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HHHTwo time (Two time),
New Pair Up!
Yessirree bob, the Living Legend and the Little Brother have reunited once more to put out their 4th record in 5 years.
I’ve been told that this is actually cutting room fodder from a previous album, but regardless, I enjoy it. I still think that the product these 2 put out are both their best product respectively and let’s hope for more of the same with this new one.
I don’t really know much about Black Spade.
I know he’s a St. Louis cat signed to Om Records (Strange Fruit, Zion I & Grouch, Colossus) and that’s about that. Well, he’s got a tune rounding the circuit now that he did with J*Davey and I think it’s plenty dope. I’m interested to hear more from this Lunatic.
And finally, last but not least, they’re back!
My all-time favorite Hip-Hop group (De La Soul) have gotten back together with my all-time favorite animated pop group (The Gorillaz – sorry Jem) for the first time since the Grammy award- winning Feel Good Inc. to bring you this cut off the Gorillaz’ upcoming Plastic Beach. In typical Gorillaz fashion, this plays on De La’s lighter side and brings you a definite feel good jam for a summer day. It actually reminds me of that De La tune off the Dexter’s Laboratory OST (if anyone actually copped that). Anyway, get into it and vibe.
Go get it.
Everyone on today’s blog needs zero write-up, which is good, cause I’m feelin lazy. All Kings in their own right, if you’re not familiar, it’s paramount that you do.
DE LA DE LA DEEE LAAAAA
I don’t know who DJ Low-Key is and I apologize if I should, but damn if this isn’t a nice introduction for me.
Presenting some extremely hard to find De La Soul tunes that only I thought I had (I know, that’s a pretty dumb assumption), he gives you that dopeness essential for any De La fan. Charles…I’m lookin at you.
1. DJ Low Key/De La Soul Intro
2. Teenage Fanclub & De La Soul “Fallin (Remix)” – 88
3. De La Soul “La La La”
4. Joel Turner feat Dave “You”
5. Big Pooh feat. Posdnuos “Special (Remix)”
6. Eslam Jawaad feat. De La Soul “Rewind DJ”
7. Malcolm McLaren feat. De La Soul “Hey DJ”
8. De La Soul feat. Sean Paul “Shoomp”
9. De La Soul & Camp Lo “So Good”
10. De La Soul “Hold Tight” aka “Cobb Creek Demo”
11. De La Soul “Breakadawn (De La Soul Remix)”
12. Oh No feat. Posdnuos “Smile A Lil Bit”
13. J-Live feat. Posdnuos & Oddisee “The Upgrade”
14. DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Posdnuos “Let Me Here U Clap”
15. J Period feat. De La Soul “Excursions”
16. Adam F feat. De La Soul & DV Alias Khrist “Time 4 Da True”
17. Ty feat. De La Soul “The Idea”
18. Nat & Onda feat. De La Soul “It’s A New Thing”
19. Matt & Kim feat. De La Soul “Daylight (Troublemaker Remix)”
20. Jungle Brothers “Doin Our Own Dang (Richie Fermie Mix)”
21. Queen Latifah feat. De La Soul “Mama Gave Birth To Soul Children”
22. Mint Royale feat. Posdnuos “Show Me”
23. George Clinton “Do Fries Go With That Shake”
24. Last Emperor, Masta Ace & Trugoy “Clear Day”
25. Rob-O feat. De La Soul & Pete Rock “Stay Away”
26. Truth Enola feat. De La Soul “Voicestress”
27. Bush Babees feat. De La Soul & Mos Def “The Love Song Remix”
DJ LOW KEY – DE LA EXTRAS #2 (does anyone have part 1?)
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST
Snoop and Jay together can only mean something royal.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is the dopest thing I’ve ever heard, but for some reason I feel like these 2 were just having a ball in studio rocking over 2010’s ‘A Millie’ and because of that, it’ feels very dope. Rappers from the classes of the mid-90’s have seemed to come at this beat with a particular fervor and for that, I love it.
You wanna rock? I do.
How am I gonna post about kings without mentioning this man?
Some behind the scenes footage of Mos in studio working on my album of 2009.
MOS DEF – THE ECSTATIC
We got a new ‘Give the Drummer Some’ on the way so stay tuned. In the meantime…get to rockin.
Be well world.
We continue the Pair Up legacy today with heavy hitters from East to South, West to Midwest.
