RIP Rob V (3 yr Anniversary)

Today is a good day as my nigga Cube would say, for one its my birthday  and today I got a special gift. It has been 3 yrs since my brother Rob V has passed on and  it would only be fitting to celebrate with my nigga.

RIP Rob V, We love and miss you b.

91.3 FM WCUW Cyph

Ty Belec, A.V. Lex Luthor, Elijah Divine, Prophecy, Sir & T.J. doing what it do after the radio show one night.  Make sure you tune in to Selective Hearing tonight (10:30-12:00) 91.3 FM if your in the 508, everywhere else stream online @ WCUW.org  we got a very dope show in store for you tonight.

Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit)

H2T2 Productionz first release is finally ready for the masses.  All tracks recorded and mixed in Da Kitchen by Toca Legacy for H2T2 Productionz. Graphics done by Brother Menelik for H2T2 Productionz.  Listen and download, we really need that hometown support.  Alot of work has gone into this project, keep your eyes open for upcoming releases from H2T2 Productionz (Da Kitchen EP, Creative Cancer, &  the High Flyerz Mixtape.)

Space Moviez (Skit)
All I Need – Prophecy & Toca De Muerte
Sell Drugz ( Cocaine ) – A.V.
Bump A Bump – Tone Velez
In 2 your eyes – Cocaine Robots
Mrs. Divine – Elijah Divine
Alphabet of girls – Prophecy
She said  – Toca Legacy
Miss lady – Prophecy & Toca De Muerte
The Takeover (Skit)
Go Hard – Lex Luthor & A.V.
Drug dealer drug dealer – A.V.
Streets- Prophecy & Toca De Muerte
Dreamz – Tone Velez & Prophecy
Sky’s the Limit – Elijah Divine
Mass Second – Cocaine Robots
Buttafliez – Prophecy & J Dollaz
Feel the Pain (Skit)
Crack and a dookie rope – A.V.
‘Dis Town ( We run It ) – J Dollaz
Main South 2 Chandler – Lex Luthor & Toca De Muerte
Cuckoo – Elijah Divine
Hulk Hate – Cocaine Robots,  Prophecy,  Elijah Divine, Tone Velez, J Dollaz
Put you On – Cocaine Robots
Purple Vapors (Skit)

Free Download —> Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit)

First video from Hot Dogs & Coke.

Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit)

The official track listing for Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit)

Space Moviez (Skit)
All I Need – Prophecy & Toca Legacy
Sell Drugz ( Cocaine ) – Brother Menelik
Bump A Bump – Tone Velez
In 2 your eyes – Cocaine Robots
Mrs. Divine – Elijah Divine
Alphabet of Girls – Prophecy
She Said…  – Toca Legacy
Miss Lady – Prophecy & Toca Legacy
The Takeover (Skit)
Go Hard (Can’t go Wrong) – Lexx Luthor & Brother Menelik
Drug dealer Drug Dealer – Brother Menelik
Streets- Prophecy & Toca Legacy
Dreamz – Tone Velez & Prophecy
Sky’s the Limit – Elijah Divine
Mass Second – Cocaine Robots
Buttafliez – Prophecy & J Dollaz
Feel the Pain (Skit)
Crack and a Dookie Rope – Brother Menelik
‘Dis Town ( We run It ) – J Dollaz
Main South II Chandler – Lex Luthor & Toca Legacy
Cuckoo – Elijah Divine
Hulk Hate – Cocaine Robots,  Prophecy,  Elijah Divine, Tone Velez, J Dollaz
Put you On – Cocaine Robots
Purple Vapors (Skit)

All tracks Recorded/Arranged/Mixed in Da’ Kitchen by Toca Legacy for H2T2 Productionz

COMING SOON!!!

Real Talk: T.O.D. (Touch Of Death)

HHTT Final Draft Edition

Worcester’s Hip Hop scene is in a state of constant growth and lot of it is due to the fact more and more studios are becoming accessible within the city along with the ever growing popularity of the internet. 10 years ago you would have to pay an arm, a leg, and a kneecap to get 2 tracks done or travel to Boston (and you know your big brother love him some Beantown). In 2010 things have certainly changed for the better and today I’m breaking bread with a brother who has been in the local scene for a minute and is finally getting his due respect, my brother, the legendary T.O.D. (Touch of Death). This is Da Kitchen and we ain’t making cupcakes b!

Brother Menelik:What is Da Kitchen?

T.O.D: Da’ Kitchen is the name of my studio, it’s where all the media for HHTT goes through and it’s the in-house studio for H2T2 Productionz. I currently am an artist, live performer, producer (yes I make beats), engineer, promoter, radio host (91.3fm/wcuw.org), I capture & document local artists performing, I also do music video’s and talent procurement as well as artist development. In the near future I will be learning how to DJ, I don’t necessarily want to be your next favorite Dj but I do love music and how it affects the soul so my aim is to be able to control all aspects and truly manipulate all forms of media.

