Local-Mu12 – LABOR DAY (Album Sampler)

I don’t post promotional material as a rule of thumb, but  I have a special place in my heart for music made by the Local-Mu12 collective.  I have actually been asking about the status of this release for a couple of months now as it was originally slated for a Labor Day release.  It got pushed back with the ever popular TBD release.  But now it’s hitting the interwebs on December 17th so write that date down.  This is a quick sampler of the entire album and if this doesn’t wet your appetite, you MFers can simply stay malnourished!

The 17th – Rubbish ft. Spoke In Wordz, Fokis (Video)

You may remember The 17th from our feature on him earlier this year.   The man has a crazy amount of talent.   And if you think that this cut is dope, make sure you check that EP.  It’s free (now available on iTunes but worth every penny) and was rated the best EP of 2012 right here on HHD.  Support artists like The 17th, Spoke In Words, and Fokis because we too are tired of the Rubbish.

Artist Spotlight: The 17th

local_artist shoot day 1 still

Today I am proud to bring you one of the most innovative talents in hip hop today, The 17th.  I have been literally amazed with the concepts and quality of his music so it was only natural to ask him a few questions.  As a member of the collective Local-MU12 his name is gaining more and more exposure, or notoriety, whichever you may prefer.    Look for The 17th to become a household name in the homes of every hip hop head very soon.    Enjoy The Interview!

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Single You Out: Local-Mu12 (The 17th x Fokis x Broadway Barrett) – Unhappy


Local Mu-12 is readying their debut album and this is the first single from the project.   This particular cut features The 17th, Fokis, and Broadway Barrett.  The 17th laces the beat which sounds as if I was walking through an evil carnival.  I am a huge fan of the crews’ body of work and really am looking forward to what they have to offer a full length project.  The camp has so many diverse styles and embodies the talent level that you can find in today’s music scene.    This cut may be entitled ‘Unhappy’ but it certainly brought a smile to this mug. I hope you enjoy…

Single You Out: Punchline – Dream Chasing (Ft. Niyah, Fokis, The 17th & Asha)


Punchline brings us a new and dope cut to enjoy bringing alongside label mates Fokis and The 17th  among others to showcase their talents.  The song has a great vibe and really got me in the mood to post some doper material I have been put on to as of late.  One of the things that is subtle and may go unnoticed is the added vocal touches in the background.  The devil is in the details and that puts this track just up one more notch.

The 17th – Free Music EP (2012)

Artist: The 17th

Album: The Free Music EP

Source: Artist


1. Intro
2. No Name (ft. My Son)
3. Rubbish (ft. Spoke In Wordz x Fokis)
4. Local Artist
5. Vacation
6. The Product
7. Asshole
8. My Drug


Where to start?  How about this…The 17th brings you the best EP of 2012 thus far…for FREE.  I would not dare to joke when it comes to musical taste and sending this project in your direction.  This EP simply is one of the most complete packages this year.  Rarely do I have an “Oh Shit!” moment when it comes to listening to music these days, but this guy made me say that exact phrase several times throughout this eight track project.

Right after the Intro, about thirty seconds into the track, No Name, I knew that The 17th was onto not only to something fresh, but also exciting.  The production is really astonishing.   The way the kids voices are used to antagonize and respond was nothing short of genius.  That work behind the boards was done by Clockwork, whom I later became aware has passed away (RIP).  The 17th, in his bars, points out all the misconceptions and stereotypes he has been confronted with.

We’ve talked about the tracks, Rubbish and Local Artist previously but they still remain heavy highlights on this short EP.  I especially appreciate Local Artist because of how he portrays the woes, hustle, and lifestyle of being a local hip hop artist.  But he also has a warning (or suggestions) for those who claim to be ‘artists’

Shit look where my town’s at / I haven’t gotta gun, it’s just my hand in a brown bag / Before you speak, learn how to breathe and pronounce raps / Otherwise you ain’t seeing shit like it’s on a brown rag / You couldn’t hold cheese if you was a mouse trap / You can’t  make shit fresh if you was a house cat / Don’t let me catch you out in the town alone with out gas / Or you’ll be screaming for your homies like Al Scratch

The Product showcases The 17th’s storytelling ability on all three verses. The track’s  basis is how we are each made, in part, as a product of our environments.   The second verse in particular is especially dope, yet unnerving.  It gets inside the mind of a terrorist on an airplane getting ready to crash.  The production which is done by the 17th himself is straight out of the movie The Omen.  He’s on some kill Damian type movement with this track.  This is hip hop with an evil intention.

In a genre where it gets harder and harder each day to stand out, The 17th sets himself light years apart from the rest of the field.   Not only do his rhymes create this kind of differentiation, it’s also his ability to produce.  He produced six of the eight tracks on this EP and his ear for  creating beats is on par with some of the best.  But along with beats and lyrics, there is something intangible, that I can’t point my finger on to describe to you.  The word that comes closest to mind is simply…special.