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Raekwon Talks About the Making of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Monday, September 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Tomorrow is the day that Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 drops, are you ready? I will be purchasing the album on my break in between classes tomorrow morning, and I will be bumping it for the rest of the day repeatedly. Hip Hop Official had the chance to sit down with The Chef and talk about all of the blood sweat and tears that went into OB4CL2. Rae talks about a lot of the things that hindered his ability to make this album, and why it has taken so long. Much like Ghost said in one of my previous posts, The Wu isn’t broken up, they are just in a lot of different pieces right now. The Chef also discusses that he made Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 for the people, because that’s what they wanted. He also mentions that more artists should be doing what the fans want (co-sign).

Spotted @ Hip Hop Official

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Fashawn & Exile Perform “The Score”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Monday, August 24, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Gotta shout out 2DopeBoyz for this one. This is a video of Fashawn & Exile performing in the Hip Hop Official studios when they were the artist of the week. The track is called “The Score”, and of course you can expect it to be on Fash’s upcoming album Boy Meets World. Notice that Exile completely tears up the turntables and his beat in the background goes hard as hell. Boy Meets World is definitely an album that I am highly anticipating.

Crooked I is Hip Hop Official’s Artist of the Week

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 by Tim Althaus

I was just talking with a couple buddies today about Crooked I. I feel like I have slept on this dude for soooo long, and now I’m paying for it. Crooked I might be one of the nastiest emcees I’ve ever heard with wordplay. I was telling my buddy Motz today that I don’t even think it’s fair that Crooked gets to rhyme because he’s so good. Every time that I listen to the Slaughterhouse record it seems like more often than not his verses stick out like crazy. Crooked I is known for his connection with Death Row, and his Hip Hop Weekly tracks where he released a track every week of the year for a year. This guy is a fucking beast on the microphone, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone quite like him. Do yourself a favor, watch this video and click the Hip Hop Weekly link and be amazed.

Spotted @ Hip Hop Official

Cage Talks With Hip Hop Official

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Hip Hop Official had the chance to sit down and interview Cage after the Paid Dues Festival last month. The topics that are discussed in this video are awesome. Cage is one of the most interesting guys on the Indie Hip Hop scene and this interview totally shows it. He talks about what Depart From Me is going to be about as far as concept, as well as what the production is going to sound like. He talks about Hell’s Winter album a lot and how Depart From Me is going to be different. Check this one out guys, Cage is one hell of an interesting guy.

Download: Cymarshall Law, Cyology 3: The Freedom Writer

Posted in Downloads, Video with tags , , , , , on Monday, February 16, 2009 by Tim Althaus

cymar1 I was very elated to see that I had a message in my inbox containing to mixtapes of Cymarshall Law. This guy is an absolute beast on the microphone and never fails to leave the microphone torn apart. As I had metioned before in a prior post, Cymar was a part of one of the best albums of last year Hip-Hop in the Soul with Mr. Joeker. I have been playing out that album like crazy lately and I am glad that I was able to get some more of his material in my hands. This guy is definitely one of the most official emcees I’ve heard in a while. When you put a dope ass beat behind this guy the result is uber insanity with great lyrical content.

It’s great to hear a guy like Cymar dropping more music and ultimately making himself more accessible to Hip-Hop heads. I think that if he can consistently drop this beat torching material, he is going to solidify his position in the game. I truly hope to hear a lot more from this guy in the near future, Hip-Hop in the Soul had a huge impact on me and I have a feeling that I am going to feel the same about anything else Cymar does.

Here is the download link for Cyology 3: The Freedom Writer.

Also Check out Freedom Entertainment’s Two Thousand Mine hosted by Cymarshall Law. Hit read more and make the jump to view some stellar video features on Cymar from Vimby and Hip Hop Official… Continue reading

Video: Dilla Keeps Shining (Jay Dee Tribute)

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by Tim Althaus

I’m really glad that Hip Hop Official had this video up. I actually used a clip of this video last year when I gave a speech on Dilla, I think the clip I used was roughly a 30 second summary of this one. This video has names like Pharoahe Monch, Phife Dawg (of Tribe Called Quest) & Talib Kweli. These guys are all talking about their feelings on Jay Dee’s music. Talib tells a great story about Dilla and the Grammys. Apparently The Roots were nominated for a Grammy on a track that Dilla produced, when Kweli said something to Dilla he didn’t pay it any mind, he just kept making beats. This video has some of the best names in emceeing all talking about how Dilla changed the production game. This is a great video tribute for a great man.

Video: Evidence, “For Whom Bell Tolls” Behind the Scenes Part 2

Posted in Video with tags , , , on Friday, February 6, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Here is the second part of the “For Whom The Bell Tolls” video, I posted the 1st part on Wednesday. This part of the video is very insightful as to how each of these people feels about this song and each other. Will.I.Am talks about Evidence and how he has known him since the 10th grade (Will.I.Am recorded his first track ever with EV). This is a great video check it out.

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