How long have you been up and running?

Da’ Kitchen was officially opened in the winter of ’06/’07 but wasn’t named until the early summer of 2007.It was shut down due to things beyond my control in the fall of ’07 and reopened in the summer ’08. It’s been running consistently since then.

Who are some of the artists that have passed through to cook with the chef?

Recording wise, it’s strictly an in-house studio for H2T2 Productionz, however I do currently work with Young Reapa (George W. Kush) and his High Flyer Movement. In the past I worked with various artists from RuffSide Entertainment. In the near future it will open to the public at an hourly rate of course.

How do you feel the home studio has affected hip hop in the last few years?

 

The fact that you can have a studio in the same room where you sleep and pump out quality music is amazing. However I think the advancements in technology that have helped the home studio have also hurt the business of selling hip hop music. You got to understand something, between the internet leaking every major artist’s album weeks ahead of their official release date and a million unsigned artists releasing free material people just don’t want to pay for music anymore. The home studio has given hip hop back to the people but when the industry that makes the big dollars from marketing our music loses money they will bring a new form of music for the public to adore.

What made you want to get into engineering/mixing/producing?

That’s a funny question coming from you, seeing how we built our first studio back in 1994 together on Murray Ave. in the Wellington Apts. Back then we were the youngest (12 years old to be exact) and basically the only group locally really utilizing a computer based studio. At the time analog equipment was the norm and when people asked us about our setup they would say that the computer thing would never work seeing how DAW software was still in its infancy stages. I started to take music more seriously and taught myself engineering and production when I was released from our wonderful correctional system and put on house arrest. With 24 hours locked in my home I taught myself how to make beats and engineer tracks.

What’s in the future for Da Kitchen?

As of right now I just launched a site that’s an archive of all media I have released. Make sure you check that out @ Dakitchen101.com . I also would like to get into local television and provide an outlet for our hip hop scene, I’ll have to wait and see what the people at channel 13 have to say about that one.

What projects are you currently working on?

Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit) being released by H2T2 Productionz ,Prophecy’s (H2T2 recording artist) Creative Cancer, Young Reapa’s High Flyers mixtape, and Da’ Kitchen EP. I’m currently working on the video for “Streets” featuring Prophecy & myself as well as locations for the next video “Cocaine (Sell Drugs)” featuring A.V. All the projects are completely recorded so trust when I say It will be one hell of a year.

You have been in the local hip hop scene for a while now; you are a vet with the stripes on the arm b! What advice would you give to those coming up?

Write and keep writing. Practice alot and work on all aspects of emceeing, flow, and delivery. The problem that I have with alot of local artist is that they pick one flow and run with it, or they can’t bring life to their words. Sometimes you hear a collection of material they have released and they sound exactly the same on every track or they lack confidence in their words. How can you claim to be the best when you don’t sound like or look like (in a video) that you believe what your saying. With that being said I would say be open and learn how to take constructive criticism, identify your faults and work on them.

Da’ Kitchen is a sick name for a studio, how’d you come up with it?

Originally Da’ Kitchen was in a room I rented. With the room being on the top floor and summer really starting to kick in, it was blazing hot. We used to open the door while we recorded to get some air circulating, funny thing is the kitchen was located outside of my room and when my roommates would cook while we was recording the heat would be unbearable. At times it felt like an oven so I named it Da’ Kitchen, not much has changed cuz the room it’s in now is the hottest room in the house lol. So if you can’t stand the heat then get the f*** out Da’ Kitchen.

What is this MurdaMass movement I been hearing so much about?

MurdaMass (MurdaMass.com) is a site that I’m launching, it’s an extension of Da’ Kitchen and Hulk Hate Time Travel. It will work hand in hand with both sites and keep you updated with anything having to do with hip hop and local artist as well as events.

Anything you want to get off your chest b, any shouts?

First I want to shotout all my brothers locked down, all the listeners that stay tuned in to Selective Hearing on 91.3fm every friday 10:30pm to midnight, my family @ Zaza Ink for all the support, Red Dollaz Ent ,T.R.U. Crew, Social Light Sounds, Big Kas,Cyrus da Great, Urban Fire Radio,Black Ownaz, Grindhouse & the big 3, Deep Blue Studio’s ,Dead End , Ziggy Productions, Dirtnap Ent, Family First Ent, New Era Ent, Noir Photography , Ben Allotey, Bad News, Beaver Brook Crooks, my family for the support,  my girl for helping me with the ideas and most importantly my Blidock CHANDLLLLLLEEERRRR !!!

Yo T, you still have my copy of Last Dragon on VHS? I miss Vanity b!!!!

