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!

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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 (w/contributors XXL Lex Luthor & Reviresco) HHTT Productions/Da’Kitchen/H2T2 Productions/

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

You Musta Forgot

My brothas my brothas…I had to go through some of our old vids and posts for editing purposes and said to my self  “ok…let me get to work..” but as I started I found doing this task was anything but work. I must say last summer was off the fuckin hook! and that was only year 1. So just in case ya’ll started feelin like any of this H2T2 movement is “work” lets look back on some of the best times we had infecting the world with this machine we love… none other than…  Hulk Hate Time Travel….dot com lol

say that shit… say that shit

lets keep this movement goin brothas, this is our year…

we just havin fun over here B…

Aight brothas lets remember what made this machine so powerful and lets keep it movin

all 4 1…1 4 all….and 3 4 $25 hahahaha you already….

Mr. Somebody – Go Get It (Directed by Nick Black)

Nick Black is really on his Hype Williams status right now! This video features a brother to a lot of us here @ HHTT, Mr. Somebody. I have known dude for years now, matter of fact we both came up in the game together part of the same team (Dark Legacy). It’s always a blessing to see brothers you broke bread with shine and furthermore continue to break bread together. Shouts to Jack Frost in the cameo, we see you b! Edited by Omari O’neal, directed by Nick Black, HHTT presents to you Go Get It, Worcester stand up b!

My brother T got something to add also …In case ya’ll niggas out there don’t know and I don’t see how the fuck you wouldn’t know “Go Get It” is offa “The Best Week Ever” mixtape hosted by DJ Jack Frost. Make sure you download a digital copy of “The Best Week Ever”

Mr. Somebody (T Weeks) – Best Week Ever Mixtape Free Download

Real Talk: Elijah Divine Intervention

Elijah Divine is a MC’s MC, hands down. Armed with a machine gun like flow and incredible wordplay, Elijah has established himself as one of the top Mc’s on the local scene and I’m glad to have him part of the machine. With that said, you know the god had to break bread with the brother!

How did you get started in rap? I started out freestyling  over a J Feez beatbox on newton hill in high school.  We used to entertain parties for hour’s in our juvenile delinquent days, nothing serious, just for fun.  From there I got turntables and started spinning hiphop, reggae, and dnb @ what was the marque then.. I would try and work on my flow as much as my dj’ing.  In 2004 I moved to Hawaii, I linked up with the Highlander Camp and we formed Me & My Manz.  In that time I opened up for DJ Honda, King Yellowman, Ladybug Mecca from Digable Planet’s, Zion I, Tha Alkaholiks, Chino XL, Jennifer John’s, Parish from EPMD,   the list goes on.  And Each show I would get a chance to take a break from dj’ing and perform one song.   One song gradually turned into two, two turned into three, and by then I started to take it alot more serious, and they loved me in kauai.  The confidence I got from tearing up crowds in Kauai and Honolulu lit the fire.  Simultaneously my lyrical content and delivery began to get out of control, so when I moved back to New England I put the deck’s on the back burner and started to focus more on flows. First show I got booked for when I got back was with Threshold Sound, and the rest is history.

How did you decide upon your name? Alot of people get it twisted when they see the name Elijah Divine.  When I say Divine, I say Divine like your Divine, like she’s Divine, like he’s Divine, like we’re Divine.  Im not claiming to be anymore Divine that the rest of us. Im just aware.  As far as Elijah, Elijah was beleived to be the one God put on earth to rid us of the false prophet’s.  Elijah ended the drought, and that’s what Id like to do.  Elijah was also believed to be John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus.  And, even when I was a kid before I knew anything about Elijah, I always thought it was a dope name. So why not?  I moved to Kauai Hawaii and Kauai pretty much created  Elijah Divine.  It chilled me out, taught me, humbled me and in the two years I lived there it transformed me into Elijah Divine.  If you called me Elijah in front of cat’s I grew up with they’d look at you like you were crazy, and if you called me anything but Elijah in front of people I know from Hawaii on, they would do the same.

