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Some of you might know of my unwavering love for Golden Era hiphop (88-94). Those are the greatest years for hiphop, hands down. I’ll fight ANYONE who wants to dispute this! Shout me out and let me know a time and a place, and knuckle up cause I’m going for your grill.

All ranting aside, the reason me and Triple get along so well, is not because he grew up in that era, but because he was taken to hiphop school by a good friend of mine J$Money. Every Saturday Money would school a young upstart named Triple about all the best artists that came out of this era of music. I think Money should actually open a school. Maybe HHHT should start a hip hop buxiban in Taipei. Cous cous you down? 2 Handed one?

Anyways one of those great golden era artists is this man, Antonio Hardy aka Big Daddy Kane. The original smooth operator on the microphone.

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When other artists were wearing sneakers and track suits, this man was on some playalistic type ish, wearing suits and hats, with the high top fade and 3 cuts in the eyebrows. Mad style. Let me tell you something, this was one of my hiphop heroes from this era. Yes, I had a high top fade. No I didn’t have 3 cuts in my eyebrows. Yes, I know he fell off on the third album. No, my respect for the raps hasn’t faded.

So HHHTers, here is my little nugget of wisdom to contribute to your schooling. This is recommeded viewing.

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Im not even scratching the surface about how ill Kane is. Consider this Part 1.

We Gets It In!
HHHT
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HHHThrowbackers,

Often when you get into the debates with your homies over the dopest/most influtential emcees to ever salivate on the steel cage, Rakim Allah the Teflon Don tends to generally come up.

And while I won’t contest that the man is magnificent, his solo joints after his divorce from the First black President, Eric B. were underwhelming to say the least (even though 18th Letter was well received, I still think it’s predominantly phoned-in).

That being said, both 1997’s 18th Letter and 1999’s The Master had some dope joints on’em and well, being ‘No Country For Old Heads’ Thursday, I came across this rare remix of the 18th Letter‘s first single, ‘Guess Who’s Back’ by D.I.T.C. in-house producer, Buckwild (who you also might know from his work with Kool G Rap Fast Life, Organized KonfusionStress, Black Rob — Whoa!).

But before you get that….here’s a link to the original done by one of the most underrated contributors to the genre, Mr, ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’, Mr. ‘Get Money’, Dana Dane’s backbone, Clark Kent.  (PLUS one of the most bizarre videos I’ve ever seen.  Rakim getting his Salvador Dali on??)

(incorrectly labeled from 1993)

Rakim – Guess Who’s Back (Original)

Rakim – Guess Who’s Back (Buckwild Remix)

And just for good measure, from The Master, Ra & Primo makin goodness.

That’s Thursday folk.
Keep the looks comin.

Triple
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Yo, if you missed the last 14 deadly secrets with DJ Premier spilling the beans on some of his classic productions then you a, need to get up on this and b, need to hit the rapnerds more often!

There are two more installments of the 14 Deadly Secrets.

With the RZA And, Eric Sermon the Green Eyed Bandit!

HERE

There is some funny shit on there so go get that!

This weekend we do it up in the Dutty South with the big mouth!

Friday Tainan at the Red Wolf and Saturday at the Pig and Whistle in kaoshiung. So, all animals are covered.

Two Hands.

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 ridin the bus: Slick Rick – It’s A Boy (Large Professor Remix) click flick.

If you’re rollin in a Caddy: UGK – Da Game Been Good To Me (click flick.)

It’s Thursday folk….go get it.

Triple.

‘The meaning of the name GangStarr, well I’ll tell ya
It means I find my mind can excel to
a greater type of thought, brought by the things that I’ve been taught’

GURU ‘The Meaning of the Name’

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Gangstarr. I figured I would go in on some Gangstarr this week. Now back in the ‘golden era’ of hiphop, DJ Premier was lauded as a go to producer. He had a remix on every hot 12 inch single out at the time and held production credits on classic hiphop albums like Nas’ Illmatic and Biggie’s Ready to Die as well as all of the Gangstarr LP’s

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They started out as a dude from Texas(Premier) and the voice from Boston (GURU),who wore leather pants, African medallions and preached some super positivity on their first album. After the move to New York, the sound got a little grittier and the rhymes more attuned to the hustle. Since they first dropped No More Mr. Nice Guy, the duo of GURU and Premier have made some serious impact in this world of hiphop. Credited with helping to define the New York sound the group has put together a slew of critically acclaimed albums. I’ve been a huge fan since Step in the Arena and even had the pleasure of interviewing Premier in TO when they released Moment of Truth. He is a man who truly loves hiphop. You hear it in every syllable of his blunt charred voice.

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The really ill thing about Premier is he’s a DJ, so he starts most of his songs with 8 bars of drums. Which for a DJ is SO VALUABLE, because you need those 8 bars to make a decent blend. Before I start nerding out about mixing. I’ll tell you what I really like about Gangstarr.

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*Disclaimer: Im about to say some really ignorant shit. Bear with me.