I’ll give that back to you when you return my VHS copy of Eddie Murphy’s Raw and I’m talking about the original one in the extra bulky white hard plastic case.

View the Worcester Magazine Article here

And always check hulkhatetimetravel.com for the latest in pop/culture, local music, and everything else under the sun!

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

Also you can contact me at T_lgcy@yahoo.com, facebook me :Toca Legacy or just check out DaKitchen101.com

 

Real Talk: Kinda Dusty

“Kinda Dusty is a support system of artists that operate as a crew, label, platform and whatever they want it to be” says Ethereal, one fourth of the artist collective. On a Monday afternoon in Ding Ho, Lex, Rev and I sat down with some of the most focused brothers in the city of Wor. This is how we break bread b, REAL TALK.

WM: What is Kinda Dusty?

Ethereal: Louie Gonz (MC/DJ), DJ Manipulator (Producer, DJ), Paul Mighty (Engineer, Producer, MC) and myself Ethereal (MC, Graphic Designer, Site Manager, All Around Artist). Kinda Dusty is a artist collective, basically a support system of artists, we operate as a crew, label, platform, whatever we want it to be.

WM: How did you get together?

Paul Mighty: Skivi is my brother who couldn’t be here for the interview, Louie I have known forever, E left a prior situation and started recording over at my camp, I got in touch with DJ Manipulator through him. Manipulator lived close to me and we both did the same kinda thing so I thought that was cool. DJ ImageManipulator dropped a mixtape called “Studio Kinda Dusty,” one day just talking in my room I said it would be cool to do something with the name “Kinda Dusty,” maybe another mixtape or something like that. We have a friendship, a bond, these are my brothers, we go bowling together, movies, etc. I went to school to learn music, I still got student loans and everything! I don’t charge E anything to record. I do this for the love, I just ask he shows respect and if I ever was in a jam he can help me out, one hand washes the other.

WM: What are some of the projects you have released and are currently working on now?

Ethereal: The one physical release we did was Spit Supreme’s — Quick Strike II hosted by DJ J-Ronin. This came out a few months ago prior to Spit’s name change.

WM: Lou, what made you change your name from Spit Supreme to Louie Gonz?

Louie Gonz: The backpack got too heavy! Nah, I mean a lot of people got confused, I’m not a 5 per center. I be in New York a lot and they think I’m a 5 per center and I always have to explain myself. I like Louie Gonz, it’s my first name with my last name shortened. I’m 24 now. I’m getting older. I’m thinking long run, new chapter, fresh start.

ImageWM: What is the “Wall Street” project?

Ethereal: That is the next big release from Kinda Dusty.

Paul Mighty: What happened was E and I were working together and I showed him some beats, he picked one, said he loved it and he was gonna use it. A week later he comes back and does a song called Gordon Gekko to it, he basically watched Wall Street and there you have it! Watch what you say around him cause it will turn it into a song, that’s been the running joke through his career! After doing that one song, E called me and said he was thinking bout doing a whole concept album around the movie Wall Street. I mean how much more creative can you get than that!

Be sure to peep kindadusty.com for artist bio’s, music downloads and the latest news in the Kinda Dusty camp.

And always check hulkhatetimetravel.com for the latest in pop/culture, local music, and everything else under the sun!

Editors Note: This was more than just an article we put together it was an experience. Breaking bread w/Kinda Dusty showed me how far Worcester Hip-Hop has come in these last few years. With the success of the Mass Stand Up shows they have put together and constant flow of digital media it’s only fitting for us to feature them, beyond that we fam and have nothing but the utmost respect for these brothers. This is only the start stay tuned because Worcester Magazine & HHTT have a lot more in store for you w/Kinda Dusty! Be sure to grab the latest edition of Worcester Magazine and get up on REAL TALK!

REAL TALK is a monthly 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

Real Talk: Kinda Dusty article can be found in this week’s Worcester Magazine and also online here

Miami Vice

I recently went through my dvd collection and came across my favorite cop show from the 80’s…Miami Vice. This show was the shit dead up. I mean what more could you ask for in a cop show? Guns, Drugs, fly girls, flashy suits, exotic cars, Mysteries and Murders… every episode was like a mini michael bay/Jerry Bruckheimer action flick worthy of being a 4 or 5 star action movie, not to mention the fact that Miami vice also had the best sounds from the 80’s. Miami Vice paved the way for great action dramas like New York Undercover which by the way was my favorite police drama of the 90’s. Now im not going to pretend like I can do this epic series any justice with this single post, because that’s just not possible. Instead I chose to use this post as an eye into the past that will allow my fellow colleagues to specify further into the reasons why Miami Vice was one of the greatest shows ever.Check a piece from one of the best 2-part episodes Calderone’s return, where Calderone puts out a hit on Crockett and shakes up the precinct….stay tunned there is more to come… HHTT approved..