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HISTORY

Watching this gives me the same feeling I got when I was 15 watching the Respiration video for the first time.  Hope and happiness.  Intrigue and awe.   There’s nothing overtly out of this world about this, yet the mood leaves me completely enthralled.

What do you get when you put Mos + Kwe + Dilla  together? HISTORY. Thank goodness kids still have these 2 as an alternative.

MR. PIG FACE

This guy is just good at rap.

CROOKED I – MR. PIG FACE

NEVER NEVER

Although this is technically my first post about these guys, aside from Mos, Little Dragon is easily my favorite group of the past 2 years and have cemented themselves in my ‘Classic’ category.  Truthfully the only 2 recently released things that have consistently been in my eardrums have been The Ecstatic and Little Dragon’s sophomore Machine Dreams and had it not been for these guys, I would’ve been oh so bored.  I love these guys.

Head to toe they’re phenomenal.

I’ll get into them a little thicker when I have more time, but just know that you should’ve been checking for these guys for at least the past 2 years.  Act like you know.

Here’re 2 vids from the newest record.

That’s it that’s all.

Go get it.

Triple.

HHHTruants,

First off, apologies from the crew for being away this past week.  The CAPtain‘s been marinating in some birthday love, M.A. continues his quest to Waakao the world and I’ve been sewing up some of the final details for the PPF House ‘Slow Claps’ Tour which will see us hit 20 cities nationwide this summer (So, all my Canadian homies, keep your eyes peeled cause we’ll be in your neck of the woods very soon).

Secondly, in regards to the blog title…cot damn!! if there weren’t a crazy amount of treats offered up on the blog circuit this week.  I won’t be able to get to’em all today, but I’ll do my best to give you the highlights.

SA-RA Creative Partners

I’m a large fan of these guys.

Even though their debut effort sounded less like an album and more like a compilation thrown together a week before deadline, these L.A. maestros somehow managed to flex their musical muscles and avoid being overshadowed beneath a ridiculous cast of guest spots that included: Dilla, Kurupt, Q-Tip, Kweli and Pharoahe Monch…just to name a few..and show people that, in the illustrious words of Robert Diggs, Sa-Ra ‘ain’t nuttin’ to F*!# wit‘.

Now prepping to drop their Sophomore set Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love, I give you some sneak peek material that I can only hope dwarfs their previous effort.

Sa-Ra Creative Partners – Bitch Baby

Black Star

Even though Hip-Hop has designated a Golden Age period for the sake of its cultural timeline, I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that for each serious listener and lover of music, we all go through our own renditions of a Golden Age.

Black Star was an integral part of mine.

Now I can’t really explain why these 2 very afrocentric lyricists are so beloved by Asian kids everywhere, or why Okayplayer shows seem to always be 50% my kin, but they are.  I’d like to think that my reasons behind my fandom are unique, but chances are they aren’t.  And well…as I try to find ways to separate myself from the pack, the bottom line is, when these 2 get together, it’s nuts.  Whether you’re referencing: Know That (Black on Both Sides), Joy (Quality), Supreme Supreme (Right About Now), Little Brother (Hurricane OST) or the whole Self-Titled Black Star album, these guys have that intangible ish.  And well, they’re back again for Mos’ upcoming effort, Ecstatic and I’m happy bout it.

Mos Def – History Feat. Talib Kweli

DILLA

I generally write enough about Dilla on this blog.  No more writing.

Watch and DL.

Dilla -Blood Sport (Feat. Lil Fame of M.O.P.)

It’s Friday Folk…scrap it up.
Be well World

Triple
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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

For the clubsIdle Warship (Talib Kweli, Res & Graph Nobel) – Girls on the Dance Floor (Remix)

Have a dope weekend folks.

Triple.

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