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Tony Cottrell (A.K.A. Tekzilla) (Born in Cincinnati, OH)

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Reflection Eternal:
Reflection Eternal

Talib Kweli (Born Talib Kweli Greene, October 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, NY)
Hi-Tek (A.K.A. Tekzilla) (Born Tony Cottrell in Cincinnati, OH)

See Also: Black Star

Hi-Tek

Albums
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology²: The Chip
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology³
Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) - Train Of Thought
Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute

Mixtapes
Reflection Eternal - The Re:Union

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Brown Sugar
Common - Uncommon Classics
DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Part Three: Countdown To Armageddon
Hip-Hop Docktrine: The Official Boondocks Mixtape
Hip-Hop Docktrine Two: The Official Boondock Mixtape Disc 2wo
Talib Kweli - The Manifesto (Bootleg)
Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Mix Tape Vol. 2: The Stuggle Continues
Talib Kweli - Kweli-Confidential
Talib Kweli Presents Blacksmith: The Movement
Outlawz - Can't Turn Back Mixtape
Raekwon - The BabyGrande Recordings
Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage
Soundbombing (Reflection Eternal)
Soundbombing II (Reflection Eternal)
The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001
Thug Radio Mixtape 19: Gonna Make A Change
Thug Radio Mixtape 20: Real Shit

Bio From AllMusic.Com
Hi-Tek played a major role in the highly admired golden-age revivalist sound affiliated with the Rawkus Records collective, crafting many of the label's initial breakthrough releases. While Hi-Tek's production style owes a debt to New York's finest beat makers from the early-'90s — DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor — the producer actually arose from Cincinnati's low-key hip-hop scene rather than the streets of Brooklyn. Local mentors such as Ravi T, J-Fresh, and Sen Sai showed the aspiring youth how to craft beats, and by 1992 he had crossed paths with Mood, one of the Midwest city's premier hip-hop groups. Hi-Tek collaborated on the song "Hustle on the Side" and helped the group score a record deal. Years later the producer befriended Talib Kweli, who was in town working with Mood. This affiliation eventually spawned the Reflection Eternal duo, one of the first acts to put the Rawkus label on the map. But it was Hi-Tek's work with Kweli and Mos Def on the milestone Black Star album in 1998 that first made the producer a hot commodity. He next collaborated exclusively with Kweli for Reflection Eternal (2000), an album that crossed over from the b-boy camp to the mass market and became a critically championed coast-to-coast success. Then came Hi-Tek's solo spotlight on Rawkus, Hi-Teknology (2001), which featured a broad range of up-and-coming MCs, including some of his Cincinnati peers. Between releases he produced tracks for a broad array of rappers, including such notables as Snoop Dogg, Blackalicious, and Raphael Saadiq, all the while shopping around for labels to issue his second solo album, finally settling on Babygrande. Hi-Teknology 2 (2006), which included verses from Nas, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, and of course Kweli, was followed by a much less star-studded Hi-Teknology 3 late the next year. - Jason Birchmeier

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