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HHHTroops, lovers and riders,
As with most anything great, we here at High Heels + Hi-Tops are sad to announce the wrap of our beloved time here at WordPress.
Since day one we’ve taken the position of tastemaker seriously and respectfully and hope that you, our loyal readers, have come away with a more enriched palette and a little extra soul in your heart. I know at times we (especially myself) may’ve been a touch heavy handed with the criticism and words, but at the end of the day, the goal was to be honest, not impartial and I hope that’s something you embraced.
However, with all that said, like the beloved Mr. Jordan pictured above, we at HHHT won’t be leaving cyberspace for good, but merely trading uniforms. Due to ever growing responsibilities in all of our lives, we don’t feel its fair to you, the reader, to keep showing up to an un-updated blog as regularly as you have for the past 2 months and thus the reason for our new address on both your favorite time consumer and mine, FACEBOOK.
The launch is July 1st, 2010. Check back then for the address.
Thank you for your support everyone, and see you on Facebook.
Be well world.
All HHHT Massive and crew.
It has been more than a minute. A big super-strong-stupid-phat shout out to my man LEO37. Quite a massive individual who has been single-handedly holding down the posts for the last 6 months or so. Im gonna stop before this starts sounding like a man-crush. Anyways, I’m jumping back in, so me and Triple can give you that one-two punch of musical treats for all the good childrens.
Here’s a little something from everyone’s favorite clan member.
Click here for download link.
Mad love Triple. Safe Travels.
HighHeelsandHiTops – 11 Coming soon Victoria.
Tomorrow night is SOUL SURVIVOR. And you should be there. You really should.
The CAPtain will be there full force and destroying minds with some Hip-Hop 101 meanwhile, HHHT alum, Bobby Bonestorm promises something……….I don’t even wanna provide an adjective to it. Just go. As far as prep for what’s about to go down, I give you some up jump, head nod, feel good type ish.
C’mon man. These guys are just too smooth.
Camp Lo continues their onslaught this year of good ass hip-hop. This one’s for the sun.
As I had anticipated, it’s arrived.
Straight from the Okayplayer msg boards. This little sample of the ?uestlove endorsed emcee seems promising. I’ve only heard a few tunes thus far, and as of yet, it hasn’t let me down. With guestspots from Black Thought, Wale, Dice Raw, Reef the Lost Cauze and the highly underrated Roscoe P. Coldchain, I’m assuming there’re plenty more goodies on here.
Lemme know what you think.
And finally….some visual entertainment. The Mighty Mos Def a.k.a. Flaco Bey clearing some things up with Angie Martinez, and proposing one of the most exciting events in Hip-Hop history (IF it were to go down. Which I doubt.)
Watch and enjoy.
It’s Friday folk. 1 more sleep.
Get ta vibin.
Last week I started on the topic of cats who were over saturating blogs and the market with just a little too much low-effort face time and well, when talking about that type of dude one definitely has to reference Charles Hamilton.
Now I know months back I gave this guy my endorsement, and as an emcee, I still do. However, that being said, homie releases a lot of motionless tunes that just start and end nowhere. And I don’t care how much material you record and how much time you spend sharpening your skills…practicing in public is lame and due to this fact, I haven’t posted anything C-Ham related in quite some time…until now.
MC LYTE! Need I say more?? Word on the street is these 2 NY reps’ll be putting out an EP together, tentatively titled ‘Fluorescent’ and if that’s true…hats off to Sonic for havin some taste and respect. Now if 50 will only give Milk the cheque he deserves for ‘I Got Money’, we’ll be one step closer to goodness. Anyway, check the chunage.
Also involved with that rant last week was the almighty Wu chef, Raekwon.
Yes, I still stand by my statement, and yes, I’m not as excited as I once was about OB4CL2, but gosh darn if this doesn’t get me a little amped. 3 dudes that you just don’t wanna beef with…check the gravy.
And finally, in commemoration of the day. Some throwback footage of Dilla talkin about how Jaylib came to be. Turn it up.
