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HHHTheatrical,

HISTORY

Watching this gives me the same feeling I got when I was 15 watching the Respiration video for the first time.  Hope and happiness.  Intrigue and awe.   There’s nothing overtly out of this world about this, yet the mood leaves me completely enthralled.

What do you get when you put Mos + Kwe + Dilla  together? HISTORY. Thank goodness kids still have these 2 as an alternative.

MR. PIG FACE

This guy is just good at rap.

CROOKED I – MR. PIG FACE

NEVER NEVER

Although this is technically my first post about these guys, aside from Mos, Little Dragon is easily my favorite group of the past 2 years and have cemented themselves in my ‘Classic’ category.  Truthfully the only 2 recently released things that have consistently been in my eardrums have been The Ecstatic and Little Dragon’s sophomore Machine Dreams and had it not been for these guys, I would’ve been oh so bored.  I love these guys.

Head to toe they’re phenomenal.

I’ll get into them a little thicker when I have more time, but just know that you should’ve been checking for these guys for at least the past 2 years.  Act like you know.

Here’re 2 vids from the newest record.

That’s it that’s all.

Go get it.

Triple.

HHHTrendsetters,

As of late I’ve mostly been offering you goodies from established artists and people you’re generally familiar with.  Cats who’ve already put in their work and now have the luxury of having fans who actually pay attention whenever their name pops up.

Well, with ’09 on its death bed and the genesis of a new year upon us, I figured, let’s hang with some newer cats today.   And even though these guys aren’t technically the newest, most unheard of bunch, they’re still working hard to have their cult followings blow up to the masses.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

No, the above title heading isn’t my prediction but in fact the name of the new record from Detroit’s torchbearer of production since the late great Dilla‘s passing, Black Milk.

As this is his 4th official drop (and like nth if you count mixtapes and what not) it’s odd for me to call Milk a new schooler just because he’s still relatively unknown to the masses.  Everyone in the scene knows him and is quite familiar with his hard edged boom bap and pocket cadences, and homie’s been doing his thing for quite some time now.  However, because of where he’s at and what he’s accomplished, general media still consider him part of this class and well, I guess it’s better than going the route of has-been.  Anyway, from what I’m told, Milk’s swinging for the fences this year and I’ll be the first to admit I have a personal stake in seeing Detroit cats win.  So, here’s my nudge for Milk to get his this year.

BLACK MILK – KEEP GOING

EXHIBIT C

It seems like if you throw Jay (or J-)in your name, success is inevitable.

Jay Dee (Dilla not Dupri), Jay-Z, J-Rocc, J.J. Fad, J-Kwon…okay, so maybe not everyone who throws it in there, but there seem to be enough.  Now to add to the list, the South’s first internationally known true-blue lyricist since ’93’s inauguration of a young Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin, Jay Electronica.

Nas approved, Mos Def affiliated and Erykah Badu loved, in his short time in the business, the new Jay on the block has accomplished an incredible amount and shows absolutely no signs of slowing for the new year.  If you’ve never heard him, just imagine Mos Def and DOOM‘s lovechild.  Or better yet, why don’t you just take a listen for yourself.   Courtesy of Jay and another blockbuster of a close affiliate in Just Blaze, I give you that new new.

JAY ELECTRONICA – EXHIBIT C (Produced by JUST BLAZE)


SANDWHICH SHOP

Truck North.

This Roots affiliate, like many of the others (Malik B., Dice Raw, etc.), gets under appreciated for his work.  I’m not trying to claim that he’s the hottest thing out, but he’s quite good at what he does and if you’re ever searchin for  some good ol’ fashioned gettin it in type raps, he’s always worth checking.

Cut from the Roots ‘Sandwiches EP’, Truck brings you a minute of that raw ish.  I like it beaucoup.

TRUCK NORTH – SANDWHICH SHOP

And that’s the news.

Tomorrow’s NYE!  Get it in.

Triple.
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHThoughts,

Christmas.

Out of 365 days, the 359th has earned a rep similar to that of Kanye West in that you generally either love it or hate it.  The combination of family gatherings, old friends coming home, turkey dinners, caroling, decorating trees, snow and capitalism working at full capacity tends to make you choose sides.  Myself, much like my opinion on Kanye West (and this completely dumps on my first sentence), I’m on a fence-sitting tip.  Where as I’m more than enamored with the thought of an unrelenting amount of food, my bank account barely survives my week to week gig let alone a day where I’m supposed to buy more than a dozen people heartfelt gifts.

