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HHHTwo time (Two time),
New Pair Up!
Yessirree bob, the Living Legend and the Little Brother have reunited once more to put out their 4th record in 5 years.
I’ve been told that this is actually cutting room fodder from a previous album, but regardless, I enjoy it. I still think that the product these 2 put out are both their best product respectively and let’s hope for more of the same with this new one.
I don’t really know much about Black Spade.
I know he’s a St. Louis cat signed to Om Records (Strange Fruit, Zion I & Grouch, Colossus) and that’s about that. Well, he’s got a tune rounding the circuit now that he did with J*Davey and I think it’s plenty dope. I’m interested to hear more from this Lunatic.
And finally, last but not least, they’re back!
My all-time favorite Hip-Hop group (De La Soul) have gotten back together with my all-time favorite animated pop group (The Gorillaz – sorry Jem) for the first time since the Grammy award- winning Feel Good Inc. to bring you this cut off the Gorillaz’ upcoming Plastic Beach. In typical Gorillaz fashion, this plays on De La’s lighter side and brings you a definite feel good jam for a summer day. It actually reminds me of that De La tune off the Dexter’s Laboratory OST (if anyone actually copped that). Anyway, get into it and vibe.
Go get it.
Everyone today is a Don on their coast and beloved worldwide. No introductions needed, let’s get it.
Last month when Diplo rolled through Taiwan, he had been talking about some new goodness he was working on with the Doggfather. Well, the proof is out and we gots it here.
With the help of Kid Cudi, Big Snoop brings you a brand new ode to his sticky, icky lover.
Some new ish off Luda‘s upcoming Battle of the Sexes. This is the first joint I’ve heard without a feature.
With the help of Virginia’s dynamic duo and Tiger Woods, Luda does his sexting.
HARD KNOCK LIFE
S dot Carter hasn’t really lived a Hard Knock Life for over a decade now, but hey, it’s always fun to reminisce. With some insight from the Jiggaman along with the hugely unappreciated, highly influential Mark the 45 King, some cool doc footage on one of Hip-Hop’s most recognizable songs.
And just for good measure, some new new super dope from the bay area kings.
Get live folk.
Be well world.
HHHTake it Easy,
It’s Sunday again and it’s time for us to get into some head nod ish.
DIPPIN & DODGIN’
Off the upcoming Pursuit of Nappyness record, Nappy Roots are back with another one and I must say, I like this one quite a bit more than the last one I threw up. Featuring a lovely verse from young upstart Sugar Tongue Slim (who sounds a touch like a young Bootie Brown from Pharcyde) this is a nice one for the car stereo.
LOST IN TOKYO
Who’s City Haze?
I have no idea. Just heard of this guy but he’s already got a big co-sign behind him. Apparently part of NY’s new school of lyricists, City Haze makes his debut on HHHT with this RZA produced track that sounds like some good ol’ Wu-Tang ish. I’m not 100% about this yet, but maybe it’ll grow on me. Whaddyou think?
I saved this one for last just in case you were plannin on stepping out tonight or doin some cleanin around the house after you get off this blog. Janelle Monae, the futuristic throwback — if you don’t know what I mean, you will once you hear her songs — is finally coming back to follow-up on her extra dope debut, Metropolis with ArchAndroid and I couldn’t be happier. That being said, this first tune, although fly, doesn’t seem like a huge departure from what we got on the debut and I hope it isn’t all in the same box. Either way, if you haven’t made yourself familiar yet, you should. It’s rare that Bad Boy takes the time to put their stamp on something that isn’t supposed to sell their soul so support that shit. With a little help from the Outkast general, Big Boi –
JANELLE MONAE feat. BIG BOI – TIGHTROPE
Go get it folk.
Some content from the most dominant coast of the past decade.
JUMP IN THE AIR AND STAY THERE.
The unmastered version of this tune by the Southern Girl leaked a few weeks ago and well, I wasn’t really feelin it so I didn’t put it up.
