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The title says it all.
New hotness from Kurupt.
Plus, is it me or do Xzibit and Busta look more and more alike everyday?
New Kurupt featuring Xzibit.
Terrace Martin on the beat. This is a massssacre.
West West Y’all.
This time, not only did he bring along the homie Kurupt but some of that new West too with Nipsey Hussle. This ish is smoothed out.
West West Y’all.
HHHToday’s your day,
THE PPF NEIGHBORHOOD
With only one day left until the Canadian Government stops matching private donations in the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort, I ask you, loyal HHHT readers and lovers to please head on over to the PPF Neighborhood and donate now. This project, in conjunction with MSF (a.k.a. Doctors without Borders) and support from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is a 14-track album featuring artists from around the world playing everything from Underground Hip-Hop to Latin Jazz, Ambient Electronica to Folk. Accompanying the audio is also a 13-page PDF booklet featuring art from award winning painters, illustrators, animators and designers.
You’re not just helping a country in distress…please watch.
For more information on the project: THE PPF NEIGHBORHOOD
This past week we honored the passing of 2 of Hip-Hop’s greats and in commemoration, Cookin Soul and 2 Dope Boyz put together this mixtape celebrating their absolute awesomeness:
SHOTS AT THE THRONE
As a follow-up to their hugely entertaining 10-pages of Jay-Z disses, Complex Mag, also responsible for those awesome soundboards as well as getting Keri Hilson to take those wonderful pics brings you 7 pages of emcees dissing Jay-Z back. Everyone from Nas to Prodigy, Fat Joe to Jim Jones, it’s allll there. Click the image below for the whole shebangabang.
And finally, as an added bonus, a treat from one of the illest to ever do it.
Be well world.
Couple new jams from Slaughterhouse’s East Coast contingent.
This jam from Jumpoff Joe Beezy is off an upcoming mixtape with producer J. Cardim, who although isn’t a household name yet, has already produced for the likes of Kweli, Wayne, Luda, Akon and Jean Grae, just to name a few and he seems to be picking up steam. Budden does his thing as usual. Sideways shots and all.
Meanwhile, this jam from Joell is off his upcoming ‘Best of Both Worlds’esque mixtape with singer Novel. So far I’ve heard 2 tracks and they’ve both been pretty dope. The first one, if you remember references the Al Green tune ‘Call Me’ and I’m always cool with Al Green references. Anyway, this jam right here is just as funky as the last and Joell is just someone you don’t wanna play with. Get it:
I love Tanya Morgan, I really do.
I just wish they picked/made better beats. They suffer from the same problem that beasts like Kurupt and Eminem do which is essentially having no filter for beats. And maybe that’s how they wanna be portrayed, but hey if that’s the case all the power to’em. I just love it though when they decide to jump on something nice. Von Pea murders this.
I’M LIKE CHE GUEVARA WITH BLING ON, I’M COMPLEX.
From the makers of those hella entertaining soundboards that CAP put up awhile back. I give you 7 PAGES of Jay-Z subliminal disses. Pure entertainment. Click Pic.
HHHTop of your game,
As a blogger and critic it’s far too easy for me to sit here and criticize or attempt to pick apart a piece of work I’m not into. Being part of the online community, I’ve been unfairly granted the license to completely dump on another mans art just because I don’t fall in line with his plight (all bloggers, reviewers and columnists should have to take a test and earn a license to write).
In my day to day rants, I do my best to stay within a positive realm and shit on only those I’ve completely deemed worthy. However, that being said, even though I’m just a small time dude reaching a few hundred people a day, if I might effect the way even 1 person perceives another mans means of breadwinning and allow that artist to suffer the loss of that 1 sale (which, to underground artists means quite a lot!) , then you can only imagine the damage those blowhard, self aggrandizing anal warts at Pitchfork do on a daily basis.
With that said, the artists featured in today’s blog have all worked through the bad reviews and bad publicity, have all put out bad music, and yet, have found a way to milk their accolades for everything their worth, stay relevant and maintain their Superstar Status.
Who else would I start with other than the man who went through arguably the worst publicity shit storm of any artist in history and still manage to have every one of his albums go Multi-Platinum. Even before his passing, when the storm was at it’s peak, he managed to set a record for selling out his final 50 date-tour faster than anyone in history.
This cut is the title track off his first post-humous album entitled ‘This is It’. I’ll let you guys be the critics on this one.
C’mon folks, let’s be F’REAL f’real. Snoop can’t lose.
He’s put out at least a half-dozen phone-in albums. Put on a countless number of no talent, two-bit tards (obviously excluding beasts like Kurupt, Suga Free, Battlecat, etc.). Whored himself out to any product that would be willing to endorse him, and yet, the majority of us still champion him like he’s never done us wrong. I couldn’t even begin to explain it to you, and nor will I even attempt it, just know that when people talk about that ‘IT’ in celebrities, he might as well be a Stephen King creation.
Here’s that new ish from the Doggfather.
And if your favorite Snoop is still from ’93. Here’s an unreleased track from the Death Row vaults.
Okay, so the Teflon Don hasn’t stayed the test of time like our previous 2 contestants. However, when you talk about legacies in Hip-Hop, there are few if any that compare to his.
Arguably the godfather of modern day rap and cadences, you will rarely, if ever, here Rakim miss someone’s top 5. And truthfully, that might not even be because they like him that much, but simply because they feel obligated to say his name in fear that someone listening will punch out your canine’s for forgetting him. And if your legacy can do that, you’re a superstar.
Now, back after a decade long hiatus, here goes the first tune off Ra’s 3rd official solo studio album, Seventh Seal. Is it good? You tell me.
