HHDX: Fall Lifestyle Guide

posted August 06, 2003 12:00:00 AM CDT | 0 comments

Whats up hip-hop heads & headettes hope youre all having a great summer and enjoying all the lovely sunrays yeah, theres something about summer that just brings out the best in everyone. Anyways, I dont mean to break your groove, but September is right around the corner, and the Fall Back-to-School season is about to kick into full gear. So being the cool cats we are at hiphopdx, we are hitting you off with all the fuego music and movie information you need for making that transition into Fall as smooth as possible (By the way, fuego is spanish for fire for all non-spanish speaking cats out there).

Since music provides the soundtracks to our lives lets start this thing off with the blazing tunes that will be hitting your record stores for the second half of the year:

Music to check for: Fall 2003
Well, the Wu are back at it again after a whole lot of silence from the Staten Island crew that left all the Wu-heads out there with a major thirst for some lyrical shadow-boxing, the clan is back and ready to hit the masses off something serious.

- First off, Raekwon is putting the finishing touches on his third album The Lex Diamonds Story. With hot tracks off the album floating around like Clientele kids featuring Ghostface and Fat Joe (check for this one - Ghost totally rips the track apart) and Big Spender featuring an ill soul sample, expect Rae to get back to the form he was in on his classic solo debut Cuban Linx . (Release Date Late August)

- Next up from the Wu is the fourth album from Ghostface titled Pretty Tony. This is the Wally Champs first album since his move from Epic to ber rap-label Def Jam. Expect Ghostface to really make some noise with this one since he has the serious marketing machine of Def jam behind him this time around. Tracks include the reggae influenced joint Splash currently killing mixtapes on the NY underground scene, and the piano driven track Paychecks featuring Trife from the Theodore Unit. (Release Date September)

Other releases scheduled from the Wu this Fall are Masta Killahs debut solo album titled No Said Date, and Method Mans new album titled Tical O The Prequel executively produced by Puffy. Meths album features production from Nottz, No I.D. and MHz and is slated for an October Def Jam release.. Also look out for a possible late 2003 release of Dirt McGirts (formally O.D.B) first album since his release from the bing and subsequent move to the Roc.

DMX is heading back in the game after a long hiatus that included beef with a certain Jeffrey Atkins and some Hollywood acting chores. The Dark Man re-enters the game with a new LP titled Grand Champ. The new set includes the current single booming on radio Where the Hood At? and it also includes a collabo joint with 50-Cent in which they both direct their lyrical jabs against a certain bandanna-wearing, bare-chested rapper that reps a label called Murder Inc. Hmmm, who could that be? Grand champ barks into stores September 9th.

Kanye West, the resident Rocafella hit maker strikes out on his own this Fall with his solo joint College Dropout and hes out to prove that he is the best producer on the mic (much respect to the good Doctor at Aftermath General of course). Expect this one to be the sleeper hit this year. Already being lauded by street cats and backpackers alike and featuring guest spots that run the spectrum from O.D.B. all the way to Dirt McGirt, Mr. West should definitely have a lot of heads turning with this one.
(Release date - October 28)

Next up we hit the Dirty South, specifically to ATL and check in on two of the biggest rap names repping the Dirty Dirty Ludacris and OutKast.

- Coming off the success of his first movie role in 2Fast2Furious, Luda is making sure his name stays in the public eye by releasing his third major label album titled Chicken and Beer. Yeah we know thats a funny name for an album, but Luda says he named it that because thats all he does everyday eat chicken and drink beer. We would like to think that there is more to this man than just those two things but who are we to argue. The first single that should be hitting radio real soon is Stand Up an all-out party joint. The album features production by the green-eyed bandit himself, Erick Sermon and Kanye West (Release Date October 7)

- Outkast hits their fans with their fifth studio album in ten years (talk about being productive) and this one is something special a double disc set titled Speakerboxxx with one disc being full of Big Boi music and the other showcasing Andre3000s bugged out music sensibilities. Big Bois disc features appearances from Killer Mike and Jay-Z, and the second disc, simply put, will be a psychedelic journey into the continuing evolution of the Gemini named Andre3000. Expect the Outkast duo to break down a lot of hip-hop boundaries like theyve done with all their previous albums - cant wait to cop this one (Release Date September 9th)
Other albums to check for in the coming months are M.O.P.s currently untitled debut on RocAFella records, Eminem protg, Obie Trices debut Cheers, and the Clones compilation from the Neptunes that should be hitting your hood in late August.

Movies to Check For: Fall 2003:

Scary Movie 3 (Dimension Films) Yep, the teen horror spoof movie is back - thankfully without the Wayans brothers this time around. This time the weird happenings are unexplained crop circles and disturbing video tapes.
Highlight: Eddie Griffin and Queen Latifah pop-up in this one for a Matrix spoof thats supposed to be funny as hell.
(Release Date October 3rd)

Gothika (Warner Brothers) Halle Berry stars in this thriller as a criminal psychologist who wakes up one day to find herself a patient in the same mental word she presides over. Sounds like a great premise for a good mind-fucking if you ask me.
Highlight: Penelope Cruz is in this movie too. With Halle and Penelope together in one flick who the hell needs a freakin plot?
(Release Date October 24th)

Matrix Revolutions (Warner Brothers) The third part of the Matrix trilogy arrives in theaters late this year. With part 2 of the epic, Matrix Reloaded being one of the major bombs this summer, the buzz surrounding Revolutions isnt that great either. The entire movie is supposedly an all-out battle for Zion between the humans and the machines, so expect Neo and company to kick some serious agent butt in this one.
Highlight: Martial arts action sequences like you never seen before (well you saw them in part 1 and 2) and the ill, murky, imagery of Zion, the dwelling place of the humans.
This one is worth going to see if only for sake of closure alone.
(Release date November 5th)


Hot Video Game to Check For: Fall 2003:

For all you gamers, heres some juicy news: Theres a lot of buzz surrounding a new video game from Activision entitled True Crime Streets of LA. Word on the video game circuits is Streets of LA is a gritty, adult-oriented game that showcases the sex, drugs, and violence of LAs grimy underbelly ( expect something similar to Rockstar Games irreverent but totally enjoyable Grand Theft Auto Series). The soundtrack to the game is provided by Westside Connection members Ice Cube, W.C. and Mack 10 along with Bay Area aficionado E-40.
The game and soundtrack are scheduled to hit stores early fall..

Alright people, thats it for now enjoy the rest of the year, and stay fly.

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