LEADERS OF THE NEW OLD SCHOOL
Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes have been at it for a loooong time.
And while still relevant to the culture, Doggystyle and the Coming would definitely be considered Old School to today’s youth. That being said, it really is a testament to the grind and pedigree of these two that they’ve been able to stay atop the food chain without completely losing that character we’ve all come to know and love.
Coming together once again for a remix of Snoop’s new badass banger, I Wanna Rock, Busta comes and shows some East Coast love to the West Coast Don.
And check the new vid too…
THE ‘D’ TO THE ‘A’
Royce and Cee-Lo.
Not a collab I would’ve ever thought of, but a dope one nonetheless. Royce is obviously heavy with his pen game and Cee-Lo, well, I’d go so far as to say he’s one of hip-hop’s most under appreciated lyricists and spitters ever. Not to mention versatile. I do love his singing voice plenty, but much like Andre 3000, I think their singing stuff is dope, but I really want them to get back to some good ol’ spitting, if only for just one album.
Luckily for us, Goodie Mob seems to be reunited and working together again, meanwhile we’re still waiting on that Slaughterhouse/Aftermath deal to be confirmed.
Anyway, on with the show…
THE OASIS BROTHERS
Nope I ain’t talkin Noel and Liam.
Making their 2nd appearance on Pair Up, off the upcoming The Oasis, I give you some more of that grown man ish.
I don’t need to say ish bout this.
All salute the fathers of that ‘Do your own ish’ mentality.
20 years and rising…
It’s Saturday folk. Get it in.
HHHTo the Left, to the Left,
As I previously posted on the East Coast and the excellent year they’ve been having, let us not forget about their tanned and funky counterparts over on the Left.
Now, although perhaps they haven’t had as successful a run this past little while, don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re not loaded with game changers.
Slaughterhouse representative. Dr. Dre approved. And one of the torchbearers for the New West. If you’ve never heard Crooked I spit, then you probably don’t listen to much rap.
Likened to a West Coast Pharoahe Monch, Crook’s versatile cadences and cutthroat wordplay made him an obvious candidate to join supergroup, Slaughterhouse. But even more importantly, he’s one of only a handful of west coast spitters that have managed to stay relevant even when the Hip-Hop spotlight has been buried deep in the south. Now, set to release a brand new mixtape as well as the launch of his new label, Dynasty Entertainment, Crook’s poised to keep his position and keep the West up.
Here’s a double dose for your listening pleasure:
93 ‘TIL INFINITY
When the Souls of Mischief recorded 93 ’til infinity, I doubt there was any way they could’ve anticipated that in fact this prophetic song would actually live up to it’s over ambitious claims.
Now, 16 years later, I still manage to hear this song damn near every hip-hop event I go to and can’t help but love it. And well, them, as well as the entire Hieroglyphics crew are still going strong and making music strictly for the heads. Sure their popularity has died off a bit and most kids nowadays think they’re, at best, a one-hit wonder, but at the end of the day, skills is skills and they’ve got skills like a muh’.
Prepping to release their first official group album since 2000’s Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, the Souls have enlisted the help of hip-hop innovator, 1/7 of Stetsasonic, and the man honorably known as Plug Four, Prince Paul. If you don’t know either him or Hiero, I suggest you get familiar. Now.
Off the upcoming Montezuma’s Revenge:
And as an added bonus, a brand new ode to A Tribe Called Quest from the Hiero General, Del.
And finally, what would a post about the West be without an appearance by the Doggfather.
Off his upcoming 10th studio album, Malice n Wonderland:
SNOOP DOGG – I WANNA ROCK
West West Y’all.
Enjoy the Sun.
HHHTowards the Right (Geographically, not politically),
In the last decade, the once dominant East Coast (Home of everyone from De La Soul to the Notorious B.I.G., the Juice Crew to the Wu-Tang Clan) have struggled to stay on top of the rap food chain as their necessity for cadence and concept has been dwarfed by the Souths ever infectious ‘Bounce’ and ‘Hook’ approach. And well, while living legends Jay-Z and Nas still continue to dominate whenever they appear, the notion of a new East Coast dynasty remains myth like Lebron’s Championship ring.
However, as an over obsessive rap Stan, I’ve noticed something this year that has somehow slipped under the mainstream media’s radar…THE EAST IS BACK! Now I won’t go so far as to say a new Dynasty is on the horizon because quite frankly, outside of a handful of artists, the East is still selling less than the South. But for those who just love themselves some East Coast ish, 2009’s been good to you!