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Erykah and Bilal and generally, I’m also into Wayne‘s features more than his actual tracks. But with that said, this is easily one of the most phoned in, useless verses he’s ever pressed record on and for that I passed on it. However, now with the release of the mastered version and giving it more time, the track itself is pretty good. Wayne still sounds like ass to me though – and don’t give me that ‘he’s trying something different’ shit, there’s a thin line between exploring genius and creating doo doo garbage and on this one, he’s chosen the latter. Either way, take a listen and lemme know what you think.
This might be the first time Devin’s ever made an appearance on HHHT. Welcome.
The Snoop Dogg of the south, singlehandedly responsible for a genre in hip-hop that is completely his own, has a new record coming out called (surprise surprise) the 4:20 Suite and well, the blogosphere has been blessed with a new joint. If you’re a Devin fan, it ain’t nuttin new. But if you aren’t, get some Dude in your life.
You missed Luda? Me too.
Don’t get me wrong, his last album had some joints. And trust me, I appreciate when artists expand and grow. In fact, if he hadn’t done some of the more thoughtful, mature records he did on the last two albums I would’ve written him off as a one trick pony and left it at that. However, there’s one thing Luda has always excelled at and that’s stripper/fight music. And with his upcoming record, Battle of the Sexes set to drop ASAP, everything I’ve heard off it is definitely club worthy and for that I’m grateful. Not cause I wanted him to revert back to sell records, but cause dammit, the mainstream’s missing some serious spitters and Luda’s presence would be a welcome one.
With a little help from an NY vet and a DTP rep:
Those’re my Southern goodies for the day.
Go get it folk.
It’s Chinese New Year and I can’t feel my feet. Do I smell movies?
24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL
24 Hour Karate School you might remember, is the name of a track I posted a few weeks back that Mos Def did with Ski-Beatz. Well not only was it the name of a dope song but it’s apparently the name of a dope album. Ski-Beatz, along with Blakroc conceiver, Dame Dash are putting out a project featuring not only Pretty Flaco but Jay Electronica, Curren$y, Nikki Wray, Jim Jones and plenty more. It’s kinda like another Blakroc, but instead of the Black Keys it’s Ski-Beatz. I’m cool with that. Here’s the trailer for the upcoming record from the Luchini Maestro.
BABU & DILLA
The world famous Dilated Junkie, DJ Babu makes a rare appearance on the blogs and tips his hat to the late greatest. Featuring cameos from House Shoes, Alchemist and more, it’s a feel good type of thing.
POP LIFE & RACE MATTERS
It’s the IllDoc, J Smooth. Need I say more?
ME AND THIS JAWN
And since I missed it, a special lovers day offering from the Paid Dues President, an eighth of the Living Legends Crew and half of Felt, Murs.
Relax in the rain and enjoy that bed.
Be well world.
HHHTake it to the track,
After an incredible week of reminiscing, honoring and supporting, I thought it’d be nice to take a breather from the emotional onslaught and just, sit back and listen to good rappers rapping. You’re cool with that right?
Ahmad Jones definitely doesn’t get his props.
The Fourth Avenue Jones frontman is seriously, seriously ill. Cadences, content, a live show that’s known world round as being absolutely captivating and on top of all that, apparently he’s one of the nicest guys in the biz. However with all these positives going for him, after 5 consecutive years of dropping records with 4th Avenue Jones, in 2005 he disappeared from the scene and with the exception of a handful of collaborations, seemed to stop making music. Well, it’s 2010 and it’s looking like Ahmad’s finally releasing a follow up to his 1993 solo debut, Ahmad, and we couldn’t be happier.
Here with a tribute to his home state of California, I give you some new Ahmad!
So the last time I posted some of that new Freeway & Jake One ish, I had implied that I was off Freeway and it was just that song that caught my attention.
Well…I lied and this album sounds like FIRE! Jake One is pumping out bangers left, right and center, and as for Freewizzy, let’s just say I’ma start checkin for ol’ boy again. Off the upcoming Stimulus Package:
Not much to say other than I’m liking this dude more and more.
