Hi-Tek

Hi-Tek

Hi-Tek

Biography

Tony Cottrell, better known as Hi-Tek, is a hip-hop record producer and rapper from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is best known for his work with Talib Kweli on his "Reflection Eternal" album and on "Black Star". His father is singer Willie Cottrell of the Willie Cottrell Band whom Hi-Tek featured on his second release "Hi-Teknology 2".

Hi-Tek started his rap career with hip hop group Mood and had a regional hit with "Hustle on the Side". That song was made for Mood's album "Doom", which featured amongst others Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli. Talib and Hi-Tek clicked immediately, and Hi-Tek went on to produce most of Talib Kweli and Mos Def's "Black Star" (1998). In 2000, Hi-Tek and Kweli (under the name Reflection Eternal) released "Train of Thought" on Rawkus Records, with raps by Talib Kweli and beats by Hi-Tek. It enjoyed moderate crossover radio success with the singles "The Blast" and "Move Somethin'". Reflection Eternal released a follow-up album titled Revolutions Per Minute on May 18, 2010.

After signing to Rawkus Records, Hi-Tek produced for a number of the labels projects, including the popular "Soundbombing" series; a three-record compilation of mostly Rawkus-based artists. In 2001, he released his solo album "Hi-Teknology" on Rawkus. The album featured appearances by Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Vinia Mojica, Buckshot, and others, with all production handled by Hi-Tek. It received some critical acclaim and spawned a minor hit "Round and Round" with Cincinnati singer Jonell. Although the record sold over 250,000 copies, Hi-Tek wasn't pleased with the promotion of the album, or lack thereof, and he left Rawkus shortly after its release. He then signed to MCA Records after the remix of "Round and Round" featuring Method Man, became an underground hit. While signed to MCA, Hi-Tek began recording his follow-up album, "Hi-Teknology 2: The Chip" and produced Jonell's unreleased debut album for Def Jam.

Currently, Hi-Tek is working as a staff producer for Aftermath Entertainment and its affiliates, as well as past associates such as Kweli and Mos Def. He is also recording songs for Dion, an R&B singer signed to Aftermath. "Hi-Teknology 2" was released October 17, 2006 on Babygrande, and distributed by Koch Entertainment. The producer released the third album, "Hi-Teknology 3: Underground" on December 11, 2007.

Discography

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek "Reflection Eternal" - Train Of Thought

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek "Reflection Eternal" - Train Of Thought

Rawkus Records 2000
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology

Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology

Rawkus Records 2001
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology²: The Chip

Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology²: The Chip

Babygrande Records 2006
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology³: Underground

Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology³: Underground

Babygrande Records 2007
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek "Reflection Eternal" - Revolutions Per Minute

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek "Reflection Eternal" - Revolutions Per Minute

Warner Bros. Records, Blacksmith Music 2010

Guest Appearances

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
  • K.O.S. (Determination)

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Rawkus Records 1998
Phife Dawg - Ventilation: Da LP
  • D.R.U.G.S.

Phife Dawg - Ventilation: Da LP

Groove Attack Productions 2000
Main Flow - Hip Hopulation
  • Hi-Tek Freestyle

Main Flow - Hip Hopulation

Brick Records, Traffic Entertainment Group 2004
Estelle - Shine
  • Life To Me

Estelle - Shine

Atlantic, Homeschool Records 2008

Compilations

The Unbound Project Vol. 1
  • The Human Element

Various - The Unbound Project Vol. 1

Ground Control Records 2000
Brown Sugar (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • No One Knows Her Name

Various - Brown Sugar (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

MCA Records 2002
Main Flow - Featuring...
  • Breaking Bread

Main Flow - Featuring...

Wanna Battle Records 2005
Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005
  • The Sun God

Various - Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005

Geffen Records 2005

Production

Mood - Doom
  • Tunnel Bound

Mood - Doom

Blunt Recordings 1997
Soundbombing
  • Fortified Live

Various - Soundbombing

Rawkus Records 1997
Royal Flush - Ghetto Millionaire
  • Shines

Royal Flush - Ghetto Millionaire

Blunt Recordings 1997
Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1
  • The Manifesto

Various - Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1

Rawkus Records 1998
Kenny Dope - Hip Hop Forever
  • Fortified Live (Dirty Original Mix)

Kenny Dope - Hip Hop Forever

BBE 1998
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
  • Respiration

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Rawkus Records 1998
Soundbombing II
  • Chaos

Various - Soundbombing II

Rawkus Records 1999
Brixx - Everything Happens For A Reason
  • Halfway

Brixx - Everything Happens For A Reason

Columbia 1999
Lady Laistee - Black Mama
  • For The Ladies

Lady Laistee - Black Mama

Barclay Records 1999
Lyricist Lounge 2
  • Get That Dough

Various - Lyricist Lounge 2

Rawkus Records 2000
The Unbound Project Vol. 1
  • The Human Element

Various - The Unbound Project Vol. 1

Ground Control Records 2000
Phife Dawg - Ventilation: Da LP
  • Beats, Rhymes & Phife

Phife Dawg - Ventilation: Da LP

Groove Attack Productions 2000
Mission Control Presents Prehistoric Sounds
  • Transmorgify

Various - Mission Control Presents Prehistoric Sounds

Mission Control 2000
How High: The Soundtrack
  • Round And Round (Remix)

Various - How High: The Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings 2001
The Wash (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Good Lovin'

Various - The Wash (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Aftermath, Doggy Style Records, Interscope 2001
Grand Agent - By Design
  • Its Only Right (Rap Niggaz 2)

