The 17th – Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers (2014)


Artist: The 17th

Album: Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers


1. Intro (Prod by the 17th)
2. Look Away (Ft. Rock of Heltah Skeltah)(Prod by the 17th)
3. I Wreak Havoc (Ft. Havoc of Mobb Deep)(Prod by the 17th)
4. Thirsty (Ft. Spoke In Wordz)(Prod by Fantom of the Beat)
5. Don’t Care (Ft. Joell Ortiz & HollaAtcha Gwalla)(Prod by Louie Rock)
6. Used to Love U (Ft. Skyzoo)(Prod by Relavant Beats)
7. God’s Away on Business (Ft. Elise 5000)(Prod by the 17th)
8. Bundle @f St!cks (Prod by the 17th)
9. In My Mind (Prod by Anonymous)
10. Chest Tube (Ft. Seven)(Prod by the 17th)
11. Push (Prod by the 17th & Josh Johnson)
12. Hold My Own (Ft. Cortez, Livin Proof, HollaAtcha Gwalla, Zay G)(Prod by Anonymous)
13. Neglect (Ft. Rich Alomar)(Prod by the 17th)
14. My Drug (Prod by the 17th & Josh Johnson)
15. I Am God (Prod by the 17th)
16. New World Order (Prod by the 17th)



The 17th released his album, Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers, around a couple of months or so ago and I have taken my sweet time reviewing but it certainly deserves notice and recognition. The 17th is lauded on this site for his unorthodox wordplay and topic selection. He has a tendency to take the craft to higher limits with his conversational style and dynamic wordplay.

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Single You Out: The 17th – Don’t Care (ft. Joell Ortiz and Hollaatcha​ Gwalla)


The 17th releases yet another dope single from his forthcoming project,  Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers.  This time The 17th is exchanging bars with Slaughterhouse brethren Joell Ortiz and still isn’t out shined.  He simply is one of the preeminent spitters in this game.  He brings so much personality to his bars that no one is even coming close to duplicating.   Extra special notice be given to the John Bobbitt line (look it up young ones).

I believe that the new album is dropping this month, but I could be wrong…check back accordingly.

The 17th – Hold My Own (ft. Livin Proof, Cortez, and Gwalla Gang) (Video)

These are the kind of joints that make the universe just right.   The 17th is an elite emcee.   His wordplay is just extraordinary.   But things get a little grimier on deck when homies Livin Proof and Cortez jump on the track.    These barbarian bars are liable to leave a wake of destruction in their path.

Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers should be front in center on your radar when it drops later this summer.


Single You Out: The 17th – Chest Tube


The 17th delivers a single from his forthcoming album, Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers.  This song is based off of a real life incident that The 17th went through.  The track is all about the struggle to stay alive and then taking that very struggle to learn to appreciate what you have.

The man stays on the cutting edge of making dope music, refraining from the conventional.  Enjoy this…

Single You Out: The 17th – God’s Away on Business (Feat Elise 5000)



I am honored to be the first to bring to you The 17th’s new single, God’s Away On Business.  I interviewed The 17th last year because the man’s writing skills are of the next level variety.   He also does his own production and his beats are on par with some of the best names in the business.   So when something new drops from the man, I want HHD to be at least a small part of it.

God’s Away On Business is bound to turn more than just a few heads.   While not necessarily refuting personal belief systems, The 17th does make an interesting and well made case to turn those systems on their head. He provides a number of different analogies to make his points, controversial though they may be.  He addresses the difficulties in believing in someone he has never seen just because society feels compelled.   Check this small snippet of the song:

Oh God, dear God, I hope that you exist. So i can live my life with purpose and with happiness. And when I put my hands together and I pray to you, please dont have something else to do. To you, from me, to you. 

This song is the first single from The 17th’s forthcoming project, Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers.  Stay tuned.

Artist Spotlight: The 17th

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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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