This doesn’t really have anything to do with today’s thread but I really like this song. I haven’t heard too many tunes from Theophilus, but the ones I have I’ve enjoyed quite a bit. And now as a part of what I’m assuming is a push for an upcoming record, he’s released a video to arguably my favorite tune of his.
Enjoy the day folk.
Happy Turkey Face Canada.
Let me begin by stating that today is a good day.
Why? We’ll get to that in a second, but first, let me rattle off a few goodies for you.
I don’t really know anything about this dude.
From what I’ve been able to gather, he’s a producer from Japan who sometimes goes by Swing-O. He has a new record coming out called ‘Revenge of Soul’ on Japanese imprint ‘Origami Records’ and he’s been featured on more than 100 Japanese albums as a producer, composer and/or pianist.
This track I’m givin you isn’t mindblowing but dammit if it isn’t endearing as hell. He even went and got himself Stephanie McKay which is never a bad look. Lemme know what you think.
The West Coast must be amped right now.
Nipsey Hussle is gettin plenty of acclaim. Dr. Dre seems to be showing up everywhere again. The Game hasn’t opened his mouth in a while. And dammit if Kurupt & Quik getting together doesn’t just make incredible sense.
This tune isn’t as crazy as 9x outta 10, but it’s classic West Coast Funk through and through. Just check the title.
King For Hire – the reason for my excitement.
These guys are ill.
Shan Vincent de Paul and Derek DaCosta, better known as MAGNOLIUS, are preparing to release their sophomore set ‘MARY MUSTH’ this fall and will be headed out on tour with fellow PPF Housemates LEO37 and Sunclef on a Canadian tour spanning over 20 dates coast to coast this summer. With an impressive touring resume completely without label support that have seen them hit 11 countries, these guys have subtly positioned themselves in a unique niche within the hip-hop realm and show no signs of slowing.
If you haven’t heard (or seen) them yet….they’re quite the spectacle.
And for all the Canadians out there, you can check tour dates HERE.
MAG & LEO37 in Asia.
That’s Monday Folk. Burn’em if you got’em.
Generally on Sundays, the crew and I give you the option of Heaven or Hell (or neither, depending on the preceding night). And well, normally I’m cool with those guidelines…however, where I’m at, we’re gettin Monday off so Sunday will continue BANGIN (more on that in a minute) so I’m leanin towards the hellish side of this post. Nonetheless, I can’t be insensitive to my overseas counterparts who are currently dealing with a serious dose of Adventure from the Grandmaster himself.
So, here we go….somethin for column A and somethin for column B.
Heaven: For those that need to just chill the eff out with some cool ish.
As many of you know, Pete Rock and Ma Dukes have gotten together to release Dilla‘s first official (I don’t count the Illa J ish) Posthumous record. With enough in his vault to battle 2Pac, I really hope that this isn’t the beginning of a long watering down process. Already on the record, titled JAY STAY PAID, there are features that I’m just not comfortable with (Havoc of Mobb Deep?!? I say NO DICE good sir.), but that being said, there are some features on here that just look amazing (Blu, Lil Fame, Black Thought). So with that, I give you a preview of the record courtesy the World Famous Beat Junkies & Okayplayer.
And as a little bonus, here’s some newer ish from J Dilla’s fam and Aftermath’s newest songstress.
HELL: For those who feel like using Red matter tonight.
As we’ve been reporting for awhile, Freebass 808 is the ridiculous union of producer Apple Juice kid and Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede. They’re dope. Now, with what they’re calling an ‘Interactive Player’, these boys along with Tishaun Dawson of Battalion Armour are here to take things one step further. 5 New Freebass 808 tunes accompanied by full conceptual visuals…this is the future and I’m excited.
And as an added bonus, like I said in the last post, Kurupt‘s a beast. And if you know me, you know I love myself some DJ Quik. So to put the 2 together…..well, gosh darn if it isn’t just OBSCENE!
The first single off the upcoming BLAKQOUT album. Some of the most inventive song structuring ever…not to mention the cadences….oh LORD!
For the homies in T.O. — It’s tonight. Invite only. PPF gettin their VIP on. Let’s get it.
Be well world. Check Waakao for your daily dose of Waa’s Hap’nin.
‘They say they ride for the underground, die for the underground but still makin no moneeeeeeey…..stupid’. – Dave/Dove/Trugoy
Today I give you a post that counteracts the above statement by the great Plug Two. Cats who maintain the ‘underground’ label and have established or are slowly building their pensions with verbs, nouns, hooks and cadences.
These cats are dope. From Brooklyn and Cincinnati respectfully, these cats do fun rap without having to talk about ‘Bringin’ it back’. Making their first big splash on Foreign Exchange‘s incredible debut ‘Connected’, Von Pea, Donwill and Illyas have quietly worked their way into the circuit and share a similar lane with Little Brother (circa the Listening). However, like Little Brother minus 9th…they also have issues consistantly picking dope beats. This one however is a gooder.
Sure he’s had major label support, and sure he’s been on commercially successful singles, but dammit if Kurupt doesn’t embody ‘RAW’ through and through. A rapper’s rapper, he’s been doing this for roughly 16 years and has never wavered from his position to sell records. With an amazing knack for creative and unorthodox cadences, what he lacks in content he always makes up with in flow.
Some chilled the eff out Kurupt ish.
Zev Love X. Don’t think I really need to write too much about this guy. He does his thing and people follow. Unfortunately he occasionally abuses this (google: Doomposter) but that doesn’t stop the fact that he’s plenty entertaining.
Doom’s ode to Homosexuals. Need I say more?!
It’s Friday Folk. Make a baby.