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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.
I was interning/working at BMG Music Canada, the Canadian parent label for Bad Boy Records, when Biggie died. We were in the process of setting up his 2nd album ‘Life After Death’. We had an advance of the album which we studied, we had swag all over the office and we were setting up listening parties and hoping we could get Biggie up to Toronto to perform for a release party. I was getting excited because i wanted to interview Biggie for the magazine I was writing for at the time. We got news through a fax from Bad Boy Records in New York that Biggie had died. My boss at the time was affected because he had met Biggie and Puff in New York, hung out with them and had the chance to see just how charismatic Biggie was in person.
Anyways, miss or dont miss him, Biggie had a talent to spit rhymes.
HHHT 7&8 Dirty South Editions soon come.
I’m just on my way out the door so I won’t really blab too much. I’ll just get right to the goodies.
First up….another BLAZING remix from K-Salaam and Beatnik. This time they absolutely mash the Jackson 5’s ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’. Oooooh….I like this one.
Click Flick for DL
Next…some more New Old demo stuff from Biggie Biggie Biggie off the upcoming Notorious soundtrack. What can I say….he was good at what he did.
And finally, DJ Premier’s top 20 Hip-Hop albums of ’08!
I was actually shocked at some of the cats he listens too. Way more underground than I was expecting. Good lookin out Preme.
1. DJ REVOLUTION–KING OF THE DECKS (Duck Down)
2. EVIDENCE–THE LAYOVER EP (Decon)
3. STATIK SELEKTAH–STICK 2 THE SCRIPT (Showoff/Traffic)
4. SCARFACE–EMERITUS (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)
5. D.I.T.C. presents THE MOVEMENT (D.I.T.C./Traf fic)
6. JAKE ONE–WHITE VAN MUSIC (RHYMESAYERS)
7. EMC–THE SHOW (M3/ TRAFFIC)
8. P BROTHERS–THE GAS (IMPORT)
9. LIL WAYNE–THE CARTER III (CASH MONEY/UNIVERSAL)
10. HELTAH SKELTAH–D.I.R.T.(Da Incredible Rap Duo) (DUCK DOWN)
11. LUDACRIS–THEATER OF THE MIND (DEF JAM/UNIVERSAL)
12. BIG SHUG–OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME (TRAFFIC)
13. TERMANOLOGY–POLITICS AS USUAL (NATURE SOUNDS/EMI)
14. GUILTY SIMPSON–ODE TO THE GHETTO (STONES THROW)
15. Q-TIP–THE RENAISSANCE (MOTOWN/UNIVERSAL)
16. ICE CUBE–RAW FOOTAGE (LENCH MOB/EMI)
17. CRAIG G & MARLEY MARL–OPERATION TAKE BACK HIP HOP (GOOD HANDS)
18. EPMD–WE MEAN BUSINESS (EP RECORDS)
19. 88 KEYS– THE DEATH OF ADAM (DECON)
20. ILL BILL–THE HOUR OF REPRISAL (FAT BEATS)
HONORABLE MENTION—–(NOT IN ORDER)
1. GZA—PRO TOOLS
2. REKS—GRAY HAIRS
3. DEVIN THE DUDE—LANDING GEAR
4. LARGE PROFESSOR—MAIN SOURCE
6. PRODIGY–HNIC 2
7. TRICK TRICK—THE VILLIAN
8. YOUNG MAYLAY—THE REAL COAST GUARD
9. THE GAME—L.A.X.
10. BLACK MILK—TRONIC
11. TORAE—DAILY CONVERSATION
12. VAST AIRE—DEUCES WILD
And finally….an interview clip from Paul Rosenberg‘s Noise Makers series with Primo talking about working with Biggie and Puff.
We’re in Taichung SATURDAY! Be there.
Sorry bout the 2 day hiatus folks – food was gettin ate, meetings were gettin met, and livers were punished by Santa for being on the naughty list. But we’re back and the Effect is Full.
First things first…new music.
(Disclaimer – The qualities not great and Mister Cee’s all over it, but the dope is still there.)
Next up, some more from Braggadocious Big Brother and Heartbroken Little Brother. I was contemplating whether or not to post this cause DJ Khaled is NOT the Best (as his over confident Tourette’s would have you believe) but I figured some of you may still wanna hear it anyways.
DJ Khaled – Go Hard Remix Feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West & T-Pain.
And as I proclaimed on Friday, it’s D’at time of year again (for me)…so this time, D’Angelo, during his Brown Sugar days, doin a cover of one of my favorite tunes by one of the dopest EVER EVER, Mr. Bill Withers.
D’Angelo – Use Me
GOLD IS IN 2 DAYS!
GOLD IS IN 2 DAYS!
And Finally, remembrance of an icon.
Eartha Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008)
Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
Be good to your fam.