Who are some of your influences?
I’ve been listening to music for as long as I can remember. Rocking a ripped Stone Temple Pilot’s t-shirt in my 6th grade class picture.  I used to sit by the turntable and guess correctly who the artist’s were when I was like five years old.  I was hip to Sam Cooke, the coasters, jackie wilson, barret strong, buddy holly, all that, at that age.  I was raised on the late 50’s/early 60s when I was a kid, obviously along with whatever current sounds I was catching on tv or the radio during the 80s/90s. So my early influences were all early motown, soul, duop, classic rock. My brain was like a hungry sponge.  When I started to get older it was more like Bob Marley, KRS,Capleton, WU, Blackstar, Gangstarr, Rage Against the Machine, all the Marley’s.  Ive always been well rounded with the styles of music I listen to.    I could go on for hours,  But, I would have to say my biggest hiphop influence would be Wu-Tang.

How did you link with HHTT?

When I first met you I thought you were a gospel MC, do you get that a lot?
Not anymore.  It used to bother me, but if you wanna get philosophical about it, anyone with a good message, a positive vibe, and a crowd could be labeled a “gospel MC”.   But my music for the most part obviously isn’t clean. I try to make that as clear as possible. There’s nothing wrong with being a gospel MC, but I would be a liar if I told people that I made gospel music.

You are one of the most technical lyricists I have come across, where did that come from?
Versatility, Wordplay, and Delivery. I would guess and say from being able to recite verses at a young age.  Listening to songs, chanting along with them, after awhile you start to form the pattern. That probably taught me certain rhythms, kinda like a fighter learning different styles.   That’s gotta be a contributing factor.  A main part of it has to do with emceeing jungle and dubstep as well.   Being able to take one verse that you wrote to a hiphop track and be able to lay it down over a dancehall riddim or a amen as well as hiphop beat is probably the biggest contributing factor.   Another is my wordplay as well.  Im all about the wordplay.

How long have you been spitting for?
Started taking it serious about 9 year’s ago.

Explain the whole “dubbage” movement and your part in it?
Dubbage is basically the dubstep division of Threshold Sound.  Dubbage is also a weekly event held every friday night in Hartford CT.  Anybody that knows me knows I have a huge connection to CT, mainly Hartford.  That’s my fam.  Dubbage gives people a chance to check out the sounds, and get the  dj’s more exposure.  It’s one of the only running Dubstep weeklies in the northeast, and it’s been very successful so far.  As far as my involvement, Im the MC.  That’s my squad.  We form like Voltron.

What projects are you currently working on?
Right now I’m in the process of 4 project’s.  One of course being  the “Hot Dog’s and Coke”, mixtape from HHTT.  Featuring Cocaine Robot’s (obviously), Prophecy, XXL, Aylienne Hazardous, myself, Skrilla, Cyph, Tony Velez.  That mixtape is 100% Worcester emcee’s.  Showcasing the local talent, building the army.  That should be out soon… Next would be “The Philament’s”, which is a hiphop project im working on.  I’m on the rhymes, turntablist extraordinaire DL on the beat’s.  Next up is with my brotha Saint Dirty, that will be half hiphop/jungle. Next up is “Divine Intervention”, which is basically my masterpiece.  I got so many talented producer’s and mc’s on this with me. Torrential, Joe Blaxx, Tom Brown,  DJ Manipulator, Diode, Tone Capone, Thorn Creative, Serious, Jeff Avery, Symetrex, hopefully Cocaine Robot’s. Im planning on  “Divine Intervention” being a double disc, one side hiphop, the other side split jungle/dubstep.

The “Brown Bag Rap” video featuring you, XXL Lex Luthor & myself (Brother Menelik) on has been getting a lot good feedback, how do you feel about the added exposure?
I love it.  Any exposure is good exposure, and HHTT has without a doubt been helping me get my name out there.  I love those video’s from a viewer’s perspective, yall are hilarious.

Elijah, I have known you for sometime now and you constantly stay grinding, I see you all over! Do you still feel underrated?
I’ll probably always feel underrated cause I know me, and I know how much work I put into performing.  I will probably feel underrated until being an MC is 100% how I get by.  Alot has changed in the last year.  Ive been getting love from all over, people know who I am, and I’ve been establishing myself for year’s.  So, I dont feel AS underrated, but I definitely feel slept on.

