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Merry Christmas. All the HHHT friends, lovers, friends of lovers, lovers of friends, friends of friends and lovers of lovers. Happy Bday to my mans Hey Zeus, your still my homeboy. R.I.P. to James Brown.

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Soulful Christmas Fan Video

Has all this consumerism led you to forget the real meaning of Christmas?? Let Linus break it down for you, in case you forgot.

Jimmy breaks down and finds out the real meaning of Christmas.

I love how Christmas falls on a Thursday, which means I can do this for the old heads.

Lets take it back a little bit to get reacquainted with a couple hiphop classics.
Treacherous 3 performing Santa’s Rap, from the movie Beat Street.

Classic RUN DMC. Great video, great effects, great lessons learned. Go RUN! Christmas in Hollis.

Remember when all the 80’s babies came together to heal the world. Band Aid – Do They Know Its Christmas.

And Christmas wouldn’t be complete without…..Eazy-E – A Merry Muthafuckin Christmas

Stay True
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A couple treats for download
James Brown – Soulful Christmas

Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby

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It was only a matter of time before Claus got Imus’d.

7 days til Christmas!!

I just touched down in the great tundra called Toronto. I havent seen snow in about 4 years. It seems like everyone back here is in the Christmas Spirit. All the houses are decorated with lights, there’s snow every where and much more on the way. Its also cold as (enter expletive here).

In an effort to get you into the spirit of the season, I’m going to bless you guys with 2 great mixes that we’re put together by myself and my homey Dash aka That Guy.

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First up we have an incredible Soul Mix from That Guy. Spirits and Spirits was put together last Christmas in a Hova like one take mix of some great soulful tunes. I dont have a tracklisting for this one, but trust me when I say its just what you want and need.

Click here to download.

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Now this mix was also put together last year by myself. I do have a tracklist for this one. Its a mix of hiphop, funk and soul, with a Christmas twist. All inspired by the lil homey Ralphie from the Christmas classic ‘A Christmas Story’

A Christmas Story 2k7
Christmas in Hollis – RUN DMC
Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter
Can’t Forget About You – Nas featuring Chrisette Michelle
Paid in Full(7 Minutes of Funk) – Eric B & Rakim
Microphone Fiend – Eric B & Rakim
Let off a couple – The Beatnuts
Sparklin’ – Camp Lo
A Wonderful Christmas – Paul McCartney
Simply Havin’ – De La Soul
Footprints – a tribe called quest
Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding
After the Dance – Marvin Gaye
When you gonna learn – Jamiroquai
Santa Rap – Treacherous Three
Jinglin’ Baby – LL Cool J
Tread Water – De La Soul
Soulful Christmas – James Brown
Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
Do they know its Christmas – Band Aid
Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Christmas Story Interlude
Hoes – Slum Village

Click here to download

Hope you enjoy those.
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p.s. ask me about Triples bowling prowess. Challenge the man to a game. I dare you….

Word. We bring you another Ol’ Heads Thursday Edition and I’d like to kick this Thursday off with a lil’ tribute to Xtra P aka The Large Professor. He is well known for his work with Main Source, ‘discovering’ Nas, and for filtering basslines on the Emu SP-1200. He worked with talent like ATCQ, Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, AZ, and Boot Camp Clik just to name a few.

Here is “ijustwannachill” for your audiovisual enjoyment:

Good work Xtra P. Another tasty joint courtesy of Pete Rock, Kool G Rap, and Large Pro.

TGIF tomorrow

Digit

There’s something you should know about me.

I love Hip-Hop.

No no…you don’t understand….I LOVE IT. To the core of my soul…it’s something I’ve thought about every single day of my life for the past 10 years and well, it hasn’t waned in the least.

Now let me clarify something, as a person I’m not one of those guys who tries to be as ‘hip-hop’ as can be. Everything I wear isn’t rap related, everything I say isn’t Brooklyn slang, and everything I do isn’t to ‘Keep REAL Hip Hop Alive’.  As an artist, I don’t write songs FOR Hip-Hop or about my LOVE for Hip-Hop, I don’t engage the crowd in “When I say HIP, You say HOP” chants and I don’t say ‘Real Talk’ to finish all my sentences.  In fact, all the reviews I’ve had and Interviews I’ve done usually start with: “This is not your ‘Traditional’ Hip-Hop’….

No I’m not. But I FUCKING LOVE IT.

It’s throwback Thursdays, and I’m giving you a golden WINZIP file from ’88 (link at the bottom). When you listen to these songs, remember….Tomorrow is the day
and you better fucking be there….for Hip-Hop. HA!

Here’re videos of 6 songs you get in this 8-song package.  The other 2 are classics from the Jungle Brothers and Chill Rob G.  Enjoy.

(disclaimer – There is SO MUCH dope from 88, that this’ll probably only be PART 1….stay tuned)

Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full

Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy

RUN DMC – Run’s House

Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype

Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo – Road to the Riches

De La Soul – Potholes in my Lawn

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – 88KID Part 1

See you tomorrow night.
El Triple Seventy.

I dont know why I’m in an Ice T mood, but I want y’all to hear some Ice T. Classic cover for his second release POWER. So here are a couple videos and tracks from Tracy to rock in your ipod.

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High Rollers

High Rollers

Rap Master Ice T’ performing I’m your pusher

I’m Your Pusher

And I dont think he had a video for this song, but enjoy it anyways

Girls L.G.B.N.A.F.

And of course the Magnum Opus from the Ice man. Colors.

Shouts to my mans DJ RON and DJ SHUSTA for the high quality link. Pick up that Boom Box Mixtape Vol 1 & 2. Say word fellas.

