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

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Artist: The 17th

Album: Inside Jokes With Complete Strangers

Tracklisting:

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)

 

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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)

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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.

 

Artist Spotlight: Stryfe (2014)

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As Stryfe (Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Website) gets ready to release his next project, Rare Form Vol. 1 in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be a good time to let the HHD audience get a closer look at a great talent coming out of Detroit.  When I first heard Stryfe and Marc Byrd’s album, The Last Resorts, I was sold that this was a talent that we would be following for a long time to come.   So enjoy the interview, enjoy the music, and tell a friend!

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Single You Out: The 17th – Chest Tube

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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…

Local-Mu12 – Welcome to Local-Mu12 [Prod. By Real McKoy] (Video)

Local-Mu12 is on the move!  Possibly my favorite camp doing it right now.   They have such diverse styles and those styles give birth to this track, Welcome to Local-Mu12 produced by Real McKoy.  The song is one of those subtle bangers that don’t overtly make your head bob, but then by the end of the track you realize your neck is sore.   You can cop the collective album, Labor Day, for a full feel as to what the crew has to offer.

 

Single You Out: Broadway Barrett – In My Blood

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Broadway Barrett releases his first single of 2014  in the form of, In My Blood.    On the track Barrett narrates his desire to survive and succeed so he can keep his plate full .   The track has a lot of jump to it with an organ really being the driving factor within the production.

As (sometimes) usual, I am not sure if this track is part of a larger picture, but is certainly worth the listen.

Single You Out: Local-MU12 – Champion (ft. Skyzoo)

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Locl-MU12 once again drops a gem on us with the release of the single, Champion, featuring Skyzoo.   Real McKoy laces a proper beat for Stryfe, Broadway Barrett, and Skyzoo to rock over.  Everything sounds really good about this joint.   That is a great indicator, because the collective is dropping it’s debut album,  Labor Day on September 3rd.