Thursday, September 28, 2006

When you think of hiphop most people automatically think of places like New York, California and most states in the southern region of the country, but definitely not Ohio! I've had the pleasure of visiting several cities in Ohio over my years, and honestly that state has nothing that closely resembles a hiphop scene. Then again the Midwest is not really respected for its contributions to hiphop movement as a whole, and Ohio is no exception. Don't get it confused though, because the Midwest is doing their thing-thing. Personally, I can careless where hiphop artists originate from. If they make good quality music, then I'm a fan. Actually, two of my favorite hiphop producers reppin' Ohio. One is Count Bass D (Canton) and the other is the kat I am shining some light on today. My man DJ Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal) repping "Tha Nati" a.k.a Cincinnati, Ohio. If you didn't know, Hi-Tek is sick with them beats. Hi-Tek's music career started back in 1997 when he met Talib Kweli who was a member of a hiphop group that called themselves Mood. Talib and Hi-Tek became friends, so in 1998 Tek was given the opportunity to provide most of the production on the self-titled classic Black Star (Mos Def + Talib Kweli) album that dropped in 1998. If you don't have that Black Star album by now, you are definitely missing out on some great music. In 2000, Hi-Tek and Talib joined forces released another classic album entitled, "Train of Thought" under the name Reflection Eternal. "The Blast" is still one of my favorite joints because it has one of the illest beats ever made in my personal opinion! Then just like most great things, Hi-Tek and Talib's working relationship turned sour. Was it their EGO's?? Rumor has it that there were some creative differences between the two of them, so Talib decided to work with some different producers on his next few solo releases? I must say, Talib's solo albums minus Hi-Tek were aiight for the most part, but none of them have equaled the quality or blatant dopeness of the Reflection Eternal album. I am ready for the sequel!! Hell, I really want another Black Star joint to drop while I am talking about it dammit!!

Just like Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek kept his music career moving along with the release of his first solo endeavor in 2001 entitled, "Hi-Teknology" that featured several solid guest appearances from Common, Mos Def, Slum Village, Buckshot and Talib Kweli of course. This was definitely one of my favorite albums that came out in 2001. Since then, Hi-Tek has been keeping busy producing tracks for several artists. Forget all dat though because Hi-Tek is back in 2006! The new album is entitled "Hi-Teknology 2: The Chip," which drops October 17, 2006. The sophmore joint is full of several guest shots from artist like Jadakiss, Talib Kweli, Raekwon, Nas and Floetry just to name a few. I'm excited about this joint and you should be true.

Checkout Hi-Tek's Myspace Page:

ere to hear a couple tracks from Hi-Tek's new album!



Anonymous said...

I can't wait to get this album!

Shock P said...

This is one of the best hiphop albums that has been released in 2006. The hotness...