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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

BIG DILLA

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:

COOKIN SOUL Presents BIG DILLA

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.

*BONUS*

And finally, as an added bonus, a treat from one of the illest to ever do it.

KURUPT – STALKIN

Be well world.

Triple.

www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTenacious,

Today is all about clapping.  Whether it be AK’s or appendages is up to you, just make sure it’s out of joy.

LIFE IS BETTER

After finally releasing the super duper illness known as Kamaal the Abstract.  The man Kamaal Fareed, better known as Q-Tip, has just released a new single (and arguably my favorite tune off his previous album this year the Renaissance) entitled Life is Better.  Although on paper the content may seem a bit ‘been there, done that’ish, Q-Tip, accompanied by one of the most soothing vocal qualities of the past quarter-century, Norah Jones, somehow still manage to make it feel fresh.  Or maybe that’s just my opinion.

Either way, this tune is bomb.

**Bonus**

Following along  the same content lines are 2 underground legends: Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One (who are also Ice Cube’s and Redman’s cousins respectively) who are gearing up for their upcoming duo album, Parallel Uni-Verses .  The song isn’t near as compelling as it could be, but Del is still a monster.

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Flashback

FOREVER

First you heard it.  Now you get to see it.

The ‘Swagga Like Us‘ of 2009.  I give you Drizzy Drake, Lil Weezy Wee, Kanyeezy and Em.  Fresh off the More Than A Game Soundtrack, Forever.

**Bonus**

For those paying close attention to the last verse,  aside from Eminem sounding like he might be back to his old form, you may’ve also noticed 4 characters that’ve been frequenting the HHHT blog for the past little while standing behind him.  Yes, that was Slaughterhouse and yes, rumor has it they’re slated to be the next artists on Shady Records.  Now I have no idea whether or not this is actually going to go through, but with a machine like Shady/Aftermath behind these four extremely talented spitters, it may mark the beginning of a new era in the mainstream game.  A ‘return to form’ so to speak.  Anyway, here’s a brand new tune from former Aftermath signee, and the best Latino role model since Big Pun

Joell Ortiz feat. Novel – Call Me

APPLAUSE

Toronto-based artists LEO37 + Sunclef have been busy boys.  First separately touring Canada and the States as a part of the WPBE and Zaki Ibrahim‘s crew respectively, then uniting to conquer a 15-date Canadian tour with fellow PPF Housemates, MAGNOLIUS.   All self-booked and self-produced, their inaugural run has been so great that, to show their appreciation for the love they’ve received, PPF House has decided to officially release their new single for FREE.

Click below to see the promo vid and click under that for preview and DL.

That’s the word people.

Get it poppin.

Triple.
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTwins,

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.

**BONUS DL – LEE WILSON Feat. MOS DEF – SOUL KISS**

GHOSTFACE and…

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 Manif 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!’

**BONUS DL – GHOSTFACE feat. FABOLOUS – 2DOPE**

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.

MAGNOLIUS – UTTER THE SUN (MPFREE)

That’s the jam.

House wins.

Triple.

www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTrainwreck,

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.

45

I don’t really know anything about this dude.

img-artist-45From 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.

45 – I Believe Feat. Stephanie McKay (right click to DL)

Cream

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.

DJ Quik & Kurupt – Cream (in ya panties)

King For Hire – the reason for my excitement.

These guys are ill.

King For HireShan 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.

MAGNOLIUS – King For Hire

And for all the Canadians out there, you can check tour dates HERE.

**Bonus**

MAG & LEO37 in Asia.

That’s Monday Folk.  Burn’em if you got’em.

Triple.

HHHTitans,

I’m cold.

Ice cold.

Going from the +25c that we were experiencing in Taipei last week when I left, to the -15c (w/o windchill…) here in Toronto, let’s just say, a 40 degree turnaround is not kind to the body.  But alas, it’s nice to be back, and even nicer to be busy.

Myself and some of the boys from the House (Magnolius backed by the WPBE), have the privilege of opening for blog darlings N.A.S.A. tomorrow at the El Mocambo here in Toronto and if you don’t know who they are, here’s the second single off their highly anticipated debut featuring a virtual who’s who of the international industry both past and present.  For more details on the show, click here.

N.A.S.A. feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante – Way Down

And the first single they released a few months back with another jumble of artists from the history of the business.

N.A.S.A. feat. David Byrne, Chuck D., Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip

Finally, as you know, HHHT 7&8 are on the horizon, and based solely on the flyer (scroll down), the proverbial ish is bout to hit the fan.  So get your tights on, lace up your luchador masks and get ta’ droppin’em ‘bows!

Some rideout music from the ever flamboyant, Camp Lo.

Camp Lo – Regulate (feat. Yahzarah) click flick.

LEO37 is my name.

And bein gangsterific is my game.

Be easy world.

Triple.

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