Howl has been an original force within emceeing for many years starting with his work with a young Eminem, Rawkus Records on the MTV Lyricist Lounge show. Perhaps he is just as well-known for his contribution to the style game as an original founder of the Lo-Life Crew. The Lo-Lifes being an infamous street fashion crew that forever immortalized Ralph Lauren Polo’s within the culture. Speaking on his relationship with Sadat he said ‘he always remembered me from the late 80’s before I was even rapping when I was terrorizing the clubs. I always was a fan of his music.’
Of course Sadat X is legendary both for his solo work as well as a member of Brand Nubian (along with Grand Puba, Lord Jamarand DJ Alamo). With a distinctive twang and highly influential rhyme-style everyone from Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Pete Rock has sought him out for collaborations. Speaking on working with Howl he said, ‘Thirstin is the perfect example of someone who has transformed himself into a positive force. It’s always great to work with my Lo brother and refreshing to work with another emcee who shares the same relentless work ethic as myself.’
The God And the General can be purchased at Thirstin Howl’s website where you can also find information on his recent photo-journal Bury Me With The Lo On, which is a visual history of the Lo-Life movement (co-authored by Tom Gould and released by Victory Journal). The book has sold out of its second printing as of this writing and has brought him to Japan, Ireland and other locales for speaking engagements.
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