You are currently browsing the monthly archive for November 2009.
After an absolutely amazing night out in Taipei with these fellas, I’m spent. Like, I’m talkin ‘2 notches away from braindead’ spent. So, in lieu of said circumstances, I bring you Movie Day here at HHHT.
2 TURNTABLES AND A MICROPHONE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JAM MASTER JAY (Trailer)
WU-TANG MASSACRE – Part 3
BLAKROC – EPISODE #11 Feat. RAEKWON
And finally, some G.O.O.D. music treats for your lazy Sunday.
I’m gonna go watch the Tyson documentary again.
Enjoy the day.
We continue the Pair Up legacy today with heavy hitters from East to South, West to Midwest.
LEADERS OF THE NEW OLD SCHOOL
Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes have been at it for a loooong time.
And while still relevant to the culture, Doggystyle and the Coming would definitely be considered Old School to today’s youth. That being said, it really is a testament to the grind and pedigree of these two that they’ve been able to stay atop the food chain without completely losing that character we’ve all come to know and love.
Coming together once again for a remix of Snoop’s new badass banger, I Wanna Rock, Busta comes and shows some East Coast love to the West Coast Don.
And check the new vid too…
THE ‘D’ TO THE ‘A’
Royce and Cee-Lo.
Not a collab I would’ve ever thought of, but a dope one nonetheless. Royce is obviously heavy with his pen game and Cee-Lo, well, I’d go so far as to say he’s one of hip-hop’s most under appreciated lyricists and spitters ever. Not to mention versatile. I do love his singing voice plenty, but much like Andre 3000, I think their singing stuff is dope, but I really want them to get back to some good ol’ spitting, if only for just one album.
Luckily for us, Goodie Mob seems to be reunited and working together again, meanwhile we’re still waiting on that Slaughterhouse/Aftermath deal to be confirmed.
Anyway, on with the show…
THE OASIS BROTHERS
Nope I ain’t talkin Noel and Liam.
Making their 2nd appearance on Pair Up, off the upcoming The Oasis, I give you some more of that grown man ish.
I don’t need to say ish bout this.
All salute the fathers of that ‘Do your own ish’ mentality.
20 years and rising…
It’s Saturday folk. Get it in.
I’m on my way back to the land of Stinky Tofu and Beetlenut!
Yes, the past 8 months here in Toronto have been phenomenal both personally and professionally (’09 has been the SHEEEEEIIIIT!) but, it’s starting to get cold and I’ve quickly realized that I’m not built like that anymore. Plus, I miss the shit outta my Taiwanese counterparts. So, I’m gettin my hibernation on and goin to the island to throw parties with the best of the best and enjoy life.
However, as those of you who’ve flown overseas before know, I’m gonna be on a plane for like 2 months rendering this blog inactive for a little bit. So today’s post is gonna be completely loaded with goodies to tide you over until I get back to some land.
So without further ado…
If there was ever someone you called a ‘professional emcee’, Black Thought should be the first person you think of. At very least second.
Well, this unreleased goodie aptly titled ‘The Professional’ has just surfaced and it proves my point 300 times over.
If you read this blog regularly, then you know I love Slum Village.
I don’t know what it is, but there are few, if any, albums that ever beat out Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2 on my playlist. I still listen to that ish like it dropped last Tuesday, and I don’t foresee any slowing up. Sure my favorite reincarnation of them is still the original trio, but Elzhi‘s contribution to the group should never be downplayed. He’s an absolute monster. Anyway, since today’s blog is LONG, I’ma keep this short (as possible). With one of Baatin’s last recordings before he passed, off the upcoming Villa Manifesto, I give you…
R.I.P. Dilla & Baatin.
TIL IT DROPS
I’m starting to get amped up…
CENTER EDGE TERRITORY
So I’m not sure if you’ve heard or not but HHHT faves Mos Def, Jay Electronica and current Hip-Hop blog darling, Curren$y (pictured below) have formed a new group called Center Edge Territory and have apparently already finished 6 songs?
Yeah. Didn’t see that one coming, especially since Curren$y used to roll with Lil Weezy and that match up just seems odd to me. However, homie can rap, so as long as there’s that, I’m cool. Anyway, although nothing has leaked yet, here goes a little something from each member of this new underground powerhouse.
Jay Electronica, along with Ta’raach jump on this intergalactic dopeness from another HHHT favorite Sa-Ra Creative Partners.
