Pharoahe did a special performance at the Apple Store in SoHo, NYC this past Sunday. Performing songs from his upcoming album Desire (in stores June 26), Pharoahe kept the 2nd floor of the store packed and nodding their heads to the new material. [the label]NEWS
- The Roots announced a new album, their 10th (!!), Rising Down. ?uestlove divulges more details in this interview.
- Read the entertaining and informative Oh Word Mid Year Report.
- So much good news for Saigon! First he finally gets that sample cleared that was holding up his album, then he signs on with Violator.
- RealTalkNY interviews Talib Kweli on new album Ear Drum.
- StreetCensus lists their top 10 Diss Songs of the 2000s so far.
- One of the original Hip Hop bloggers switches to vlogging.
- Pharoahe Monch discusses his first new album in eight years. It's called Desire and it's awesome.
- Amie St just announced a new deal with Black Wall St and made available a set of exclusive tracks by The Game, Nu Jersey Devil, and others. Read about it here.
- KRS-One has a problem with Jeff Chang's seminal Hip Hop book Can't Stop, Won't Stop. Read about it here, including Chang's reply.
- Elkay posted a bunch of songs by Jadakiss, Saigon, Talib Kweli, Chamillionaire, Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne, WC and Uncle Murda
- Download T.I.'s 'Help Is Coming' here. Production by Just Blaze.
- Just Blaze also was kind enough to share a 20 minute MP3 from his DJ set from the "Authentic Sh*t" party at Table 50 in Manhattan. Q-tip and Large Professor got on the mic.
- Spine Magazine posted 'Hip Hop Police' by Chamillionaire ft Slick Rick and 'Smile' Trae The Truth featuring Jadakiss and Styles P.
- When DJ Premier speaks, I think we should listen. Watch this video interview.
- Timbaland did yet another video, this one for The Way I Are ft DOE & Kerri Hilson.
- The Weekly Hip Hop video blog has bits on Stack Bundles, Timbaland, 50 Cent, Fabolous, The Game and many more.
- Common does an actual freestyle on Rap City unlike most rappers.
- Lupe Fiasco did a simple but effective video for 'She Say, He Say'.
- Boo Goo Doo Doom has two new Sean Price videos to watch.
6/23 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival ft Ghostface, Consequence, Skillz and more. (info).
6/23 The Official Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (W)Rap Party @ Southpaw, $5 w/Festival Stub; $8 without.
6/29 Pharoahe Monch, Black Milk @ Highline Ballroom, 11.30PM, tix
7/7/ Juelz Santana @ Washington Avenue Armory, 5.30pm, tix.
7/10 Kanye West @ Mohegan Sun Arena (CT), 7pm, tix.
7/14 El-P @ Urban Outfitters (Avenue of the Americas), sponsored by WNHU 88.7 FM & Free Yr Radio, FREE
7/16 Arrested Development @ B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill, 8pm, tix
07/28 & 29 - Rock the Bells w/ Wu Tang and many others @ Randall's Island
07/29 - "Wild Style 25th Anniversary Reunion" Central Park SummerStage ft Busy Bee, Cold Crush Brothers, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore & Grand Master Caz
07/19 Arrested Development @ Von King Park (Brooklyn)
07/25 Kurtis Blow/DJ GrandWizzard Theodore/Ralph McDaniel @ Crotona Park (Bronx)
07/31 Whodini @ Queensbridge Park (Manhattan)
08/03 Lyricist Lounge With KRS-One, Ladybug Mecca, and more @ Prospect Park Bandshell. (info)
08/08 Biz Markie/DJ Lovebug starski @ Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan)
08/09 Slick Rick/DJ Red Alert @ Marcus Garvy Park (Manhattan)