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I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Talib Kweli.
It all began when I heard his contributions to the first 2 parts of Rawkus’ Soundbombing series (Chaos, 2000 Seasons, etc.) Wow. A content-heavy, cause-driven lyricist who picked soulful beats and spoke of injustice and equality while still managing some ‘Wack Emcee’ slags in the process? Beauty.
**sidenote, I was 5 during the Chuck D’s, X-Clan’s and NWA’s so don’t look at me like that. I’ve diligently done my history since.**
So I followed him to Black Star.
Now, to go along with his classic songs, a classic album. K.O.S. (Determination) and Thieves in the Night were my motivational, ‘Real Hip-Hop’ songs of ’98 and should probably be exposed to all teenagers trying to find themselves. I bled those songs. Every last syllable.
After a year or so of absorption, I find out him and Mos were going solo. Worried, I still copped the solo joint on release – Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought changed my life (Actually…all of the year 2000 did, but that’s another post). One of the most complete and holistic expressions of art to come out in the past 20 years. Not to mention, classic appearances from Mos, De La, Kool G Rap and Hi-Tek absolutely molesting a Nina Simone sample at the end…it’s just so nutty.
Anyway…longer story less long, next came, Quality which was dope, but not life changing (although Get By and Won’t You Stay will always and forever be classic songs). And then we got Beautiful Struggle, which was like Quality but with cheaper production and less poignant writing and that Sucka Free Mixtape, which was worth all of 3 songs. At that point, I was off Kweli.
In ’07 he came back with Eardrum. And although resistant, die hard fans were telling me he was BACK! So after a few months of holding off, I gave in. It’s decent. Sure the album’s about 10 songs too long, but the other 10 are Dope. And that along with guesting on tracks with Hi-Tek, Sa-Ra, Dilla, UGK and others, it seemed like Kwe was workin on a return to his old form.
The point I’m tryin to make is this, if you were like me, and haven’t listened to any Kweli lately, check it out…you might be surprised.
Here’s some new new.
For the backpacks – Reflection Eternal feat. Bootsy Collins – Internet Connection
Have a dope weekend folks.
Ladies and Gentlemen…
Life is good. Here’s part 2 of the evidence (once again, courtesy Joe Russo):
And being Thursday ‘n all…lemme hit you with some classic ish.
If you’re rollin in a Caddy: UGK – Da Game Been Good To Me (click flick.)
It’s Thursday folk….go get it.
And as promised…after a bout of Food poisoning, a residual migraine and an evening of cold sweats, I proudly present Part 1 of Joey ‘CRACK’ Russo’s: HHHT6!
As you can tell from this first set of photos, the evening was nutty. A big shout out and thanks to Light Lounge and everyone who came and showed their love for the HHHT Conglomerate. Even though the numbers are diminished, rest assured, the parties will continue to be demolished and daughters all over the island will be in jeopardy of finding Love in a Club.
And well….since it’s Ladies Night, how bout a couple o’ treats…
Y’know B.O.M.B.’s coming out soon cause Busta’s dropping tracks every week. Here’s another potential single for the man. This time he brought his boys T.I.P. and Akon wit’em.
Busta Rhymes Feat. T.I. & Akon – Number One (click flick)
And one from a potential star in the making…Amanda Diva. Although she briefly acted as Natalie Stewarts‘ replacement in Floetry, most of you probably first heard her on Q-Tip‘s latest single, Manwomanboogie. Well, I just snaked this new tune from her in case you were wonderin what her solo stuff sounded like.
Amanda Diva Feat. Johnny Polygon – Neon
I’m goin out singing….
Those 3 letters have been the utter joy to kids everywhere for years and years. However the 3 letters now have a new meaning. Peter, Bjorn and John. The 3 names that just might be your favorite band this year. They already came out with the infectious ‘Young Folks’. A catchy tune, that was really easy to whistle along to. In case you need a refresher or have never heard the song or seen the video, here ya go.
PB&J – Young Folks
This is their new song and video. I came across this on the weekend. The song and video are both pretty awesome. Nippon!
PB&J – Nothing to worry about
This is an older song from the Trio. Sticking to the same formula. Catchy beat, easy to hum at work.
PB&J – Lets Call It Off
For those who haven’t downloaded the Drake ‘So Far Gone’ Mixtape yet (stop fucking around, click this shit), here’s a little taste of what he’s cooking, he took the PB&J beat and added something special to it.
Drake feat. PB&J – Lets Call It Off
Their album drops worldwide on March 30th, March 31st in the US.
Check up on it
HHHT6 pics coming sooner than later. Im not gonna tell you how ill it was, just check the pics for evidence.
Howie Shia make good drawings.
He make dem Real good.
