Friday, May 30, 2008

Saturday Night!

don't miss the next installment of Hip Hop Karaoke, ya'll.

i have a feeling it'll be a super fresh one.

the deets-

Hip Hop Karaoke
Saturday, May 31
Knitting Factory
74 Leonard St.
New York, NY

10pm signup
11pm showtime


*** Please note that this edition of HHK is 21+ only ***

see you all there,


Friday, May 23, 2008

Weekend at Diggedy's - Volume 59

Yes, our good buddy Rick added another digit to his age. We here at HHK wish him a very happy birthday. Next time you see him, buy him a Bartles & James. Thank him for all of his hard work snapping your photos. Let him know.....that you care.

The HHK crew are packing their bags - Jay, don't forget your Marvin Gaye, Danger Mouse, and De La Soul is Dead t shirts - and heading to the land of the Twins, Timberwolves, and Vikings. That's right, DJ Wex, J. New, and yours truly are heading to Minnesota to the Sound Set festival's official after party!

So, in honor of this joyous occassion, your choice cuts for this glorious Friday, May 23rd of Memorial Day weekend, are tracks from some of Minny's finest...

Brother Ali - "Forest Whitiker"

This is the first track I had ever heard from Brother Ali...It is funky fresh to the nth degree...One of the rare self-deprecating rap songs (think Fat Lip's "What's Up Fat Lip")... Great production, and Ali kills it... You know what to do... Download it!

Eyedea - "Bottle Dreams"

Keeping with the introspective theme, comes "Bottle Dreams". A much darker "Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa", this is a dope cut off of Eyedea's The Many Faces of Oliver Hart, an album I happen to be a very big fan of. Most people know Eyedea as the kid who won the Blaze battle that was on HBO, but he's been paying dues for years. Check it out.. DOWNLOAD IT!

Atmosphere - "Nothing But Sunshine"

First Atmosphere song I ever heard was when Bobbito played "Scapegoat".. Dug it, but not enough to really seek anything further out... That was rough time in my life, where I liked everything to come to me.. And if Bob wasn't playing it, it wasn't on my radar.. I had some sort of compilation CD that "Nothing But Sunshine" was on, and loved it. That's when I said, "hey.. the kid's alright". Now you too can make that decision when you... DOWNLOAD IT!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend people.

Stay out of trouble, and have a burger and Heineken for me.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

this or that?

Dr. Octagon VS Deltron 3030

2. 30003. I Got to Tell You
4. Earth People
5. No Awareness
6. Real Raw
7. General Hospital
8. Blue Flowers
9. Technical Difficulties
10. Visit to the Gynecologyst
11. Bear Witness
12. Dr. Octagon
13. Girl Let Me Touch You
14. I'm Destructive
15. Wild and Crazy
16. Elective Surgery
17. Halfsha
18. Blue Flowers Revisited
19. Waiting List (Dj Shadow/Automator Mix)
20. 1977

1. State Of The Nation
2. 3030
3. The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza
4. Things You Can Do
5. Positive Contact
6. St. Catherine St.
7. Virus
8. Upgrade (A Brymar College Course)
9. New Coke
10. Mastermind
11. National Movie Review
12. Madness
13. Meet Cleofis Randolph The Patriarch
14. Time Keeps On Slipping
15. The News (A Wholly Owned Subsidiary Of Microsoft Inc.)
16. Turbulence (Remix)
17. The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza Part II
18. Battlesong
19. Love Story
20. Memory Loss
21. The Assmann 640 speaks

personally, i'd take the deltron record.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Weekend at Diggedy's - Volume 58

The people have spoken!

F*ck Lupe!

Screw Black Sheep!

We heart MOS DEF!

12 downloads last week for Mr. Fiasco... 7 for Mr.Lawnge Dres Black Sheep slam now... 32 for mighty Mos Def complete the trilogy.

I am a man of the people.

I am here to please you.

So without further adieu, the choice tracks* for this Friday, May 16th...

Mos Def featuring Talib Kweli and Kanye West - "Brookago"

Have they all been on a track together other than the "Get By" remix? I don't think so, but my ear isn't to the street like some people. Anyway, this is a crazy track. I'm sure you can figure it out by the title. Brooklyn and Chicago uniting. Crazy Kanye production. You know the deal. Download it!

Mos Def featuring Black Thought - "Still Travellin' Man"

Someone might know the whereabouts of this better than me. I think this was a Japanese import off of the DJ Honda 12" for "Travellin Man". Not as good as the original, but Black Thought KILLS it. "Black Thought never leaving on a jet plane / Catch the next pitch like Piazza at a Met game / Fastball with the El Sid velocity / Don't need Krs to understand this philosophy". He murdered it. DOWNLOAD IT!