Lemme break it down:
- Jadakiss pushed 100,000 his first week.
- Mos Def had in my opinion (and Diddy’s apparently), the best album of the year – PRETTY DANCER’S MY SHIT!
- Fabolous, although coming with less than stellar singles, actually had his best album yet (check Pachanga).
- Wu-Tang CAME (and left again).
- De La Soul celebrated their 20th anniversary with an incredible tour (yes I was there and yes it was the best I’ve ever seen them).
- Busta stayed relevant.
- Q-Tip released (and re-released) 2 ridiculous records!
- Drake is hotter than fresh caca outta Dumbo.
- Slaughterhouse‘s Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz continue to spit crazy bars.
- KRS-One and Buckshot proved they can still punch with the best of’em.
- Meth & Red stayed INTERNATIONAL!
- Raekwon & Ghost both released excellent albums as well as confirmed an upcoming trio record with Meth.
- And finally, Jay came back and made up for that black eye known as Kingdom Come.
Well, to add to this nice list of 2009 accomplishments, how bout a few more goodies that slid across my desktop this past week (and a few that came out during the HHHT hiatus).
HOV’ WITH ONE OF THE BEST COMMERCIALS EVER!
GHOST WITH SOME CLASSIC ISH (nsfw)
Jadakiss & Rakim – Euphoria (w/ Tags unfortunately)
AND THE ROOTS! ROOTS! ROOOOOOTS!!
I’m feelin good people. Get to my level.
Throughout the history of music there’ve been an abundance of amazing duos. From Eric B. & Rakim to Simon & Garfunkel to Rick James & Eddie Murphy (CLAAASSIC!) it seems that the nature of pairing 2 equally skilled artists together can have an incredibly positive and progressive effect on the quality of the end product. Whether it be because of some intangible chemistry or simply because both artists are doing their best not to be outshone by the other, at very least, duos always give us something to talk about. Well, to continue and contribute to this pattern, here’s a post about a few more new and old classic pairings.
DEF & DOOM
What do you get when you take 2 of Hip-Hop’s most beloved and influential lyricists, both of whom were at one time themselves part of other classic pairings (Black Star & KMD respectively) and you put’em together?
Well…I don’t actually know. But I assume it’d be madness.
Just recently leaked was this youtube footage of Mos Def and what sounds like DOOM behind the camera spitting some potentially new co-written material. As of now, these 2 have never officially released any songs together, but after seeing this, it might be okay to start getting your hopes up.
And if you didn’t see the initial video, this is Mos speaking on the dopeness of DOOM and touching on the genius of De La.
Ghostface has been part of his share of classic pairings. Whether it be himself and the aforementioned DOOM, or with long time Clan member, Raekwon (who he’ll be releasing an album with alongside the rejuvenated Method Man — if you didn’t cop Blackout!2, you need to.), Ghost rarely, if ever, falters on a verse and any rap fan who breathes oxygen knows this.
Well although this isn’t actually a pairing, here’s a clip of Ghost talking about the late-O.D.B. and just what he meant when he said ‘Oooh Baby I like it RAAAW!’
UTTER THE SUN
And last but definitely not least, the HHHT World Premiere of Toronto-based duo MAGNOLIUS‘ brand new video – Utter the Sun.
These guys are a problem. Stay tuned.
That’s the jam.
1. …to see people like Joe Budden succeed.
To all rappers and true lovers of Hip-Hop, if you’ve had the privilege of following Buddens, you’ll know that he’s serious.
After one big tune and a poorly received debut on Def Jam, Joe seemed destined to travel the path of the Mike Jones’ and Yung Joc’s of the Rap world: one big single and then a career spent trying to regain that success. However, Joe showed his resilience and integrity and accepted the position he was in. Instead of trying to come back with another Pump It Up, he went left and put out something that HE wanted to put out: the Mood Muzik Mixtape Series. A raw, unrelenting display of pure, unadulterated, good ol’ fashioned Hip-Hop that put Joe amongst the lyrical giants. It brought Joe back into the eye of both the underground and online hip-hop communities and more importantly, shed his ‘Pump It Up’ skin.