With your music, what are you trying to get across?
I’m 50/50 with that.  Mainly what Im trying to get across is unity.  I’m trying to write, unite and relate through music. Music is a huge influence on everyone.  If I can make music that will not only reach people but influence them in a positive light as well, then I’m on the right path. If I have an opportunity to get through to millions of people, and influence them, the last thing Im going to do is promote the downward spiral of humanity.  God blessed me with knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to express myself perfectly.  I see it as my job to relay that knowledge and wisdom through the other gift’s Ive been given. The other half of the message would be “don’t believe the hype” and “wake up”.  There are alot of shepherds leading the flock astray.  Kids are growing up listening to this shit and thinking this is how it really is, and it’s not.

What are your thoughts on the local hip hop scene?
It’s growing (thanks to movements like HHTT).  Worcester’s always had “the curse” hanging over it.  I’d like to be the one to break that curse.  I have love for alot of Worcester artist’s, I just think this city lacks unity.

Top 5 dead or alive?
JayZ, Kweli, Ghostface, Big, KRS

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

HHTT Productions: Mainsouth @ Kirsch

Pollying out in front of the famous Kirsch Liquors in Worcester, MA one of the many spots Lex and I ran through growing up. Real Talk this is the inspiration for Drug Dealer, Drug Dealer. Don’t forget vote Elijah Divine in the pulse! HHTT in the place to be!

4th Annual Massachusetts Tattoo & Arts Festival

It’s GOING DOWN !!! This weekend at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge Ma, it’s the 4th annual Massachusetts Tattoo & Arts Festival. If you haven’t been to one before I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s fucking CRAZY. You have over a hundred tattoo artist all ready to give you the tattoo that you want, there are a variety of artist with different styles and a specialty in certain area’s of art (black & gray, color, portraiture, etc). So if your thinking about a tattoo and just haven’t come across the right artist you definitely will this weekend. There are also piercers available for ALL your piercing needs as well as some of the craziest entertainment you have to see to believe. The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow as well as the Rob Hill Side Show, Worcester’s own T.R.U. Crew ( Breakdancers that were showcased on HHTT a few weeks ago)  and Lyle Tuttle will also be there and have a few pieces of Tattoo History with him. In case you don’t know Lyle Tuttle is the Forefather of modern tattooing,  he also has the largest museum of tattoo memorabilia in the world. This is going to be Khan’s first time at the Massachusetts Tattoo & Arts Festival (He flew in from Japan) so make sure you pass by his booth or the ZaZa Ink booth and say hello and definitely check out his work. For more info visit ZAZAINK.COM for the list of artist & vendors that will be in attendance as well as schedule and show times. Also check out this week’s Worcester Magazine to read about the festival and find out a little bit about the artists that make Zaza Ink. HHTT will definitely be in the building capturing some footage as well as Pistol Photography so make sure you on your A game cuz you can definitely end up in a photo that will be featured in a national magazine. Be sure to bring your camera’s and take a photo with some of the beautiful models that will be walking around the festival and bring a strong stomache to watch the human suspension lol.


Location & Host Hotel

Sturbridge Host Hotel and Convention Center
366 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Friday, March 19, 2010
3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 20, 2010
11:00am to 11:00pm

Sunday, March 21, 2009
11:00am to 5:00 pm

Ticket Prices
$15 – Day Pass
$35 – Weekend Pass

Mass Stand Up 2

Mass Stand Up 2 was the first show to be put together by Kinda Dusty, I gotta say job well done fam. That show had one of the best turnouts I have seen locally in a long time. And I been in the scene for a minute, the show took place at Tammany Hall and was real crazy.

Grand Daddy Gutta took the stage and did his thing and really set the bar for how the rest of the night would go.

Grand Daddy Gutta

Tank Murdah grabbed the mic and definitely did his thing. His performance was reminiscent of some of my favorite mixtape emcee’s.