So with that being said, J-Smooth just released his own Holiday Vlog taking my thoughts and well, relaying it way better than I ever could.

And of course, what would the holidays be without a few gifts.

JUST BEGUN

If the first single didn’t already get you absolutely buckwild excited for this, here’s a little help.

Off the upcoming Reflection Eternal record, Kwe and Hi-Tek drop this extra dope posse cut just in time for the holidays.  Enlisting the help of Jigga approved J. Cole, Badu’s new baby daddy Jay Electronica, and as always, the Mighty Mos Def here’s somethin to keep you warm as the Weather gets Lil’ Jon.

REFLECTION ETERNAL ft. JAY ELECTRONICA, J. COLE & MOS DEF – JUST BEGUN

J*DAVEY


A double dose from the dynamic duo.  I’m lookin forward to the new record.

Here’s the record: J*DAVEY – BOUDOIR SYNEMA

That’s the day.

Go out and get whatever you need.  It’s Yours.

Triple.

www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTis the Season,

I don’t know what’s gotten into the internet this past week, whether it be holiday cheer, a little too much Captain Morgan‘s in its Nog, or if it’s just plain ol’ coincidence (even though long time Indy Pop Champion Spookey Ruben once said, “It’s no coincidence fun rhymes with sun.” and that makes all the sense in the world to me.) but damn! Good lookin’ homie.

Today I bring you treats from people who’ve all been frequenting this blog quite a bit this year, and as such, I don’t really have all that much more to ramble on about other than givin’ you the straight up goods.  So, without further ado…

24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL

One of my Top 6 all-time musical heroes (if you read this blog enough you can at least pick out 3 others)

Pretty Flaco gets his collab on with mr. Luchini himself, Ski-Beatz (who was featured in the first ‘Give the Drummer Some‘) as well as another Camp Lo alumni,  one half of Freebass808, Apple Juice Kid in a track that makes my face nothing but teeth.  Check the homage Mos pays at the end, priceless.

MOS DEF – 24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL (Produced by APPLE JUICE KID & SKI-BEATZ)

*X-MAS BONUS*

MOS DEF + SEMTEX – Part 3.

BOOTIEZ AUTOMATIC

This guy’s as necessary to X-Mas as he is to Hip-Hop.

Ever since 1996’s ‘Santa Claus goes straight to the Ghetto’ it just doesn’t feel right to not have some new Snoop during the holiday season.  Well, thankfully, with his new album still doing the rounds, OS was kind of enough to throw this up for us lowly scavenger blogs.  An iTunes exclusive, I give you some brand new Snoop bump.

SNOOP DOGG – BOOTIEZ AUTOMATIC

WE GON GO!

And last but not least, after a disappointing showing and way too much Akon involvement on his last record, home town hero Kardinal Offishall is back with a banger givin his holiday thanks to all those before him.

Apparently he’s still riding with ‘Kon but hopefully his involvement will be strictly business from here on in.  Hey, I can wish can’t I?

KARDINAL OFFISHALL – WE GON’ GO

Bundle up folk.  It’s gettin low.

Triple.
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTreats,

I’m sorry, but this past week has just been too good for me to not keep posting.

SANDWICHES

Sandwiches.  Mirriam-Webster defines a Sandwich as: 1 a : two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between b : one slice of bread covered with food.

However, RapRadar defines a sandwich as: When The Roots enter and leave a commercial break on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, they perform small sets called “sandwiches”. And since joining the show in March, the crew have composed 1,000 of ‘em. This past weekend, drummer ?uestlove compiled 22 of them into a free EP. Can’t beat that.


Similar to a live band take on Dilla’s Donuts, I give you, Sandwiches.

THE ROOTS – SANDWICHES (Direct Link)

And as an added bonus, another track that’s surfaced from Black Thought‘s unreleased Masterpiece Theatre album, I give you:

BLACK THOUGHT – MONA LISA – Shout out to Slick Rick!

