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Throughout the history of music there’ve been an abundance of amazing duos. From Eric B. & Rakim to Simon & Garfunkel to Rick James & Eddie Murphy (CLAAASSIC!) it seems that the nature of pairing 2 equally skilled artists together can have an incredibly positive and progressive effect on the quality of the end product. Whether it be because of some intangible chemistry or simply because both artists are doing their best not to be outshone by the other, at very least, duos always give us something to talk about. Well, to continue and contribute to this pattern, here’s a post about a few more new and old classic pairings.
DEF & DOOM
What do you get when you take 2 of Hip-Hop’s most beloved and influential lyricists, both of whom were at one time themselves part of other classic pairings (Black Star & KMD respectively) and you put’em together?
Well…I don’t actually know. But I assume it’d be madness.
Just recently leaked was this youtube footage of Mos Def and what sounds like DOOM behind the camera spitting some potentially new co-written material. As of now, these 2 have never officially released any songs together, but after seeing this, it might be okay to start getting your hopes up.
And if you didn’t see the initial video, this is Mos speaking on the dopeness of DOOM and touching on the genius of De La.
Ghostface has been part of his share of classic pairings. Whether it be himself and the aforementioned DOOM, or with long time Clan member, Raekwon (who he’ll be releasing an album with alongside the rejuvenated Method Man — if you didn’t cop Blackout!2, you need to.), Ghost rarely, if ever, falters on a verse and any rap fan who breathes oxygen knows this.
Well although this isn’t actually a pairing, here’s a clip of Ghost talking about the late-O.D.B. and just what he meant when he said ‘Oooh Baby I like it RAAAW!’
UTTER THE SUN
And last but definitely not least, the HHHT World Premiere of Toronto-based duo MAGNOLIUS‘ brand new video – Utter the Sun.
These guys are a problem. Stay tuned.
That’s the jam.
As I had assumed (first mistake), with the departure of El CAPitan to the West West Y’ALL and with M.A. Waakaoing island life, it seemed that the HHHT dynasty was ready to settle into bed and retire into seclusion. But like the Clan you know NEVER to Fuck Wit’, we’re back on our B.S. and from the West, to the East to the FAR East, we got you covered.
So to continue with CAP’s lead…we stay heavy.
Never Can Say Goodbye.
You received the leaks MONTHS ago. And yes, you were blown away. And yes, like yourself, I wondered, ‘When the EFF is this ISH comin out?!” Well dammit, it’s arrived and it’s oh so sweet. Featuring remixes of MJ, Marvin and Stevie, Beatnick & K-Salaam have without a shadow of a doubt proved that they are, in fact a problem. For REALS for real.
Click cover for DL.
Couldn’t tell you what’s goin on here, but I can tell you I’m thoroughly intrigued. These 2 working together should definitely generate goodies.
Pharrell & Mr. Oizo are Eric Williams?
GRANDMASTER ROC RAIDA
Finally, on September 19th, the world lost a true innovator, inspiration and phenom to the art of turntablism. Anthony Williams a.k.a. Grandmaster Roc Raida passed away last week due to complications from a surgery he had to undergo after a mixed-martial arts accident.
Without question, not only one of the most influential people in the Turntablist community, but also one of the main reasons I began to pursue music in the first place. I literally wore out my X-Pressions CD in Grade 10 to the point where out of the 20 some cuts, I could only eventually play 5 or 6 cause the rest of the disc was burnt out. In Saskatoon, where I grew up, we had a Skate/Hip-Hop shop called 9Times that used to get bootleg copies of underground Hip-Hop VHS tapes. That’s where I got Tableturns 2. That’s when I first saw the Push It/Goin Back to Cali routines and that’s when I realized that Roc Raida ain’t no joke. And well, that’s also where I got ‘the Adventures of Grandmaster Roc Raida’ and was really shown just how much of an impact he had on the Hip-Hop world.
Below I’ve included clips of the Tableturns 2 routine, one of my favorite clips from ‘the Adventures of…’ where Raida has a friendly battle with D.I.T.C. legend, Lord Finesse, and ‘Raida’s Theme’ from X-Pressions.
One of the best to ever do it.
R.I.P. Roc Raida.
Be well world. Let your peoples know you love’em.
HHHT, we off that.
I hate saying its been a minute, so lets not state the obvious. Life is like a box of chocolate, sometimes you put it in the fridge and let it cool for a minute. Without further ado, lets get to the goods.
Its 4th quarter and much like Pat Riley and the Knicks, the music industry is always on some ‘own the 4th’ type shit. They usually put out a bunch of releases in anticipation of blazing Christmas sales. So the month of September has blessed us with releases from elder statesman Jay-z, Wu veteran Raekwon, Drake dropped the retail release of ‘So Far Gone’ and hipster-hopper Kid Cudi released his debut also.
For this post, I’m gonna focus on 2 of those 4. My hometown(Toronto) hero Drizzy and the reigning King of NY, Jigga that knee grow. Both have been covered extensively on the net in the last few weeks, Jay was on the cover of XXL, and Drizzy was on the cover of The Fader (which has launched many a career with a cover shot:Movado, Kanye, Santogold, TVOTR, etc)
Click the cover for the article
And the Jigga man gets full frontal on XXL
In my recent internet trollings, I came across this little ditty about how Jay’s cover came together.
And my last offering from the Jigga man. Concert footage from the 9/11 show in New York. This show is awesome, he performs hits from the new album. Kid Cudi, Kanye, Rihanna, Santogold, Pharrell and Memphis all show up alongside the 5 boroughs of the big apple. Jay has a true grip and stronghold on that city. Check for yourself.
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The vid comes in 6 parts click here for the other 5 parts.
We off that.