Streets (Video) – Prophecy & Toca Legacy

The second video from H2T2’s Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit) for Streets featuring Prophecy & Toca Legacy plus a preview of Sell Drugs (Cocaine) by A.V. which will be dropping soon so stay tuned.

Streets – Prophecy & Toca Legacy

Sell Drugs (Cocaine) – A.V.

Real Talk: Klep

   If someone asked me to describe Klep, the one word that comes to mind is longevity. Since the ’90s, Klep has been a major figure in Worcester hip-hop and is regarded by many as a local legend. Time to break bread, this is REAL TALK!

 Brother Menelik : How’d you get the name Klep?
Klep: I was actually told a long time ago that I “steal the show” when I perform, so therefore the name Klep, which is short for kleptomaniac, fit undeniably.

You have a long hip-hop history in this city. I remember when I was coming up; there were two crews that had it on lock, 180 and F.O.E.S.L. How was this so?
First off, shout out to all the members of F.O.E.S.L.!! And the 180 Krew is what made me who I am, not just as a rapper, but as the man I am today. A lot of growth, pain and understanding of self took place throughout my entire involvement of that team, and not for me, but all members.
I think what made us who we were had to do with the work we put into our teams. We set the tone for performing live out here. Providing that WOW! factor is what both teams strived for, and it worked for us. We never really had a chance to express ourselves on records like we wanted. But best believe, we could pack a show in those days, which is actually harder to do locally now, unless you have that viral buzz that everyone is used to.

As one of the most ferocious battle MC’s out here, what is one of your favorite lines that you’ve written and why?
I have a lot, but here’s one that tends to stick: let’s see, “Y’all beat around the bush when you write me? I flow straight to the point like the dull end of a knife…I don’t negotiate with beef; I either walk or fight. I don’t just compliment a dime; I either fuck then wife…y’all tuff, but y’all can be a lot harder. Real thugs will take a little off ya top, and I ain’t talking ‘bout barbers…heavy flow like holding my rhyme could lean your posture; I’m learning how to spit like monsters!”

What is your most memorable battle?
Banor from F.O.E.S.L., of course!!! That was major out here. Two guys with something to lose—their fans and reputation as an emcee! It didn’t get any more classic than that!What do you have cooking right now?
Right now, I have numerous projects. I’m not just a guy chasing the dream of a rap career. I own a registered company known as Triad Fam Entertainment, where I’m currently managing a female artist by the name of JONGI, song writing and working on my first solo project titled Y NOT? And I’m now partnered with We R Us Entertainment, where we book major acts to come out and rock stages for y’all such as Trey Songz at Hanover Theater last January. Also a film company known as Goldilocks Productions, currently producing and co-musically supervising a hip-hop film ‘bout a white female rapper from Mass. Also look out for my music video, being produced as we speak, for my upcoming single, “If I could,” off of Y NOT?

How do you explain your longevity?

Honestly I think it comes with being humble and still being willing to learn and network. I don’t do music that’s dated, and I don’t walk around the town like I’m some big local celebrity ‘cause the truth is, like every major release, there will always be new customers who have never even heard of you! So the key is to stay humble and keep working and don’t be afraid to try something different ‘cause the times have changed from then till now, but everything I do just happens to be who I am. I’m just now learning myself, as an artist, to be real. And hopefully everyone will enjoy what I have to offer.

What are your thoughts on Worcester hip-hop today?
I’m so glad you asked this. ’Cause honestly these guys today do not know how good they have it! We are in a time where you don’t need a record company to get on. All you need is an after-school job and a laptop or computer! And that’s real talk. Most of them probably don’t know what a DAT machine is—everything is MP3 wav files now. But nowadays, the game is so independently driven that all you have to do is record clean, hot music and start a wave on the net. Next thing you know, you’re the next soulja boi! Truth be told, if you’re an emcee, and you want to do this the rest of your life, and you’re on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc., and you have a little money to spend on travel and marketing, and your fan base isn’t poppin’—then you either suck or you’re not going as hard as you think you are.

But there are a few that grind hard. And my hat goes off to them ’cause they keep Worcester hip-hop alive like you guys at HHTT and Kinda Dusty. You guys have stepped it up from cafeteria talk to the World Wide Web. And that’s what Worcester has to get a grasp on. We can do it like the majors now! Why are we still recording demos in our basements? Do it big or don’t do it at all. Or just say you’re doing it for fun and stop pretending.

