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Don’t eff around.
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.
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.
Charles Hamilton, (a.k.a. Sonic the Hedgehog a.k.a. Jimmy Iovine’s newest muse) has been EVERYWHERE this past year. From radio, to mixtapes, to every hip hop sites ‘artist of the month’ …this kid is grinding.
But it’s not his grind that impresses me, (cause let’s face it, even Plies has a pretty decent grind game but if you ever catch me playing a Plies track , it’ll either be the greatest song of all time, or John Starks and Patrick Ewing came out of retirement to resurrect my heart ache known as the New York Knicks.) no it’s his RAPPING! He’s an actual emcee! A 19 year old, major label signee that ACTUALLY cares (remember that? Remember when majors used to sign Emcees??). HE ACTUALLY FREESTYLES (I don’t mean Lil Flip Freestyle, I mean Hieroglyphics freestyle) And luckily (imo), in his own words “[Soulja Boy]’s goal is to make you dance, mine is to make you think.”
Now, truthfully, I wasn’t a big fan of his at first. I saw him freestyling on Green Lantern’s show and was hugely excited by the fact he was as phenomenal as he was, especially at that age, his content was as thick as his flow which was as nice as his endurance. But let’s be fair, Supernatural’s a phenomenal freestyler too but I have yet to support any of his records. And up until that point, I had yet to hear a record from him that I actually cared about.
Well, fast forward to now and that’s all changed. I recognize they’re not the most mindblowing tracks ever, but they’re refreshing to me. And that makes’em spin-worthy.
Charles Hamilton – Brooklyn Girls
Charles Hamilton – November 10th
And like any good hype, this wouldn’t be complete without a little beef. And boy do I like this beef….
Charles Hamilton vs. Soulja Boy
Charles strikes First.
Soulja Boy replies.
To be continued…
In 6 days…the name sake of this blog returns. **GUNFINGER IN THE AIR!!! PULL IT!!! PULL IT!!!**
And to commemorate, I thought I’d post 6 classic (and not-so classic) Posse Cuts all featuring 6 artists.
In no particular order…
1. De La Soul Feat. Q-Tip, the Jungle Brothers & Monie Love – Buddy Remix
Yes, I know, Queen Latifah sings backup on it, but it’s only for 4 bars, so it doesn’t deserve a principal credit. Also, Phife was on the original remix, but if I’m not mistaken, was taken out of the video because his verse was too explicit. Anyways…possibly the first posse cut ever where everyone in the video actually seem like friends.
2. Rascalz Feat. Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Thrust & Checkmate – Northern Touch
If you’re a Canadian, you know how much this track meant to Canadian morale. The biggest thing since Maestro’s (f.k.a. Maestro Fresh Wes) – Let Your Backbone Slide. The Rascalz before they started sucking, Choclair when he didn’t suck as much and Kardinal before he was a Konvict…
3. Three 6 Mafia Feat. Young Buck, 8 Ball & MJG – Stay Fly
The last Three 6 Mafia single with Crunchy Black still part of the crew. This tune is enormous and did tremendous things for the South’s mainstream reputation of only putting out stripper music. Many people have converted on the strength of this song alone.
4. Wu-Tang Clan (RZA, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface, Cappadonna & Inspectah Deck) – Careful (Click, Click)
In my opinion, one of the Wu’s most highly slept-on tunes/videos. Menacing, grizzly basstones, Philip Glass’esque tinklings, a vomit green wash, great camera work and Dwayne Wayne from a Different World…what more do you want!?! This is pure, unadulterated Wu-Tang.
5. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew
Call them the Wu-Tang of the West. Or call Wu-Tang the Hiero of the East. Either way, although Hiero never achieved the same star-status, much like Wu-Tang, Hiero (Del, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual) completely changed the way emcees both wrote and delivered. Lyrically beasts, Hiero has, and continue to (see Casual and Del’s latest work) pioneer some of the newest and most exciting cadences in music. If you never knew…now you do.
6. New Edition – Hit Me Off
And last, but certainly not least…Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mikey, Johnny and Ralph. New Edition. Nuff said.