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18
Feb
10

Sound Table 2/18/10 – Meth Ghost Rae, Jake One (Minus Freeway), Rob Swift, DJ Babu & More

Wu-Massacre

Haven’t done a Sound Table in a minute, but you know the deal. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Download: Meth, Ghost & Rae – Our Dreams (Right Click – Save As) | Purchase: Pre-Order Meth, Ghost & Rae’s upcoming album Wu Massacre.. Get a sneak peak at HHIR. Drops March 30th!

Download: Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package (Instrumentals) (MegaUpload) | Purchase:  Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package

Download: DJ Babu – The Beat Tape Vol 2 | Purchase: DJ Babu – The Beat Tape Vol 2

Download: Rob Swift – “The Architect” | PurchaseRob Swift – The Architect

Download: Mainframe – e.q.e.p.

Download: Full Crate & Mar – Conversations With Her EP

Watch, Laugh, Rewind:

 

“I Am A Motherfucker”.. For the win!

26
Jan
10

Nappy Roots.. On Their “Pursuit of Nappyness”

Nappy Roots - The Pursuit of Nappyness

Awnaw, hellnaw

It’s a shame that the subgenre of silky smooth, Southern-fried soul remains under-appreciated and becomes almost nonexistent when discussions about hip-hop dip below the Mason Dixon. 

Perhaps it’s the  sudden prevalence of boisterous trap-rap promoted by ex-kingpins like Young Jeezy. Or the rise (and fall) of simplified crunk-hop that started (and ended) with Lil’ Jon’s four-word vocabulary. Perhaps it’s overshadowed by the stripclub shaking induced by Ying Yang Twins, the alcohol-soaked innuendo of Ludacris, the dumbed-down chatter of Ace Hood, the slurred diction of Three 6 Mafia, or Lil’ Wayne’s alien activity to which few can relate.

However, tucked neatly between T.I.’s superstar swag, Arrested Development’s political musings, OutKast’s vibrant vitality, UGK’s trunk-knocking force and Scarface’s heart-wrenching ghetto gospel lies the effervescent sincerity of them country boys, Nappy Roots.

Fresh out the skillet after their appearance on SMKA’s 808’s Experiment Part 2, the Kentucky quintet’s latest jawn “Ride” is a lustrous, string-laden melody cruising over boom’s and bap’s equipped for Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille and Co to represent their often-overlooked yet never-disappointing style.

Pursuit of Nappyness drops April 20th (alongside Little Brother’s last LP, might I add). Unfortunately, I predict that even if they grill up a well-seasoned offering, the masses will probably write it off as stale or bland.

My advice is – check ya tastebuds at the door. You might just find it’s more savory than a plate full of Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz.

Download: Nappy Roots – Ride [Mediafire]

Quotables:

Go on, do the Stanky Leg
It’s better than talkin’ bout shootin’ people in the head

Do you go..
I wonder where in the world
Do you go..

Sometimes you got to give it all you got
Even though a few folk keep wishin’ that you stop
But after that, another classic we gon’ drop
And I ain’t talkin bout no fancy mansion or no yacht
Just a quarter pound of pot on my 40 acre lot
With my Caddy coupe, it drop, and a Range Rover spot

..Then they can’t see they self back in the hood
Can’t let they friends know they not doin’ good
So you lay low, and focus on your kids
Hope somebody remember somethin’ that you did

The grass gets mighty green by the fence
Which side is the question, I’m headed that direction
Knowledge is the weapon and I use it for protection
If you think I’m really slippin’ then run up and learn ya lesson

Purchase: Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz | Wooden Leather | The Humdinger

 Bonus Downloads: Nappy Roots – P.O.N.

Nappy Roots ft. Anthony Hamilton – Po’ Folks [Mediafire] |

Nappy Roots – Awnaw [Mediafire]

Video Excerpt:

23
Jan
10

Hope For Haiti Now – Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna Perform “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” & More Coverage

Bono, Jay-Z & Rihanna

When the sky falls, and the Earth quakes.. We gon’ put this back together, we won’t break

I watched almost the entire Hope For Haiti Now telethon event last night, and I’m so thankful I did. If I said it was extremely moving, that would be an understatement. I found myself breathless and teary-eyed as artists, musicians, actors, directors and more put aside differences and united to answer phones and accept donations on behalf of  the various organizations helping the relief effort in Haiti. The broadcast also featured personal stories about Haitians that survived the horrible natural disaster in addition to newscaster Anderson Cooper & others detailing the monumental effort to treat the thousands of injured and emotionally-distraught.

Musical performances included Jay-Z, Bono & The Edge of U2, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, my wifey Christina Aguilera, my other wifey Alicia Keys, The Roots, Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris, John Legend, Beyonce, Coldplay, Shakira, Mary J Blige, Sting, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Emeline Michel and of course, Haiti’s son Wyclef.

MTV has a sweet rundown of all the performances here and check out some photos here compliments of Concrete Loop. Click the links below to donate and grab your copy of the Hope for Haiti Now album on iTunes with the various performances in great quality MP3’s.

If anyone has the full telecast of the event, can you please link it in the comments section? Thanks in advance.

Shout to Ian for the video of Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna below (am I the only one who thinks Rih Rih looks out of place on stage with legends? Oh well.). I hope you find it in your heart to donate to help those suffering from this devastating tragedy, and (try to) enjoy the music!

Download on iTunes: Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna – Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)

Hope For Haiti Now

Donate: Hope For Haiti Now

08
Jan
10

New Video from RJD2’s The Colossus & Upcoming Tour Dates

Other than the slight weakness of the poppy The Third Hand, Ramble John “RJD2” Krohn has maintained a strong track record throughout his almost decade-long tenure.