Like Cap did a few days ago with Drizzy, I’m gonna have to get my brag on and rundown some quick stats about another hometown hero.
The heart of Toronto-based production firm, PPF House, Howie (a.k.a. S. Pop) has created/composed both independent and commercial animation, illustration and music for the likes of: The U.N. – Habitat project (yes the actual United Nations, not the rap group), the YMCA, Nike – Presto Campaign, the National Film Board of Canada, numerous publications, theatre companies, bands, etc. etc. etc.
His project with the NFB, Flutter, not only earned him high-fives from all his homies but a slew of awards including ‘Best Short Film’ at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival and the Tokyo International Anime Fair’s ‘Grand Prize’ (First Canadian to ever do so).
Currently developing 2 original animated series’ with Portfolio Entertainment, Teletoon & Disney’s Jetix Europe, along side more video work for the NFB, as well as written/illustrated works for Image Comics…Howie’s killin’em for ’09.
But in the illustrious words of Teddy Ruxpin: “Don’t take my word for it”…
Click below for illustrations:
And if by the end of this all, you’re still not a fan…
…here’s something I found by accident.
Oh, btw, I didn’t forget. HHHT6 got BLASTED! But there’ll be more on that tomorrow as we provide you with visual documentation.
Have a dope Monday folks.
My name’s Triple and HHHT is the brand.
HHHT Massive, tonight is gonna be nasty.
Simple & Plain.
We, the pre-pubescent Kings of the Futon, will be taking a lengthy hiatus (due to my return to the great white North on some Weapon X ish) and well this foursome (along with Jheri Curl Chest and Sir Sweat-A-Lot) will be rocking our last show together until we get our Police on (the band not the po) and rock you for a cool half-a-billion.
Until then….come out tonight, cause it’s gonna be heavy like John Tenta vs. Yokozuna.
And just to guide you through the steps for tonight….(**notice** zShare’s been acting weird lately, so if it doesn’t work, the file’ll still be on the other servers)
Tomorrow (cause chances are we’ll still be in bed)
Peoples. Taichung is in for some serious treats tomorrow night. Apparently there are going to be seranades and stripteases along with the usual HHHT madness. Joey Crack will be in the building also so expect it all to be documented. Taipeiers I would advise you to reach!!!
One of the people on that poster is leaving the island for good to go back to Toronto to run a record label with the other guys cousin. You’ll have to come down to Taichung to find out who that is. Its gonna be Sofa King special.
Light Lounge is the place
HHHT is the crew
Your presence is required
No your computer isn’t slow, Kanye is just a creative ass motherfucker!
See y’all tomorrow
Mos Def – Boogie Man (Unreleased track from Tru3 Magic) click flick.
Harmonic 313 (a.k.a. Mark Pritchard) Feat. Phat Kat & Elzhi – Battlestar (click flick.)
This one’s for Marcus.
Dr. Dre – Topless feat. Nas (T.I. spitting Dre’s vocals.) click flick.
This one’s for Cap.
Suite For Ma Dukes: Jam Session.
And this one’s for everyone.
MTV Cribs – Wu-Tang Clan (Circa ’98)
It seems as though Robert Carnes Jr has given the greatest producer of all time an early birthday present. But fear not, February 18th is Dr. Dre’s birthday and everyone will be celebrating by the end of this post.
First off, I don’t throw around the GOAT label very much. Jay-Z GOAT MC. Outkast/Run DMC GOAT groups. The Roots GOAT band. Taipei City GOAT place to get stinky tofu. And there seems to be a consensus among my other HHHT crewmates that J. Dilla is some kind of GOAT. Now, I ain’t got nothin’ but love for Dilla…I loved his Pharcyde beats and a man that is in the hospital smackin out beats on the MPC is amazing. But my vote is the mighty mighty D.R. Here’s why:
Any man that can become a legend after wearing this shirt is doing something right.
But seriously, Timbo is good…he’s got some jams, no doubt. Primo was amazing and still got it. Plus he rocks a mean live show. But as far as consistency, Dre takes it. The only blemish on his record is Aftermath presents and he did try to lie about it (my last album was the Chronic…no, it was the one where you were ballroom dancing in the video).
As a skaterat, I was all about F’ing the Police, especially because they used to chase us around (maybe it was because there was a nice spot to skate about a block from the police station). Even though I grooved to Straight Outta Compton, it wasn’t until 100 miles and runnin’ that I really started getting into NWA.
Still amazing. But since I was nearly East Coast (Warren, Ohio represent), I took Ice Cube’s side at the break up. Plus I love(d) that Bomb Squad sound. But when Efil4zaggiN came out, damn damn damn. That tape didn’t leave the deck of my buddies car for a long long time. A lot of what I know about girls (hotel rooms, head, how to get rid of dead hookers) comes from that. But what took that album to the next level was the production. Exhibit A:
I’m still hearing things in that record that I’m just getting. But I do have a thing for that squelchy bassline.
