eclectic taste as a classical and jazz-trained pianist, a fan of ska and punk with, of course, influence from the Hip-Hop boom-bap era. The unlikely pairing of flavor creates poetry over beats you can dance to. The albums strongly-enunciated lyrics can either leave you in tranquillity or make you want a tranquilizer, dependent upon the mood. Bayani opens with Bahai Healing Prayer, a spiritual chant relative to the title of the album. Reflective of Geo and Sabzis cultural backgrounds, the word Bayani can be found in both the Tagalog (Filipino) and Farsi (Persian) languages. In Tagalog, the word translates to heroes (of the people) and in Farsi, the divine word. The short-lived follow-up Second Chapter carries an enlightening and carefree beat, one of the albums hottest. From here, the album only escalates into the soulful expression of reppin Hip-Hop in Seattle. The jazzy rhythms of North By Northwest and Ordinary Guys host Geos, somewhat redundant and tiresome theme, plea of his humble nature. Loyalty is a soothing crossbreed of the organic undergrowth from Foreign Exchanges hit track All That You Are and DJ Sabzis electronic plug-ins. Geo pays allegiance to his family and friends. Its back to politicin on The Distance, which recounts a typical tale of a working-class immigrant, escorted by a dark melodic Philippine dance song. 50 Thousand Deep recalls the 1999 Battle in Seattle at the World Trade Organization protests. The Blue Scholars might seem pretentious at first, but their music is meant to be empowering. While DJ Sabzi creates a solid foundation, Geo constantly challenges our rights and questions our freedoms, with the only intention to motivate change.