Be easy world
HHHT.O. to TaiPAID,
Like the CAPtain had previously reported, inspiration has been a rarity these past few months. And well, it’s tough to keep the string of goodies comin when the pickings’ve been so slim. Y’know, sure there’ve been good tunes here and there, but nothing that made me lose my poop like that Kurupt/Quik tune. That was definitely poop worthy.
Some of my favorite groups of the past few years have either disappeared or dropped sub-par efforts **cough cough** Foreign Exchange **cough cough** and people who I generally would be excited to hear have taken the whole ‘mixtape – let’s jump on every feature known to man like Weezy’ concept and oversaturated themselves to the point where I don’t really feel to support them financially the way I once would (I’m lookin at you Busta and Raekwon). With that being said, had it not been for the oversaturation of some of these guys, I probably would’ve posted only a half of what I have. So I guess I owe them a….thanks??
Anyway….I found some things that are cool and perhaps you will too.
3 guys, not 1. That’s pretty much all I know about them. They’ve done their Daft Punk best to stay anonymous and have done a pretty decent job thus far. All I’ve been able to gather is they produce some pretty sophisticated pop and the lead singer sounds a touch like Peter Gabriel (listen to how he bends his words) and that automatically earns them awesome points in my book.
Cool tune with a pretty badass remix. Check it.
I first heard of this dude when he showed up on the first (and only) Okayplayer compilation: True Notes some years back and thought, this guys alright. Since then, he’s shown up on pretty much every Roots album and has consistently improved and grown as an emcee and a writer. Well, I guess Truck’s now prepping for a big ol’ solo cause his name’s startin to make the blog rounds.
Get your hustle on homie. I’m definitely a fan of this tune.
Finally, as a response to the homie’s post yesterday, this goes out to CAP, 2Hands and the entire PPF fam….a tune that was off the NBA 2K6 soundtrack (which was an incredible soundtrack btw but barely got any love).
Some of the Best from the West. More Hiero ish.
Dan the Automator Feat. Casual, Del the Funky Homosapien and A-Plus – Don’t Hate the Player.
That’s that new ish folk. The 1-2 punch is back.
Keep your guard up.
To say its been a minute would be an understatement. I’ve been selfish these last few weeks, not sharing any goodies with the HHHT squad. To tell you the truth, I’ve been SERIOUSLY uninspired by music that is coming out and music that is being played out in clubs. If you want to know what I’ve been listening to, its been Drake’s ‘So Far Gone’ Mixtape/LP and soul music. That’s been my inspiration. So Far Gone is a couple months old but it still hits like the freshest shit my ears have been blessed with. Great rhymes spit with style and the right touch of swag. And Soul music is just timeless and makes me smile. Nothing better than listening to some good soul tunes on a chill day.
I know I haven’t been up on the blog for a bit. My homey Triple has been holding it down like Bundy with the 5 count. Good looks and salutes from across the pond thun. PPF I see you. HHHT’ers lets inject some anarchy into a lifeless system. I’m open to suggestions.
On to joints.
I love this pic because Michael looks like the one with the most swagger, next to the Big Dog Joe in the back of course. A leg up and a little attitude. Who knew then, that kid would turn into a fucking weirdo??
Its Great To Be Here – Jackson 5 (click pic)
Next up my homey, the Reverend Al Green. This guy had amazing hair and an amazing voice to go with it. Fans of hiphop should recognize the opening drums.
Al Green – Im So Glad Your Mine (click pic)
This one is dedicated to Triple for all his hard work these past couple weeks. Tim Hortons thun! (Inside joke for my Canadians)
This last one is for the ladies. There’s a big surprise in the middle of this one. (I bet you thought it was all Alicia.wink)
Enjoy your Sunday.
More Treats to Come
I’ve been away.
Well actually…I still am.
And unfortunately, because of this, I haven’t been able to offer the crew the support they so readily deserve with their hectic schedules (see: Waakao, Soul Food Fridays @ PS Underground, Shuffle Wednesdays @ Copa and anything that has HHHT on it).
So, as of today, after a 2 month hiatus, I’m back like Demond Wilson and ready to get it in.
