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Ma Dukes Talks To Hip-Hop DX About Jay Stay Paid & Busta Rhymes

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 by Tim Althaus

madukes Jay Stay Paid dropped today, and I woke up bright and early this morning to go get it at our local Best Buy. I have been listening to it non-stop all day since around 10AM, and I can already tell you that it is spectacular. Hopefully all of you readers out there will go out and support real Hip-Hop and pick up the album, you won’t be let down.

I wish I could have gotten this up earlier, but I’ve been pretty busy for the last few days. Ma Dukes recently sat down with the folks over at Hip Hop DX and talked about a few issues that had to do with Jay Stay Paid. According to the article, Dilla’s estate has new people in charge and things are rapidly turning around from the dis-heartening situation that had been mentioned earlier this year. It appears as though his daughters are going to start getting some of the money that they deserve from their late father’s craft. The Yancey family has been going through so much for the last three years, I am so happy to hear that everything is turning around for them. My guess is that we are going to be hearing a lot more emcees over Dilla treats because, she also mentioned that there won’t be as many troubles when it comes to using Dilla beats.

Ma Dukes also mentione the ever-looming situation with Busta Rhymes. According to Ma Dukes, Busta was wrongfully sued by the last people that were in charge of the Dilla estate (Arty Erk & Micheline Levine). They claimed that Busta didn’t have the right to use those beats, but Ma Dukes begs to differ. She says that Busta wouldn’t take anything from Dilla, and I agree with her, Busta was very passionate about Dilla. Busta has broken the long term vow to use a Dilla beat on every album of his with Back On My B.S. because of the bogus legal situation. I really hope Ma Dukes & Busta can talk and figure things out because I’m pretty sure that Dilla would never want it to be the way it is right now.

Again, you can read the original article here. Make sure you go out and get Jay Stay Paid NOW, it’s a great collection of Dilla’s material. I will have a review up of the album in the next few days.


HipHop DX’s Producer’s Corner with Elzhi & Black Milk

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 by Tim Althaus

elzhi2 As if you haven’t heard enough from me on Elzhi & Black Milk this last year, HipHop DX did a feature on these two at the end of last year in their Producer’s Corner. Elzhi & Black Milk took the Hip-Hop game by storm last year by releasing two of the best albums of 2008. This is a great interview and it makes for a long but very great read. If you like both of these artists (as I do very much) I would highly suggest that you read this article because it is very in depth and to the point.

Jump on over to HipHop DX and check out the article for yourself.

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to read my reviews of either of these albums here is your chance again.

Review: Black Milk, Tronic

Review: Elzhi, The Preface

Reflection Eternal to reunite for SXSW

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on Saturday, January 10, 2009 by Tim Althaus

reflectioneternal In an article I read over at Hip-Hop DX it was mentioned that one of the greatest duos in Hip-Hop history are getting back together for South by Southwest. Reflection Eternal jumped on the scene in 2000 with one of my favorite releases of all time Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought. Kweli & Hi-Tek have this chemistry that is absolutely unparalleled by anyone. Kweli is one of my favorite emcees of all time and Hi-Tek has been a trademark for great beats in the Hip-Hop game for over 10 years ever since his days with MOOD. I had heard wind of a new Reflection Eternal album a while back but I really didn’t know what to think. Kweli has been busy with all of his work with Idle Worship and Hi-Tek has been busy with solo albums and beats for other people so it didn’t really look to feasible to me.

All I can tell you is: If Kweli & Hi-Tek release another album coming up this year, I think that the game might be over. Judging by the impact that the original Reflection Eternal project had, this one might change the game forever. These two comprise one of the greatest duos ever, and I’m very interested to hear what they have in store for us next. I can honestly say that those of you who are going to SXSW are going to enjoy an incredible show.

Check out some classic material:

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek: “The Blast”