Gangstarr’s sound reminds me of the good old days of fear and loathing in hiphop. There was a time when people were scared to go into certain boroughs in NYC or any city for that matter, because of the rep that those places held as a place where you could get robbed for everything you own, very, very quickly. That was a time when hiphop wasn’t as accessible as it is today and you had to go into those places if you really wanted to be a part of it. There was no internet, no HMV, TOWER or Virgin Megastore with an urban section, no youtube, no blogs. It was real and analog and Premiers beats sound to me like corner man, hustling anthems. It was a time when you could get punched in the mouth for saying the wrong shit. I miss those days, because nowadays people can hide behind blogs and forums and say whatever they want with no repercussions. No fear of that punch in the mouth. I’ve found that swift and blinding violence is a deterrent to stupidity.
Whats greater than that is, I’ve seen Premier play Luxy in Taipei twice and he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t care about what the crowd wants to hear. He’ll play what HE wants you to hear, and you’re going to listen. He’s bar brawl gully. I fondly remember the 2nd time I saw Premier, he stopped the music to call out some fool in the front row for requesting a Beyonce song or something to that effect. Primo was on the verge of coming into the crowd to deal with this guys case(beatdown), but instead kept calling him a ‘Dumb Fuck!!!’ on the mic, all night. It was a little excessive but made for a great story.
Please, bring back the fear and loathing!

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Here are a few of the Gangstarr sure shots. Please watch and enjoy.

First up, ‘Just to get a Rep’. This is real deal gritty grimey New York type shit. Mo money, mo money and mo money

Premier flipped it crazy on the production for this one. Soooooo good!
Who’s gonna take the weight.

Mass Appeal. Again, some grimey New York shit. TImberlands, hoodies, bubble goose down jackets.

Code of the Streets. They’re telling you what its about. There is a code and a pattern to everything. Its like playing sticky ball, you know which kid is going to win.

DWYCK. Its been debated at to what the 5 letters stand for. The song is ill as fuck, Nice and Smooth do their thing. The most commonly accepted meaning for Dwyck is ‘Do what you can kid’. But who the fuck cares, all you need to know is that ‘Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is, I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis’. Word. Catch me yelling that part whenever I hear this song.

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CAP

Come back to tomorrow. Weekend info. All for Love.

My life for the past month has been completely and unrelentingly submerged in music.  Blogging, writing, recording, release dates, tour dates, etc.  And as much delight as this would generally bring me, with all the happenings in the world right now, I’m glad I’m surrounded by people who don’t do what I do and keep me in the loop.

Well, today…I’m gonna go watch a news program/read a newspaper/visit a news site and gather the information directly.  And if you haven’t in awhile, you should too.

Anyways…that’s my P.S.A. for the day.

One more for Chris Brown…

…and on with the music.

J. Period – Tribute to Q-Tip: The [Abstract] Best

I’ve been hearing little clips from this for awhile now, but it’s finally out and I like it plenty.  J.Period has compiled into this one little mixtape not only some of Q-Tip‘s most classic verses and tracks but he also includes a gangload of surprises like De La redoing Tribe’s Excursions, as well as Consequence and Kid Cudi doin their own Buggin’ Out.  This is goodness right here.

(49 TRACKS! – click flick)

And since we’re at 49…how bout 1 more track to bring it to a nice round 50.

El Da Sensei (REMEMBER HIM!!???) gettin his Golden Age posse cut on with Mike Zoot and one of the most underrated, style breaking groups of all-time…Organized Konfusion (Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch).

El Da Sensei feat. Organized Konfusion & Mike Zoot – Frontline (click flick)


CAP’s at Copa tomorrow.

Marcus’ in Kaohsiung (Roof Park) Saturday.

HHHT….we got you covered.

Triple.

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On some Canadian shit. The crew was on some Can-con bizniz last weekend, and having been freshly returned from the T-dot, its only fitting that for this Thursday I re-acquaint you with the elder statesman of Canadian Hip hop. Maestro Fresh Wes.

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First album. A classic. Let your backbone slide is still the top selling Canadian hip hop single, and the album Symphony In Effect is the still the top selling hip hop album with 190,000 copies sold. Almost double platinum. Maestro aint no joke. He had solid beats and he could rhyme. He had the dancers and the charisma. Some might say he was Canada’s equilvalent Big Daddy Kane.

Check the videos:

Let Your Backbone Slide. The DOPE STATE jackets were pretty dope.

The 2nd single from that album was ‘Drop The Needle. Maestro came strong.

His 2nd Album was the Black Tie Affair.

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Not nearly as good as the first album, but it did have this awesome cut. ‘Conductin Thangs’. I still play this one. Its gets people jumping.

He kinda fell off after this album. He worked with Showbiz & AG (to be discussed on another Thursday) on his next album called ‘Nah dis kid can’t be from Canada’. Wack title. Wack album. I prefer to remember the Maestro of old in all his tuxedo suited glory. Please enjoy.

Now on to whats good.

TONIGHT AT PLUSH

TITTSWORTH BROKE THESE DAYS TOUR!

