She Said – Mac Miller

Some dope new music from Mac Miller, She Said produced by Khrysis from his upcoming Best Day Ever mixtape.

She Said – Mac Miller

Fashawn Presents Higher Learning Vol. 2

New mixtape from Fashawn, Higher Learning Volume 2 hosted by DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar, features include J.Cole, GLC, Gilbert Forte, & Tony Williams.  Higher Learning 2 is available for free download over @ XXL check it out.

Wet The Block – Consequence Feat. Rell, Lil Fame & Bun B

New music from Consequence, Wet The Block featuring co-starring Rell, Lil Fame & Bun B from Cons’ new project Movies On Demand 2, which is available for free download right now over @ XXL.

Wet The Block – Consequence Feat. Rell, Lil Fame & Bun B

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 for artist bio’s, music downloads and the latest news in the Kinda Dusty camp.

And always check 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 (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

The Ghetto – Freddie Gibbs

Dope new video from Freddie Gibbs for The Ghetto off of the upcoming Str8 Killa, No Filla mixtape.  Gangsta Gibbs is fresh off of his appearance in XXL ‘s2010 Freshmen and looks to be just as hungry as ever.

The Ghetto – Freddie Gibbs

Hold Yuh (Remix) – Gyptian Feat. Nicki Minaj

New remix to Gyptian‘s dancehall hit Hold Yuh featuring Nicki Minaj.

Hold Yuh (Remix) – Gyptian Feat. Nicki Minaj

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

Mass Stand Up III

It’s like the return of the Jedi

The trilogy continues…………….. HHTT once again is in the House, come and chill with the gods and break bread b. Dont forget to check the site  after the show for a in-depth  article of all 3 shows in retrospect! Shouts to our family over @ Kinda Dusty, we see you b!

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!

HHTT/Worcester Magazine “Real Talk”

We on an Award Tour with Muhammad my man!

HHTT and Worcester Magazine have been in talks for a little while now and I figured I would get you up to speed. A few weeks back Worcester Magazine did an editorial on HHTT and our influence within the city, after the editorial we were asked how we felt about contributing to the magazine in a hip hop aspect, we humbly accepted. On a monthly basis HHTT will be contributing to a new section in Worcester Magazine entitled Real Talk. The section will be all about the local music scene and futher establish Worcester as a city to be respected in Hip-Hop, so get ready b…….REAL TALK!

Check out the first article on Yohon DI of Selective Hearing here.