First up how bout Jigga doin Diddy (ayo/no homo/pause/whatever they’re sayin nowadays).
As you all know, Diddy has a thing for wanting to make hit records. And him being the intelligent business man that he is, knows that he can’t write a rap for shit. Soooo….why not just spend that business man money and get a business….maaan! A Jay-Z & Diddy tune that apparently is ghostwritten for Diddy, but the scratch vocals have Jay referencing Jay, so I’m confused. Anyway, check it…
Next up, Camp Lo.
I love’em. Absolutely.
I hate the word Swagger. I really do.
Sure there are a few dope tunes fashioned around this word, but as an overall, its been misappropriated and as a result…teabag. HOWEVER, if anyone completely and wholeheartedly embodies the word swagger, it’s the Geechie Gracious and Sonny Cheeba. No question.
And finally (for MPFrees), the official return of Reflection Eternal. (YAAAAAAY!!!) I know this vid was released last month but I just got my hands on the CDQ MPFree so for you, I give you a double sided goodie like Motown 45’s.
Quick question. Like Wax? Got an iPod touch? (this is ridiculous…hit up the video — sorry don’t know how to embed Vimeo yet. Cap? Marcus?)
Soul Food Friday’s tonight folk. Get’em Cappy.
Word up Taiwan.
Be well world.
See you soon.
Ladies, I present to you, your Wednesday night warm-up.
The first night kicks off tonight April 22nd. Im actually paying homage to one of the best parties in Toronto also called Shuffle. The music covers all spectrums except for death metal, classical and country. But hip hop, funk, soul, 80’s, reggae, house and electro are all covered.
If you don’t know about copa, it absolutely, has the coolest secret entrance to a bar ever. The bar is under Famous Larry’s pizza store in the Zhongxiao/Dunhua area, and you have to push the Fanta button on the coke machine to open the door to the bar. Yeah, thats what i just said, you push the Fanta button, the coke machine swings open and then you walk downstairs into the bar. Its really effin cool.
There are going to be open decks, meaning you can bring down your ipod, some cds or some records to play and you can be the DJ for a couple minutes. All in all, it should be a really fun time. This first party will also be the last for Billy Miller. He’s the owner of copa and he’s gonna be taking off for an extended period of time, so if you are in the area, come say bye to the coolest bar owner ever.
Some joints you might hear tonight
Shuffle b*tch Shuffle
Sorry that its been a long time but sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. The crew’s been grinding hard and we’re seeing the fruits of our labors now.
Marcus A just launched Waakao! a new information portal for Taiwan. Picking up where +886 left off, this will be the new site to check for information about Taiwan.
There’s also your’s truly running some Soul Food on Fridays at PS Underground from 8-1030pm. Come through during dinner time and hear some good music. Also the lasagna is absolutely amazing. Im a big lasagna fan and I’ve been disappointed on more than one occasion with the pithy filth they’ve tried to pander off as lasagna at other restaurants. The lasagna at PS is spot on good. Proper layers of meat, cheese and pasta, as lasagna should be made. The music is decent on Fridays from 8-1030pm too.
PS Underground is located at:
B1, #37, Lane 187, Dunhua South road (Donchu area) 敦化南路187巷37號B1(東區)
The party you all know and love is about to hit 10 events. We got something special in store for HHHT9 & 10. Stay tuned. More info to come real soon.
Nike is opening a gallery space called 6453 in Taipei City on April 8th. Mick ‘The Commissioner’ Boogie will be blessing the opening space party and the after party which is going to be held at Primo. You also may see a couple members of the HHHT squad making a special appearance at the gallery opening party.
Click the pic for a link to the facebook event page.
I gave you guys a heads up on 88Keys a couple months back. Seems that his album ‘The Death of Adam’ is doing pretty well and he’s released the video for the track ‘Stay Up.(Viagra)’ featuring the man of the moment Kanye West.
Click the pic for a link to the video. Can’t embed, sorry. Check Kanye and 88 running around in old man make up with a couple porn stars.
We’re back at it.