Hi-Tek Presents…Music For Life

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All my life, my music and my family have shared a close bond. One of my greatest memories is waking up to my father in the kitchen cooking breakfast, singing an old Bobby Womack song. From that moment on, a connection was made, and I knew music was in my veins.

Growing up, I learned that music had its place in my family, and it seemed everyone revolved their lives around music. I happen to have had a huge family and we’re extremely close, so that meant everyone from my pops to my uncles, to my grandmothers and cousins played their part. I often remember weekends that I would stay at my grandmother’s house (which was like the center of the family universe) and by day it was all about the old records she would play while either cleaning or cooking, and at night it was more of a social club setting. My father and my uncles and older cousins would gather around—singing, and playing guitar.

I realized how important music was to my family; it represented togetherness in our lives. It was actually my uncle who was the first person to put a guitar in my hand. He was self-taught and schooled me to the first elements of music: picking notes, forming chords, etc. Both my father and my uncle went on to become members of the music group D’Italians, which had a deal with Mercury Records. The group later changed their name to 24 Carat Black, and although their albums never really received much props, they did record the heavily sampled track “Ghetto: Misfortunes Wealth.” But it was those gatherings which served as the blueprint for what would be later known as “Family Jam Sessions.”

Since I opened my studio, TekLab, I made sure to leave one Sunday open a month in an attempt to re-create those memorable family gatherings that I once was a part of. I went from banging the screen door for percussion to leading a session with mic’ed up instruments and real production. As a producer, I truly believe this is what it means to produce. What innocently started out twenty years earlier in my grandmother’s backyard transformed into a full live session with fifteen-plus family members present, all adding their input. With my pops in the vocal booth, my uncle on guitar, and countless young nieces and nephews all doing the, “Ooh, let me do it too,” the Willie Cottrell Band was formed.

Way before Nas and Olu linked up on “Bridging The Gap,” I had recorded several songs with my pops. It wasn’t until recently, while recording in the studio with Dion, that I realized how timeless these unfinished projects were. On the new album, the world will finally hear our work. The first record, “Josephine” was recorded about 2002, and was created at a Family Band Session; the other record, “People Going Down,” is more of an inside view of how an actual jam session might sound. There’s my pop’s singing, my uncle on guitar, me on the drums, even my little niece crying; my goal to bring these “Family Jam Sessions” to the next generation, and literally “bridge the gap”.

Listen To:
Hi-Tek feat. The Willie Cottrell Band, Ghostface & Pretty Ugly “Josephine”

Hi-Tek feat. The Willie Cottrell Band “People Going Down”

Both taken from Hi-Teknology 2, in stores October 17th.

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  • thoreauly77

    that track “josephine” is fucking dope.

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    ^ co-sign, Josephine= hot…..

  • http://www.rap2k.com cameroon

    first , nan i’am not first ha ha ha

  • 112 GRAMS

    112TH

  • http://JOSEPHINE rj

    JOSEPHINE IS LIKE THE ILLEST SONG EVER! I CANT GET ENOUGH OF IT RIGHT NOW…

  • http://JOSEPHINE rj

    JOSEPHINE IS LIKE THE ILLEST SONG EVER! I CANT GET ENOUGH OF IT RIGHT NOW…

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Yo Tek Josephine is the shit. I like more than anything that you can and did incorporate ya family into your music. Oh how i wish that when the time comes my son will get into this thing of ours called Hip-hop and do shit like this with his old man…

    Good shit. You know I’m copping the album!!!

  • G Off

    Nice look. Co-sign the rest, Josephine is a great song. People Going Down is hot too.

    I’ll be getting the album

  • KICKER

    your a deep dude, good shit man, feel like i know you now.(no homo)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com,Version=1 Rey

    Shameless plug, but as a member of a big, close family, I felt that. Good job, Tek. Keep speaking from the heart.

  • Bang

    dope post. family + music, that’s real right there. Peace, Hi tek

  • southrapsucks

    im listening to josephine right now…
    ghostface is ill as fuck…
    the other dude was cool too
    the beats sick the singings tight
    hi-teknology might end up being a slept on classic

  • frank

    that josephine track is off the hinges…

  • Doc Flav

    Family love is the bidness, persu dat! Tek, dont trip on the low post numbers on your blog, its just the fact that nobody can hate on what you put down. Ohio REPRESENT! EAST CLEVELAND, CENTRAL AVE, ST CLAIR, EUCLID, SUPERIOR…

  • http://www.jumpoff.tv www.jumpoff.tv

    DAMN MAN, ILL TRACKS! ALBUM IS A MUST-COP.

    I HAVEN’T HEARD AN ILL JOINT IN A WHILE…IT’S GOOD TO SEE HI TEK HOLDING IT DOWN.

  • Supreme_Being

    Hi-Technology is a classic in the making from all the tracks ive heard so far from “NY,NY”, “music for life”, “keep it moving”, “people goin down” and now “Josephine” sure these album deserves no less than 4mics or else HIP HOP is really DEAD…….

  • Majesty

    This is a track for the OG’s to ride and lay back to. I like this. I hope all the tracks from the album are like this. Has a Roots feel.

  • Supreme_Being

    BOy got production talent & skills. hope
    Nas included him on his Hip Hop is DEAD album

  • http://www.wildstylefm.nl J to the A.A.P.

    Hot Damn, not only is your guest-column pretty much the best read on this site, you’re packing sounds to match!

  • http://rodneydugue.blogspot.com RD

    I’m happy you said what you had to say…well one, it gives me information to use to write my review of your latest album ann 2) it shows what type of artist you are. Everyone needs to get Hi-teknology 2. tek, are you going to address the “So tired” track? I thought that was the gem on the album.

    RD

  • content

    good shit

  • daesonesb

    ghostface’s verse is sick as hell.
    good lookin on the josephine vocals too.

  • RE-T

    black music needs “PEOPLE GOING DOWN” TEK please send that song out as an urban/ac single it will impact modern radio in a big way. THE VIBE OF THAT SONG IS SO ILL. I WILL BE PURCHASING YOUR ALBUM TUES.

  • http://XXL Jay Arrington

    So far from what I’m seeing and hearing artists are really trying 2 bring real Hip Hop back 2 life. All the songs that I’ve heard so far from Hi-Tek’s album are sure fire classics. I also love the fact that he got his family doing music with him on the album. Keep doing ya thing Tek. I will be buying your album A.S.A.P.

  • mech1

    Thank you hi-tek and family for making incredible music. Definitely gonna pick up the album. Keep up the good work.

  • smh

    dion is the shit!

  • cool biz

    yesir thanks for this music mr technology

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