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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.
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…’) Cyphers. Last 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 #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 Murray. Del 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.
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.
HHHTop of your game,
As a blogger and critic it’s far too easy for me to sit here and criticize or attempt to pick apart a piece of work I’m not into. Being part of the online community, I’ve been unfairly granted the license to completely dump on another mans art just because I don’t fall in line with his plight (all bloggers, reviewers and columnists should have to take a test and earn a license to write).
In my day to day rants, I do my best to stay within a positive realm and shit on only those I’ve completely deemed worthy. However, that being said, even though I’m just a small time dude reaching a few hundred people a day, if I might effect the way even 1 person perceives another mans means of breadwinning and allow that artist to suffer the loss of that 1 sale (which, to underground artists means quite a lot!) , then you can only imagine the damage those blowhard, self aggrandizing anal warts at Pitchfork do on a daily basis.
With that said, the artists featured in today’s blog have all worked through the bad reviews and bad publicity, have all put out bad music, and yet, have found a way to milk their accolades for everything their worth, stay relevant and maintain their Superstar Status.
Who else would I start with other than the man who went through arguably the worst publicity shit storm of any artist in history and still manage to have every one of his albums go Multi-Platinum. Even before his passing, when the storm was at it’s peak, he managed to set a record for selling out his final 50 date-tour faster than anyone in history.
This cut is the title track off his first post-humous album entitled ‘This is It’. I’ll let you guys be the critics on this one.
C’mon folks, let’s be F’REAL f’real. Snoop can’t lose.
He’s put out at least a half-dozen phone-in albums. Put on a countless number of no talent, two-bit tards (obviously excluding beasts like Kurupt, Suga Free, Battlecat, etc.). Whored himself out to any product that would be willing to endorse him, and yet, the majority of us still champion him like he’s never done us wrong. I couldn’t even begin to explain it to you, and nor will I even attempt it, just know that when people talk about that ‘IT’ in celebrities, he might as well be a Stephen King creation.
Here’s that new ish from the Doggfather.
And if your favorite Snoop is still from ’93. Here’s an unreleased track from the Death Row vaults.
Okay, so the Teflon Don hasn’t stayed the test of time like our previous 2 contestants. However, when you talk about legacies in Hip-Hop, there are few if any that compare to his.
Arguably the godfather of modern day rap and cadences, you will rarely, if ever, here Rakim miss someone’s top 5. And truthfully, that might not even be because they like him that much, but simply because they feel obligated to say his name in fear that someone listening will punch out your canine’s for forgetting him. And if your legacy can do that, you’re a superstar.
Now, back after a decade long hiatus, here goes the first tune off Ra’s 3rd official solo studio album, Seventh Seal. Is it good? You tell me.
This doesn’t really have anything to do with today’s thread but I really like this song. I haven’t heard too many tunes from Theophilus, but the ones I have I’ve enjoyed quite a bit. And now as a part of what I’m assuming is a push for an upcoming record, he’s released a video to arguably my favorite tune of his.
Enjoy the day folk.
Happy Turkey Face Canada.
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.
Often when you get into the debates with your homies over the dopest/most influtential emcees to ever salivate on the steel cage, Rakim Allah the Teflon Don tends to generally come up.
And while I won’t contest that the man is magnificent, his solo joints after his divorce from the First black President, Eric B. were underwhelming to say the least (even though 18th Letter was well received, I still think it’s predominantly phoned-in).
That being said, both 1997’s 18th Letter and 1999’s The Master had some dope joints on’em and well, being ‘No Country For Old Heads’ Thursday, I came across this rare remix of the 18th Letter‘s first single, ‘Guess Who’s Back’ by D.I.T.C. in-house producer, Buckwild (who you also might know from his work with Kool G Rap — Fast Life, Organized Konfusion – Stress, Black Rob — Whoa!).
But before you get that….here’s a link to the original done by one of the most underrated contributors to the genre, Mr, ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’, Mr. ‘Get Money’, Dana Dane’s backbone, Clark Kent. (PLUS one of the most bizarre videos I’ve ever seen. Rakim getting his Salvador Dali on??)
(incorrectly labeled from 1993)
And just for good measure, from The Master, Ra & Primo makin goodness.
That’s Thursday folk.
Keep the looks comin.
There’s something you should know about me.
I love Hip-Hop.
No no…you don’t understand….I LOVE IT. To the core of my soul…it’s something I’ve thought about every single day of my life for the past 10 years and well, it hasn’t waned in the least.
Now let me clarify something, as a person I’m not one of those guys who tries to be as ‘hip-hop’ as can be. Everything I wear isn’t rap related, everything I say isn’t Brooklyn slang, and everything I do isn’t to ‘Keep REAL Hip Hop Alive’. As an artist, I don’t write songs FOR Hip-Hop or about my LOVE for Hip-Hop, I don’t engage the crowd in “When I say HIP, You say HOP” chants and I don’t say ‘Real Talk’ to finish all my sentences. In fact, all the reviews I’ve had and Interviews I’ve done usually start with: “This is not your ‘Traditional’ Hip-Hop’….
No I’m not. But I FUCKING LOVE IT.
It’s throwback Thursdays, and I’m giving you a golden WINZIP file from ’88 (link at the bottom). When you listen to these songs, remember….Tomorrow is the day…
and you better fucking be there….for Hip-Hop. HA!
Here’re videos of 6 songs you get in this 8-song package. The other 2 are classics from the Jungle Brothers and Chill Rob G. Enjoy.
(disclaimer – There is SO MUCH dope from 88, that this’ll probably only be PART 1….stay tuned)
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full
Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy
RUN DMC – Run’s House
Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo – Road to the Riches
De La Soul – Potholes in my Lawn
See you tomorrow night.
El Triple Seventy.