Everyone can breathe now, it’s finally Friday. I got an urge last night after being in the studio with Rob Bates, Maja 7th, Dave Coresh, Chuck LI and Classick to listen to some old Rawkus shit again. I’m not sure why I have been on Rawkus so tough lately. Maybe I miss high school and feel like I need to go back. BTW Classic shit coming from The League of OGs, Maja 7th, Dave Coresh and Chuck LI. You can check Dave and Chuck on the Formal Introduction Tour in Memphis, Milwaukee and St Louis. They put on a really dope show. Anyway, last night I had my mind made up that I was going to listen to DJ Hi Tek’s first album, Hi Teknology. This album came out back in 01. Hi Tek released The Sun God with Common and Round and Round featuring Jonell for the singles. Both tracks are really dope, in fact the whole album is really dope. My favorite joint today is Get Ta Steppin featuring Mos Def and Vinia Mojica. This is actually one of my favorite Mos Def songs of all time. It has an incredible vibe that just puts you in a great mood. You cant’ possibly be in a bad mood when listening to this joint. I might put it on repeat all day and try to figure out the steps they are singing in the song. I wonder what Vinia Mojica is doing these days. She used to bless so many dope tracks. Once again, Happy Friday to all. Make sure you check out Dave Coresh and Chuck LI in Milwaukee, Memphis or St Louis and grab the tour mixtape from Dave.
“Now is the glass half full or half empty/ Common why they tempt me?”
I got the case of the Monday’s pretty bad this morning especially beacause I had to be at work by 7:40(cry me a river right?). Today is my first day back on the job since July 30th but it feels like it has been a couple of months. Vacation was perfect, almost too perfect. However, it still feels good to be back home, back in a routine and back to reality. I was talking to my dad last night about vacations and we both thought they should be banned. It doesn’t matter how long a vacation is, it is never long enough and it makes coming back to work almost impossible. I wonder how far I am from retirement? I need to talk to my stock broker about the retirement calculator. This morning wasn’t all bad though. I downloaded several classic compilation albums while I was on vacation from Rawkus like the Lyricist Lounge and Soundbombing tapes. This morning I put in Soundbombing Volume 2. I could put this whole album as the soundtrack to my week. Today, one song is particular is very fitting even though it is a decade old, 1999 by Common and Sadat X. Kweli even makes a little guest appearance on the intro. Produced by Hi Tek, 1999 is a perfect example of the Rawkus sound. It is actually that whole sound and that group of artists that really formed my love affair with hip hop. Artists like Mos, Kweli, Hi Tek, Common, Pharoahe, Slum and The Roots have been the foundation for hip hop in my heart. I’m sure I’m not the only one. These cats are the continuation of artists like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest meanwhile incorporating influences from Rakim, KRS One, Public Enemy and others. I’m not sure what happened to Rawkus as a whole but most of these artists are still doing their thing and putting out great music(minus Common’s UMC). I promise after watching the video and listening to 1999, Monday might start to feel like Tuesday or even Wednesday. I suggest you put this joint on repeat until noon.
And hopefully for good. Talib Kweli and DJ Hi Tek are Back Again and not a moment too soon, with their first video from their “reunion” album, Back Again. It is always dope and refreshing to hear cats like this coming back together for the sake of hip hop. Their first album Train of Thought is a classic. Hi Tek’s first album, Hi Teknology is really dope too. It’s good to see that cats can take time out from their busy schedules to give the people what we’ve been waiting for. Did ya’ll know Hi Tek has been working with Dr. Dre on Detox. Real recognize real seems to be true. I will keep ya’ll posted with anything new from Reflection Eternal. I’m really looking forward to their album.