Recent Posts in hiphop

May 21, 2015

Ryan Hemsworth (photo courtesy of Frank & Oak)
Ryan Hemsworth

Hip hop producer Ryan Hemsworth already has a Northside show at Brooklyn's Palisades on June 12 with Tommy Kruise announced (tickets), and it turns out that's actually the first of two NYC shows on Ryan and Tommy's tour together. They also play Santos Party House (6/13) the next day, and tickets are on sale for that one too. All dates are listed below.

Ryan also made a mix in honor of the tour, with music from Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Baauer, Fetty Wap, Two-9, Gunplay, Main Attrakionz, Chief Keef, Bricc Baby Shitro and more. You can listen to that below. Speaking of Bricc Baby Shitro, he also recently put out a mixtape which features Young Thug, Casey Veggies and more. You can listen to that below too.

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May 19, 2015

Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:

Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.

Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.

You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.

Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...

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May 18, 2015

Jay Z at Terminal 5 - 5/16/15 (via @mirsadness)
Jay Z

Jay Z's intimate "B-sides" shows happened at Terminal 5 on Saturday (5/16) and Sunday (5/17). Jay promised a night of older songs and deeper cuts, and he followed through on that promise with "Young Gifted & Black," "Streets Is Watching," "Friend or Foe," "Show U How To Do This," and a lot more. He did do some big hits like "Clique," included a few freestyles, brought out Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Young Jeezy, Jay Electronica and more, and held a moment of silence for the late BB King. You can watch a video of the full night 1 set and check out the setlist, below.

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Funk legend George Clinton was in NYC last week (5/12) for a talk at Brooklyn Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The hour-plus conversation touched on his whole career, being sampled and more. You can watch the whole thing below. If you'd like to hear more from him, Clinton released a memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, last year.

Clinton will be back in our area soon, but with Parliament-Funkadelic, playing two free NYC shows: Queensbridge Park on July 15 as part of SummerStage, and then Brooklyn's Metrotech Commons on July 16 as part of BAM's free summer R&B Festival. The Metrotech show is at noon, and later that day P-Funk will play another free show, this time at Newark's NJPAC Theatre Square. Originally Clinton was to have played NJPAC on June 10 as part of a "House Party" with Kid n' Play and Full Force, but that was recently cancelled.

Then on July 19, Clinton and P-Funk play The Paramount in Long Island. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with video of Clinton's BAM lecture series, below...

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May 15, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Yasiin Bey @ Metro - 5/1/15
Yasiin Bey

Yasiin Bey, fka Mos Def, recently wrapped up a run of US dates, including a show in Chicago with Malik Yusef, Abel Black and Ty Money. We caught that show, and pictures from it are in this post.

Now that the tour's over, Mos Def is presumably back in South Africa, where he lives now. He recently gave an interview with Beats by Dre where he talks about why he doesn't want to live in America anymore. He says he finds it difficult to be productive here, "given the social, political, and economic climate." He also talks in the interview about the way people perceive him, and how it's unrealistic to expect his political views and the way his music sounds to the same now as it was over 15 years ago. At the very end, he mentions showing a new song he worked on to Kanye West, and getting his approval. Watch the video of that interview, with more pictures from Chicago, below.

Mos Def's only upcoming dates at the moment are in Europe, and those are listed below too.

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photos by Wei Shi

Sanitgold / lip-synch battle @ MHOW 5/

Santigold didn't play any new material but covered a good portion of her discography (which amounts to two full-length studio albums - 2008's debut, Santogold, and 2012's Master of My Make-Believe). Every person in the place was lulled into dancing during the romping "Say Aha" as the shade-clad SGI ladies sporting their trademark poker faces seamlessly swapped their synchronized fist-pumping for a high-speed Irish step dance and Santi intermittently joined in without missing a beat. She played a sample of her M.I.A. collaboration "Get it Up," then launched into a thundering rendition of the rarely performed "My Superman." - [SPIN]
Santigold played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (5/14), which was the latest in the free Steve Madden Presents series. It was Santi's first NYC show in about two years -- she has become a mother in the interim -- and while she didn't play any new material, she did tell the audience her new album is pretty much done. She ended the night by inviting six audience members to partake in a lip-synch battle to Santigold songs "Unstoppable" and "Lights Out." The winner got to perform "Creator" with Santi (who invited the crowd onstage) to finish the show. Pictures from the whole night, including one of the setlist and Va$htie's opening DJ set, are in this post.

More below...

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May 13, 2015

Lil Durk

Chicago rapper Lil Durk is releasing his new album, Remember My Name, on June 2 via Def Jam, and he'll play a release show at NYC's Irving Plaza (6/2) the day it comes out. Tickets are on sale now. Watch the video for the new album's single "Like Me" featuring Jeremih, below.

In sort of related news, Atlanta rap crew Two-9 (who have worked with Lil Durk before) are returning to NYC on June 28 at Irving Plaza. That show is with promising local group Bitches Is Crazy (BIC), as well as HD Been Dope and Depo. Tickets are currently on Live Nation/Citi/Music Geeks presales, and general on-sale starts Friday (5/15) at 10 AM.

And in one more bit of related news, Lil Durk collaborator and fellow Chicagoan Tink is playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at NYC's SOB's on Monday (5/19) with Detroit Che and Asia Sparks. Tickets are on sale.

Listen to Tink's new single "Million," with that Lil Durk/Jeremih song, below...

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May 12, 2015

photo: Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Raekwon's timeless debut solo album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, turns 20 this summer. In celebration of that, he and fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah (who's on almost every track of Cuban Linx) are going on a tour surrounding the anniversary. Opening the tour is Dillon Cooper.

Rae and Ghost will hit NYC on July 20 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on VIP package and Citi cardmember presale now. Live Nation, Music Geeks, and Ticketmaster presales start Wednesday (5/13) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale begins Friday (5/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The pair are also working on a documentary on the album called The Purple Tapes.

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photo: Kool Keith @ Joe's Pub (more by PSquared)
Kool Keith

Kool Keith has collaborated with Inspectah Deck and Headkrack on the new track "Black Men (unarmed)" which protests the excessive force by police officers that has resulted in the deaths of several African-American males such as Eric Garner and Freddie Gray. Says Kool Keith:

We just used the pen to express our feelings about the police brutality against Blacks that go way before there was color TVs. You would think cops would chill now that cameras are everywhere, but it's like they're auditioning for 'NYPD Blue' or 'New York Undercover.' They don't give a fuck. Shit gotta stop.
You can listen to the song below.

Keith, who debuted his new backing group, The Lucky Bears Foot Band, at Joe's Pub not too long ago, has a few dates lined up this summer, including another NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 20. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon. All known dates are listed below.

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May 11, 2015

photo: Wavves at McCarren Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)

Spirit Club is the band of Wavves frontman Nathan Williams, his brother and Sweet Valley collaborator Joel, and Jeans Wilder (aka Andrew Caddick), and they make lo-fi punk not far removed from early Wavves. Their self-titled debut album comes out this week on Ghost Ramp, and it's now streaming in full. Listen below.

Wavves also have their collaborative album with Cloud Nothings and a new Wavves album coming. Last week, Sweet Valley dropped the new single "Big Blue" featuring Juicy J and Soulja Boy. Listen to that below too.

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