Now, I’m not trying to paint him as the savior or anything like that. Joe has his weakness, and it’s one he shares with Jadakiss, Kurupt, Canibus, Ras Kass and Eminem: Excellent rappers who can’t pick beats if their life depended on it. But even still, I’d rather hear a Joe Budden verse on your little brothers Garage Band beat over Mims on a Just Blaze banger.
Anyways…to my point….
….actually I’ll just let Jay Smooth break it down for you.
The Full Joe Budden Response
And Joe Budden doin Joe Budden on Green Lantern’s Invasion(his behavior at the beginning is confusing so watch the whole thing)
2. …to hear more NEW De La Soul.
Brand New De La with Eslam Jawaad. This WILL be played on NYE.
Click the Picture for DL!
3. …to hear more New D’Angelo.
This track is kind of like if you mixed the Brown Sugar songs with the Voodoo sensibilities. I like.
Click pic for DL.
4. …to Celebrate NEW YEARS EVE at…
Get your shirts ironed and pantaloons pressed.
It’s goin down.
Manic Mondays presents:
Dope Kicks that are coming out, maybe coming out, or that are just Dope.
Hi-Tops. I like’em. Maybe you do too.
Carlone put you guys on the Air Yeezy’s last week. And well, chances of you getting a pair are about equal to MC Hot Dog kickin some knowledge. F’REAL f’real.
So in other words, it ain’t happenin (at least not without you forfeiting half your unborn child’s college fund).
And as you sulk about the Kanye’s here’s some more fodder for your woes. Foot Fantasies designed/inspired by dope peoples.
Eminem Discussing his upcoming Jordan’s
They look doooooooooope.
If you never hit up the De La Dunks that came out ’05/’06 (see LEO37’s feet at the next 2 HHHT events) here’s your chance to cop the next De La Dunk.
With the release of their new disc this year entitled ‘You’re Welcome’ which also includes a 20th anniversary remake of ‘3 Feet High & Rising’ De La have said that they will be releasing a new shoe to go along with the album.
The images of the kicks below (inspired by their 6th album, A.O.I. Bionix) are rumored to be the next kicks but many message boards are claiming these are decoys.
Either way…here they is.
Dope Obama Kicks.
One of’em might be real, the other, homemade. Either way…very dope.
(I really really wish there were more pics of the one on the left. Damn!)
Click to Enlarge.
And this is a few months old, but in case you missed it, ?uestlove of the Legendary Roots crew speaking on his Nike Air ?uesto Line
I don’t know much, but I do know that Japan is crazy. Junko is even crazier:
I wish I could have made it to the 80s night last night, just to request the best commercial of all time. I mean for real…what f’s with that? But that’s not why I’m here today. Instead, it’s the dancehall weekend special. If you work in an office like the rest of those white collar clowns, it’s hard to stay away occasionally. I think that is why they invented BBC Radio. Like ‘Ye and Wayne say, “Amazing..just amazing.” Big ups to Robbo Ranx and Chris Goldfiger as I get into dancehall moods, mostly in the spring, and then I’m just on what is going on. Right now, the big thing is Vybz Kartel going against Mr. Anywaaaaaay, Movado. This is an ill quote from a website about the feud:
“a new feud erupted when Mavado referenced about Vybz Kartel’s belief in God, his preference, and criticizes his tattoos. He also bring back the argument about his skin-bleaching. Vybz Kartel responded by saying Mavado’s skin-bleaching argument is lame, claiming to have sexual activies with Mavado’s mother and says that Mavado is not a gangster but a ‘community barber’.
Don’t go callin me a community barber man. The great this about lyrical wars is that it brings out the beasts within that may have been dormant for the multi-millionaire (see Jay vs Nas). Therefore I bring to you the download of the day, The Advocate Riddim.
So make sure and make it down to the wall tonight. It’s gonna be amazzzzzing with the full force of Black Reign International Sound System and me MASHIN up the dance. I’ve got so much new music that if I started practicing right now, I might not be done till my set starts at 1am. And dress up. The King and the Queen get a prize
Also, the reason I haven’t been as blogging as much as I’d like is that I’ve been in meeting after meeting after meeting after meeting this week. But the plan has worked and Boooooom New Years is OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED! The name and theme is GOLD so watch this space for a MAJOR announcement within the next couple of days.
That’s almost all. But check out these amazing album re-creations using Legos.
this one goes out to Triple:
and my apologies to Hannity and Colmes and Hall and Oats, but this is the greatest duo of all time. Hands down.
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
See you tomorrow night.
El Triple Seventy.