Joell Ortiz – Too Soon (Big&Pac Tribute)

 

“Your candle burned out, way before your legend ever lived, I’ll see to it that you live, talk about you to the kids, like this man right here.  Handled his biz, anybody who heard him know what it is.  Blew out too soon” (Chorus)

Out of all the recent music coming out the past few days dedicated to B.I.G. Too Soon stands alone, Joell Ortiz does his thing as usual, plus the track is produced by the incredible Dj Khalil, word is, they are going to be collaborating on an upcoming project in the future as well.Download/Stream—>  http://www.zshare.net/audio/56826452337ee2a8/

MENACE TO SOCIETY

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like boyz in the hood this movie changed my life. that could be contributed to the similarities i had with the film and my life at the time. Starring Tyrin Turner Larenz Tate and Jada Pinkett Smith this gritty inner city film  depicted life in the streets in its rawest form. This hughes brothers film wanted to give movie goers a glimpse of what it was like trying to survive the mean streets of south central LA in watts and the jordan downs district. What most people dont know is that originally Tupac Shakur was cast to play the part of O-dog, but after assaulting director Allen Hughes he was replaced by Larenz Tate. I must admit i would have loved to see 2pac as o-dog but LT did a good job. So the stage is set with Tat lawson( Samuel  L .Jackson) as caines dad when caine (Tyrin Turner)as a youngster, witnesses his father murder a man…. take a look

after losing his parents to prison and drugs Caine ,now a young man,is a high school graduate without a clue of what he is to do next in life. Consequently, a trip to the store for beer with O-dog  suddenly turns him into an accomplice  to murder and armed robbery. Caine is then given the oppurtunity to  leavethe hood-life and his boys O-dog ,Stacey (Ryan Williams) and Sharif,(Vonte Sweet) behind and start over in Atlanta with the seductively sexy Ronnie (Jada Pinkett smith) ….whats a man to do.

the track by mc eiht in this film literally takes me back to bein a misguided teen but in an oddly soothing and reminiscent way….it makes me happy about my decisions as a teenager and how everything turned out

The Notorious B.I.G.

Almost every hip-hop fan can agree that The Notorious B.I.G. is in the Top Five Mc’s to ever touch a mic, many would place him even higher, especially us here on the East Coast.  It’s a shame that Big never got to see the fruits of his success off of his sophmore double LP Life After Death.  After his passing in 1997, Biggie has since became an American Icon.  HHTT proudly salutes Biggie Smalls on the 12th anniversary of his passing.

After Ready to Die Biggie got the rest of  his Junior Mafia crew together and released Conspiracy in 1995.  The album featured hits like Get Money & Player’s Anthem below is the slept on banger Realms of Junior Mafia, produced by Clark Kent and features fellow Mafia members Lil Cease, Cheek Del Vec and Jamal.  “Lights excite all the Freaks

Realms of Junior M.A.F.I.A. – Biggie Smalls & Junior Mafia

The Wickedest besides having one of the dopest intro’s ever, showcases Biggie gettin RAW as he did so well in his early years.  The freestyle was recorded with the help of the legendary Mister Cee and featured on a funk flex tape back in the early 90’s.

The Wickedest – Notorious Biggie Smalls

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness/Winter Sadness

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These are two of my favorite songs of all time. There are barley any words on these songs but what Kool and the Gang give you is fantastic melody. “Summer Madness” is the classic song which Will Smith took sample for his hit “Summertime” . The way the beat builds in Summer Madness is legendary and truly displays the artistic creativity of this group. Pac sampled “Winter Sadness” for his track “Picture me rollin”, but I must say I still prefer the originals to any remix or remake. These are songs I been listening to for years and hold a special place to me, as I grow older I find myself enjoying “Winter Sadness” more. Maybe it’s cause summer is fun and youthful and winter is cold and harsh, kind of like life.

MC Breed R.I.P.

Legendary Midwest rapper MC Breed passed away on saturday Nov. 22nd from what appears to be kidney failure.  Breed dropped classic material back in the day that I personally bumped alot(and still do), his music will forever live on.  1991’s anthem Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin 

1993’s timeless Gotta Get Mine featuring 2pac  gotta get mine

Biggie – Party and Bullshit

notoriousbig_source10942-792458Biggie was that nigga! I really cant lie I loved big when he frist came out then started to fade on him as he blew. One thing I can say is after his passing I have found a new apprecation for big, his swag was ridiculous raw fo real. Many rappers clone his style which makes me angry but when u hear the authentic nothing can match. When Big was first coming out we all knew how raw he was, since I’m in a nostalgic mood I present one of my favorite songs ever, “Biggie – Party and Bullshit”

Mad cameos in this joint

Obama and November 4th

As a Blackman stereotypes are commonplace, I remember being treated different because the way I talked. Some people said I was trying to be white because I used words most blacks don’t and enjoyed other things besides 2pac and gold chains (love dookie ropes though). My father was a great man he instilled in me a thirst for knowledge, he told me the most dangerous man is an educated man. I think my father carried the beliefs of great men of before him like MLK, Kennedy, W.E.B. Dubois, men who used there minds to create change. I think the political system is straight bullshit but Obama has shown me something I never thought I would see. Its not all the promises to middle class America that got me or the fact that he is part black, what got me is himself. Here stands the future of America a man with multiple backgrounds, a man of color who articulates himself very well, and a good father. But wait, in the black culture we don’t take care of our kids! We don’t speak well! We lack intelligence!

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I use to think one man cannot create change……………………….maybe I was wrong.

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I never voted before but today I will cast my vote for Obama, and not because a rapper or athlete said so I’m doing it for my sons.