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HHHThree and up,
In today’s edition of Pair Up I bring you a special ‘Crew + 1’ motif as we check out some already dope duos and crews who felt the need to take their ish one step further and enlist some extra firepower.
PASS THE MIC
First off what else would you name a song that featured Masta Ace, Edo. G and the blastmaster KRS-One?
Although as of late, I’ve come to find KRS’s rhetoric to be abrasive and overtly preachy (not to mention homie contradicts himself every 3 interviews), I still got love for the man. And well, when you get 3 vets of this caliber in a studio together, you can’t help but smile and remember why it is you got into hip-hop in the first place (although, if you got into hip-hop cause of a Diddy video from back in the day, this blog might come as a shock to you).
Anyway, sit back, enjoy and rock the eff out.
89 OF CRIME
I love Camp Lo. No one styles like them. No one flows like them. And no one knows what the eff they’re saying. Now match that with a man whose crew is also known for having some of NY’s heaviest bars and you get some good ol’ lyrical rap. In fact, today’s post shoulda been named ‘Good Ol’ Lyrical Rap’.
Anyway, here we go with a brand new video from the Lo’s most recent release featuring the Ghost, Styles P.
When you get one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time to link with one of the most influential producers of all time, the assumption is you get greatness. Right? Great+Great=Greatness. Right? But at the end of the day, people also thought the same when Wayne Gretzky joined Brett Hull and the St. Louis Blues but we all know how that turned out (or maybe you don’t, I’m Canadian, deal with it). Point being, it doesn’t always work out that way.
Thankfully, thus far, everything I’ve heard from the Souls of Mischief + Prince Paul union has been ill. I gave you the MPfree last week and now I give you the video.
This has nothing to do with anything aside from the fact it’s crazy ill.
The Muppets do Bohemian Rhapsody? Yep.
It’s a good day to win.
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.
After the buckets of views yesterday, I can only presume that Joe Russo is what y’all want.
So as promised….part deux.
And Dammit if it ain’t new Release Tuesday.
I got them yum yums for your EARea.
First up, Mr. Rhymes on his ol’ skool hip-hop ISH! A KRS sample?! Word up. Haven’t heard someone rock one of those in awhile (which I don’t completely understand cause his samples are FREE and he’s oh so quote worthy). If I didn’t know better, B.O.M.B.‘s on the waaaaay.
Busta Rhymes – Wack (click flick for dl)
“CAM’RON IS BACK!!”
Now generally hearing that statement, I’d be underwhelmed to say the least. I’m a fan of like 6 songs and a handful of guest verses in his 11 year existance and most of those songs occurred in the first half of his run. That being said, I like this new tune a LOT! Cam goes left on this one and does a ‘Working Class’ song?!? No Poppin Champagne for this Dipset General…no sir.
Cam’ron – I Hate My Job (click flick for dl)
And finally, as a special treat FREEBASS808. At first I wasn’t too sure who they were but they sounded dope and the emcee sounded a lot like the Geechie Gracious (he be sippin armaretto)….well turns out…it IS! A new solo project between Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede (a.k.a. Suede Heron) and producer Apple Juice Kid (a.k.a. Apple Crack)…the clip is short but promising (Cap I think you’ll likey).
FREEBASS808 – Morphing (click flick for dl)
*Bonus – Raekwon feat. Ghostface & Method Man – Wu Ohh (High Quality)* – the Untitled song from yesterday.
Sofakinglater is in 3 days people!
Next HHHT event to be announced in a matter of days…stay tuned.
In May 1994, the world of hip-hop and late-night TV suffered an ‘L’ that they have yet to recover from.
Before Magic Johnson had his (thankfully) short run on late night TV and before Vibe had their straight-to-the-can blip of a talk show, we had the Arsenio Hall show. A show where (contrary to what many of my classmates growing up thought was just some corny talk show where the guy from ‘Coming to America’ came out and barked) I, and many other viewers were able to regularly tune in to see two of our favorite things on one show: Good Ass Rap and Wrestlers.
And although, the host (and in-turn, the show), is well-known for stepping on the toes of my favorite group of all time (*see Subject heading), his contribution helped to propel and upgrade the careers of several underground legends into Hip Hop Icons. So for those that don’t have a clue as to what I’m talkin about….
Some Good Ass Rap and Wrestlers.