And Curren$y does his thing over a Mos Def original.
A LIVING LEGEND
Scarub, Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, Eligh, Bicasso, Aesop, Murs & The Grouch, or better known as West Coast’s current underground torchbearers, The Living Legends are the definition of paid dues. Having completely built themselves up independently from scratch, there are few hip-hop artists who can rival what they’ve done in the underground and truthfully, there are few hip-hop artists, underground or mainstream that can generate the revenue they do because of the work they’ve put in and the independent route they’ve taken. Now, at approximately a gazillion total releases, one of the Legends standouts, the Grouch returns with his latest effort ‘Eyes off the time’ and so far it sounds extra ill. Check the promo vid and DL below:
And finally, I give you all the newest updates from the BlakRoc project. Out in 6 DAYS!
BLAKROC EPISODE #9 – Feat. PHAROAHE MONCH
BLAKROC EPISODE #10 – Feat. NIKKI WRAY
BLAKROC – AIN’T NOTHIN LIKE YOU (HOOCHIE COO) Feat. MOS DEF & JIM JONES
That’s it for now folk.
Enjoy life…I’ll see you in a few.
HHHTo the Left, to the Left,
As I previously posted on the East Coast and the excellent year they’ve been having, let us not forget about their tanned and funky counterparts over on the Left.
Now, although perhaps they haven’t had as successful a run this past little while, don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re not loaded with game changers.
Slaughterhouse representative. Dr. Dre approved. And one of the torchbearers for the New West. If you’ve never heard Crooked I spit, then you probably don’t listen to much rap.
Likened to a West Coast Pharoahe Monch, Crook’s versatile cadences and cutthroat wordplay made him an obvious candidate to join supergroup, Slaughterhouse. But even more importantly, he’s one of only a handful of west coast spitters that have managed to stay relevant even when the Hip-Hop spotlight has been buried deep in the south. Now, set to release a brand new mixtape as well as the launch of his new label, Dynasty Entertainment, Crook’s poised to keep his position and keep the West up.
Here’s a double dose for your listening pleasure:
93 ‘TIL INFINITY
When the Souls of Mischief recorded 93 ’til infinity, I doubt there was any way they could’ve anticipated that in fact this prophetic song would actually live up to it’s over ambitious claims.
Now, 16 years later, I still manage to hear this song damn near every hip-hop event I go to and can’t help but love it. And well, them, as well as the entire Hieroglyphics crew are still going strong and making music strictly for the heads. Sure their popularity has died off a bit and most kids nowadays think they’re, at best, a one-hit wonder, but at the end of the day, skills is skills and they’ve got skills like a muh’.
Prepping to release their first official group album since 2000’s Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, the Souls have enlisted the help of hip-hop innovator, 1/7 of Stetsasonic, and the man honorably known as Plug Four, Prince Paul. If you don’t know either him or Hiero, I suggest you get familiar. Now.
Off the upcoming Montezuma’s Revenge:
And as an added bonus, a brand new ode to A Tribe Called Quest from the Hiero General, Del.
And finally, what would a post about the West be without an appearance by the Doggfather.
Off his upcoming 10th studio album, Malice n Wonderland:
SNOOP DOGG – I WANNA ROCK
West West Y’all.
Enjoy the Sun.
When I first did the original ‘Pair Up’ blog, I never meant to continue it as any sort of ongoing series within the HHHT realm. However, after seeing the rash of recent pair-ups and duets that definitely deserve their honorable mentions, I say, let’s roll with this and see if there’s another Black Star or a Ghost & Rae or a Omarion & Bow Wow in the making.
Wait a minute…..scratch that last one….
Who likes acronyyyyms? D.I.T.C.? That’s always been a favorite of mine. How bout we get a little deeper into it and break out A.G. and O.C.
Yessir. You heard me right. East Coast legends Omar Credle and Andre the Giant, better known as O.C. & A.G. have gone ahead and finally put this classic D.I.T.C. what if? scenario to bed and are slated to release THE OASIS November 24th on Nature Sounds (home of Masta Killa, the Ghost & DOOM project, and oodles more).
If this tune is any indication of how the album’ll turn out, I’m there. I swear to you, neither of them have even come close to losing a step and believe me when I say A.G. keeps getting better and better and better…(See his guest appearance on Dabrye‘s Two/Three)
It’s coming sooooon.