Tank Murdah

Black Ownaz…..hold on…. BLACK OWNAZ MUFUCKA !!! Black Ownaz raided the stage and had both the ladies and the fellas bouncing.

Black Ownaz Pt 1

Black Ownaz Pt 2

Next up was J.K. Haze , I gotta give it up to these dudes they really put on for Central Ma.

J.K. Haze

Following the Haze was H2T2’s own Cocaine Robots ( A.v. & T ) along with artists out of the H2T2 Camp ( Prophecy , Lexx Luthor , and newcomer J-Dollaz ). I don’t mean to toot our own horn, but dezaaaammmmnnnn. We definitely held it down with a dope track order and of course material.

H2T2 Pt 1

We did some things for the ladies and of course for the thugs. Myself and Prophecy had the perfect transition track “Miss Lady” the Eddie Murphy sample at the end made the crowd laugh and hit a spot of truth. Next up was Av, and he shocked the crowd with his opening line “SELL COCAINE” now who’s gonna forget what he does with his money ??

H2T2 Pt 2

Brother Lexx made his on stage debut with “Go Hard” and definitely held it down. The set was closed with Crack and a Dookie Rope, Mass Second, and a H2T2 cyph which was also J Dollaz on stage debut.

H2T2 Pt 3 & 4

Next up was the Kinda Dusty collective, Paul Mighty with a ring anouncer presence gave E one of the best intro’s I’ve ever seen. E the Real had Tammany hall moving with that real hip hop shit ” Spit what I spit/with a stiff upper lip” and “Respect” E followed that up with one of my favorite songs he has to date    “King Shit” for those that don’t remember “King Shit” was featured on HHTT a few months back.

Kinda Dusty Pt 1

Paul Mighty chimed in next with an acapella followed by a track that displayed E’s love for the art of Hip Hop. Spit Supreme joined E and performed “4,2,1”.

Kinda Dusty Pt 2

Spit Supreme took the stage and opened up with “Who’s That” followed by a song which is one of my favorite from him “Rap Game” where he poses the question “What if it wasnt for the rap game ??”  Which i think is every emcee’s question to themselves. Skivi B came in next with a heartfelt song dedicated to his son that I know every parent in the building felt.

Kinda Dusty Pt 3

Spit Supreme closed out the Kinda Dusty set with a few more bangers and kept the energy live until the end of the night.

Kinda Dusty Pt 4

Mainsouth 1990

20 years ago I was almost 8…not a care in the world…life as a kid was great…5 dollas in my pocket feelin rich like gates…hit eagles market so fast… its like id skate…put my money on the counter…I didn’t even wait… and said… gimme all your johnny appleseeds and alexander the grapes……1990

Man those were the days weren’t they? You see for those who don’t know, ferrara pan was the king of the boxed candies circa 1990.

For every kid in my hood there was a specific flavor, some preferred the luxuriously sour lemon heads, others liked the sweet and tangy johnny appletreats (one of my personal favs), some would see how many of the cinnamon flavored “Red hots” they could eat at one time, but for every palate there was a delightfully decadent flavor waiting to be discovered. You see as kids, Brotha Men and I, were somewhat of philanthropists if you will. We sampled candies as if they were fine wine. Explaining the pro’s and cons of each variety and giving our suggestions to other neighborhood kids. We had it down to a science. We were the only kids I knew that could go into the corner store with $2.50 and come out with a balanced meal including dessert. And it was while we enjoyed these very same meals, that we would look to the older gods with the dookie ropes and pagers and say to each other  “that will be us one day”. Square biz.  Ahhhh…the good ol’ days.

Quickstrike 2 – Spit Supreme

WORC Stand Up!  In case you missed it Worcesters own & Kinda Dusty MC, Spit Supreme released Quickstrike 2.  Hosted by J-Ronin with production from Stu Bangas, Aktone, M-Phazes, DJ Snips, Paul Mighty & DJ Manipulator plus appearances from Akrobatik, Reef the Lost Cauze, Sav Killz, E The Real, Donny Goines, Shabaam Shadeeq, Akir, NBS and Ali Vegas.Download —>Quickstrike 2 – Spit Supreme