What’s good party people. For once I’m coming out you with no year end or decade B.S., thank goodness. It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon around the WYDU offices, with no football I’m left wondering what to do with myself. I’m sure I can figure out something here soon. I thought one thing we could do is catch up some music that was submitted to us over the past month that we are sorely behind on, and for that we apologize to the artists and the readers. A lot of this stuff has already been seen on other blogs, but if you missed then, now is your chance to catch up.
First off is H.W.(aka Hazardous Waste), reppin’ Boston MA. His album, A Year’s Worth of Misery, dropped Christmas Eve. The album features production from Mac Lethal, Redlist, Phil And Numberman, and Tugboat. H.W. is along the same vein as Atmosphere, Eydea and Sage Francis. Okay, I guess you could call it emo, so if you are not into that type of thing, this probably isn’t for you. Myself, I have a guilty pleasure for Atmosphere, so I don’t mind the whole emo thing. H.W. does the vibe quite well, on some “women suck” type of thing. This is indicated on the top track of the album, “Shithead,” which sounds like something Slug himself penned in his “Lucy Ford” days. “Happy Song,” switches up things up a bit with a lighter approach. “You Know My Name” is another upbeat song, that actually works really well, with hand claps and a sing a long time of vibe to it.
All in all if you are into the whole introspective type of hip hop, this is most definitely worth your time. -Trav
2. Complications 02:34
3. The End Of The Line 01:55
4. A Day In The Life 02:39
5. My Happy Song 03:41
6. Push Foward (featuring Redlist) 03:29
7. Smile featuring MobRobb 02:28
8. Live Death Love Stress 02:58
9. Appreciate It 01:27
10. Rough Roads, Fun Times 04:07
11. You Know My Name 04:21
12. UHF 01:44
Paving his own path in the Boston hip hop scene with countless shows under his belt, H.W. (also known as Hazardous Wastes) brings us his newest effort, A Year’s Worth of Worry. This release is a cohesive collection of songs that share his vivid stories of life’s challenges. Once again, H.W. shows the hip hop community how he contributes to the Boston scene with a truly unique style of rap that is serious and insightful yet cynical and sarcastic. His lyrics often portray him as a sensitive person — but the intense honesty he puts behind each track maintains his hard edge. The deeply moving content of H.W.’s material on AYWOW is so powerful and real that the listener will likely develop a personal connection with his music after just a couple songs. All heart and no lies, H.W. is a passionate emcee and an aspiring entrepreneur. He is the owner of the independent label, Delusional Records, which he founded in 2002. He also works closely with DJ Emoh Betta (Deck Demons), one of Boston’s most talented DJs. H.W. has big plans for 2010 – be on the lookout.
Here is some other information pertaining to H.W.’s credentials:
He has played shows with Eyedea And Abilities, Themselves (Anticon), Solillaquists Of Sound (Anti Records), Sole (Anticon/FakeFour Records). Awol One (FakeFour Records), Ikon The Mic King, Pierre The Motionless (France), Tame One(currently signed with Amalgam Digital), Brzowski (milled pavement records), RADIx (Early Spotter Records, has gotten coverage on MTV2, Urb Magazine), Akrobatik (Fat Beats Records), Access Immortal (Early Spotter Records), Chachi, Dez (FingerPrint Records), Joey Beats, Poorly Drawn People, Labeless Illteligence. He has toured Nationally and International (most recently Canada).
Some live videos you will enjoy:
H.W. & DJ Emoh Betta “Shithead” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDhWwa4ZJAs
H.W. & DJ Emoh Betta “Faded Memories” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrus7-50Ay4
H.W. & DJ Emoh Betta “A Day In The Life” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQvjJ3r0igE