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Today I present to you a true Shuffle Saturday.
The Skull Gang General has never been my favorite. My favorite Dipset member? Yes. But that’s really not saying much. No one can deny that these guys have made hits and on occasion surprise the world with some cleverness and good songwriting (Santana’s Town is ill.) But their track record leaves plenty to be desired.
Anyway…Juelz just dropped the first official single for his upcoming ‘Born to Lose, Built to Win’ album and well……I’ll let you decide.
After half a decade of being shut down, it looks like the Ruff Ryders are ready to open up shop again and apparently everyone’s on board. According to a recent interview with Jadakiss and Swizz Beatz, this year promises new albums from the LOX, Drag-On, the first Double R compilation since ’03/’04 as well as a brand new opus from their general, fresh outta Arizona State, DMX. And well, although the Double R roster could stand to lose some dead weight, it’s kinda nice (It’s like everytime the WWE bring back Degeneration X or the NWO for like a week. It’s fun to reminisce.). So with that being said, Kiss gives the world their first glimpse into where everyone’s been.
Once again I’m refraining from opinion on this and I’ll let you guys pick it apart.
DMX the day he was released from prison speaking to Pastor (Murda) Mason Betha on the radio. Entertainment.
Charles, Charles, Charles. *shakes head*
A while ago on this very page, I wrote a long winded endorsement for Charles Hamilton. I spoke about how he was bringing back a nice element to the Hip-Hop community that had been missing and that he really had the potential to do something special. Shortly after that post, I stopped writing about Charles Hamilton because he started to make me look like a fool as he began to put out an insane amount of sub-par to borderline garbage music on a weekly basis. Yet, I still stood by the fact that he’s good a rapper…just misguided.
After a brief hiatus, he gave me something to write about and be proud of again when he reached out to legendary NY emcee, MC Lyte to collab on an apparent EP. Hope.
Well…he’s gone ahead and ruined that again.
I’ll let House Shoes and J-Smooth break it down for you.
Oh Charles. What you could’ve been.
It’s Saturday folk. Get creative.
Be well world.
No pussy footin. Let’s get it in.
Remember what happened to throwbacks after Jay and Pharrell did ‘Change Clothes’? Let’s hope and pray that Jay still bares the same clout as he once did and allows the few T-Pain’s to ride their lane out and remind everyone else to stay OUT of it.
This tune is retarded….not cause of any particular flow but just for the sake of the message. And c’mon….NO I.D. ON THE TRACK!!!! Hands up to Jay and Kanye for keeping a legend working and relevant and acknowledging their roots. At no point should anyone forget what this man’s done for Hip-Hop.*
*….and if you don’t know….go cop yourself Common’s 1994 joint ‘Ressurection’ for some education. And after that, grab the NO I.D. & Dug Infinite joint from ’97 – (super rare collector’s item for diggers everywhere).
Anyway, no more nothin! Song and interview. Get IT!
Q-Tip on Auto-Tune (sorry…couldn’t figure out the embed)
Bobby Ray on Auto-Tune
And a final reminder that it only takes one to start a revolution. WATCH THE WHOLE THING!
Be well world.
It’s Saturday Folk. Get it in!
Let him talk. Dope.
When was the last time you heard 4 dope emcees spit 32’s with no hook? Dope.
Snoop ish. Dope.
Rihanna & Cassie have wholes in their chest. Dope.
Came across these in my internet trollings this morning. Both vids are absolutely ridiculous for obvious and different reasons.
First up Jigga man and The Roots. One of the best emcees with one of the best live bands. This shit is ridiculous.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
My homey Bobby Bonestorm has been trying to send me this ridiculousness for a while. Remember how you felt when you first were introduced to Borat. Ladies and Gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure, I present. the latest incarnation from Sacha Baron Cohen, Bruno. Watch it quick, cause it might get taken down soon.
The sun is out, peace.
Mick Boogie next Wednesday.
Yeah its a rainy saturday in Taipei City. Im still laughing my ass off about our new flyer. Its gold. Absolutely brilliant. Glimpses of Genius even. Scroll down if you havent seen it yet.