NEIL ARMSTRONG

No not the astronaut, the DJ.  Founding member of the legendary turntablist crew the 5th Platoon (which also includes highly decorated vets likes Vinroc, Roli Rho, I. Emerg and others)  has been tearin shows and pumpin out mixtapes for years now.  And although well known amongst DJ’s and Turntablists, Armstrong’s maintained a relatively low profile (whether intentionally or unintentionally, I’m not sure) outside the walls of his genre.  Well, this past year, he was given the opportunity to be Mr. Shawn Carter‘s touring DJ for the Blueprint 3 and well, that’s just something you don’t pass up.

Anyway, he’s just released this short little clip detailing a day in the life of DJ Neil Armstrong. If you don’t know…..

MOS + SEMTEX

Part 2 of the Mos Def interview with DJ Semtex.  Click Clack.

That’s Wednesday folk.

Get it.

Trip.
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTired,

It’s Sunday, and surprise surprise, I’m not feelin so chatty today.  Had a late night, early morning and now my fingers just wanna chill out.  Luckily, I got me a good amount of viewing material to get up a worthwhile post so lemme get my baby boy Bangs on and take u to da movies again….

SLUM VILLAGE

As they reminisce…..

Talkin bout Fantastic Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Elzhi‘s entrance.

Dilla

**BONUS**

ELZHI – THE LEFTOVERS UNMIXEDTAPE

MOS DEF

The newest single off the Ecstatic:

MOS DEF – SUPERMAGIC

Mos interview with DJ Semtex.

SOULS & THE G.O.A.T.

Agree or not, it’s always interesting to hear this discussion amongst some of the dopest to ever do it.

That’s me.

Relax day.

P’s

Triple.
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTaipei Bound,

I’m on my way back to the land of Stinky Tofu and Beetlenut!

Yes, the past 8 months here in Toronto have been phenomenal both personally and professionally (’09 has been the SHEEEEEIIIIT!)  but, it’s starting to get cold and I’ve quickly realized that I’m not built like that anymore.  Plus, I miss the shit outta my Taiwanese counterparts.  So, I’m gettin my hibernation on and goin to the island to throw parties with the best of the best and enjoy life.

However, as those of you who’ve flown overseas before know, I’m gonna be on a plane for like 2 months rendering this blog inactive for a little bit.  So today’s post is gonna be completely loaded with goodies to tide you over until I get back to some land.

So without further ado…

THE PROFESSIONAL

If there was ever someone you called a ‘professional emcee’, Black Thought should be the first person you think of.  At very least second.

Well, this unreleased goodie aptly titled ‘The Professional’ has just surfaced and it proves my point 300 times over.

BLACK THOUGHT – THE PROFESSIONAL

DOPE MAN

If you read this blog regularly, then you know I love Slum Village.

I don’t know what it is, but there are few, if any, albums that ever beat out Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2 on my playlist.  I still listen to that ish like it dropped last Tuesday, and I don’t foresee any slowing up.  Sure my favorite reincarnation of them is still the original trio, but Elzhi‘s contribution to the group should never be downplayed.  He’s an absolute monster.    Anyway, since today’s blog is LONG, I’ma keep this short (as possible). With one of Baatin’s last recordings before he passed, off the upcoming Villa Manifesto, I give you…

SLUM VILLAGE – DOPE MAN

**BONUS**

MICHAEL JACKSON – BUTTERFLIES (Dilla’s Players Remix)

R.I.P. Dilla & Baatin.

TIL IT DROPS

New Clipse!

I’m starting to get amped up…

CENTER EDGE TERRITORY

So I’m not sure if you’ve heard or not but HHHT faves Mos Def, Jay Electronica and current Hip-Hop blog darling, Curren$y (pictured below) have formed a new group called Center Edge Territory and have apparently already finished 6 songs?

Yeah.  Didn’t see that one coming, especially since Curren$y used to roll with Lil Weezy and that match up just seems odd to me.  However, homie can rap, so as long as there’s that, I’m cool.  Anyway, although nothing has leaked yet, here goes a little something from each member of this new underground powerhouse.

Jay Electronica, along with Ta’raach jump on this intergalactic dopeness from another HHHT favorite Sa-Ra Creative Partners.

SA-RA CREATIVE PARTNERS – LOVE CZARS II ft. JAY ELECTRONICA & TA’RAACH

And Curren$y does his thing over a Mos Def original.