Grand Agent - By Design

Groove Attack Productions 2001
Tha Eastsidaz - Duces 'N Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way
  • Cool

Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz - Duces 'N Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way

TVT Records 2001
Cormega - The True Meaning
  • Take These Jewels

Cormega - The True Meaning

Landspeed Records 2002
Soundbombing III
  • Crew Deep

Various - Soundbombing III

Rawkus Records 2002
Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking
  • Hollywood

Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking

Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records 2002
Brown Sugar (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • It's Going Down

Various - Brown Sugar (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

MCA Records 2002
Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage
  • Tek #1

Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage

Universal Records 2002
Doggy Style Allstars - Welcome To Tha House Vol. 1
  • Doh' Doh'

Doggy Style Allstars - Welcome To Tha House Vol. 1

Doggy Style Records 2002
Snoop Dogg - Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$
  • I Miss That Bitch

Snoop Dogg - Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$

Doggy Style Records, Priority Records 2002
Boot Camp Clik - The Chosen Few
  • Ice Skate

Boot Camp Clik - The Chosen Few

Duck Down Records 2002
Slum Village - Trinity (Past, Present And Future)
  • Slumber

Slum Village - Trinity (Past, Present And Future)

Capitol Records 2002
Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
  • It's Going Down

Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow

MCA Records 2002
G Unit - Beg For Mercy
  • G-Unit

G Unit - Beg For Mercy

Interscope Records, G Unit 2003
J. Sands - The Breaks Vol. 1
  • In Jail

J. Sands - The Breaks Vol. 1

B.U.K.A. Entertainment 2003
Lloyd Banks - The Hunger For More
  • I Get High

Lloyd Banks - The Hunger For More

Interscope Records, G Unit 2004
Phil Da Agony - The Aromatic Album
  • Summertime

Phil Da Agony - The Aromatic Album

Good Vibe Recordings, Vocab Records 2004
D12 - D12 World
  • Just Like U

D12 - D12 World

Shady Records, Interscope Records 2004
Snoop Dogg - R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
  • No Thang On Me

Snoop Dogg - R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

Geffen Records, Doggy Style Records 2004
213 - The Hard Way
  • Twist Yo Body

213 - The Hard Way

TVT Records 2004
Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle
  • Beautiful Struggle

Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle

Rawkus Records 2004
Cormega - Special Edition
  • All I Need Is You (Bonus Track)

Cormega - Special Edition

Legal Hustle Entertainment 2004
50 Cent - The Massacre
  • Ryder Music

50 Cent - The Massacre

Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, Interscope 2005
Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005
  • 1999

Various - Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005

Geffen Records 2005
Skillz - Confessions Of A Ghostwriter
  • Y'all Don't Wanna Do That

Skillz - Confessions Of A Ghostwriter

Sure Shot Recordings 2005
The Game - The Documentary
  • Runnin'

The Game - The Documentary

Aftermath Entertainment, G Unit, Interscope 2005
Bizarre - Hannicap Circus
  • I'm In Luv Witchu

Bizarre - Hannicap Circus

Red Head Records, The Arsenal, Sanctuary Urban 2005
Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
  • Best Friend

Various - Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

G Unit, Interscope Records 2005
Main Flow Presents The Flowfessionals
  • Heat

Various - Main Flow Presents The Flowfessionals

Wanna Battle Records 2005
Strong Arm Steady - The Collectors Edition Vol. 1
  • Summertime

Various - Strong Arm Steady Presents The Collectors Edition Vol. 1

RL Entertainment 2005
Main Flow - Notebook Assassins
  • Ohio Players

Main Flow - Notebook Assassins

Wanna Battle Records 2005
Styles P - Time Is Money
  • Testify

Styles P - Time Is Money

Ruff Ryders, Interscope Records 2006
Ghostface Killah - More Fish
  • Josephine

Ghostface Killah - More Fish

Def Jam Recordings 2006
The Game - Doctor's Advocate
  • Ol' English

The Game - Doctor's Advocate

Geffen Records 2006
Smitty - The Voice Of The Ghetto
  • Into You

Smitty - The Voice Of The Ghetto

Counterflow Recordings 2006
Talib Kweli - Eardrum
  • More Or Less

Talib Kweli - Eardrum

Blacksmith Music, Warner Bros. Records 2007
Cassidy - B.A.R.S. (The Barry Adrian Reese Story)
  • Cash Rulez

Cassidy - B.A.R.S. (The Barry Adrian Reese Story)

J Records 2007
Young Buck - Buck The World
  • I Ain't Fucking Wit U!

Young Buck - Buck The World

G Unit, Interscope Records 2007
Little Brother - Getback
  • Step It Up

Little Brother - Getback

ABB Records 2007
Styles P - Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)
  • Let's Go

Styles P - Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)

Koch Records, D-Block Records 2007
The Game - LAX
  • Letter To The King

The Game - LAX

Geffen Records 2008
Termanology - Politics As Usual
  • In The Streets

Termanology - Politics As Usual

Nature Sounds 2008
Snoop Dogg Presents Dubb Union
  • Bacc Talk

Dubb Union - Snoop Dogg Presents Dubb Union

Koch Records 2008
Kurious - II
  • Brand New Day

Kurious - II

Amalgam Digital 2009
Big L - 139 & Lenox
  • Still Here

Big L - 139 & Lenox

Flamboyant Entertainment 2010
Slum Village - Villa Manifesto
  • The Set Up

Slum Village - Villa Manifesto

Ne'Astra Music Group 2010
Reks - Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme
  • U Know

Reks - Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme

Showoff Records, Brick Records 2011