This is the first part of the All Love No Hate Documentary Series by The H&T, a hip-hop group based out of Pittsburgh, PA. In this episode they are en route to New York City to audition for BET’s Blaze the Stage.
When this project fell into my lap, I had never heard of H&T or The Rhythm Thief before, so I had to do some research just to learn about what I was getting myself into. H&T is made up of four members and The Rhythm Thief is a production duo based out of a home studio somewhere in Pittsburgh. Not much else could be found on either group, but they came together to create this short, 5-track EP, and with what I’m assuming was limited resources, I was pleasantly surprised at what I heard.
The opener, “True Grit,” pulls you in from the start with it’s powerful guitar-based production and gets things rolling with great energy. As far as the rest of the EP is concerned, The Rhythm Thief showcases their versatility in the best way they know how: each song has its own vibe and nothing sounds repetitive (though in only five tracks, it would be disappointing if it did). The highlight comes in the form of “One Step Away,” a song with a great message and a fitting instrumental that could stand on its own if need be. It’s worth noting that live instrumentation was used to create these songs, which says something in itself of their dedication.
H&T tries their best to share the load of the lyrics on 5234 Forbes, not an easy task with four members and only five tracks. It seems that the group is comfortable with two sounds: in-your-face, raw tracks and a more laid back, airy vibe, which creates a wonderful balance in the short preview of their talents. On the latter types of songs, the emcees tend to have their lyrics stand out more. The only problem arises when the production seems to overpower their vocals on some of the bolder cuts.
“True Grit” and the bonus track, “Violated,” come across as polar opposites of the other three tracks, which sound more smooth and even fantastical at times. “One Step Away,” already a standout for production, is only further improved by some rhymes that fit the mood of the song nearly perfectly. It’s clear that both of these groups are just getting their feet wet, but they’ve found a chemistry that could act as a very effective springboard for their music.
If you can relate, give unfamiliar music a chance, as I did. Overall rating: 3/5
Probably around a year ago I received a submission from The H&T which I promptly rejected due to the track being unmixed. Kai Roberts took the advice in stride and followed up with a new track and I’ve been hooked ever since.
The H&T took a new approach with their new project 5234 Forbes The EP (Feb 10) enlisting the help of production duo “The Rhythm Thief” and incorporating live instruments.
Here’s one of the new tracks “One Step Away”
This is the official music video for Love is Blind by Kai Roberts. The song is featured on The H&T’s released entitled “The Epic Project” as well as Kai Roberts’s solo mixtape entitled “Life Lights and Passion”. Download Links are below.
For more on the H&T visit their official site at www.hiphopterror.com.
Shot by Sam Suter of Guest Room Productions
Edited by Kai Roberts