Large Professor Lights The Fuse For Tragedy Khadafi & Truth On A Remix That Bangs
Queens, New York MC Truth has been rapping for more than half of his life and is influenced by the likes of Mobb Deep, Run-D.M.C., Nas, Kool G. Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, Organized Konfusion and other local legends that have played a significant role in shaping his style. While Truth’s art feeds off the Big Apple’s historic boom-bap sound, his aura stands for something that separates him from contemporary peers.
Truth recently released his sophomore EP titled The Fight For Survival. The independent album consists of compelling lyrics and features from Ill Bill (of La Coka Nostra/Non-Phixion), Royal Flush, and Tragedy Khadafi (fka The Intelligent Hoodlum). He also has production from Da Beatminerz, Large Professor, and longtime personal DJ (and album executive producer) Blahzay Blahzay’s PF Cuttin.
His new single “TNT (Truth & Tragedy)” features 30-plus-year Queens O.G. Tragedy Khadafi. DJ Doom originally produced the song, but the good people from Animal Military Records decided to drop a visual for the Extra P remix. Large Pro’s take also includes cuts from Rocksteady Crew’s own DJ JS-1. “TNT” takes listeners back to the essence, while JS-1’s creates a hook by mixing quotes from D.M.C., Q-Tip, LL Cool J, and Havoc. P’s Jazz sample and wide range of instrumentation sets the stage while Truth lyrically stands on his two feet while ending his verse with, “I’m an MC, peace to Shan / Started from park jams / It’s Queens tradition, y’all listen, but wouldn’t understand.”
With direction by Tha Embassy Elite, the borough of Queens becomes the backdrop of “TNT.” The viewer may begin to reminisce about the good days of Video Music Box, Yo! MTV Raps, and Rap City when music videos were about the artists, the art, the DJ, the b-boy and not the glitz and glamor.
The love of the culture, the five elements, and creating music is what drives Truth as an MC. He stands for something that makes the listeners pay attention to the reason why Hip-Hop was created in the first place. With the release of The Fight For Survival, Truth is hopeful that everything will come full circle again.
Along with being available on all streaming services, you can also purchase a vinyl copy of The Fight for Survival at Fat Beats. This month, Tragedy released Camouflage Regime with Jedi Mind Tricks’ front-man, Vinnie Paz.
Press photograph provided by Truth.