Monthly Archives: March 2008

Take It Back – DJ Excalibah / Dan Greenpeace

If you’re in London this coming Sunday and in the mood for some classic Hip-Hop beats then you might want to pay a visit to the new night from PyroRadio.Com’s Excalibah and Greenpeace (details below).

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BK To UK – Joell Ortiz / DJ MK

Joell Ortiz blazes the airwaves on London’s Kiss FM with DJ MK during his UK visit last week.

New Joint – Lidget Green Project / Guilty Simpson

Lidget Green Project ft. Guilty Simpson – “Trusted” ( DMB Records / 2008 )

Official unofficial video for this dope new track from the UK-based LG Project.

New Joint – Jay-Z / Quincey Tones

Jay-Z – “I Know Remix” ( Major Notes Music / 2008 )

UK producer Quincey Tones breathes new life into what was definitely the weak link on Jigga’s “American Gangster” project, replacing the Neptune’s generic club-friendly track with a soulful bubbler of a beat.

Ghetto Boy – Guilty Simpson

The Detroit emcee talks to Vlaze.Com about working with Dilla and his new album “Ode To The Ghetto”.

Triple Darkness Interview (Originally Printed In Hip-Hop Connection 221 / Pete Rock Cover / April 2008)

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“The whole essence of the group is about coming with the illest lyricism, but combining that with some knowledge as well. I’m hoping that when people start to get into what we’re talking about, it might help them change their ways spiritually, mentally and physically.” Over a decade since Mobb Deep first told us about a war going on outside no man is safe from, gruff east London emcee Cyrus Malachi is reminding HHC that the struggle still continues on the frontlines today, but Triple Darkness are here to make a difference.

Originally a duo, the “vision” of Triple Darkness began in 2003 when Hackney homeboys Cyrus and Nasheron started rhyming together, but it wasn’t until 2005 when Malachi returned home from a brief jail stint that the pair really started to take their musical aspirations seriously. Hooking-up with talented producers Beat Butcha and Chemo, the twosome also added M9 to their ranks, with the west London rapper having recently achieved some solo notoriety by releasing his own gritty but thought-provoking material.

“We are a conscious group,” says Cyrus when asked about the trio’s multi-layered references to everything from stopping gun crime on British streets to ancient Egyptian history and the Illuminati. “But conscious rap comes with its own stereotypes and can be very predictable. So we’ve tried to use everything we’ve seen growing-up around poverty and depravity to show people they need knowledge of self to survive in this world. I’m not afraid to speak out about issues I see affecting the black community.”

Although it would be easy to write off some of the more esoteric content heard on TD’s debut album ‘Anathema’ as the result of too much time spent listening to Killah Priest and Tragedy Khadafi, the group share a genuine thirst for any information that can help them make sense of the “paradoxical” modern world we live in, even if that sometimes means entering the shadowy area of conspiracy theories and unseen global powers. “When I started reading up on the reasons behind certain historic events and different secret societies it just blew me away,” says M9. “It all started to come together like a jigsaw for me and I realised that the whole idea of the New World Order is something that’s very serious. It’s such a big part of my life that it’s only natural it would also be a big part of my rhymes.”

Nasheron, meanwhile, has concerns closer to home, such as the influence of today’s popular thugged-out hip-hop on the younger generation. “It romanticises a certain lifestyle without showing the full reality of it,” begins the passionate lyricist. “I’ve yet to see someone live that street life and it be all rosy. There’s always a price to pay. These kids today doing all sorts of madness, it’s like their mental growth has been stunted because of this sh*t.”

“‘Anathema’ deals with the muck and the mire,” states Cyrus in a parting reference to the group’s unapologetically hardcore project. “But the underlying theme is that we need to rise up out of the social conditions we find ourselves in.”

Ryan Proctor

Triple Darkness – “Anathema” (Higher Heights / 2008)

NY’s Finest – Pete Rock

The Chocolate Boy Wonder speaks to 247HH.Com about his earliest Hip-Hop-related memories, personal favourites from his discography and sampling technology.