Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Hi-Tech "24/7" (1997)

Mass Vinyl put out a string of NYC indie records in the mid/late-90's, primarily centered around Hi-Tech (the MC, not the producer Hi-Tek). The first joint they dropped was "Book of Life", which developed a small following, but definately did not overwhelm anyone. I always liked the follow-up twelve to "Book of Life", "24/7", mostly for the B-side:

"Book of Life Page 2" is the best thing Hi-Tech had to offer...his voice and flow shine with this beat, whose sample you should immediately recognize, unless you've been living in a cave and have never heard of Portishead. I don't know if it's better than the Portishead cut it samples ("Roads"), but the concept, lyrics and flow work well with the sample despite its familiarity. The chorus itself can function as a mantra, and the verses Hi-Tech builds around it are his vision for his life. This is one of those cuts that you gotta give someone props for making, regardless of how it's received, because they're putting their vision of themselves and their future out there, and shit is well-crafted. Includes vocal and instrumental for both.

[UPDATE, 12:30 PM: Check the comments for a Hi-Tech comp - thorough - care of 6MW]


Blogger 6MW said...

If you want more hi-tech,here's a compilation that I uploaded a couple of days ago in a forum:
01 01 - pad lock
02 02 - bleeding hate
03 03 - 4 degrees for the streets
04 04 - the presentation
05 05 - book of death
06 06 - don't mean jak
07 07 - 4 degrees for the streets remi
08 08 - book of life
09 09 - 24/7
10 10 - continuosly
11 11 - all time einstein
12 12 - book of life pt.2
13 13 - the music
14 14 - the presentation remix
15 15 - the tech's technique
16 16 - weakminds

9:11 AM  
Blogger shadout said...

bleeding hate, don't mean jak = NOT HI TECH

12:24 PM  
Blogger Chason said...

bleeding hate and dont mean jak is = parallax

7:34 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Unfortunately, I only found a dead link. I wish you could upload it again, since I'm really excited about hi-tech's work ever since I heard 3 to 4 tracks on a German Radio Channel back in 97. Found a 12inch for 50Euros, which is too much for me. Thanks already!

4:23 AM  
Blogger Rude Boy BTA said...

Anyone can re-up this?

4:24 PM  

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