Here is some very random news from Internet Land. Michael Jackson, the king of pop just announced his final concerts in tne UK in July. This guy has been through so much in the press, that its amazing to see how loyal his real fans still are. They are people near tears in the crowd because they got a chance to see their idol. Im willing to bet my next few months salary that he puts on a fucking amazing show.
On to other amazing things. Watch this video. This guy survives, by some form of miracle, getting hit by a truck that was hit by a train. Incredible.
Fucking incredible right?!
And I just came across this new Young Jeezy video, ‘Circulate’. Its directed by Terry Richardson who is one of those hipster photographers that all the hipster kids love. He’s shot for Vice and American Apparel, Staple, etc, etc. The song is produced by Don Cannon and im loving the horn blasts. Its some good morning music.
Here’s a little Saturday rainy day bonus for y’all.
The Dramatics – In the rain
Hit the gym beeches, HHHT weekend is coming up.
Shuffle b-word shuffle
I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Talib Kweli.
It all began when I heard his contributions to the first 2 parts of Rawkus’ Soundbombing series (Chaos, 2000 Seasons, etc.) Wow. A content-heavy, cause-driven lyricist who picked soulful beats and spoke of injustice and equality while still managing some ‘Wack Emcee’ slags in the process? Beauty.
**sidenote, I was 5 during the Chuck D’s, X-Clan’s and NWA’s so don’t look at me like that. I’ve diligently done my history since.**
So I followed him to Black Star.
Now, to go along with his classic songs, a classic album. K.O.S. (Determination) and Thieves in the Night were my motivational, ‘Real Hip-Hop’ songs of ’98 and should probably be exposed to all teenagers trying to find themselves. I bled those songs. Every last syllable.
After a year or so of absorption, I find out him and Mos were going solo. Worried, I still copped the solo joint on release – Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought changed my life (Actually…all of the year 2000 did, but that’s another post). One of the most complete and holistic expressions of art to come out in the past 20 years. Not to mention, classic appearances from Mos, De La, Kool G Rap and Hi-Tek absolutely molesting a Nina Simone sample at the end…it’s just so nutty.
Anyway…longer story less long, next came, Quality which was dope, but not life changing (although Get By and Won’t You Stay will always and forever be classic songs). And then we got Beautiful Struggle, which was like Quality but with cheaper production and less poignant writing and that Sucka Free Mixtape, which was worth all of 3 songs. At that point, I was off Kweli.
In ’07 he came back with Eardrum. And although resistant, die hard fans were telling me he was BACK! So after a few months of holding off, I gave in. It’s decent. Sure the album’s about 10 songs too long, but the other 10 are Dope. And that along with guesting on tracks with Hi-Tek, Sa-Ra, Dilla, UGK and others, it seemed like Kwe was workin on a return to his old form.
The point I’m tryin to make is this, if you were like me, and haven’t listened to any Kweli lately, check it out…you might be surprised.
Here’s some new new.
For the backpacks – Reflection Eternal feat. Bootsy Collins – Internet Connection
Have a dope weekend folks.
HHHT Massive, tonight is gonna be nasty.
Simple & Plain.
We, the pre-pubescent Kings of the Futon, will be taking a lengthy hiatus (due to my return to the great white North on some Weapon X ish) and well this foursome (along with Jheri Curl Chest and Sir Sweat-A-Lot) will be rocking our last show together until we get our Police on (the band not the po) and rock you for a cool half-a-billion.
Until then….come out tonight, cause it’s gonna be heavy like John Tenta vs. Yokozuna.
And just to guide you through the steps for tonight….(**notice** zShare’s been acting weird lately, so if it doesn’t work, the file’ll still be on the other servers)
Tomorrow (cause chances are we’ll still be in bed)
J Dilla – Trucks (from the unreleased ‘Pay Jay’) (click flick)
J Dilla – Creepin (from the unreleased ‘Pay Jay’) (click flick)
J Dilla – Midnight Snacks Megamix (1 hour of Dilla samples and beats…all instrumental)
Illa J/J Dilla – Yancey Boys Instrumental Megamix (direct link – right click to save)
Dwele – Workin on it (Tribute to Dilla) *I wish this was 2 hours long…
*Dilla Bonus Reading*
No Trivia – Dilla Month
Happy Birthday Dilla.