Then The Chronic
I remember getting that album around Christmas time my freshman year of college (92) and everyone playing it. I mean, I would walk around the dorms at Ohio State and at least one room per floor was jamming to that thing. What other album made hip-hop switch coasts? Brought a whole new style of hip-hop? And introduced a whole slew of new stars?
Did what’s his name get at you? Who?
Just to continue with what I was saying earlier…The Chronic GOAT. There’s more than one GOAT, but it’s one of them.
Later on, Dre starts hanging with Cube again and releases natural born killer. I hit him with a brick and I’m dancin’. This video kills
And then you know this one but make sure you fast forward it to about 2.15. I promise you its worth it
The for a few years, Dre was gone. It seemed like he might never make it back. But in 2001, you know the deal
Of course, everyone says he’s lost it again. All his songs are piano stabs and stale rappers. What I liked about Dre is that not only did he pick the superstars that everyone knew would be stars (S.N double O P, Em, 50), but he also brought in those cats that were real good but no one knew like DOC, MC Ren (with CL Smooth as two of the criminally underrated voices ever in hip-hop), Devin the Dude, the Game, Nate Dogg. This list could go on and on.
What I’m saying is that to be a legend. To be the GOAT, you have to have longevity. I don’t like the comparison of Dre and Quincy Jones because I think Dre will be much more relevant at 70 than Q is right now. Dre’s been involved in hip-hop for nearly as long as its been around. 30+ years and he’s still at the head of his class. Who else has that? Uncle L? C’mon now. Cube? Amerikka’s Most Leastfunnymovies.
It’s Dre Day. Doc, happy Birthday, my man. You’ve made years of my life much better. Thanks.
And until Detox comes around (whenever he’s ready cause who gets in the studio and rushes Dre?), I will be there ready to put down my hard earned coin for the man who is, and will always be the GOAT producer, Dr. Dre.
Until then, some freaky Still DRE crack hop mix that I dig
Don’t forget Taichung. You’re about to get it hard this Saturday at the light lounge
I love my city. That’s the realest thing I ever wrote. Im from Toronto motherfuckers. Not Mississauga and not Scarborough, I mean Toronto proper. I love that city for so many reasons. The food, the people, the clubs, the women, the parks, the music festivals, the waterfront, downtown, I could go on and on and on and tell you why my city is better than yours all day, invite me to a sit down one day and i’ll tell you all the reasons why Toronto Rocks!
I’m also proud of the city for giving the world artists like Maestro Fresh Wes, MSTRKRFT, Feist, Estero, K-os, Kardinal Offishall, Jason Hodges, K’naan, Saukrates, Bishop and most recently Drake.
Drake has been killing it on the music circuit lately. This guy was an actor on the hit series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He’s also just recently signed to Interscope records. He’s already worked with Faizan Tariq, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Bun B, Colin Munroe, Voyce, Lykke Li, and apparently done some ghost writing with Jazz Cartier, Olivier and Dr Dre. He’s currently touring the US with Lil Wayne as support. Shit is on.
Basically the kid is on fire. He’s next up. Toronto stand the fuck up!
Anyways he just released a new mixtape featuring Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Peter Bjorn & John, Lloyd, Lykke Li, Santogold, Bun B, and Omarion. It was released on Friday the 13th and has been downloaded 65,000 times since then.
Download Drake: So Far Gone here
The mixtape is great. After you download it please immediately listen to ‘Say Whats Real’ where Drake goes in hard over the Kanye beat for Say You Will. I’ve been rewinding that one all night.
You can listen to Drake featuring Lil Wayne while your waiting for your download.
Also go search for Comeback Season, if you want to hear where it all started for Drake.
Part6 is coming.
Now that the love has gone, lets get back to business like EPMD. I know Marcus A, got something sick he’s cooking up for release sometime this week or next. The crew, 3H’s followed by a T,(thats us for those who dont know…High Heels and High Tops. HHHT) got Taichung on alert for Saturday February 21st. Its going down again at Light Lounge. Taipei City dont worry, although we’re still recovering from the Tittsworth X HHHT collab that went down during CNY. Evidence is located here and here. We are getting ready to hit you up once again with that good ish. Stay Tuned
Here’s a little something for you to enjoy on your Monday. I know there are a few sneakerheads out here, here’s a little something CBS Sunday Morning did on SneakerHeads. Listen out for the Taipei shoutout at around 6 minutes.
Apparently CBS Sunday Morning has someone cool working there, here’s a little something they did on street artist KAWS.
HHHT6:Light Lounge:Taichung:February 21st