One more thing….December 5th, Vol.2

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If your on facebook check the event here

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For me, A Tribe Called Quest defined the Golden Era of Hip Hop. Their use of jazz samples, Large Professor bass-lines, and conscious and up-front lyrics all contributed to my love of ATCQ.

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Their last album, the Love Movement, was released in 1998 and although it was not popularly met with the same enthusiasm as previous albums, like Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders, it reflected the TRUE ARTISTIC nature of their journey as hip hop artists. Some may limit their conception of the best hip hop to party records and breaks or hard hitting beats but what made ATCQ stand out was their ability to build upon hip hop’s foundations to create pieces that were unique. The sparse beats and minimal production did not reflect laziness; they reflected a relaxed maturity and a need to affect others with that feeling. One of my favorite cuts on that album is Find a Way. I also recommend the whole album.

Find A Way

PEACE… DIGIT

Yes, I know it’s not quite Thursday yet but you guys are too quick to post shit so I am pre-empting yo collective asses.

Thursdays is really the only day I can post. Being a self confessed ‘old head’ and shameless hater.

So, I have a little treat for you, in fact it is more of a huge fucking treat. This is the Funkmaster Flex 90’s dedication show! It’s Big. It’s heavy. It’s Big and Heavy. Two things of note. One, the serious amount of 90’s bangers he pulls out and rubs with his ‘not-quite-the-worlds-smoothest’ cuts. Some joints that you may well have forgotten about. Two, the wild and almost frenzied state he works himself into during the course of the show, “WE IN THE 90’S DEEP RIGHT NOW!”

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I have listened to this quite a few thimes and still find it hard to get bored of it. Check for the bit when he says, “Yo, Premo is feeling me right now, he didn’t call me or nuthin but I know he is FEELING me right now!”

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Flex 90’s Dedication Mix

PS, Marcus and I are gonna turn the Beaver Dam into the Beaver DAMN! this weekend.

PPS, Peep the rapnerds for more treats!

Two Hands

-m.a

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My boy Shane went to New York city in 90 or 91 with the acapella choir and came back with a Geto Boys tape and my life has never been the same. As you can see from the pic, I tried to replace DJ Ready Red, but it was at the time the Geto Boys were going through their own trouble, so they didn’t keep me. I was such a huge fan, I saw the Geto Boys when they had their own spin-off group called (drum roll please) The Baby Geto Boys with a white midget (who for some reason ran around stage with an albino snake around his neck.) About five years ago I saw Scarface on tour with Eric Sermon at some run down spot in Cleveland, Ohio around Christmas time. It’s rowdy in the 330. 

Anyway, Scarface has always been one of the most criminally underrated storytellers in this thing we all love called hip-hop. Going through some of his greatest hits on YouTube has made me waste about half my day and you know what? I feel better for and you should too. 

A Minute to Pray and a Second to Die

The Marvin Gaye sample starts it off quite nicely and the second verse is as brutal of a story as I’ve ever heard. Reminds me a lot of Biggie’s “Somebody Gotta Die.”

Never Seen a Man Cry

Scarface proved that you could be a sensitive gangster here. I love that ehh eww ehhh sound all the way through. If anyone knows what that is called, please comment and let me know.

Mary Jane

I only posted this because I love neon and this was right before this on his CD

Smile

The death of 2Pac was bigger to me than Kurt Cobain. I had that Rolling Stone cover on my wall for a good part of college and this song became a hit and 2Pac wasn’t even around to enjoy it. RIP. And the ending of this song is so good. And now, a moment of silence…

But don’t let me trick you into thinking that Scarface couldn’t make a party jam. Oh no

Let Me Roll

It’s official, I’m adding this into my sets for the rest of the year.

My Block

I’m making this wayyyy to long now, but if you like Scarface, other notable tracks: Street Life, Six Feet Under and Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangster

In May 1994, the world of hip-hop and late-night TV suffered an ‘L’ that they have yet to recover from.

Before Magic Johnson had his (thankfully) short run on late night TV and before Vibe had their straight-to-the-can blip of a talk show,  we had the Arsenio Hall show.   A show where (contrary to what many of my classmates growing up thought was just some corny talk show where the guy from ‘Coming to America’ came out and barked) I, and many other viewers were able to regularly tune in to see two of our favorite things on one show:  Good Ass Rap and Wrestlers.

And although, the host (and in-turn, the show), is well-known for stepping on the toes of my favorite group of all time (*see Subject heading), his contribution helped to propel and upgrade the careers of several underground legends into Hip Hop Icons.  So for those that don’t have a clue as to what I’m talkin about….

Some Good Ass Rap and Wrestlers.

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In honor of Obama’s victory, I’d like to take a sec to dedicate a few songs from one of my hiphop heroes to the man. When I got the call from my homegirl Mandy at noon yesterday, tears welled up in my eyes. I had to get off my scooter and take a minute. After we finished talking, the first song I felt compelled to play was Big Daddy Kane’s ‘Young, Gifted and Black’. Now i’m not trying to be on some super black power tip and please dont take it as that. I hope that people will start to notice the talent of all people now, regardless of color. Here’s to hoping that we’ve transcended those barriers.

Here are a few BDK tunes you should get acquainted with:
Another Victory
http://www.mediafire.com/?wuinc0uzonk

Young, Gifted and Black
http://www.mediafire.com/?xmzctzmnc2o

Warm It Up Kane
http://www.mediafire.com/?mi5gngy2no5

And this one is a special dedication to all my Americans who stood in lines and took part in their nations history. Here’s to change, and hoping that the sentiment expressed in this song never has to be felt by anyone, anywhere, ever again.

Syl Jonson ‘Is it because I’m black?’
http://www.mediafire.com/?wmyolz5ywdz
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