Some new new from the Okayplayer:
Enjoy it folk.
HHHToday’s your day,
THE PPF NEIGHBORHOOD
With only one day left until the Canadian Government stops matching private donations in the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort, I ask you, loyal HHHT readers and lovers to please head on over to the PPF Neighborhood and donate now. This project, in conjunction with MSF (a.k.a. Doctors without Borders) and support from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is a 14-track album featuring artists from around the world playing everything from Underground Hip-Hop to Latin Jazz, Ambient Electronica to Folk. Accompanying the audio is also a 13-page PDF booklet featuring art from award winning painters, illustrators, animators and designers.
You’re not just helping a country in distress…please watch.
For more information on the project: THE PPF NEIGHBORHOOD
This past week we honored the passing of 2 of Hip-Hop’s greats and in commemoration, Cookin Soul and 2 Dope Boyz put together this mixtape celebrating their absolute awesomeness:
SHOTS AT THE THRONE
As a follow-up to their hugely entertaining 10-pages of Jay-Z disses, Complex Mag, also responsible for those awesome soundboards as well as getting Keri Hilson to take those wonderful pics brings you 7 pages of emcees dissing Jay-Z back. Everyone from Nas to Prodigy, Fat Joe to Jim Jones, it’s allll there. Click the image below for the whole shebangabang.
And finally, as an added bonus, a treat from one of the illest to ever do it.
Be well world.
HHHTurn it UP,
A little something for the soul today.
The outspoken and lovely Mrs. Electronica is gearing up for her follow up to New Amerykah Pt. 1 (which was a truly fantastic album btw) and has just dropped the first official single entitled Window Seat. My hope is that this album will be as fire as the last and knowing Ms. Badu, those hopes are pretty reasonable. What you think?
As it was just the anniversary of Dilla‘s passing, and seeing as how tomorrow is his birthday, I thought it’d be fitting to post at least one more thing before Dilla week wraps up for another year.
I give you easily one of the best mixtapes I’ve ever heard. Dilla’s friend and long time collaborator, Busta Rhymes put this out shortly after his passing and it is just wall to wall bangers. Stuff for the soul. Stuff for the clubs. And everything else in between. Soak it in cause it’s gonna get taken down soon.
Enjoy it folk.
HHHTip your hat,
I’m a touch heartbroken to announce the (sorta) end of an era.
El-P, one of the few men in the music industry who has without a doubt stuck to his guns for the entirety of his career and as such, created a whole sub-genre and movement based on his own convictions has recently announced that Definitive Jux, his label, responsible for giving us phenomenal releases from artists such as: Aesop Rock, Murs, RJD2, Cannibal Ox, SA Smash (R.I.P. Camu Tao), Cage, Mr. Lif and Del‘s last offering, will be taking a ‘break‘ for an undetermined amount of time. Read the full press release HERE.
This end I would equate to the Native Tongues breaking up. Although many of you might find that ludicrous and may’ve never heard of some of these artists, this small group of misfits (along side the Rhymesayers imprint) changed and re-imagined what independent artists could do and to what level they could take it. The imagination and creativity that they continually injected into the game for over a decade kept things fresh, and although may not have always been the most listener friendly, was brave and had conviction, and for that I have nothing but respect.
As a tribute, 2DopeBoyz posted this incredible compilation of some of Def Jux’s greatest hits and I implore you, if you like this stuff, pick up the records. They’re truly phenomenal, and I can personally say I’m a proud owner of damn near the entire catalogue.
