A few months ago, I wrote a couple of pieces called The Search For Godfather Don and A Tribute To Hydra Entertainment. Not long afterwards, I was contacted by Hydra co-founder Mike Heron, which led to me conducting interviews with both Mike and Jerry Famolari, who currently runs the company. Jerry was kind enough discuss the upcoming Hydra release schedule, and one project in particular had me amped – a “Lost Tapes”-style Godfather Don album is being put together! This is set to include around 15 unreleased tracks from 1999-2001, as well as some songs that have already appeared on 12″s. A maxi-single should be hitting the streets in the next month or so.
It seems that Don is still hard at work producing beats, and while he hasn’t touched the mic in a few years we can expect to hear more of his signature tracks on a variety of projects in the next six months. Although we discussed the possibility of hooking-up Don for an interview, it might be take a minute for that to happen between everyone’s busy schedule. There’s also a complilation album in the works called “Home Of The Streets” which features an all-star cast of artists such as Cormega, M.O.P, Lake, Mobb Deep etc. Finally, some new albums I’m actually excited about hearing!
In other Queens-related news, another project that I honestly can’t wait to check is Tragedy – The Movie, based on the ups and downs of the Intelligent Hoodlum’s career (thanks to Tobes from Spine for the link). If you’re not up on Trag’s contribution to hip-hop, and the enduring Queensbridge tradition of top-notch, hardcore rap, then you need to check for this film. Tragedy‘s first record “Coke Is It” (which was renamed “The Tragedy [Don't Do It]” for it’s Nia 12″ release in 1986) still gets a lot of play in my car, and he’s kept dropping heaters through-out his long career. From “Arrest The President” and “Trag Invasion” through to “Da Funk Mode” and “Illuminati”, all the way up to his lyrically incredible “Still Reportin'” album, Percy Coles has worn his heart on his sleeve and delivered some of the most brutally honest rhymes ever pressed to vinyl. Not to mention he masterminded the whole Capone-N-Noreaga project, as well as having a huge influence on artists such as Mobb Deep, Nas and Cormega. Look for a full review as soon as I track down a copy.
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