As I reported a couple months ago, Stones Throw frontliners Madlib & Guilty Simpson will be teaming up to release the highly anticipated O.J. Simpson record either last quarter ’09 or first quarter ’10. Madlib, who has cemented the fact that he has one of the best batting averages for beats ever, matched with Guilty, who’s punchline onslaught can only be compared to an E. Honda attack, will undoubtedly result in something so raw it would be O.D.B. approved. Don’t believe me? Check the freebee. GOOD GAWD I love these guys.
FIF & MAC
Don’t really need to write all that much about this. Beans is goin at Jay and 50‘s making sure he’s right in the middle of it…as usual.
If Jay eventually decides to respond though, this’ll get hella entertaining. Beans is not only a beast, but this could get extremely personal extremely quick. Do I smell a Pay-Per-View? Y’know 50 probably already has it in the works.
And as an added treat, Part 2 of the Wu-Massacre trailers. Enjoy.
I have a backlog of amazing stuff I wanna throw up so don’t be alarmed if I just randomly start posting MPFrees.
Be well world.
Enjoy the weekend.
HHHTime is near,
If you’ve been following the updates at all, then chances are you’ve been following the webisodes from the amazing BlakRoc project that’s due out in a matter of weeks. And on a day where I have less than 15 minutes to get a new piece up, how bout I get you caught up on all the videos and we call it even. Deal? Word up.
#5 Feat. NIKKI WRAY & JIM JONES
#6 Feat. NOE
#7 Feat. Q-TIP! (Q-Tip can knock you out too?!?)
#8 Feat. BILLY DANZE (FFFIIIIIREEEE!)
And I guess this wouldn’t be a true HHHT post without at least one treat. A new unreleased track from a man who supposedly will also be featured on the BlakRoc album, there’ll never be another like him….
HHHThat’s my homie,
No matter what anyone tells you, we live in a world based almost entirely on co-signs.
Whether you’re looking for a job at a grocery store, shopping for a record deal, or getting into the mob, someone needs to vouch for you. Someone always needs to be there co-signing you as you try and claw your way up the elevator shaft to the Penthouse. And although it’s unfortunate, it’s life as we know it and it’s something we have to learn to work like any other tool or utensil.
So today, I’d like to demonstrate the power of the co-sign.
Toronto-based vocalist Ayah has come up quick in her time. At the eager age of 22, she has already started to create waves through Canada with a string of mixtapes and guestspots that have garnered her a budding and loyal following. However, despite her smooth voice and well intentioned collaborations, nothing has been more important to her growth in Canada than her success in the Southern half of North America.
Having caught the ear of Touch of Jazz founder, the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, her brand new album, 4:15 is now not only completely executive produced by the Hip-Hop Icon, but also the launching pad from which she is poised to do some serious damage for the home team.
Here’s the first single entitled ‘In my Lifetime’.
MOS THOUGHT & BLACK DEF.
Okay, so truthfully, neither of these dudes need co-signs. Both are supremely talented, have cred and co-signs coming out the A, and are arguably in the all-time TOP 5. That being said, it’s always cool to get your hip-hop nerd on and see a genuine co-signing moment.
Brought to you by the same people who gave you the Def & DOOM footage, I give you the Mighty Mos Def and the incomparable Black Thought.
HEART OF THE HOUSE
This last example of co-signage is one I hold close to my heart.
As some of you may or may not know, I’m the head of the Music Division over at PPF House as well as an artist on the Toronto-based independent label. We’ve technically been around for 10 years but I didn’t really start contributing until about the Winter of 2004 and our Music Division was only recently launched this past February. Before then, it was held together by the work of two brothers, Tim and Howie Shia. Both established artists in their own fields (Audio and Visual respectively), if one were to compile a list of (what would be considered MAJOR) accolades from these two, they would have something comparable to one of those new compact phone books they’ve been sending out.
Well now, to add to that phonebook (you can check out more from that list by clicking the image above) Howie, who just recently finished doing a video for Mush Recording Artist, Deru (of Avatar fame — the cartoon not the James Cameron film) recently caught the eye of none other than the Louis Vutton Don himself, Kanye West. And although it was just a blog, I appreciate the love cause based off recent events, it would seem that Mr. West is quite passionate about his videos.
Anyway, here’s the flick:
BLAKROC EPISODE #4 ft. RZA
I’m losing my mind. This is gonna be RIDICULOUS!
Be well world.