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It’s no secret, to be successful in life employing strategy is imperative. More than proving to be a formidable tool against those inevitable obstacles, it offers organization amidst the ever-present chaos. For context, let’s consider the discipline of a chess strategist/player. The absence of emotion veils the calculations of the mind; that strategic design that is ultimately disclosed upon the surface of a mere checkered pattern with monarchical pieces. For all intents and purposes, the game of chess is life’s simulator. By way of opponent intent and the assessment of it, your willingness to enforce strategy supports self-sustainability, and if executed correctly, triumph over your worthy adversary. Just ask Maurice Ashley – chess strategist/aficionado and the first African American to receive the “Grandmaster” title from the World Chess Federation, FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs).

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On this episode of TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio, D.D. Turner, C. Stats, and DJ Jay St. Paul kick it with chess Grandmaster, Maurice Ashley. With him, the crew discusses his journey towards becoming a world renowned chess player, his effort to continue to increase the game’s exposure, and why everyone should consider the game and its inherent strategies as a tool to help navigate life’s obstacles.
And as usual, DJ Jay St. Paul entertains us with a mix that effectively highlights the game of chess’ reference in Hip Hop music. Click below to listen.

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Hearing good music, in its originally composed format, makes for a great experience. But when that original composition is reinterpreted in a manner that explores and subsequently identifies additional depth in the piece, the listener finds themselves thrust into a subjective space where the sound’s melodic pleasantries are perhaps as ubiquitous as the smell of ripe fruit emanating from a NYC Produce stand on a hot summer’s day.

By far, Hip Hop has led the charge in the reinterpretation of classic music compositions; inherent to the existence of true Hip Hop DJs, Producers, and Beat Makers is the beloved activity of Crate Digging – The process of sourcing past obscure and popular music titles for the purpose of reinterpreting the original composition to make it anew. At the beginning of Hip Hop’s timeline, the infancy of this skill would be displayed by pioneering DJs [like DJ Kool Herc, DJ Hollywood, DJ Afrika Islam, DJ Grandmaster Flowers, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Grandmaster Flash, DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, Kool DJ Red Alert, DJ Marley Marl, DJ Chuck Chillout, and DJ Jazzy Jay], all of whom would maintain the collective momentum and engagement of partygoers by manually extending/looping identified drum patterns from previously released classic Soul/R&B compositions. This would come to be known as the Break-Beat; the keystone and arguably most fundamental component of Hip Hop’s, Rap music. Celebrated beat and production craftsmen that have and continue to indulge in this process while making advancements to the skill include the likes of the legendary J-Dilla, DJ Pete Rock, DJ Premier, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, No I.D., Hank and Keith Shocklee (The Bomb Squad), Q-Tip, Kanye West, Timbaland, 9th Wonder, and Just Blaze.

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But also leading the effort of this discipline is Detroit’s own, Tall Black Guy. Tall Black Guy has coined a sound and music production style [amidst the realm of Hip Hop] that is truly all his own. To attempt to contextualize the depth of his creativity in words is to be of a disservice to Tall Black Guy and the effort of explanation related to his level of musicianship. So, in traditional TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio fashion, we’d like to formally invite you to check out the upcoming, ‘Tall Black Guy Chapter.’ This Wednesday on March 16th, TCOHHL Radio kicks it with Mo-Town’s own, T.B.G. With him, we discuss his childhood, musical influences, production style, Hip Hop culture, past/present/future projects, and a host of other topics. And the playlist you ask? Let’s just say that this will be a great opportunity for you to be introduced and/or reminded of the skill and style of our homie, Tall Black Guy.

By: D.D. Turner , Founder/Executive Producer/Host – TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio

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DrDre-compton

Visualize this: A high risk surgical procedure that can either reinforce or destroy a reputation. The Surgeon leading the procedure works methodically, allowing his knowledge and experience to guide the delicate execution of his hands. The objective is implicit; don’t fuck this up! The intent of the procedure is to correct a problem, and above all else, restore some sense of hope and self-sustainability back to the life of the patient. The task is finally nearing completion. Regarding the Surgeon’s willingness to perform a corrective procedure, the past 16 years, according to his supporters, have been a period of assumed obsessiveness. The opportunity to experience his skill in an extensive capacity was thought to have been a thing of the past. But right when the fans of the Surgeon arrive at the edge of despair, prepared to release their hopes and dreams [of him showcasing his skills] into the darkened chasm of never-no-more, the Surgeon announces his completion. And the result? The long-awaited successful completion of a major surgery, proving that he hasn’t lost not even an ounce of skill.

More than restore quality of life, the good Doctor has rendered something masterful; his work somehow transcends the notion of individualized impact and provides healing unto several generations and perhaps, even insight unto those not privy to the significance of what he has achieved. This Surgeon is Compton, California and Hip Hop’s very own, Dr. Dre and the result of his execution is his latest release, Compton; an appropriate accompaniment to the feature film release, Straight Outta Compton.

“What the FUCK is going on with Detox?!” Albeit inarticulate, this was surely the collective sentiment of those of us yearning to recapture the moment when we first experienced Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut solo release, The Chronic. While the follow-up release, [Chronic] 2001, proved to deliver a satisfying schedule of bangers, it fell short of capturing the resonant impact of its predecessor. And while we managed to get a dose of the Doctor’s prescription over the years through his work with Eminem, 50 Cent, The Firm, Knoc-Turn’Al, Xzibit, Game, Snoop, and a host of others, none of this proved to be as potent of an elixir as hearing Dre over his own concoctions on a full-length project. And now that the day has arrived, those of us that found ourselves obsessing over this day, can now indulge in the experience that audible overdosing has to offer. And undoubtedly, this offers a formidable fix. No Detox needed!

Compton effectively syncs with the feel and tone of Kendrick Lamar’s recent release, To Pimp A Butterfly. It opens with an overview of Compton’s cultural history and offers transparency into the historical occurrence of the White-Flight phenomenon and the subsequent rise of deteriorated conditions following the influx of Black and Brown folks into the City. Following the intro, the album proceeds to convey a message; one that highlights the plight of Black and Brown existence in the inner-city and the assumptions that are perpetuated by the perspective of White Supremacy/Privilege ideology. But conversely, supported by its progressive sound, it imparts a sense of hope through Dre’s vulnerability; he offers full disclosure about the struggles of his life before success but without departing from the hardcore content that his fans have come to appreciate.

Ultimately, the project provides balance and confirms itself to not just be the continuation of Compton’s new sound, but more appropriately, the realization of an archetype that began more than 30 years prior as a result of the vision of the beloved Surgeon. That be Andre “Dr. Dre” Young. This shit knocks!!

By: D.D. Turner, #TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) / Chief Turd-Bird Annihilator

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