CURREN$Y – BREAKFAST IN & OUT (Produced by Mos Def)

A LIVING LEGEND

Scarub, Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, Eligh, Bicasso, Aesop, Murs & The Grouch, or better known as West Coast’s current underground torchbearers, The Living Legends are the definition of paid dues.  Having completely built themselves up independently from scratch, there are few hip-hop artists who can rival what they’ve done in the underground and truthfully, there are few hip-hop artists, underground or mainstream that can generate the revenue they do because of the work they’ve put in and the independent route they’ve taken.  Now, at approximately a gazillion total releases, one of the Legends standouts, the Grouch returns with his latest effort ‘Eyes off the time’ and so far it sounds extra ill. Check the promo vid and DL below:

THE GROUCH – WHATEVER I SAY

MORE BLAKROC

And finally, I give you all the newest updates from the BlakRoc project.  Out in 6 DAYS!

BLAKROC EPISODE #9 – Feat. PHAROAHE MONCH

**BONUS** BLAKROC – DOLLAZ & SENSE ft. PHAROAHE MONCH & RZA

BLAKROC EPISODE #10 – Feat. NIKKI WRAY

BLAKROC – AIN’T NOTHIN LIKE YOU (HOOCHIE COO) Feat. MOS DEF & JIM JONES

That’s it for now folk.

Enjoy life…I’ll see you in a few.

Triple.
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHThat’s my homie,

No matter what anyone tells you, we live in a world based almost entirely on co-signs.

Whether you’re looking for a job at a grocery store, shopping for a record deal, or getting into the mob, someone needs to vouch for you.  Someone always needs to be there co-signing you as you try and claw your way up the elevator shaft to the Penthouse.  And although it’s unfortunate, it’s life as we know it and it’s something we have to learn to work like any other tool or utensil.

So today, I’d like to demonstrate the power of the co-sign.

AYAH

Toronto-based vocalist Ayah has come up quick in her time.   At the eager age of 22, she has already started to create waves through Canada with a string of mixtapes and guestspots that have garnered her a budding and loyal following.  However, despite her smooth voice and well intentioned collaborations, nothing has been more important to her growth in Canada than her success in the Southern half of North America.

Having caught the ear of Touch of Jazz founder, the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, her brand new album, 4:15 is now not only completely executive produced by the Hip-Hop Icon, but also the launching pad from which she is poised to do some serious damage for the home team.

Here’s the first single entitled ‘In my Lifetime’.

AYAH – IN MY LIFETIME

MOS THOUGHT & BLACK DEF.

Okay, so truthfully, neither of these dudes need co-signs.  Both are supremely talented, have cred and co-signs coming out the A, and are arguably in the all-time TOP 5.  That being said, it’s always cool to get your hip-hop nerd on and see a genuine co-signing moment.

Brought to you by the same people who gave you the Def & DOOM footage, I give you the Mighty Mos Def and the incomparable Black Thought.

HEART OF THE HOUSE

This last example of co-signage is one I hold close to my heart.

As some of you may or may not know, I’m the head of the Music Division over at PPF House as well as an artist on the Toronto-based independent label.  We’ve technically been around for 10 years but I didn’t really start contributing until about the Winter of 2004 and our Music Division was only recently launched this past February.  Before then, it was held together by the work of two brothers, Tim and Howie Shia. Both established artists in their own fields (Audio and Visual respectively), if one were to compile a list of (what would be considered MAJOR) accolades from these two, they would have something comparable to one of those new compact phone books they’ve been sending out.

Well now, to add to that phonebook (you can check out more from that list by clicking the image above) Howie, who just recently finished doing a video for Mush Recording Artist, Deru (of Avatar fame — the cartoon not the James Cameron film) recently caught the eye of none other than the Louis Vutton Don himself, Kanye West. And although it was just a blog, I appreciate the love cause based off recent events, it would seem that Mr. West is quite passionate about his videos.

Anyway, here’s the flick:

BLAKROC EPISODE #4 ft. RZA

I’m losing my mind.  This is gonna be RIDICULOUS!

Be well world.

Triple
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTrick or Treaters,

In a very special Halloween edition of HHHT, I give you a bucketful of tricks and a handful of treats;  A few scares and plenty to calm that sweet tooth of yours.

