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.

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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

 

T.O.D. Feat Prophecy – Streets

“The streets love me, the streets hate me”

t and proph

T and Prophecy are back at it again on some real gutta music! Prophecy goes in hard on the hook while also serving up a nice flow to begin the track. T does his usually and spits rapid fire over a chilling instrumental, the dude is a beast!! I’m really starting to notice the chemistry between the two and I think it plays out brilliant. This track is Worcester certified, play it in any hood and I bet they nod! What up Chandler!! H2T2 T & Prophecy – Streets

Drug Dealer, Drug Dealer – Brother Menelik (AV)

“Got a gun named Mandela and the clip full Nelson/ Scope from the soviets, we call it Boris Yeltsin”

Drug Dealer, Drug Dealer is a throwback to another era the wally era if you will, one that is fond to everyone here at HHTT (H2T2) and is often romanticized about when we  build.  We are all true 80’s babies who came of age in the late 80’s/early 90’s and we were all sponges keeping our mouths shut while our ears and eyes stayed wide open, taking it all in.  Av (Brother Menelik) was no exception, coming up in certain sections of Worcester this song was and still is his reality, bowdown to the Main South King, Brother Menelik.

Download/Stream–>http://www.zshare.net/audio/6347288244e32c5b/

Godfather T

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Mainsouth is a dangerous place for some but not for us. My Brother T is a monster, today I present some street footage of him doing his thing. 7 Hills we in the house!The Owner and Creator of Da’ Kitchen (Music Stuido)

HHTT Productions: HHTT Invades 91.3 WCUW Selective Hearing 7/10/09

revlex on airselect set

HHTT once again linked up with our fam over at 91.3 Selective Hearing to chop it up a bit. Selective Hearing has been cool enough to let us come through for the last few weeks and it’s much appreciated. T and Elijah Divine came through along with newcomer Prophecy who is also getting down with HHTT productions. On the show Cocaine Robots premiered 2 new tracks ( Sell Drugs (Cocaine) and Into Your Eyes) off the Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit) Mixtape, Rev and Lex spoke on air about hulkhatetimetravel, and then we hit the streets! Peace to Kusto, Yohon DI and DJ Manipulator for having us through.

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Cocaine Robots – Into Your Eyes

I used to pump RAW coke R.A.W./ Big Daddy Kane used to keep in my bubble goose/

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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

HHTT Productions

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.