Sofakinglater tonight. See you there.
It’s my honor and privilege to inform you that: PLUSH GOT TURNED OUT!!!
Like, I don’t mean for this blog to become monotonous and maintain the same “we did awesome, the party was rocked, blah, blah” schtick after every HHHT-involved show, but hey, if we were to have a schtick, ‘Turning (insert venue name here) Out’ isn’t such a bad gimmick.
Tittsworth is a Massacre inducing superstar. Something you don’t readily presume from his friendly, polite demeanor. He turned the capacity crowd into one heaping mess of flailing arms and legs and I’m pretty positive everyone has Usain Bolt-type calves as of yesterday. This man is definitely one DJ you must see during your clubbing tenure.
Now now, aside from the headliner, I can’t forget the fantastic HHHT cast who not only served as the support for the evening, but showed why we ARE the heaviest crew on the island. Carl Winslow heavy? Nope. Uncle PHIL heavy. Word up. Also, big shout out to Patricia and crew for throwing together this heaping pile of goodness.
Anyways….it was an amazing night and we’ll be hitting you up with the visual proof ASAP.
In the meantime, I give you goodies.
Everyone in the world loves’em and so should you.
Raekwon Feat. Ghostface – Criminology ’09 (click flick for dl)
They’re back and continue to keep killing faces. Beatnick & K-Salaam refix one of the world’s greatest baby making anthems.
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (Beatnick & K-Salaam) [click flick for dl]
And while we’re on the subject….how bout some unreleased Mos Def & Sizzla over some more Beatnick & K-Salaam gravy.
Mos Def Feat. Sizzla – Victory (click flick for dl)
Finally…I’m proud to announce that the PPF House website will be re-launching February 1st featuring new art, music and movies from their new expanded roster of talent including: howie shia, the Worst Pop Band Ever, LEO37, Sunclef, MAGNOLIUS and the Abyss. So be sure to check that out. ’09 is goodie time.
You can also head to their myspace page to acquaint yourself with the Toronto-based production label until Sunday. www.myspace.com/ppfhouse
Have a great weekend folks.
As New Year’s Part 2 prepares for its grand entrance into the world (a.k.a. The Ox Strikes Back) and I watch the island formerly known as Formosa scramble around frantically throwing up good fortune banners, tossing out a years worth of whose-it’s and whatchamacallits and loading up Red Envelopes for the future Ah-Bien’s of the world, I realized that perhaps this is my opportunity to provide the loyal HHHT readers with their very own Red Envelope (also, the majority of the crew will be out of commission for the next few days, and this is in case the remainees want a break).
For the Funky:
The minds behind my favorite album of ’05 and hopefully one of my favorite albums of ’09, I give you: The Platinum Pied Pipers – Abundance: Official Mixtape
This is the pre-cursor to their just-released Sophomore set, (also named) Abundance. And if you’re like me and waiting on your next cheque to clear before you get that record, here’s some dope to tide you over.
Click flick for DL
For the New Heads:
As I had proclaimed weeks ago, I’m a fan of Charles Hamilton. And well, while he doesn’t knock everything out of the park, it’s nice to see a kid who actually knows his ledge and respects his craft back in the public eye. So for those who still aren’t on Interscope’s next golden boy (yes it’s been confirmed, he HAS recorded a new song with Marshall Mathers) The Best of the Hamiltonization Process
Click flick for DL
For the Old Heads:
X-Man/X-Ecutioner Rob Swift is back with a new sampler from his homage to the B-Boy Movement of the ’70’s: Dust to Dust. I’m just glad to see the man still kickin it.
Click flick for DL
For the Sexy:
Devil’s Pie: Erykah vs. Jill – need I say more?
Click flick for DL
Happy New Year everyone.
Be well this weekend.
p.s. – Marcus is in Kaohsiung at the Pig & Whistle tonight…9:30-11:30 free drinks for all Facebook members!!!!