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October 24, 2014
Killer Mike and El-P's new Run the Jewels album RTJ2 comes out next week (10/28) via Mass Appeal, but apparently it leaked ahead of time. El-P and Killer Mike found about it, but instead of being bad sports, they each tweeted links to a free download of the album themselves. You can grab it HERE.
The duo are also working with Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Baauer, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the Alchemist, Boots, Dan the Automator and more to make a cat-themed remix album called Meow the Jewels. If you're a cat, you can audition to be part of it.
Drake @ SOB's (via)
Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.
iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.
Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).
Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.
The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.
Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...
October 23, 2014
iLoveMakonnen at MoMA PS1 in September (more by PSquared)
The fan was in front of the stage while Makonnen was performing "Tuesday." He reached out for a dap and Makonnen gladly reciprocated in showing love back. The fan would then grab Makonnen, pull him down, and land a punch in before being taken away and escorted. No word on why the assault took place. Nonetheless, everyone continued to turn up, despite the skirmish.You can watch a video of that below. Rae Sremmurd also played SOB's that night, and video of them playing "No Type" and "No Flex Zone" at that show is also below.
Makonnen plays FADER Fort on Saturday (10/25).
October 21, 2014
As discussed, Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples are on tour together which hits NYC on Nov. 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza (tickets), but they've since added a show happening much sooner. They'll be here this week for the 7th annual CMJ Takeover which happens Thursday (10/23) at Highline Ballroom with Smoke DZA, Cozz, SD, Raz Fresco and DP on the bill too. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and admission is free with RSVP. You also have to follow @FILAUSA on Instagram and RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Updated Joey Bada$$/Vince Staples dates are listed below.
Speaking of hip hop at CMJ, Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd (pronounced Ray-Shrim-er"), who you may know for their Makonnen-ish hit "No Flex Zone," play their first headlining NYC show tonight (10/21) at SOB's with OG Maco and Father. Tickets for the Electric Circus/Rock Smith-presented show are on sale. You can watch the "No Flex Zone" video below.
Another CMJ hip hop show tonight is Dertoit rapper Dej Loaf, who (like Makonnen) was co-signed by Drake. She plays the Noisey/Beats by Dre/Burn It Down Group show at Santos tonight (10/21). It's her NYC debut, and support comes from Key! and Mike Zombie. Tickets are on sale now. The video for "Try Me" can be watched below.
And last but definitely not least, Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry are currently on a co-headlining tour which hits NYC for a CMJ show on Friday (10/24) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Remy Banks, D.R.A.M., Kevin Abstract and JK the Reaper. Tickets for that show are available.
We also highlighted NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa in our list of local artists to catch at CMJ.
Lists of Deniro/Denzel dates and Joey/Vince dates, and those videos, below...
October 16, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus brought his tour in support of his jazzy new LP You're Dead to Terminal 5 last night (10/15) for his first of two NYC shows here this week. It was packed, the visuals were stunning, the sound was extremely loud, and you could feel the bass physically shaking you. Anybody in the front last night must still be vibrating and have ringing ears.
FlyLo's tourmate/collaborator Thundercat opened with his maniacal bass playing and sweet vocals. There was also a surprise opening set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who will help celebrate Knitting Factory's 5th year in Brooklyn soon), and DJ Peabody kept the crowd warmed up between sets. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.
FlyLo and Thundercat hit MHOW tonight (10/16), which is sold out. Will they have another surprise guest tonight?
More pictures from T5 below...
October 15, 2014
Compton rapper YG put out his well-received proper debut album, My Krazy Life, earlier this year, and he'll be heading back on tour in support of it soon. Most of the tour is co-headlining with A$AP Ferg, though unfortunately the closest it comes to NYC is on November 22 at Toad's Place in CT (tickets). However, during that tour YG will headline NYC without Ferg on November 17 at Best Buy Theater. That show is being opened by Nipsey Hussle. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video form My Krazy Life, below...
October 13, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Killer Mike and El-P's collaborative project Run the Jewels is releasing a new album, RTJ2, on October 28 via Mass Appeal. Now, "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)," the album's collaboration with Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is out now. Not that you expected otherwise, but this song goes hard. Listen below.
RTJ's tour hits NYC in November with Ratking and Despot.
October 10, 2014
Veteran rap duo Mobb Deep have already had a busy year, and they're about to head out on a lengthy Canadian tour. Upon returning home, they'll play what they're saying is their first-ever Brooklyn show (the members have played their own Brooklyn shows though) on November 19 at Knitting Factory. The show, which also celebrates the Knit's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn, has a great support lineup of Smoke DZA and Fat Tony. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/10) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with the Knitting Factory show flyer, below.
Fat Tony is also opening one of two RJD2 shows happening at Brooklyn Bowl on January 13 & 14. Tony's on night 2 and DVS is on night 1. Tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday (10/11) at 10 AM. RJD2 has a few other dates too, all of which are listed below.
October 8, 2014
Vic Mensa at Mad Decent Block Party NYC (more by Chris La Putt)
VIc Mensa has been playing shows, most recently hitting NYC to open for Iggy Azalea in late September, and he'll return for the next show in FADER and vitaminwater's #uncapped series happening October 15 at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway). Also on the bill is DJ Envy and a surprise headliner. Any idea who it could be? The show is free but you have to RSVP, which is open now. All of his dates are listed below.
In related news, Vic Mensa collaborator Kaytranada is currently on tour, hitting Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/8) (tickets) and MHOW on Thursday (10/9) (sold out). His remaining dates, and Vic's dates, below.
Veteran rapper Common, who put out the new album Nobody's Smiling earlier this year and recently brought out Jay Electronica and Vince Staples in Chicago for the remix of the new LP's track "Kingdom" (which is out now and can be streamed below), will be teaming up with Jay Electronica once again for a US tour later this year. That tour brings the two rappers to NYC on December 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are currently on Citi, Live Nation and Ticketmaster presales (password: greatseats) and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/10) at 10 AM.
This month, Common is touring Australia with Maxwell. Vince Staples will on tour with Joey Bada$$ soon. All Common's dates are listed, with the "Kingdom" remix stream, below...