I was thoroughly impressed by 2009’s Tin Foil Hat EP (earning spot #23 on my list of the Best Instrumental Albums of 2009), a swift restoration of the Ohio producer’s instrumental soundscapes introduced to the masses on ’02’s Dead Ringer and ’04’s Since We Last Spoke.

Hopefully, RJD2 sticks to his guns on his upcoming album The Colossus, coming soon on his recently-created RJ’s Electrical Connections label. Judging by the leaks, it should be a sweet return-to-form that fans like myself have been requesting for years.

He’s also created an iPhone app alongside Future Audio Workshop calledTouch Mix where fans can remix cuts and hear samples from the upcoming LP. One question though, where’s the love for us BlackBerry users, mayne?!

Anyways, check out his video up top for “Let There Be Horns” directed by Thom Glunt for a preview of what to expect. He’s going on tour beginning in Washington D.C. this weekend, so I’ve posted the dates below.

The Colossus drops Tuesday, January 19th. Shout to the man himself for the heads up. Support the artists, Enjoy!

 

The Colossus

Pre-Order: RJD2 – The Colossus [MP3 Download]

Tour Dates:
Sat. Jan. 9 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
Sun. Jan. 10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
Mon. Jan. 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Visualite Theater #
Tue. Jan. 12 – Savannah, GA @ Live Wire #
Wed. Jan. 13 – Orlando, FL @ The Social #
Thu. Jan. 14 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar #
Fri. Jan. 15 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder #
Sat. Jan. 16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
Sun. Jan. 17 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree #
Mon. Jan. 18 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews #
Tue. Jan. 19 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium #
Wed. Jan. 20 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
Thu. Jan. 21 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre #
Fri. Jan. 22 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street #
Fri. Feb. 5 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House #@
Sat. Feb. 6 – Columbus, OH @ Sully’s Music Diner #@
Sun. Feb. 7 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #@
Mon. Feb. 8 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In #@
Tue. Feb. 9 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe #@
Wed. Feb. 10 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford #@
Thu. Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas #@
Fri. Feb. 12 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon #@
Sat. Feb. 13 – Austin, TX @ Emos #@
Sun. Feb. 14 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s #@
Wed. Feb. 17 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar #@
Thu. Feb. 18 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #@
Fri. Feb. 19 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College – Harris Center #@
Sat. Feb. 20 – Urbana, IL @  Canopy Club #@
Fri. Mar. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #&
Sat. Mar. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #&
Sun. Mar. 7 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom #& 
Mon. Mar. 8 – Boston, MA @ Paradise #& 
Tue. Mar. 9 – Providence, RI @ Jerky’s Music Hall #& 
Wed. Mar. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La TuLipe #& 
Thu. Mar. 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club #& 
Fri. Mar. 12 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #& 
Sat. Mar. 13 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #&
Mon. Mar. 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #& 
Tue. Mar. 16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #& 
Thu. Mar. 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #&
Fri. Mar. 19 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater #&
Fri. Apr. 2 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #$
Sat. Apr. 3 – Durango, CO @ Strater Theatre #$
Sun. Apr. 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #$
Mon. Apr. 5 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah #$
Tue. Apr. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #$
Wed. Apr. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #$
Thu. Apr. 8 – Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern #$
Fri. Apr. 9 – Portland, OR @ Dantes #$
Sat. Apr. 10 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge #$
Sun. Apr. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$
 
# w/ Happy Chichester
@ w/ Kenan Bell
& w/ Break Science
$ w/ Busdriver

05
Jan
10

Cop Today: Kanye West – VH1 Storytellers (CD + DVD)

Yes, I’m a ‘Yeezy stan.

So, I’m pushing this CD/DVD set to anyone who wants to up their collection. It features live renditions of some personal favorites like “Good Life,” “Touch The Sky” and “Heartless” plus 3 bonus tracks including my jam “Homecoming.”

Click the cover or title to cop from Amazon, Enjoy!

Buy: Kanye West – VH1 Storytellers (CD + DVD)

Track List:

1. See You In My Nightmares (Live) 3:13
2. Robocop (Live) 6:17
3. Flashing Lights (Live) 6:41
4. Amazing (Live) 8:24
5. Touch The Sky (Live) 9:53
6. Say You Will (Live) 7:42
7. Good Life (Live) 6:30
8. Heartless (Live)/Pinocchio Story (Live) 11:01
9. Stronger (Live) 4:53

Bonus Tracks:

1. Homecoming (Live) 3:34
2. Paranoid (Live) 5:15
3. Street Lights (Live) 2:46

Preview:

31
Dec
09

Happy New Year from Hold the Throne

Happy New Year's from Hold the Throne

In retrospective, this year has been a crazy but productive one. I started HTT back in July after I switched to WordPress, and I’m extremely thankful for both the readers that followed me over and the new readers that hopped on board this year.

I’ll be taking today and tomorrow off to prepare for my year-end lists dropping this weekend. I’ve got some special posts coming up that I hope everyone enjoys. I know I’ve enjoyed compiling them!

For now, let’s pop a bottle (or two, or three) and enjoy what’s left of the decade.

Here’s wishing all my readers and their loved ones a happy, safe & healthy New Year.

See y’all next year, Peace!

22
Dec
09

Jay-Z ft. Mr Hudson – Young Forever [Video]

Hate all you want, and Lord knows there’s many a hater when it comes to this jawn, but I fux with it.

Hov and Mr Hudson link for this video off BP3, which is actually a better album now that I haven’t listened in a few weeks. I dig the black-and-white visuals of this vid, it’s a good balance for the song’s emotive content.

Hat tip to Marcus Troy, Enjoy!





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