December 30, 2014

Happy New Year and I'm taking a nap

You two may not have noticed this, but aside from that annoying break from April to mid-May where I lost the data on my computer (which I'm still pissed about - I hold grudges like a goddamn champion), HHID has been going hard all year long.  Especially after I returned: I've kept its two-posts-a-week schedule pretty admirably, I should say.  So, obviously, it's time for me to take another sanity vacation, and what better time to do it than as we segue into a new year?

As usual, thank you both for continuing to support the blog, which, while not exactly at its peak performance (that happened quite a while ago), I still think is better than ever, at least when it comes to the content in the reviews and the responses they draw.  I crossed the one-thousand-posts threshold this year, which is just crazy for me, since this was all originally intended to be a side project to keep my writing skills up to par while I worked on other things.  Still, my main goal here is to keep at this until I at least finish what I started: I also hope to clarify exactly what it is I plan to "finish" sometime in the new year.

I don't plan on being away for very long, but the state of hip hop in 2014 has made it difficult for me to give that much of a shit about newer albums, and as for all of the older ones I tend to write about, well, I have to go dig them out before I can say anything about them.  I encourage everyone to leave your thoughts and votes for your favorite hip hop moments of the year below: as usual, I will refrain from doing any kind of actual list, since I don't really believe in those things, even though I love reading everyone else's.  What can I say?  It's who I am.

(Run The Jewels 2, by the way.)

See you in the new year,

December 26, 2014

My Gut Reaction: PRhyme (Royce da 5'9" + DJ Premier) - PRhyme (December 9, 2014)

This final album review of 2014 is devoted to a collaborative project that I was convinced would never actually happen.  The pairing of Detroit smart-ass Royce da 5'9" and legendary producer DJ Premier has paid off multiple times before, with various album tracks and the occasional single, but a full-length album featuring Ryan Montgomery's bars over Primo's boom-bap?  Could our chosen genre contain themselves for one goddamned moment so that we can realize the importance of what is happening here?  

That last sentence is probably one of the reactions Royce and Primo were hoping for when PRhyme was announced earlier this year, and let's be honest, that's pretty much what they got.  It's Royce and Premier.  Come on.  Even I gave a shit, and I haven't cared about much in the way of new hip hop albums this year.

December 23, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Mobb Deep - The Infamous Mobb Deep (April 1, 2014)

2014 wasn't the greatest year for hip hop in general: aside from the fact that I tend to write about older albums on this blog on purpose, there's a valid reason why I chose to mostly ignore this year's output within our chosen genre.  But that's not to say that 2014 was without hubris, the currency by which modern-day rappers thrive.  Case in point: Queensbridge-based rap duo Mobb Deep reunited to celebrate the twenty-year anniversary of their breakthrough project, their sophomore album The Infamous, one year early, and decided that what the remaining fans they had left really wanted to hear was a new album that listeners would inevitably be forced to draw comparisons from, especially when they chose to pair said new album with a disc filled with rarities and unreleased tracks from The Infamous's studio sessions.

Yeah, that doesn't seem like such a good idea today, huh, guys?

December 19, 2014

The 1000th Post (Holy Fuck)

I actually have nothing planned for today's post except to mark it as the site's one thousandth.  One thousandth.  While that is a number I could have hit much sooner had it not been for all of those annoying hiatuses, it's still a remarkable achievement, and it's all because of you two readers, who appear to still enjoy reading my shit-talking about hip hop, pop culture, and all roads in between.

What I'm saying is, thanks for reading!  For realsies this time.

I'll be back in a few days.  Until then, please feel free to look around the site and maybe purchase some things off of your Christmas shopping list by using the Amazon links strewn throughout.


December 16, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Havoc - 13 (May 7, 2013)

The final cog in the machine that will ultimately bring us to this year's The Infamous Mobb Deep, 13 is Havoc's third solo album, one with a title he must have fucking loved, since this year he went and swiped it for 13 Reloaded, an otherwise-unrelated project featuring all new tracks.  That one I won't be getting to for quite a while, but hey, we'll always have 13, right?

December 12, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons (December 9, 2014)

I'm thinking that, at this point, Ghostface Killah must be bored of traditional rap albums: I assume the idea of filling twelve or more tracks with boasts 'n bullshit hasn't appealed to him over the past few years.  2013's brilliant Twelve Reasons To Die was a marvel in straight-up storytelling, proving that not all concept albums have to automatically suck ass.  So instead of forcing everyone to wait around for Supreme Clientele II or that long-gestating collaborative effort with MF DOOM, Ghost appears to have been dropping writing exercises set to music to keep the fans alert. 

December 9, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Prodigy and The Alchemist - Albert Einstein (June 11, 2013)

Although I know a lot of you two have been waiting around for this post for quite a while, there's at least one reader who's going to run through this quickly while wondering just when I plan on getting to the actual new Prodigy album that dropped last month, that joint effort with something called a Boogz Boogetz.  To which I have two responses: (1) I don't know, but that shit definitely won't be happening anytime soon, and (2) stop fucking complaining and just read this thing, please.