The Podcast's primary focus will be on Hip Hop & Hookah Topics (Obviously), but mostly with a Independant Hip Hop reach. Our goal is to find the good artists that you may not be aware of and shed some light on them and projects they have in the works.
Out of two respected music worlds, blade swingers have linked and they mean business. Flash The Samurai (L.O.V.E. Culture) and Intricate TheAlmighty (Cap6) came together to make a statement, all on Offbeatninja’s production.
L to R: Offbeatninja, Flash, Intricate. Photography by Cre8Jax.
“Tales of Two Swordsmen” was officially released on May 12th, but an invite-only group got the chance to listen to the work the Saturday prior. Held at Mr. Al Pete’s MPN Headquarters, the energy was a continued coast. On the other hand, the music that added to the vibes was beyond impressive.
Take a listen below and follow the swordsmen as well. This won’t be the last you’ll hear from them. Photography by Cre8Jax.Instagram: @FlashTheSamurai @Intricate93@datoffbeatninja@Cre8Jax
Hip Hop & Hookah has a lot going on this month and we want you to join in on the fun! From Beat Battles and Video Game Tournaments to Island Riddim Dancing Parties, we have something for everyone to enjoy! Check out our calendar of events below! We have a few more events we will be posting soon for this month so check back and stay up on upcoming events!
It’s been a minute since we have hosted a beat battle but the wait is over! Summer is upon us and the weather is nice outside so we want to kick off the summer with a Beat Battle! This Month we will have you use this sample provided below to make your beat! Rules are posted below! Download the sample and get started!
If you are interested in submitting a beat for the battle please see the rules below:
Joell Ortiz, The Heatmakerz and Fred The Godson are coming through with some serious heat for anybody who's been missing that classic hip-hop feeling. The two rappers and production duo come through with a brand new joint project titled, Gorilla Glue. Ortiz and Fred The Godson flex their lyrical muscles throughout the project and proving why they're some of the most overlooked MC's in the rap game. The two rappers styles mesh well with The Heatmakerz sample-heavy production.
The project runs for 9-tracks deep with Ortiz and Fred The Godson holding down the majority of it on their own. However, they do get some assistance from Jim Jones who appears on "Feliz Navidad" and DramaB2R who comes through on "Hallways."
Check it out on Spotify or Apple Music Below and i’ve us your thoughts on the project!
86 Witnessis a testament to both Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, and the unbelievable talents ofSean Price, one of the genre’s biggest and best voices who was taken from us far, far too soon. His hilarious, tack-sharp rhymes are complemented by the imaginative and dusty production of Philly’sSmall Professor, who may just be rap’s best kept secret.
Throughout 86 Witness, both P and Pro perfectly weave together the sounds and the styles of the era that set the foundation for Hip-Hop culture. And they do so with some help from acclaimed turntablist DJ Revolution, who appears on five of the album’s ten cuts.
Lyrically, P pays homage to the year 1986 with clever bars boasting slick, pop culture-referencing wordplay. He big-ups the Bears’ Super Bowl XX win on “Refrigerator P”; references Herbie Hancock’s time-honored Round Midnight OST on “Midnight Rounds”; shows love to Just Ice’s “Latoya” on the Quelle Chris-featured “Latoya Jackson”; and dedicates track six to John Gotti with the help of AG Da Coroner, Guilty Simpson and Your Old Droog.
Throughout the rest of the album, P spits slick nods to Boogaloo Shrimp, Joe Joe Dancer, Sinbad, and other characters central to that era. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Ruckus project without mentions of the man who inspired his ‘Mic Tyson’ alias. And sure enough, sound bytes from the heavyweight bruiser appear on closer, “Word to Mother.”
Like his previous projects, 86 Witness is brimming with classic lines and lyrical barbs from P. What’s different here, however, is the depth of his references in addition to his incredible chemistry with Small Pro. From the verses to the beats, they have provided so many musical Easter eggs that each listen tips off something you’ve yet to discover. And that’s not even mentioning the ambitious lineup of guests that in addition to the aforementioned, includes: Rockness Monstah, Illa Ghee, Elucid, Castle, Reef the Lost Cauze, Curly Castro, Zilla Rocca, and Rob Kelly.
As "Word to Mother" begins to fade, you hear Q-Tip's nostalgic quote of "That summer of '86 changed Hip-Hop forever..."You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't say the same about Sean Price. Hip-Hop (and the world) misses you. 86 Witness is available now through all major DSPs, CD equipped with P’s Land Of The Crooks EP (produced entirely by M-Phazes), a limited edition magenta/black vinyl swirl, and various merch bundles, as a dual-label release in partnership between Coalmine Records and Duck Down Music.
It’s getting chilly out there, so it’s time to grab some warmer gear to help defend you from the elements!! We got you covered with our brand new “Hip Hop & Hookah” Logo Sweatshirts! Made from 90% Cotton, these beauties are tough, durable and will definitely keep you toasty! Super soft and snuggly ready for you to take home and cuddle up with!
