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Now before I start getting hate for not supporting the new school, I’m still an enormous fan of Blu, I’m diggin on the homie below and there’s of course Curren$y.
I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, but this guy is dope. The way he carries himself, his delivery, his writing, if he continues down this path he could totally end up being in a class alongside Mos, Kweli, Common, etc. Hell, he’s already in a group with Mos and Jay Electronica (remember Center Edge Territory?…when the hell is that shit coming out!!)
Anyway, some new dopeness from Spitta produced by BluRoc (a.k.a. Ski Beatz). Get live.
I’ve been seeing a lot of hate round the web for this and I gotta say, I disagree in a massive way. Aside from the fact that I’m a huge Mos Def fan, I’m even more of a fan of imagination and raising kids right. A ton of you might see this as Dante tryin to pick up a cheque, which may be true, I can’t really speak for him. But I know I can speak as an uncle to 3 baby girls and I know that Yo Gabba Gabba has gone out of their way to bring an eclectic group of incredible talent to the kids of today and hopefully inspire them to do something positive and creative.
Just like how Sesame Street and the Muppet Show were my first exposure to Buddy Rich and Paul Simon, Yo Gabba Gabba have exposed this new generation of kids to Biz Markie, Rahzel and Mos Def as opposed to the other nonsense they could be pimping out.
So quit hating and see the big picture.
More Mos in the mainstream. Less Flo Rida. That’s my word.
If you ever wondered if/how Dame Dash would/could ever come back and make himself relevant again, well look no further than the past year.
First bringing together Roots Rock champions the Black Keys with some of N.Y.’s all-time greatest spitters (Mos Def, Q-Tip, Pharoahe Monch, Billy Danze, RZA, Raekwon, etc.) to bring you a 21st century version of Heavy Rhyme Experience (know the ledge), BlakRoc.
And if that wasn’t enough, now with the resurrection Mr. Luchini himself, Ski Beatz and putting him alongside some of Hip-Hop’s most (under) appreciated greats, they bring you 24 Hour Karate School (a.k.a. BluRoc)
We’ve already dropped one goodie from the project and now here go 2 more. Pure beastage.
HHHTalk it out,
My adopted thesis statement for today by J Smooth:
Now a couple guys who rap their asses off.
Back when I posted those interviews Mos did with Semtex he spoke about a tune he did on the upcoming Gorillaz record that he said was one of the best things he’s ever done.
Well we have it here and it’s easily one of the weirdest things he’s ever done…..and I like it. You?
Oh yeah, and here’s the video for that last one with the mini-Mos appearance and Bobby Womack.
GORILLAZ – STYLO
THE PROBLEM IS
And heeeeere they cooooome…
The beginning of hopefully a few (but not too many) leaks off the upcoming Murs & 9th Wonder record. Murs got issues with this one.
That’s it from me.
Enjoy the weekend.
“We ain’t seen you in a minute homie.”
The ATL General and former Dungeon Family member (who has since been, outKast – pun intended), who most of you know only for his guest shots on The Whole World and Poppin Tags and that dope A.D.I.D.A.S. single some years back has actually stayed grinding pretty hard in the south. Putting out some pretty good mixtapes and seemingly getting more and more militant with each passing year.
Well, it looks like he’s on his way back to a bigger spotlight and hopefully he can stay for longer this time. With the help of 2 mainstream darlings, Killer Mike drops a track that seems like it may be Big Boi directed. I’ll let you decide.
A lot of you might not actually be familiar with the A-Alikes but you’ve definitely seen them whether you realized it or not.
Integral parts of Dead Prez‘s People’s Army (or R.B.G.’z) the A-Alikes are on their way back with a new record heavily dipped with message. With the help of Pretty Flaco, here’s your first glimpse at the upcoming Us Aginst Them.
The return of Stones Throw‘s resident soul man (who occasionally raps), Aloe Blacc.
Although he’s proven to be inconsistent in the past, when he’s on, he’s really on and hopefully, with his new record gettin ready to drop, it features Aloe a lot more on than off. I’ll let you guys decide whether this is the former or latter.
Finally, I’d just like to take this time to say that our thoughts and wishes are with GURU during these tough times. We look forward to seeing you out and about, healthy and happy.
Be well world.
Go listen to some Gang Starr.
It’s Chinese New Year and I can’t feel my feet. Do I smell movies?
24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL
24 Hour Karate School you might remember, is the name of a track I posted a few weeks back that Mos Def did with Ski-Beatz. Well not only was it the name of a dope song but it’s apparently the name of a dope album. Ski-Beatz, along with Blakroc conceiver, Dame Dash are putting out a project featuring not only Pretty Flaco but Jay Electronica, Curren$y, Nikki Wray, Jim Jones and plenty more. It’s kinda like another Blakroc, but instead of the Black Keys it’s Ski-Beatz. I’m cool with that. Here’s the trailer for the upcoming record from the Luchini Maestro.
BABU & DILLA
The world famous Dilated Junkie, DJ Babu makes a rare appearance on the blogs and tips his hat to the late greatest. Featuring cameos from House Shoes, Alchemist and more, it’s a feel good type of thing.
POP LIFE & RACE MATTERS
It’s the IllDoc, J Smooth. Need I say more?
ME AND THIS JAWN
And since I missed it, a special lovers day offering from the Paid Dues President, an eighth of the Living Legends Crew and half of Felt, Murs.
Relax in the rain and enjoy that bed.
Be well world.
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.
HHHTo the Greatest,
Every year about this time I usually write a long piece reminiscing on what your music has done for me and the world over. All the artists you’ve made better, all the verses that were slept on, all the beats that should’ve never worked but you still managed to turn into masterpieces and all the tracks that changed the entire face of music. I could write a damn book!
However, this year, after years of preaching and pushing, I’ve decided to take a break from the commentary and let your music and your peers do the talking.
Thank you Dilla, for everything. You’re beyond missed.
R.I.P. James Dewitt Yancey
Turn it up!
MuchMusic Tribute Video
Common talking Dilla
Q-Tip talking Dilla
Suite for Ma Dukes
Fuck the Police (Live)
Slum Village – Climax (Girl Shit)
I apologize for my recent Twitter‘esque posts but time has not been on my side lately. However, I’m doing the best I can to get these wicked tunes out to you so bare with me as I learn the ancient art of time management.
Dam Funk is the shit.
The L.A. beatmonster is back again with some treats for the kiddies. Who’s effin’ with Stones Throw?!
CRISTAL ON THE MOON
I just met Corinne for the first time 2 days ago (not personally but sonically), and I feel good about it.
I hope to learn more about her and have something to actually write about next time I post on her. In the meantime, she’s dope.
One of, I believe, 3 or 4 tracks that didn’t make the Ecstatic. Album of the year. Artist of the decade. That’s my word.
And just for good measure, new Sade.
SATISFICATION ENDS TONIGHT! See you there Taipei.
Be well world.
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.