Until around my junior year of high school, I had this idea in my mind that musicians and actors were a completely different level of person than the average individual. I’d been to a few arena-level concerts and seen major motion pictures, but nothing at the club or indie level up to that point, and definitely nothing that featured anybody local. That all changed right around the time I discovered Alien Records, once a mainstay of the Austin music scene… the location introduced me to local shows where underground acts that I was just becoming familiar with toured and played, and the shows were rich with local support. This is how a number of Texas hip-hop acts, chief among them being Tee Double, made it to my radar. He was already prolific at the time, and one of the first local LPs I ever purchased was his Lost Scriptures project, distributed by the California-based GoodVibe Recordings. It was a trip owning a record by somebody I personally knew, and it’s still a trip 20 years later, even more so now that time has entered the equation. Take a moment and check out this classic, add it to your collection if you don’t already own it, and spread it around so others can do the same!
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Tagged alien records, austin, california, chief, goodvibes recordings, hip hop, lost scriptures, tee double, texas, the doomsday device
(video courtesy of William Tompkins)
This past Austin Music Awards ceremony was full of awards presented and memorable moments, but none stood larger than the moving tribute paid to 9-time Hip-Hop Award winner Donnell Robinson, formerly professionally known as MC Overlord in the Texas music scene. His passing in 2018 was one that left a definite hole in the community, as a recent triumph over health issues made his passing that much more of a shock. Dirty Wormz came through to back up Tray God, Tee Double and Bavu Blakes (the trio of MCs formerly associated with the Austin hip-hop cornerstone Hip-Hop Humpday), and the collective blazed through a set of songs while the crowd and performers all became awash in the glow of memories and homage. We must never forget our fallen soldiers, and this is an instance of the scene coming together to solidify that fact.
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Tagged austin, austin music awards, bavu blakes, chief, dirty wormz, donnell robinson, hip hop, hip-hop humpday, mc overlord, tee double, texas, the doomsday device, tray god, tribute
Last night, my timeline was filled with sad news. Dominican Jay, Smackola and Tee Double all posted right around the same time about the passing of MC Overlord, who’d been in and out of the hospital for the better part of 2018. In this loss, Austin is losing a legend, a diplomat and a true enthusiast for its hip-hop scene. As a member of .::liquidstereoproject in the early 2000’s, Overlord was one of the acts that embraced us and gave us opportunities to open for his projects, which certainly helped us build a crowd. His impact and influence are unmatched in this town. In memory of this influence and his kind spirit, I’m sharing two videos courtesy of the Austin History Center to give you an idea of what MC Overlord was all about when he was at a creative and career peak. He will be remembered and honored for years to come, I am sure.
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Tagged .::liquidstereoproject, austin, austin history center, chief, dominican jay, hip hop, mc overlord, rest in peace, smackola, tee double, the doomsday device
Of all the Austin-based MCs and producers, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with the drive, vision and longevity of Tee-Double. Of the many hats he wears (cultural diplomat, business educator, creative advocate), the man still finds time to produce, write and engineer his own albums, adding to his vast catalog. Bless The Child E.P. finds Tee-Double really learning the limits of his studio, the newly crowned Teetopia. Breakbeat exploration is still used, but Tee has been throwing more and more live musical elements into his production, giving this album the sound and feel of a funk-band’s back-up. Add the natural dosage of lyrics about being hip to the business side of the game, the journey from where he came to where he’s arrived, and the inspirational messages he gives to listeners (artists and casual fans), this E.P. is shaping up to be one of the more important releases of 2017. Cheers to you, sir, and keep doing what you’re doing.
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Tagged austin, bless the child ep, chief, hip hop, tee double, teetopia, the doomsday device
You already know the drill. Tee Double is an advocate for Austin music, and a legend in his own right. Mirage512‘s brainchild QuiteTrillWorldwide is an outlet for education and social awareness. Black Mics Matter is a statement about these turbulent times we are living in, how not much has changed, and how we need to find understanding in order to move forward. Give it a watch, and give the compilation a listen.
In light of the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, the shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, and the all too familiar pattern of these events with no end in sight, Kinetic Global mastermind Tee Double decided to do what he could to bring some awareness to these situations. The result is The Black Mics Matter Project, a compilation of Texas hip hop artists and bands that are sharing their perspective on this message of police brutality and equal rights. The lineup is heavy with talent, the compilation is free to download, and donations are being taken for future projects and events via the GoFundMe page. Do your part for this important time in our existence, because it has repercussions that will be felt for generations to come.
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Tagged alton sterling, baton rouge, chief, dallas, kinetic global, philando castille, tee double, the black mics matter project, the doomsday device
Nobody should ever doubt the work that Austin hip-hop legend Tee-Double puts in to represent hip-hop culture in general, and the hometown specifically. A string of albums both on labels and independently released, a marketing group and several outreach groups/conferences have all originated in the brain of Tee-Double… dude has his own day, for Christ-sake. The Ambassador Status EP is both a continuation in his progression and a giant leap forward. Period point-blank, this is a dope project on all fronts. This is collectively some of the best production I’ve heard from Tee, and as always, the lyrics are on point, but there is a unified focus on this entire project that I either have not recognized on prior projects, or was not present. There is literally no reason why you should not support this project.