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: Brown Bag Rap

As we get closer to MASS STAND UP III let HHTT show you how we prep. World Premiere, Elijah Divine, XXL Lex Luthor and Brother Menelik in Brown Bag Rap.  HHTT is the machine this is for my team, the city, the world, lets get it b! And how can i forget the block peace Mainsouth/Chandler this where we came from, Worcester we here.Directed by: Rev & Lex Edited by: Brother Menelik Ebna la-Hakim

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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Cocaine Robots – Put You On

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For a while now the females have been requesting more music to their liking and Cocaine Robots is more than happy to oblige. As you may have noticed in the last couple of weeks we have been promoting heavily our She’s Dope section. HHTT knows dope women and dope women know us, check the brand new track from Cocaine Robots …….let me put you on.honey shes dope

HHTT Productions: Tony Velez 91.3 Premiere

 T has been on a roll linking up with new talent around the city and recently he linked up with someone from our stomping grounds. Tony Velez is the newest addition to the HHTT Productions Fam haling from the Mainsouth area of Worcester. When I first heard Tony spit it was in Da’Kitchen when T let me peep a verse he just laid down. T told me I would relate to him right away and I have deeply, expect more from Tony with HHTT Productions. H2T2

Brother Menelik (Av) – Crack and a Dookie Rope

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Growing up in through the 80’s in mainsouth there were certain things that as a kid you definately took notice. For instance Money power respect. Basically we respected any one who had the power, and the definition of power in the 80’s was crack and a dookie rope.heavily idolized by Lex and Brotha men crack and a dookie rope is a shout out if you will to all the OG’s who remember these days enjoy and listen… here’s Av’s Crack and a Dookie Rope enjoy – Lex LuthorBrother Menelik (Av) – Crack and a Dookie Rope

HHTT Productions: This is Mainsouth

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Now we here at Hulk Hate Time Travel have been bringing you short documentaries of ,well basically, how we live. And in this video we again do just that. We aren’t here to “sugar coat” anything we are here to give you the real…and you can deal with it how you like. So here we go on a cruise through mainsouth Worcester on a Saturday afternoon. Honestly you never know whats going to happen on any given HHTT meet so you can be assured that BIG LEX is probably gonna have a lil surprise in store for us. So let us watch and see what its like on mainsouth and like those great 80’s cartoons we all miss and love I will leave you with an educational message; WINNERS DON’T DO DRUGS..(and my personal favorite, thank you Nancy) REMEMBER TO “JUST SAY NO“…Now see how we live.(we here at hulkhatetimetravel.com do not promote,condone or incourage any illegal drug use)