01. Cage – I Never Knew You.mp3
02. Yak Ballz – Arabian Facebuster.mp3
03. Aesop Rock – Daylight.mp3
04. Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth.mp3
05. Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy.mp3
06. The Perceptionists – Let’s Move!!.mp3
07. RJD2 – The Horror.mp3
08. S.A. Smash ft Cage – Smash TV.mp3
09. Aesop Rock – Night Light.mp3
10. Camu Tao – Hold The Floor.mp3
11. Cool Calm Pete – Lost.mp3
12. Company Flow ft Ill Bill – Simian Drugs aka Feeling Ignorant.mp3
13. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – Bubble Pop.mp3
14. Mr. Lif – Jugular Vein.mp3
15. Murs and 9th Wonder – Bad Man!.mp3
16. Party Fun Action Comittee – Mental Storm.mp3
17. Danny! – Where is Danny.mp3
18. El-P – Deep Space 9mm.mp3
19. Murs – What Do You Know .mp3
20. Despot – Look Alive.mp3
21. C-Rayz Walz – Showgun.mp3
22. Mike Ladd – Black Orientalist.mp3
23. Mr.Lif – Live From The Plantation.mp3
24. The Mighty Underdogs ft MF DOOM – Gunfight.mp3
25. El-P – Dead Disnee.mp3
26. Hangar 18 – Boombox Apocalypse.mp3
27. S.A. Smash – Illy.mp3
28. El-P, DBA The Lyrical Punisher, and J-Treds Freestyle.mp3
29. Party Fun Action Comittee – Chapstick.mp3
30. Aesop Rock ft Breeze Brewin – Getaway Car.mp3
31. Cage – ft Darryl Palumbo – Shoot Frank.mp3
32. Cool Calm Pete – Cool Calm Science.mp3
33. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – Naked Fonk.mp3
34. The Perceptionists – Black Dialogue.mp3
35. RJD2 – Someones Second Kiss.mp3
36. Rob Sonic – Rock The Convoy.mp3
37. C-Rayz Walz – The Line Up.mp3
38. Danny! – Turn Me Up.mp3
39. Hangar 18 – Feet To Feet.mp3
40. Mr. Lif – Arise.mp3
41. Camu Tao – Open Hands.mp3
42. El-P ft Cage – Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love).mp3
43. Murs ft Humpty Hump and Shock G – Risky Business.mp3
44. RJD2 ft Jakki Da Mitamouth – F.H.H.mp3
45. Yak Ballz – Flossin’.mp3
46. C-Rayz Walz – Battle Me.mp3
47. Dizzee Rascal – Excuse Me Please.mp3
48. Murs and 9th Wonder ft Phonte – The Animal.mp3
49. Rob Sonic – Dylsexia.mp3
50. Yak Ballz – Reign.mp3
51. 4th Pyramid – Aquatic.mp3
52. Aesop Rock ft El-P and Camu Tao – Rickety Rackety.mp3
53. El-P – The League of Extraordinary Nobodies.mp3
54. El-P – Sunrise Over Brooklyn.mp3
55. Aesop Rock – 9-5ers Anthem.mp3
56. Mr.Lif – Earthcrusher.mp3
57. El-P ft Cage – Oxycontin pt 2
58. Cage – Hells Winter.mp3
59. The Mighty Underdogs – Victorious.mp3
60. C-Rayz Walz – First Words Worse.mp3
61. S.A. Smash – Gangsta.mp3
62. Cannibal Ox – Pigeon
And as a bonus download, check this out. I don’t know anything about this guy or this tune except he’s a Cleveland cat based out of LA. Either way, it’s dope. Peace to Analog Giant for the tip.
JESTY BEATZ – THE LAST MAN IN SPACE (Direct Link)
Enjoy the day folk.
HHHTo the Greatest,
Every year about this time I usually write a long piece reminiscing on what your music has done for me and the world over. All the artists you’ve made better, all the verses that were slept on, all the beats that should’ve never worked but you still managed to turn into masterpieces and all the tracks that changed the entire face of music. I could write a damn book!
However, this year, after years of preaching and pushing, I’ve decided to take a break from the commentary and let your music and your peers do the talking.
Thank you Dilla, for everything. You’re beyond missed.
R.I.P. James Dewitt Yancey
Turn it up!
MuchMusic Tribute Video
Common talking Dilla
Q-Tip talking Dilla
Suite for Ma Dukes
Fuck the Police (Live)
Slum Village – Climax (Girl Shit)