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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.
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.
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.
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.
And that’s the news.
Tomorrow’s NYE! Get it in.
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.
Honestly, is there some hair stuck in the pipes of the Innanet today? Cause since about 9:00 AM I’ve been trying to download this biggie mixtape to no avail. Also, a 10 minute YouTube Video only took an hour to load. Fun. Fun. Fun. So, BIG. You are the man and you will always be one of the faces on Mount Rapmore no matter else who comes along. RIP.
Let me start off by saying I’m sorry for the lack of posts. Recently, as the Roots say, things have been falling apart. My scooter has been acting like I only paid $7,000 for her six months ago. My computer decided to die right before I had to go to KHH so I had to cancel a show down there (sorry Max), and buy a whole new computer. This takes a lot of time and money. But I should be back up and running by this weekend.
But the sun was shining this morning. The rain had finally stopped. and I got to hear some new/old Nas. A remake of If I ruled the world. I was worried because a lot of times the Smirnoff Signature Series has been bastardizing some classics like the 2008 remix of Com Sense’s The Light, but this…yeah…this is what I want to hear. And you will, too.
If you remember a couple week’s back, I was talking about Twitter and it’s usefullness. Now, I’ve gotten the hang of it a bit and I’ll give you my opinion. It’s interesting to know things first. Like real first. A couple of weeks ago, there was a car chase in LA with a guy with a Bently and everyone on twitter was saying it was DJ Kalid. The dude then suicided right on TV. Finally, people realized it wasn’t him, but I checked all the local news channels and nothing. The next day, it was mentioned a tiny bit. That’s all. So it’s interesting in that way. If you have a lot of friends and a blackberry or iPhone then it’s free text messaging. Anyway, some of the crew are on ther. It’s gonna be real popular in about six months. So get in now at the ground floor.
Follow the high tops crew:
and our fellas on the other side of the water, PFP House
There aren’t that many people in Taiwan on so join now. Cause you need more reason to kill time on the computer each day!
And finally, because of Twitter, I got to see Kayne West’s Storytellers concert. Anyone who doesn’t like Kayne (J-Dog, I’m talking to you) or the 808s album, just give him an hour of your time. So Amazin It’s Amazing. And big up to Cap playing Robocop somewhere the other night. Yeah.
I couldn’t figure out the way to embed the new video players, so just go to miss info and watch it here
and one more. who knew that when I was searching for Coogi sweaters, they would be updating that shiiiiiieeeee like this>>>>>>>>>Whoa!
Cornel West, Eric Michael Dyson and Chuck D (of the groundbreaking Public Enemy) do an online talk show for the Source called 2 Kings and a Cipher. Their audience is the “hip hop community” (which is becoming an international one, I might add) and they do speak eloquently about social issues and the responsibility that hip hop’s mostly African American stars have to their African American brothers. Click the logo to check out the show:
Soulja Boy’s content is not doing much to elevate consciousness for anybody, fo sho.
I do think shock appeal has its value.
That’s what Public Enemy did with albums like Fear of a Black Planet and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back. They used shock appeal to raise awareness to important issues regarding racism in America.
Big up to artists like Nas, who has defn’ly held the torch high. His song “Sly Fox” is a well-crafted indictment of Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, who dissed Nas’ appearance at a Virginia Tech memorial concert because of ‘gun references’ in his song. Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. Nas’ metaphors come from his experience. Talking about the ghetto experience is just as important as changing it.
I ain’t no Bill Reilly but I do hear the grains of truth in what Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson are saying about hip hop’s present state of unconsciousness. Maybe I could cast the net wider and say more artists need to pay attention to global issues in general. Climate Change is Real. Fear of a Fucked Planet. That’s my next album cover. Click on cartoon to go to Japan for Sustainability
Keep it Right. Digit.
Peoples. Taichung is in for some serious treats tomorrow night. Apparently there are going to be seranades and stripteases along with the usual HHHT madness. Joey Crack will be in the building also so expect it all to be documented. Taipeiers I would advise you to reach!!!
One of the people on that poster is leaving the island for good to go back to Toronto to run a record label with the other guys cousin. You’ll have to come down to Taichung to find out who that is. Its gonna be Sofa King special.
Light Lounge is the place
HHHT is the crew
Your presence is required
No your computer isn’t slow, Kanye is just a creative ass motherfucker!
See y’all tomorrow
Mos Def – Boogie Man (Unreleased track from Tru3 Magic) click flick.
Harmonic 313 (a.k.a. Mark Pritchard) Feat. Phat Kat & Elzhi – Battlestar (click flick.)
This one’s for Marcus.
Dr. Dre – Topless feat. Nas (T.I. spitting Dre’s vocals.) click flick.
This one’s for Cap.
Suite For Ma Dukes: Jam Session.
And this one’s for everyone.
MTV Cribs – Wu-Tang Clan (Circa ’98)
Happy New Year. If you have enough strength to lift your head and reach over to the computer. Then this is probably the song you need to hear on a day like this.
Live at the BBQ! The debut of a young artist named Nas and another upstart named Akinyele.
All the best for the year from the squad that keeps your heels tapping.
Vol.3 Coming soon…
Word. We bring you another Ol’ Heads Thursday Edition and I’d like to kick this Thursday off with a lil’ tribute to Xtra P aka The Large Professor. He is well known for his work with Main Source, ‘discovering’ Nas, and for filtering basslines on the Emu SP-1200. He worked with talent like ATCQ, Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, AZ, and Boot Camp Clik just to name a few.
Here is “ijustwannachill” for your audiovisual enjoyment:
Good work Xtra P. Another tasty joint courtesy of Pete Rock, Kool G Rap, and Large Pro.