Recent Posts in hiphop
July 29, 2014
R. Kelly at Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We recently mentioned that Saintseneca (and other local artists) dropped off Columbus, OH's Fashion Meets Music Festival due to R. Kelly being booked as a headliner. The festival continued to receive backlash, including local radio station WCBE recently withdrawing as a sponsor. Turns out the backlash actually achieved something though. The festival posted the following:
FMMF and R. Kelly have decided to part ways. We appreciate the ongoing support of our Festival partners and look forward to kicking things off next month.USA Today points out that R. Kelly's publicist issued the following statement: "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."
This followed a June 25 Columbus Alive article where festival co-founder Bret Adams was quoted saying, "He's a nationally known name. He was not convicted of anything. He was acquitted," followed by, "We're running a festival to help brand the city of Columbus. We're not the morality police."
July 28, 2014
We mentioned on Friday (7/25) that a Beastie Boys mural was being painted over the weekend at the LES corner of Ludrow and Rivington where the Paul's Boutique cover art was shot, in honor of that album's 25th anniversary. The mural's now finished, and SPIN points out that the artist behind it, Danielle Mastrion, has posted pictures to her instagram. That's the finished mural above. Check out a few more from the process, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Cashmere Cat / crowd / Skepta, Jammers Back & friends
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continued this past Saturday (7/26) with another hot day of electronic music (and more) under the sun in the venue's outdoor courtyard. Suicideyear opened (who we missed), then it was Lit City Trax DJ UNiiQU3 who's been playing NYC a lot lately (also recently with Evian Christ and during RBMA). Rapper GoldLink (who's also been on other notable electronic bills lately, like with Purity Ring's Corin Roddick and with Flume) followed with a live set, and then it was Fade to Mind's Total Freedom who was joined by a surprise appearance by veteran grime MCs Skepta and Jammers Back, and other friends, including Warm Up vet Dev Hynes (who's collaborated with Skepta). Finally, dance producer Cashmere Cat wrapped up the day with the crowd going as wild for him as you'd expect.
More pictures of the day, below...
July 25, 2014
The Beastie Boys' classic sophomore album, Paul's Boutique, turns 25 today (7/25), and though the LES corner of Ludlow and Rivington where the album cover's artwork was shot isn't being renamed "Beastie Boys Square," in honor of the anniversary, the current owner of the storefront at that location will have a Beasties mural made. Rolling Stone reports that this Saturday (7/26) at 11 AM, artist Danielle Mastrion will begin painting the mural on the wall of Wolfnights, the sandwich shop at that corner. LeRoy McCarthy, who had launched the "Beastie Boys Square" campaign, spearheaded this project too.
Stream Paul's Boutique below...
July 24, 2014
If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.
Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.
Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:
A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...
...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.
Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We recently mentioned that Rustie is releasing a new album, Green Language, which features Danny Brown on a track, and that track has now come out. It's called "Attak" and can be streamed below.
Video of Danny's set from last night, with the new song stream, below...
Guitar Center will be opening a new location in Times Square on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM. That'll give NYC's tourist mecca 28,000 square feet of new axes to choose from and to show off those new licks you learned when you try 'em out (remember, no Stairway). In celebration of that, The Roots will play next door at the free show at Best Buy Theater that day. Even though it's free, you still need a ticket to go, and there's a few places to pick one up on August 5 (details HERE). We also have two pairs to giveaway. One of those pairs also COMES WITH A LUDWIG DRUMSET (Questlove's signature 'Breakbeats' line), courtesy of Guitar Center. Here's what it looks like when Questlove plays it:
Details on how to enter the contest, below...
PornHub has already become a hot (some might say very hot) spot to premiere music videos -- just ask Xiu Xiu and FaltyDL -- and the next person to (sort of) follow suit will be a man of great hair, a misspelled Juggalo tattoo, and a standout on the Space Jam soundtrack, Coolio.
Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Coolio had actually signed to PornHub and would be releasing music there, but Coolio since clarified to Rolling Stone that's not actually the case. The video will just be a new PornHub ad that features Coolio in it. Here's what he said when Rolling Stone asked about TMZ's story:
Hold up. They made that shit up completely. I didn't talk to them about shit and they didn't ask me any questions. That shit was a fuckin' promo song for the website. That's it! I met some executive from Pornhub while he was out [in Las Vegas] for the AVNs. We hung out; he was cool. He asked me to do a song for Pornhub and that was it. It's not even my song that I'm putting out. I'm never doing a new album. I'll probably do nothing but singles. I'm as good as anybody out there lyrically and conceptually and can go toe to toe with the best of them throughout history. But I don't know how much longer I'll be doing it. It's not really fun anymore.And while we're at it, here's another quote from the interview that's too good not to include:
I don't even watch porn, bro. You know why?You tell 'em, Coolio.
Because I am fuckin' porn. Why should I watch somebody do something that I could be doing? That doesn't make sense to me. If I want to see porn, I'll fuckin' put a mirror next to my bed. There's 7 billion people on the planet, right? If that's so, then I'm one of the world's 1 million greatest lovers. I'm totally unselfish. I don't give a shit about myself. I'm all about my partner. I'm a pleaser. You can ask any woman I've ever been with and they'll tell you, "He's the motherfucker."
In other news, there's now Weird Al-themed porn.
photos by David Andrako
It was a perfect summer night in New York City. No humidity, not too hot, a slight breeze, and brilliant moonlit sky. It was the perfect conditions for a night in the park. As part of Celebrate Brooklyn's annual free concerts in Prospect Park, alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 performed a rare live concert with a full orchestra to help close out their current North American tour. The group, which released their latest record, The Event II, last fall, have been on-and-off the road for the last few months and Deltron fans know that if they are touring now, who knows when they could tour or play again. So, it was no surprise that the Prospect Park Bandshell was jam packed with fans from all over the boroughs, as well as curious ears who wanted to see what was happening in their park that night.Alternative hip hop greats Deltron 3030 kept their reunion alive with a summer tour that just wrapped up this past weekend with a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Saturday (7/19) and an Asbury Park show the following day. Prospect Park was opened by Montreal hip hop collective Nomadic Massive and a solo set from Deltron's Kid Koala before he was joined by Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and a full orchestra for Deltron 3030's set. Pictures of the show are in this post.
... With the orchestra, Del rapping his head off, Dan conducting, and Koala simply destroying the turntables, all being done in front of trippy images projected on a screen behind the artists, it was full on sensory overload. With a healthy mix of songs from their classic 2000 debut and Event II, the 90-minute set was just too good to end. [Officially A Yuppie]
They continue below...
July 23, 2014
photos by Chris La Putt
Juicy J @ T5 - 7/22/14
"How many people know the history of Juicy J?" said Juicy. "What y'all know about that Three 6 Mafia?" From that moment on Juicy took us back to the 2000s, with "Poppin My Collar," "Sippin' on Some Syrup," "Slob on My Knob" and of course "Stay Fly."Juicy J is currently on another leg of his 'Never Sober' tour ahead of the release of his planned new LP, The Hustle Continues. The tour brought him through NYC last night (7/22) for a big show at Terminal 5 that saw him playing plenty of his recent hits ("Bandz a Make Her Dance," "Show Out," etc), other peoples' recent hits that he guests on (like Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and Miley Cyrus' "23"), some cuts from his time in Three 6 Mafia and more. His older brother/collaborator Project Pat was supposed to open, but at the last minute he was replaced by Vinny Cha$e + Kid Art and Grafh. Pictures from the show are in this post.
For the entire set--which was much longer than one would have expected--Juicy had the crowd hype as he took everyone down memory lane. For over two decades he has seen success with Three 6 Mafia and as an individual artist. He even took a moment to ask the crowd if he should quit. That thought was quickly put to rest, as he ended his performance with "We in this Bxtch" and "Show Out."
I mean, if he did retire, who would supply the world with ratchet music? [XXL]
More, with a video and the setlist, below...