Recent Posts in hiphop
September 18, 2014
photos Kenneth Bachor
"Public Enemy verbally assaulted my consciousness and tore the roof off the Brooklyn Bowl last night. Epic." - Adam Levy
Hip hop legends Public Enemy have been laying low this year, but they did grace their hometown with a Brooklyn Bowl show this past Tuesday (9/16). Opening the show was PE2.0, which includes Public Enemy's rhythm section, and a set from Hank Shocklee of frequent PE collaborators Bomb Squad. PE packed their set with tons of favorites like "Fight the Power," "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," and plenty more. Did you catch the show? How was it?
More pictures and a couple videos below...
Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Dr. Dre's only been talking about his new album Detox (the followup to 1999's 2001) for oh, just something like twelve years now. There's still no word on when that's coming out (obviously), but a new update about it came in Jeff Weiss and Nocando's "Shots Fired" podcast (via Pitchfork), where they revealed that if it ever comes out, it won't be called Detox. According to Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker, Dre ditched that title two years ago.
Watch the video for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's 2010 single "Kush," supposedly recorded for Detox--err or whatever it's called, below...
September 17, 2014
Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts have launched a new label called Posture which features a variety of hip hop and electronic music, including David Ashley, Kit, Youngcuhlord, Raymond Abercrombie and Khalfani. All of those are on the label's brand new mixtape which you can stream below. We've also got the premiere of the video for one of the tracks, Khalfani's "Same Reason" featuring David Ashley. Khalfani's dark production suits rapper David Ashley's style well. David's also got a new album, Perfect Dark, coming out October 7 with production from himself, Supreme Cuts and others, and there's two equally sulky singles out from that one that you can stream below too.
September 15, 2014
Public Enemy at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
New York hip hop legends Public Enemy have a couple dates scheduled this year, including one in their home state happening on Tuesday (9/16) at Brooklyn Bowl and then one in France in October. The Brooklyn show will be opened by PE2.0 (the group led by MC Jahi, with DJ Lord and The baNNed, the rhythm section of Public Enemy) and Kendo The Almost Famous. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
September 12, 2014
iLoveMakonnen at Warm Up last week (more by PSquared)
Buzzy, Drake-approved rapper iLoveMakonnen had two NYC shows scheduled including one for tonight (9/12) at Gramercy and another for September 25 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for the Baby's show are still available, but tonight's Gramercy show has been cancelled. Refunds are available. Instead, Makonnen will now play another NYC show on Tuesday, October 21 at SOB's. That's the first night of CMJ but it's not clear yet if it's an official show. Tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for possibly more CMJ shows.
Makonnen isn't the only good hip hop show in NYC that was recently announced. Here's a roundup of a few of the others...
Open Mike Eagle, whose great Dark Comedy LP came out earlier this year, plays a NYC show on October 14 at Glasslands with an all-around impressive lineup of Serengeti and Billy Woods. Tickets are on sale now.
Power 105.1 Powerhouse returns to Barclays Center on October 30 this year with J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Kid Ink, T.I., Childish Gambino, French Montana, Migos, Tinashe, and another newly buzzed-about rapper, Bobby Shmurda, whose single "Hot Nigga" has gone pretty viral thanks to Bobby's "Shmoney Dance" in the video which since inspired the song "Shmoney Dance" by Rowdy Rebbel, featuring Bobby Shmurda. You can watch both of those videos below. Tickets for Power 105.1 Powerhouse are on AmEx/Live Nation presale now, with a general on-sale starting Monday (9/15) at 10 AM.
Joell Ortiz of Slaughterhouse is releasing a new album, House Slippers, and celebrating on Tuesday (9/16) at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.
Fabolous was supposed to play BB King's on August 23, but that show ended up being rescheduled to September 27. Tickets are on sale and all tickets from 8/23 will be honored. Fabolous also plays the Def Jam 30th anniversary celebration at Barclays Center.
Those are of course just a few of the many great hip hop shows coming up in NYC. Other previously discussed shows include Vince Staples, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang / Dipset, The Weeknd / Schoolboy Q, Vic Mensa / Iggy Azalea, Ab-Soul (which Bas was added to), Big K.R.I.T., Joey Bada$$, Run the Jewels, Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers and still more. What else?
Bobby Shmurda videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples already has a few impressive mixtapes under his belt, like 2013's Stolen Youth and this year's Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2, and he's planning to put out his first commercial release, the Hell Can Wait EP, on September 23 via Def Jam. So far two of its singles have been released, "Blue Suede" and "Hands Up," both of which are dark self-serious songs. "Hands Up" especially, which isn't named for the hype phrase that you might have guessed it was, but as a response to the recent reports of police brutality across America. Check both out below.
Vince is on board for Odd Future's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival happening in LA this November, but ahead of that he'll play a NYC show on September 24 at SOB's. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Those are his only two dates we're currently aware of.
Song streams below...
September 10, 2014
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Die Antwoord brought their ongoing tour to NYC for two sold-out shows this week, first their rescheduled Irving Plaza show on Monday (9/8) and then the larger Terminal 5 (9/9) last night. We caught the T5 show, which was as wild as you'd expect it to be, and pictures of the crazy night are in this post. More below...
Tyler at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator is playing the annual Odd Future-presented Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in LA this November (duh) with Pharrell, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Cherry Glazerr and others, and after that he'll go on a headlining tour with fellow Odd Future member Taco. The tour includes NY/NJ shows happening December 20 at Starland Ballroom and December 21 at Terminal 5. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at 3 PM and noon, respectively.
All dates are listed below...
September 9, 2014
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist / Afrika Bambaataa himself
[Everything] that went under the needle during Shadow and Chemist's propulsive 90-minute spree of old-school breakbeats and frenetic scratches, the disc came from Bambaataa's fabled 42,000-piece record collection. That house of wax is part of an even bigger archive that Bambaataa, now 57, donated in 2013 to the Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University, where he is a visiting scholar. But every thump, riff and shout that boomed through the room tonight - including brazenly manipulated chunks of Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song," Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" and Bambaataa's own '83 jam "Renegades of Funk" - was pulled from the same LPs and 12-inch singles that Bambaataa broadcast across Bronx playgrounds and used to fill the floors at clubs all over New York in the late Seventies and early Eightes.DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist brought their tour DJing exclusively from the legendary Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection (check it out) to NYC for two shows last week, September 4 and 5 at Irving Plaza. Bambaataa was in attendance for both (as the review quoted above describes from the first night). Opening the shows was a set from Edan and his collaborator Paten Locke. Did you catch either of the shows? How were they?
...At the end of the night, Bambaataa - who watched the set from the balcony - came down to the stage and took a bow, a radiant smile belying the inscrutable effect of his giant Sun Ra-like shades. His life's work may now be a library, but it's still a revolution with wheels. [Rolling Stone]
Pictures of the second night are in this post and continue below...