Recent Posts in hiphop

March 25, 2015

photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
A$AP Rocky

Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky told GQ the title of his upcoming album in a new interview. At.Long.Last.A$AP still doesn't have a release date, but we do know that it features Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Juicy J, and Clams Casino, and was executive produced by Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams. He also spat a new verse from the album during the photoshoot, and video of that is below. No word if A.L.L.A includes recent singles "Multiply" and "Lord Pretty Flocko Jodye 2", but you can watch the videos for those below too.

Rocky was also announced for Lollapalooza today.

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by Sean O'Connell

Action Bronson

It's safe to say Action Bronson's image has reached a hyperbolic magnitude. From a humble beginning of playground raps and obscure chef references, Action has grown over the past few years into a king-size connoisseur of all things absurd. While his lyrics have morphed from hard-nosed Queens-centric wordplay purism to impossible fantasy, Action's live performances have remained crowd-pleasing spectacles from the jump. The Flushing rapper's on-stage antics have been well documented on social media, and through the marketing maelstrom that Vice has orchestrated since signing Action back in 2012. Whether it be throwing televisions into the crowd or running out of the venue with fans, Action has continuously raised his own bar on noteworthy performances.

Last night's (3/24) show at Terminal 5 featured many of these same stunts, with Bronson throwing packages and stage rushers into the crowd (video of the latter below), unsuccessfully attempting to crowd surf, and finding his way to the bar at the back of the venue. Yet Bronson, who was celebrating the release of his major label debut Mr.Wonderful, seemed to have more interest in slowing things down. Action came out with his entire crew in tow: producers Party Supplies, longtime collaborator Meyhem Lauren, producer Alchemist as DJ, and fan favorite hypeman Big Body Bes. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg provided a DJ set before Meyhem Lauren warmed the crowd up with a few of his cuts. Action's short set featured almost exclusively tracks off of Mr.Wonderful with the only exception being "Amadu Diablo" from his last mixtape Blue Chips 2.

After an energetic entrance featuring some of his album's well-known singles, Action slowed things down to an almost sluggish pace, singing the chorus to his latest single "Baby Blue" totally out-of-key (to the crowd's amusement). Still, when his genius one-liners weren't being shouted back at him Action seemed less a maturing rapper and more a slightly disinterested veteran, even saying at one point "I'm too old for this". The remainder of the set found Bronson singing on some of the slower Mr. Wonderful tracks taking a cue from Billy Joel and the grandeur of 80s New York. The crossover appeal that can be found on the album was slipshod on the stage. Whether it be the common record release show vanity or the side-effect of a bigger, less intimate venue that Terminal 5 is, Action seems he is finding the balance between his polished bravado and his hungry Queens hip hop roots.

Last night was Action Bronson's first of two shows at Terminal 5. He does it again TONIGHT (3/25) (tickets), and also plays an in-store at Rough Trade on Saturday (3/28).

Action Bronson and The Alchemist also both teamed up with Earl Sweatshirt for the new song, "Warlord Leather," which is a bonus track to Bronson's new album, as well as Earl's just-released I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. Listen to that, with a few more pictures from T5, below...

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photo: Mykki Blanco at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco will be leaving rap to pursue investigative journalism focused on "homosexuality and gay culture in remote corners of the world." The rapper's first foray into the field will be going to Nepal in May to learn about the rights and culture of the country's third gender "Meti." Mykki's statement also includes plans to go to school for sociology and gender studies soon to learn more about his new focus and the explanation that "writing words that rhyme over beats made by other people mostly male" is no longer an interest.

Read the statement in full below...

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March 24, 2015

Death Grips

The supposedly broken up Death Grips have announced a tour that they will supposedly go on and not cancel. Buy tickets at your own risk. Why promoters still take a chance on them, we're not exactly sure, but the dates include a 7/7 show at Webster Hall.

The tour supports their new album, the powers that b, which supposedly will be released commercially next week (3/31). The second half of that album, Jenny Death, is streaming with the list of tour dates, below...

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March 23, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Earl Sweatshirt at SXSW 2015 (via)

Last week, Earl Sweatshirt announced a new album called I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and said it would be out just a week later. Well here we are: the album's out now and can be picked up on iTunes or streamed below via Spotify. It's dark, full of atmosphere, and definitely not Doris part 2. Check it out.

Earl's tour with Vince Staples hits NYC on April 18 at Best Buy Theater (tickets). Both also just played SXSW this past week. Anyone catch them?

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March 20, 2015

photo: Janelle Monae @ 2014 Flow Festival (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Janelle Monae is playing a free show at Best Buy Theatre on March 26. The show is sponsored by Samsung and to get tickets you need to go to the Samsung Galaxy Studio (130 Prince St. @ W. Broadway) and show a sales associate your "qualifying Samsung mobile device." Details on this are here.