REAL TALK is a monthly local hip-hop segment in Worcester Magazine written by Brother Menelik Ebna la-Hakim of HulkHateTimeTravel.com (w/contributors XXL Lex Luthor & Reviresco) HHTT Productions/ Da’Kitchen/ H2T2 Productions/ Hulkhatetimetravel.com

Article also available @ Worcester Magazine

HHTT Productions: Streets (Preview)

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.

Hot Dog’s and Coke mixtape coming very soon b stay tuned, Worcester we do this for you.

Cocaine Robots – Into Your Eyes

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Brother Menelik (Av) and T.O.D. (Touch Of Death) are Cocaine Robots. Today I present you with a sneak peak off the Hot Dogs and Coke (Coney Island Shit) Mixtape, the track is called Into your eyes produced by T.O.D. HHTT APPROVED Cocaine Robots – Into Your Eyes

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Glow worms stuffed full of coke/ Trapper keeper full of cash/ GT Chrome Spokes/ Dope. -AvThe movement continues! HHTT Productions is in full effect and T.O.D. has just signed on, is Da Leg back?? Yes and No, Most of you know me as Brother Menelik but I also go by my MC name Av. Over the last couple of months my brothers at HHTT have been pushing me to pursue music harder, so I got up with my old partner T and started writing. When you a true MC you never drop the pen so it wasn’t hard, Hip Hop has never left me and I never left her. The last couple years a lot has changed, I found the purpose of why I want to do this shit, I thought I did in the past but now I truly know. I want kids to sell drugs, get gold chains and watch Ducktales! Growing up, these are the things I idolized because they were relevant, I would race home through mainsouth past the dealers hoping to catch the last 10 minutes of M.A.S.K. If that doesn’t make sense I really don’t give a fuck, this is for my city, this is for my niggas still on the block and this is for my niggas who love books like the Watchmen and love shows like Alf, this is for ya’ll. Peep the session in preparation for the June 20th Show, HHTT gets up at Worcester public library and do the damn thing.  This is only the beginning, should’ve killed us when you had the chance.

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June 20th HHTT gonna show you how to cook dope.

HHTT on Park Ave/ Leitrim Pub Wall Graffiti (Worcester)

Start On The Street: Worcester

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Hip hop is something that resides deep in our soul, the culture is beautiful its self expression in its rawest form. Growing up hip hop was more than music, it was my life. Certain songs bring back certain memories, certain memories bring back songs, its funny. HHTT has a deep love for where we grew up and always love to put on for our city. Chilling on Park Ave we noticed the art on the Leitrim Pub wall and decided to post up, seeing the art made me think of how much I still love hip hop and love being from the City of Wor. HHTT City Of Worrev-check-artmen-close-on-wall-art

Check the rest of the pics HHTT on Park Ave/ Leitrim Pub Wall Graffiti (Worcester)

Visit Leitrim’s to get a good drink on

Annual arts and culture festival taking place in Worcester, MA the 3rd Sunday in September. This event is planned by the Central Massachusetts Arts Assembly.

http://www.startonthestreet.org

Brother Menelik & Lex Go Home (Welcome to Worcester)

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I never thought I would be here reminiscing with ya’ll about my youth and where I came from, but damn I never thought I would see 21. Lex and I grew up on 91 Murray Ave in Worcester, Ma, the main south area. We didn’t live in the worst conditions but damn shit wasn’t sweet, drug dealers, prostitutes, feens etc all could be found on our block. We both lived in the Buckingham building on Murray Ave, I on the 5th Floor and Lex on the 1st.  This is my hood and I love where I grew up, when I speak of the “pissy” hallways and broke elevators its all love to my hood. Worcester is a funny place, you got ya gritty spots then beautiful, crack dealers on one side doctors on the other. This is where I’m from and I wouldn’t want it any different. Peace to GBV, Grafton, Plum, Lakeside, Mainsouth, Lincoln Vill, Moutain Vill, Eastern Ave, Upland Gardens, Washington Heights, North High, Burncoat, South, Doherty, Forest Grove, Downtown, Chandler, Newbury, Wellington, Hooper, Belmont, Vernon, Green Hill and any spots I left out.

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RIP Rob V, we will never forget you.