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Tag Archives: Hi-Tek
Reflection Eternal, Revolutions Per Minute Warner Bros. It has taken a decade for Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek to resume their partnership, but Revolutions Per Minute sounds like the two never parted. In spite of his freelance assignments for G-Unit … Continue reading
This essay was posted on Rhapsody.com’s Music Stuff Place blog on May 25. I wrote it for my Rap Is Not Pop column. ————————————- Rap Is Not Pop: Lies, Relatives And Revolutions Do rappers even rap anymore? When B.o.B’s The … Continue reading
You may have noticed that I’m posting more videos lately. Expect that to continue. I won’t be posting a bunch of wick-wack though, just the stuff that’s relevant to Plug One. This one’s from the upcoming Reflection Eternal reunion album … Continue reading
Nearly ten years ago, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek issued Reflection Eternal. They packed the classic album with thoughtful neo-soul-influenced tracks. But soon after its release — which was delayed over a year and originally titled Train of Thought — … Continue reading
Here is a speculative list of ten 2009 hip-hop albums. All of these titles are scheduled to drop sometime during the next 12 months. I omitted some perennial “coming soon” titles (Madvillainy 2, 9th Wonder’s The Wonder Years, Ghost & … Continue reading
It’s been over a decade since Tony "Hi-Tek" Cottrell first set the indie world aflame with his classic productions for Reflection Eternal, Mood and Common. Since then, he’s had something of a journeyman’s career. He’s landed beats on a few big albums for artists like Snoop Dogg, G-Unit and the Game, and is now a staff producer for Dr. Dre’s vaunted Aftermath Entertainment. However, unlike the Alchemist, another producer unafraid to navigate between the indie and mainstream world, Hi-Tek has yet to score a major hit, or build a truly compelling body of work.
Some might take that criticism as a dis. But take it with a grain of salt, as Hi-Tek is undoubtedly a talented producer working towards achieving his potential. The next step is Hi-Teknology 3, the latest chapter in a solo compilation series that has, according to his publicists, moved over 600,000 units to date. Set for release via Babygrande on December 11, it features guest shots from Estelle, Young Buck, Kurupt, M-1, Little Brother, Talib Kweli and many others. The first single is "My Piano" with Raekwon & Ghost.
The track listing for Hi-Teknology 3 is below.