3heads

Plush is located on the 12th floor at the Living Mall
八德路4段138號12樓(京華城12樓)/ 12 F #138 Sec.4 Ba-da Rd
Cover is 500NT. All you can drink.
The High Heels and Hi Tops crew will be in the building.
Aint no work tomorrow.
Dont miss it!
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Say Word!
OX LOVE
CAP

Salut mes Amis,

The following artists need no introductions. And if you require one, I insist you go buy yourself some good ol’ fashioned COM-PACT DISQUES.

Classic bon bons for that Ol’ Skool lovin palette of yours.

Q-Tip, circa ’98 when he was forced (much like Prince, but less publicly), to change his name due to contract issues.  This just recently surfaced and is what some heads like to call, DOPE!

The Lone Ranger (Q-Tip’s alter Ego) – It’s Yours (prod. by Q-Tip)

JUICE CREEEEEEEEEW!!!

If you heard these before then you are TRULY a 12″ master (and I ain’t talkin John Holmes – Hiyoooooooooo — yes I went there.  Deal with it.)  I’m not sure who originally posted this, but I got it from the good folks at Soul Sides.

Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo – I Declare War
Craig G. – Drop A Bomb On’em

Finally, a baby Shawn Carter brandishin his skills on this ol’ dusty demo tape.

Jay-Z – Pass the Roc

And as a final bonus (and completely unrelated), something that had me chuckling pretty heavy.

BROKE ANKLES!

LeoTripleopolisSeventarius.

HHHT Folk…..

I’m just on my way out the door so I won’t really blab too much.  I’ll just get right to the goodies.

First up….another BLAZING remix from K-Salaam and Beatnik.  This time they absolutely mash the Jackson 5’s ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’.   Oooooh….I like this one.

Click Flick for DL

Next…some more New Old demo stuff from Biggie Biggie Biggie off the upcoming Notorious soundtrack.  What can I say….he was good at what he did. 

Notorious B.I.G. – Love No Hoe (Original Demo)
Notorious B.I.G. – Guaranteed Raw

And finally, DJ Premier’s top 20 Hip-Hop albums of ’08!

I was actually shocked at some of the cats he listens too.   Way more underground than I was expecting.  Good lookin out Preme.

1. DJ REVOLUTION–KING OF THE DECKS (Duck Down)
2. EVIDENCE–THE LAYOVER EP (Decon)
3. STATIK SELEKTAH–STICK 2 THE SCRIPT (Showoff/Traffic)
4. SCARFACE–EMERITUS (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)
5. D.I.T.C. presents THE MOVEMENT (D.I.T.C./Traf fic)
6. JAKE ONE–WHITE VAN MUSIC (RHYMESAYERS)
7. EMC–THE SHOW (M3/ TRAFFIC)
8. P BROTHERS–THE GAS (IMPORT)
9. LIL WAYNE–THE CARTER III (CASH MONEY/UNIVERSAL)
10. HELTAH SKELTAH–D.I.R.T.(Da Incredible Rap Duo) (DUCK DOWN)
11. LUDACRIS–THEATER OF THE MIND (DEF JAM/UNIVERSAL)
12. BIG SHUG–OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME (TRAFFIC)
13. TERMANOLOGY–POLITICS AS USUAL (NATURE SOUNDS/EMI)
14. GUILTY SIMPSON–ODE TO THE GHETTO (STONES THROW)
15. Q-TIP–THE RENAISSANCE (MOTOWN/UNIVERSAL)
16. ICE CUBE–RAW FOOTAGE (LENCH MOB/EMI)
17. CRAIG G & MARLEY MARL–OPERATION TAKE BACK HIP HOP (GOOD HANDS)
18. EPMD–WE MEAN BUSINESS (EP RECORDS)
19. 88 KEYS– THE DEATH OF ADAM (DECON)
20. ILL BILL–THE HOUR OF REPRISAL (FAT BEATS)

HONORABLE MENTION—–(NOT IN ORDER)

1. GZA—PRO TOOLS
2. REKS—GRAY HAIRS
3. DEVIN THE DUDE—LANDING GEAR
4. LARGE PROFESSOR—MAIN SOURCE
5. NAS–UNTITLED
6. PRODIGY–HNIC 2
7. TRICK TRICK—THE VILLIAN
8. YOUNG MAYLAY—THE REAL COAST GUARD
9. THE GAME—L.A.X.
10. BLACK MILK—TRONIC
11. TORAE—DAILY CONVERSATION
12. VAST AIRE—DEUCES WILD

And finally….an interview clip from Paul Rosenberg‘s Noise Makers series with Primo talking about working with Biggie and Puff.

We’re in Taichung SATURDAY!  Be there.

Triple.

Happy New Year. If you have enough strength to lift your head and reach over to the computer. Then this is probably the song you need to hear on a day like this.

Live at the BBQ! The debut of a young artist named Nas and another upstart named Akinyele.

All the best for the year from the squad that keeps your heels tapping.

Vol.3 Coming soon…
CAP

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