The Cancer Pt. 1 (Feature)

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Interview w/ Brother Menelik of HHTT conducted by Mic Digi

When we started HHTT Productions, HHTT was already a movement. We were doing a lot of reviews of classic material at that time and got quite a reputation as a “no nonsense” periodical. Rev, Lex and I always prided ourselves as journalist so to get the respect from other blogs and news outlets only made us yearn for more. Armed with a digital camera we started our revolution in Worcester, making art in true HHTT style. -Brother Menelik Ebna la-Hakim

What is HHTT Productions?

Hulk Hate Time Travel Productions, is our media outlet (record label, photography, video editing, etc).

So, what’s the deal behind the record label?

We built a foundation with hulkhatetimetravel.com and beside journalism some of us also do music. Instead of shopping around we decided to do it ourselves indy and be something Worcester can respect.

Who are the artists that are down with HHTT?

The official roster as of ummm today (laughing) is……. Elijah Divine, Tony Velez, Prophecy, T.O.D., Lex Luthor, Brother Menelik (Av), Cocaine Robots, Scrilla and Ciph

I actually heard music from some of the peoples you mentioned, it’s good to see artists from the city getting out there

Thank you, we are a very humble set of brothers it’s a honor to rep where we from.

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Ok let’s get into the roster, what’s good with the controversial Cocaine Robots?

Cocaine Robots are I (Brother Menelik) and T.O.D. I knew T since I was like 11 we been rapping since round that time. We been in many rap groups together and on the real that’s my mans. Anything I ever done is music he has had a part in it in someway. Our last group was Da Leg, we released the local classic “Description of Wor”. The music we did back then would be considered pure hardcore hip hop, I prefer” dat leg shit”!

Ha I remember all that man, what brought fourth the drug rap?

I love drug rap (laughing) I don’t know how else to put it! I think growing up in mainsouth Worcester surrounded by so much drug dealing, and negativity we had to make a positive. Lex and I was good kids you know, we did our shit bee but we had smarts, we had 2 parents in the household and shit bee. On the other side though was my older brother, he put me on the the drug shit and getting fresh and showing me the darker side of mainsouth. Growing up I idolized the drug dealer, I wanted to be just like him. After “Da Leg” parted ways I started to write more harsh material, more street, more real. I felt like I had to honor the OG’s the real niggas  from the block, the cats that I admired even though they did bad things they gave hope to a generation of kids who never had any, we didn’t live next door to doctors and shit the drug dealer was tangible bee.

That was deep…..  I want to say this though, past the drug rap I hear some humor to it, you speak on things like “fannie packs”???

Hahahhaahah, yea there is a little humor to it because it’s all real. I find it hard for me to jus rap about crack on the block cause that was not only what I saw or did, I was with lex bee, if we were in the kitchen niggas was in the kitchen but we would be peeping some ducktales also real talk. I had’s a fannie pak, that was my stash in 94 when jeru was out, no lie ask lex bee!

Whats Rev, T and Lex’s role in HHTT?

They don’t have a role, we are HHTT feel me? Our collective thoughts are HHTT pretty much we do what we like and put on for the city, we need a trophy! On the real though the movement would not be here without my brothers they all play a key role in the success which is HHTT. Rev is the music man, he pretty much keeps his ear to the local and national scene, this dude knows hip hop for real, sometimes he be posting shit that I’m like DAMN! Rev founded HHTT w/me and keeps us current.  Lex is the man, we co host a radio show over at 91.3 WCUW with our brothers from Social Light Sounds. He is the Lead Editor on the site and also an artist on the HHTT roster. He is my right hand. T.O.D. is the engineer of the “Da’ Kitchen” our inhouse studio, video editor, promoter, writer, and one half of the Cocaine Robots…….Did I also mention he produces!

I really respect what ya’ll do within the city, I never seen Worcester represented like this before. Why is that?

Once again thank you, we really appreciate all the love. We truly believe in our city, we all from different parts but we here now. Why run to NewYork or ATL for ya heroes when you got them right here! For so many years I have heard people say how much they hate Worcester, how wack it is etc, FUCK THAT!!! This is my home and I’m proud of where I’m from, Mainsouth Worcester baby!

check for pt.II of the interview next week

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HHTT Productions: Nite People (What Do You Mean You People?) Album Release Party

Live From Tammany Hall

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Sat. Jul, 11th @ Tammany Hall Worcester, Ma Nite People held their album release party and it was a hell of night! Cocaine Robots (Brother Menelik & T.O.D.) opened the night in dramatic fashion with their signature dope dealer sound. The Dunnas hit hard right after with beautiful chemistry showcasing each mc’s persona in a instance.  Spit Supreme followed with aggressive lyrics and smooth flow that kept the crowd moving leading nicely into the main act. Nite People in what looked like 30’s banker/mobster suits took stage and  wrecked shop! Tone on live production, Dj Manipulator on the 1’s and 2’s, Yohon and Ethereal on the mic, now you know that shit’s tight. You have to watch the vids to see Nite People’s dedication to Michael Jackson, shit was dope. All in all the night was an event that will be remembered and I’m honored for HHTT to have been apart. HHTT APPROVED X2

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What Up Lakeside (Worcester)

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Selective Hearing 91.3 WCUW

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Friday nights from 10-12 tune in to catch Selective Hearing hosted by Kusto, Yohon DI and DJ Manipulator. HHTT has invaded the show the last 2 weeks and personally would like to thank them for allowing us to come down and participate. If you’re from Worcester show some support for community radio and tune in, even if you’re not from Worcester stream in @ http://wcuw.org/ HHTT APPROVED

HHTT Productions: Gold

You are not a true rapper until you have GOLD

HHTT Productions: Hip Hop Power IV

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Saturday June 20th@ Creegans on Green St. Hip Hop Power 4 was held and it was a day to remember. The turnout was impressive for a local show and I have to admit the crowd seemed heavily into the music. HHTT was in the building, not just to document this event but to also take part. Brother Menelik Ebna la-Hakim (Av) and T.O.D. reunited as Cocaine Robots (we still da leg!) to rip the mic and establish HHTT as the machine! I want to big up all the performers, Black Ownerz, J Patty, Serious, Nokside, Elijah Divine and Nite People for doing Worcester proud. Also I cannot forget all the peoples who came out and supported local hip hop, this is for you.wood rip ite back yo front

HHTT Productions: This Is The Carter

Real shit, a kid on main south looking for dope……….and he found some.