Video: “Linen” – Mikkey Halsted feat. Twista

Mikkey Halsted teams up with Chicago’s very own o.g. Twista to bring you a visual for “Linen”. If you aren’t familiar with Mikkey (you should be if you come here often and you should come here often) this usually isn’t his style. I like the versatility it shows from him though. Chi looks good in the summer, for the 2 weeks it’s summer in Chicago. This isn’t on Dark Room but you should broaden you’re horizons and pick that up.

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Video: “Exorcist” – Mikkey Halsted

The audio for this track dropped in November but Mikkey decides to revive “Exorcist” with a visual. It still has me in awe that Mikkey curses while quoting scripture and rebuking the devil but to each his own. I think we have to take Mikkey’s explanation for what it was and the visuals for what they are. Alone the visuals are on par, if not better than today’s hottest artists. I applaud Mr. Halsted & No I.D. for doing something away from the box. Hopefully people are still paying attention to the outsiders.

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Video : Camera’s Ready – Mikkey Halsted

Mikkey blesses us with another visual from The Darkrooom. This sounds like an ode to Chicago, the city from whence he came.

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Video: WIMH interview with Mikkey Halsted

Mr. Halsted sits down with Chi-towns WIMH radio and conducts an interview with, idk the personalities name. This footage was chopped and edited but you get the gist of what occured.

You still don’t like Mikkey? Get right or get left is the motto.Don’t be a dummy your whole life. Those that know, know.

The Darkroom – 12.21.2010

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Video: Bars (pt.Too) – Mikkey Halsted

Mikkey releases another promo video for The Darkroom. All Mr. Halsted is doing is offering you an opportunity to be in the know. Don’t be a dummy your whole life. 12.21.10

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Mikkey Pella – Mikkey Halsted

Mikkey Halsted might be too smart to be a rapper. I don’t know what they drink in Chicago but Common, Lupe and this dude are “ON IT”. “Get right or get left. Those that know, know. Don’t be a dummy your whole fucking life.”

The Darkroom hits the internets 12.21.10. Whoever appreciates me will stuff that in my e-mail.

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Mikkey Halsted explains Exorcist

Mikkey takes some time out to explain the lyrics of “Exorcist”. I wish more rappers would take the time to do this. Less confusion, less barbershop talk.

First of all, I wanna say thanks to all those who have supported the release of my first official single “Exorcist” produced by No ID. As I read the comments on the blogs and sites, I see that a lot of people think I was taking personal shots at certain rappers…but let me take the time to put those rumors to rest. Exorcist isn’t about anyone personally. It’s about hip-hop as a whole.

I feel that before hip-hop was concerned with validation from Radio and Awards Shows it was in a much purer form. I feel like the internet boom and all of the sites and blogs are helping to give dope artists a platform to restore the balance. Yet and still, it’s uneven.

Think about it, in a landscape where labels hold radio spins so sacred, how can the Tribe Called Quest’s and Ice Cube’s of today be heard on a national mainstream level? Imagine if hip-hop was in the state that it’s in now back during Hip-hop’s golden years.

Would Ice Cube and NWA have gotten deals? What about Nas? Would they have said Illmatic didn’t have a radio record with legs? Would Tribe have got signed? X-Clan? Would the label ask Public Enemy to give them a radio smash? Would the we have gotten to know about and enjoy Black Moon, Lord Finesse and Big L? What if a young Common Sense was trying to get signed in today’s hip-hop climate? Would he get a deal, or would he be told that he needed a hit? I think you get my point.

Hip-hop never need validation from the establishment to be dope. Remember when only hip-hop like Mc Hammer and Young Mc were winning Grammys? How many grammys did GangStarr win? Did we care? We knew Gangstarr was light years better than Young Mc, right?

I’m happy that hip-hop has grown and song’s like Jay-Z’s “DOA” produced by my buddy No ID can take home the hardware now. But as a whole, are the new Public Enemies and NWA’s of the world being lost in the label shuffle? What do you think?

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The Exorcist – Mikkey Halsted

This is the first single to Mikkey Halsted’s Dark Room LP. It’s a very interesting way to go with a single, especially your first single. I’m not dissing, definitly not, but this is on the same wave length as “Better Run Run“. Mikkey is a far better lyricist but the message is very much the same, minues the Jay-Z dissing.

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First Class [video] – Mikkey Halsted

Don’t know anything about this video just that Mikkey killed it. Chi-town representer!


Mighta Missed Monday : Mikkey Halsted

Mighta Missed Monday

This mixtape is perfect for mighta missed monday. I didn’t pay attention to Mikkey when I saw him on NahRight before I saw Got Bars 7. “Those that know-know” offers you a chance to be in the know.

Download Best You nEver Heard. Cover provided after the jump creativecontrol’s direction of Mikkey’s intro at DD172. Dame Dash’s Tribeca Gallery.

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