Suboi making her SXSW debut last night (via @BVAustin)

Rap was not popular in Vietnam when Suboi was growing up, so anything she heard remotely like it made a big impression. Before Eminem, the energy of Will Smith's song, "Nod Ya Head," from Men in Black II, captivated her when she saw it on TV. Smith, and especially Eminem, became Suboi's English teachers. She would listen to Eminen, repeat the words, go to an Internet café, look up the lyrics, write them down, and translate them.

"That's why my English is so rude," said Suboi, who also bought a couple of Oxford grammar books to supplement her hip-hop-based language lessons, and started hanging out in areas of Saigon where tourists go, talking with them. "Oh, man, it was all bad words. It was a great way to learn English."...

Suboi, who raps in both English and Vietnamese, got her stage name from her nickname, "Su," combined with "Boi" for being a tomboy.

Now she's known as the Queen of Hip-Hop in Vietnam, the first young woman in the country to make it big in the genre, with over a million followers on Facebook, tens of thousands of YouTube views and appearances in marketing campaigns for Adidas and Samsung, among others. - [Daily Beast]

Vietnamese rapper Suboi is over in the US for her first-ever shows in the country, having played San Francisco last week and is in Austin this week for SXSW. Another first: according to a press release she is the first Vietnamese artist to ever play the festival. Check out two Suboi music videos (both directed by BV photographer Bao Nguyen) and listen to a few tracks and remixes below.

Last night (3/19) was her official SXSW showcase and she'll also be playing the BrooklynVegan free day party at Red 7 on Saturday (3/21) and she'll be backed by Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas. RSVP to attend if you're in town.

After SXSW, Suboi will head to NYC where she'll play Baby's All Right on Thursday (3/26) with Sandunes and Hashback Hashish. Tickets are on sale.

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March 19, 2015


Kendrick Lamar released his acclaimed new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, this week and on Friday (3/20) he'll be at Rough Trade to sign copies of his CD. Details:

The first 2,000 fans who purchase Kendrick Lamar's CD "To Pimp a Butterfly" at Rough Trade NYC (64 N. 9th St, Brooklyn) starting at 1pm on 3/20 will receive a wristband for his signing that day at 4pm. The album must be purchased in the store to access the signing.
Once you get a wristband, you're allowed to come back and line up starting at 3 PM. And there's no vinyl yet... this is just CDs. Flyer for the Rough Trade signing event is below...

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March 18, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kate Tempest @ SXSW, Latitude 30 3/17/2015
Kate Tempest

She admits, it's taken 10 years to get to Austin. She seems joyous, unwilling to waste a moment. "Do me a favor," she begs, "be in this room, put your phones away."

Being here makes evocative sense for her. After all, it's not just the unruly shock of hair shoved under a cap that summon specters of Janis Joplin, but the sense of a genre turned on its ear. Acid House sensibilities, trip-hop sensitivities, and grime grittiness combine as a state of the nation address to UK rap, sparking dancing in the rain-spotted crowd outside. - [Austin Chronicle]

Kate Tempest has already won over a lot of folks in the UK with 2014's terrific Everybody Down and she's now set to convert America, starting this week at SXSW. She played her second show in Austin last night at a BBC-presented showcase at Latitude 30 (which becomes the British Music Embassy during SXSW). Pictures from that show are in this post.

After Austin, her tour will head east, with two sold-out NYC shows: March 24 at Mercury Lounge and March 25 at Rough Trade. If you missed out on tickets to those shows, you can win a pair to see Kate Tempest at Rough Trade. Details below.

Kate will then be back in May and June for a more extensive North American tour, including an appearance at NYC's Governors Ball. Updated dates, including remaining SXSW appearances, are listed below.

In other news, Kate (who won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for her book of poetry, Brand New Ancients) based the songs on Everybody Down on her novel, Hold Your Own, which was just published last week by Bloomsbury.

Stream Everybody Down and check out a few videos, below...

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Jedi Mind Tricks

Back in 2011, Stoupe of underground rap group Jedi Mind Tricks announced his departure, but four years later he's teamed back up with Vinnie Paz and the duo will release Jedi Mind Tricks album #8, The Thief and the Fallen, on June 2 via Enemy Soil. (Jus Allah left the group in 2013 and isn't part of this release.) No music is out from it yet, but that's the artwork above.

Vinnie and Stoupe are also going on a tour that begins in DC the day after the album comes out, and hits NYC on June 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (3/18) at noon.

All dates are listed, with an older video, below...

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