THE WU

Ghost Stories with Ghostface Killah. – I could listen to this man speak for hours.

The Wu-MassacreI wasn’t lyin, here they come.

ROC BOTTOM

Some thought the day would never come, and well to many, this truly is a nightmare.  After years of speculation, the silence has officially been broken.  Beans and Jay are no more.

BEANIE SIGEL – WHAT YOU TALKIN BOUT (AVERAGE CAT) — Jay Diss

Jay Responds.

*TREAT*

Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (Dir. by Hype Williams)

SCREWFACE TREATS!!!

This one is strictly for my T.O. heads.

It’s been a long time coming and something that I, as well as many many others have waited years for.  We got singles.  We got demos.  We got guestspots.  And thankfully we got Big Black Lincoln.  But now, after what seemed to be an endless strings of delays and setbacks, word is Saukrates is on his way back with Season One, and it’s coming soon! Here comes the first street single off the record featuring Andreena Mill.

SAUKRATES – HOT LIKE SUMMER ft. ANDREENA MILL

BLAKROC EPISODE #3 ft. MOS DEF & JIM JONES

Awesome.  Just awesome.

Get ta trickin folk.

Be scared world.

Triple.
www.ppfhouse.com

HHHTime for some akshun,

Today’s post is for people who like Rap.  Period.  That’s it.  You like bars?  You like flows?  You like lyrics that make you go ooooh?  Then this is for you.  If you said no to any of these questions, leave now.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to post this ish yesterday exactly one minute after it was posted!  Unfortunately my code-illiterate ass just couldn’t get it to embed.  Thankfully, as expected, someone Youtube‘d it and we’re back in business.

THE CYPHER

Yesterday the annual shamefest known as the BET hip-hop awards took place and well, as expected, it was a useless piece of goonery crap that only helped to ensure that those who don’t like hip-hop stay hating.  That being said, this award show has provided us with 1 good thing every year and it’s those damn (Rap nerd wet dreams –  ‘What if…’) CyphersLast years dopest cypher featured Juelz Santana, Fabolous, Ace Hood (Who surprisingly rocked it even though he can’t write a song worth his life) and Jadakiss running a mean anchor.   Well, I’m happy to say that this years top cypher nearly made me wet myself.  And if it doesn’t make you at least kegal a couple dozen times, then you lied about one of the above questions.

No more talkin.  RAP!  This one’s gonna have people arguin for a while….

The other 2 cyphers (that were decent, but nowhere near the one above) can be found below:

Cypher #2 ft. Wale, Nipsy Hussle, Gsan & KRS-One

Cypher #3 ft. Nicki Minaj, Buckshot, Crown Royyal & Joe Budden (Budden’s a problem!)

A & E

It seems like the thing to do these days for rappers in their mid-30’s is to find another rapper in their mid-30’s who roughly holds the same stature and combine to make a group.  Canibus and Keith MurrayDel the Funky Homosapien and Tame One. DJ Quik and Kurupt. And even though it would seem like all of these would be dope, or at very least entertaining, only the Quik and Kurupt really popped for me (and I’m a Del fan to the core).  Well we have another pairing for you and this time, it might just work out.  2 people that have influenced a LOT of your favorite rappers but rarely ever get their mention, ladies and gents, I give you A & E (a.k.a. Masta Ace and Edo G.)

**sidenote — for all you Eminem fans, if you didn’t realize that Em started as a Masta Ace clone you better go do your research.  Em’s even copped to it himself.**

MASTA ACE & EDO. G – EI8HT IS ENOUGH

BLAKROC EPISODE #2 ft. Mos Def

We proceed with part 2.  Mos hits the studio and the world implodes.

HIP HOP HISTORY w/ RAKIM

An interview 24/7 Hip Hop did with the Teflon Don breaking down the significance of the number 7 in his life, his falling out with Eric B., and a wild story involving Kool G. Rap getting snuffed and Eric B. riding a sheep skin.

BONUS

No MPFrees?  Now how could I do that to you.  This one’s for the CAPtain to get his blood pumpin.

NEW MADVILLAIN B*TCHES! Courtesy the legendary J-Rocc from the World Famous Beat Junkies.

Click the Metal Face and get your tease.

Phew!

Triple.
www.ppfhouse.com

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