It’s getting chilly out there, so it’s time to grab some warmer gear to help defend you from the elements!! We got you covered with our brand new “Hip Hop & Hookah” Logo Sweatshirts! Made from 90% Cotton, these beauties are tough, durable and will definitely keep you toasty!
The Groove Suite Podcast: DJ Maseo (of De La Soul) - YouTube
During The Sessions event, Mr. Al Pete/The Groove Suite had the opportunity to interview one of the most respected DJs and group members in Hip Hop: DJ Maseo. They speak on being in the music game for 30 years, his experience with being in The Native Tongues and we find out what his 'groove' is.
Thanks to Troy McNair/Gangplank Management & Entertainment Media, LLC for the interview opportunity. Video production by Emerging Black Jacksonville.
The audio of the interview is below and on www.mralpete.com!
Hip Hop Superstars Freestyle On Arsenio Hall Show (HD) - YouTube
Like any senseless creator in the world, I am up after the midnight hour, knowing I need to be resting my body and spirit. I take one last stroll through Twitter Land and I spotted a RT (meaning a retweet...I won’t bother explaining...you guys should know the term) from my homie that took me slightly down a music, but more so, a journal hole.
The tweet was a video of Arsenio Hall’s legendary finale show where, it seem as if, the whole Golden Era of Hip Hop was paying homage to his final show being aired. I have seen this clip numerous times and seeing it again, in 2019, reminded me of why I dubbed this event one of my favorite Hip Hop moments I experienced...on TV (I REALLY wished I grew up in New York growing up). I believe this was shot in 1994. I am not really into Googling memories, if that makes sense.
I immediately let my sleeping Tweeters know that I will FOREVER love this era of Hip Hop. Then, instead of gearing my brain to listen to 90’s Hip Hop music until 4am, I resulted to giving Hip Hop and Hookah its first blog post, from me. Also, I tweeted that I want to listen to GZA ‘Liquid Swords’ album and Raekwon ‘Glaciers of Ice’ song. Why these particular choices? Because in the 90’s, I was exposed to an entity that simply will not be replaced.
Wu Tang Clan, Craig Mack, Gangstarr, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, De La Soul, Jeru Da Damaja, Biggie, Mobb Deep, Black Sheep...even Outkast, Scarface, UGK, Goodie Mob, Snoop Dogg, Ras Kass, Kurupt, Xzibit, Tracey Lee, Lords of the Underground (I met them at the YMCA on Cleveland Road...Duval flow...‘94ish), and other artists that are in the back of my brain, but if you cut on a song, I am sure that I can spot it...artist and the song. All of these, and other notable, artists shaped what Hip Hop stands for. The new artists and the seasoned ones, that actual pay respect to the 90s, is great and when you weed out the bad ones, it shows how Hip Hop has evolved to this giant that keeps breaking down walls. I love it all...but listen...when I get stuck on what to listen to? If it is not a podcast or air from the outside window of me driving, I am reverting to Outkast ‘ATLiens’ or ATCQ ‘Midnight Marauders’...easily.
This era of music easily gets me in a great spot. I have lately dubbed myself ‘King’ in my own respects, but I have also labeled myself as ‘Uncle Al’, being that I have my old guy ways when it comes to Hip Hop. You like what you like. You gravitate to what plays with your heart strings. J. Cole, Wale, K. Dot and Wiz Khalifa will get an instant spin if they dropped projects, but when the first two bars of ‘Check The Rhyme’ comes on, I have fell back into the time I use to bump ATCQ’s album walking the halls of Ribault Senior High School. It was a great time for music for me, and most of my peers. It was golden.
P. S. I might go nuts on my Instagram page and post throwback videos...who knows (@mralpete).
Hip Hop & Hookah is proud to announce: A New Years Eve Silent Disco Warehouse Affair!! 3 DJs (No Fame, Mas Appeal & Monsta) playing three genres (Top 40, Latin & Reggae) all spinning the hits, Silent Disco Style!
We're throwing the jam in an undisclosed warehouse! Get your ticket and you will be given the location 24 hours before the event, (Trust us it's only 5 minutes from Downtown...if that!)
Advance tickets are only $30 and include entry, headphones, balloon drop and a free champagne toast at midnight!
We were tired of the hustle and bustle of getting dressed up and fighting the crowds to get into a crowded club where no one is dancing, so come as you are - Bad or Bougie! Be it a Tux or Tuxedo Tee... we are all there to party it up! Full Bar service will be available and VIP options are being finalized.
Keep it locked - more details to come! But act fast - this is an exclusive event and limited to just over 100 people!
It’s seems unreal to think it’s been three months since the passing of Mac Miller. The news left a lot of us with questions asking how such a talent could leave the earth so soon! His 5th Studio album “Swimming” had just dropped a month prior and everything seemed to be in order. The incredible power of art and how it can speak to you. Mac’s art definitely spoke to a lot of us! He sat down with NPR and did a short Tiny Desk Session with them in August! Press play and enjoy a great set from the late great Mr Mac Miller!