Mos Def - "Passenger 57"

This track was a little wacky. Basically Mos reliving the Wesley Snipes movie with him in the role of man against the world. Not sure who did the beat. A bit of a stretch in terms of the Slick Rick storytellin' - not to mention the odd chorus where Mos keeps chanting "Always bet on black, except when you're at the track" - but still has flashes of that Mos greatness. Download it!

Have a great weekend people. Go Yankees!

*= Note : Link 1 may actually lead to INI's "Fakin Jax" (Rude Youth Remix), Link 2 may actually lead to Big Daddy Kane featuring Gza "Cameo Afro', and Link 3 may actually lead to Aceyalone's "I Never Knew".

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ultra-Rare DJ Set by HHK's Other Guy This Week

Kind readers,

Plus One is bringing UK's The Heavy to New York and has graciously invited the HHK crew to DJ in-between sets. If you're not familiar with The Heavy, they were selected as one of Playboy's Top 10 Bands to Watch and at least one of the HHK Crew is obsessed with this song:

So Other Guy aka J. New aka Oh the Newmanity! will be delving into the private collection to bring you some choice funk, soul, hip-hop and rock tracks Tuesday and Wednesday. Will Wex be doing sign-up on May 31st? Only time will tell... See ya there.

The Heavy

Tuesday, May 13 - Rehab (25 Avenue B)
Wednesday, May 14 - Union Pool, Brooklyn (484 Union Ave.)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Weekend At Diggedy's - Volume 57

"I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored. "

- Wayne Campbell

I have felt like absolute hot trash on a stick for the last three weeks. Started as a traditional head and chest cold jamboree. Started to go away. And now, I don't know what the hell I have. My temperature won't exceed the low 100 area, yet can't stay at 98.6. It's like some sick monster is there taunting me.. "You're not sick enough for anyone to figure this out, but you sure as hell aren't healthy bitch"... Went to the doctor.. They basically blew me off.. Prescribed me Azithromycin... I don't know what is in this thing. It has f*cked my insides up. I feel like someone has whooped my *ss. I guess I keep making it worse by not only showing up to work, but by also showing up at all these things I guess I kind of sort of have to be at. And I think 82% of that is because does anyone ever really believe you are "sick"? "Dude, I'm sorry, I can't make it out to your birthday party tonight. I feel awful. I have a cold". Come on. The cold, while deadly, is extremely weak when you hear it as an excuse. Strep throat? Damn right, stay home. The flu? Sh*t, please keep that away from me. Cold? Come on man, just bring some tissues. Don't be a p*ssy.

Yes.These are the thoughts going through my head this cloudy (outside and in my head), rainy, Friday morning.

On to the choice cuts! There is no theme whatsoever to be found in this week's WAD. Nothing. I just randomly picked 3 songs. Seriously. So don't go looking for deep meaning here.

Lupe Fiasco - "Sunshine"

Obviously an extreme late pass, but I've been getting into Lupe's first album, Food & Liquor recently. This is a deliciously mellow track. If you don't have the album, download it!

Black Sheep - "Sunshine"

Produced by Showbiz. I'm generally not a fan of singing on the hook, but I can't hate on this song. It's off of the recent Black Sheep (basically just Dres) album, 8WM/Novakane. Just such a happy as f*ck type of song. And I've always been a fan of Dres. For the most part, he's been a product of the production. If the beat is slamming, he comes off. There is a graveyard littered with the tombstones of tracks he has bodied with one verse. Anyway, download it!

Mos Def - "Sunshine"

This is the last Mos Def track I've gotten truly excited about... Maybe it's cause Kanye was on the beat. But it's overall dopeness. If you ain't got it, now you can. Download it!

Have a good weekend people.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

HHK hits the Midwest!

The HHK Crew is proud to announce that we'll be hopping a plane to the Twin Cities this month (May 25th, to be exact), to help host the Official After-Party for SoundSet '08!

SoundSet '08 is an all-day independent Hip Hop festival brought to you by the good people at Rhymesayers Entertainment. The festival features performances by Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Little Brother, Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock, Psalm One, Abstract Rude, and many many others.

The After-Party, at Minne's premier concert venue First Avenue, brings the festivities into the night with a little help from the best party rocker on the planet, DJ Z-Trip. and it's only 5 bucks!

Going to be a great Memorial Day weekend ya'll!

Soundset 08

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A Very Special HHK Shoutout

The HHK Crew just returned from a set at The Bamboozle Festival and got a very special shoutout from a new fan. Check it.