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July 21, 2014

clipping

Earlier today we posted that Shabazz Palaces' album is streaming and now we've got news on their Sub Pop labelmates/future tourmates clipping. After that tour brings both clipping. and Shabazz (as well as others like Body Count, Fishbone, Trash Talk and many more) to NYC for the free AfroPunk Fest (8/23-24), clipping. will play more dates including Hopscotch and another NYC show that same weekend on September 7 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Work Work" off clipping.'s new album, below...

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Shabazz

Avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces are set to release their anticipated sophomore album, Lese Majesty, next week (7/29) via Sub Pop, but they've made the whole thing available to stream a week early. Head over to NPR to listen in full.

As mentioned, Shabazz are going on a tour with fellow Sub Pop rappers clipping. which brings them both to NYC for the free AfroPunk Fest (8/23-24) with Body Count, Fishbone, Trash Talk and many more.

Cee Knowledge

In related news, Shabazz Palaces member Ishmael Butler (aka Butterfly)'s former Digable Planets bandmate Doodlebug is putting out an album with his group, Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra, which will be his first full length with live instrumentation since Digable Planets. The album's called To Life, Love & Loot and comes out on August 12. Watch the video for its single "Bandits," below...

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July 18, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

De La Soul @ Irving Plaza 7/16/2014
De La Soul
De La Soul
De La Soul

De La Soul are celebrating their 25 years together this year, and Wednesday (7/16), Pos, Dave and Maseo threw a party at NYC's Irving Plaza. There were a few special guests -- Q-Tip came out for their classic track together, "Buddy," with Common as well, and Dres from Black Sheep made an appearance too. Opening the night were Dillon Cooper, and Billy Ray who is on Maseo's label. Pictures from the night are in this post.

As mentioned, Common is playing a free show on Monday (7/21) at The Gramercy Theatre which celebrates his new album Nobody's Smiling. Wristbands are available at the Gramercy starting at 10 AM.

More pics from De La Soul's Irving Plaza show below...

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Common

NYC! Common is coming to the Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st, for a FREE concert to celebrate the release of his 10th studio album, Nobody's Smiling!

We'll be handing out wristbands for free entry during the following times:

10AM EST on Friday July 18th

And again at 10AM EST on Monday July 21st.

Pick-Up Location: The Gramercy Theatre on 23rd Street & Park Avenue

Space is limited and wristbands are first come first served.

Can't make the show? Be sure to catch the live broadcast courtesy of Yahoo! & LiveNation starting at 9PM EST on https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/common

Nobody Smiling is Common's tenth studio album, and features guest appearances from Lil Herb, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s.

Watch the video for "Kingdom: (ft. Vince Staples) and listen to "Diamonds" (ft. Big Sean), below...

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July 17, 2014

Shlohmo Jeremih

Shlohmo and Jeremih have been talking about their collaborative EP, No More, for a while now though they still never announced the release date. Now, they've finally just decided to put the entire thing up today (7/17) for free download. It features previous singles "No More," "Bo Peep," an extended cut of "Fuck You All The Time" from Jeremih's Late Night mixtape, and three new ones, including one featuring Chance the Rapper.

Grab the whole thing here and watch the "Bo Peep" video below...

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July 16, 2014

Kanye at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kanye

As discussed, Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival happens simultaneously in Philly and LA on August 30 and 31. Since we last spoke, Kanye West, who is already playing day 1 of the Philly portion, was added to day 2 of the LA portion. Iggy Azalea was also added to LA day 1.

Previously announced names for LA include Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Weezer and more. Philly's portion includes The National, Spoon, Grimes, Danny Brown and more. Single day passes for both festivals go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM local time, with a Budweiser presale starting Thursday (7/17) at 10 AM. 2-day passes (same link) are still available.

Updated lineups below...

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July 15, 2014

by Ian Chainey

christbearer

Christ Bearer, the rapper who cut off his penis and jumped from a second-story balcony back in April, recently spoke with New York Daily News to explain his motivations. The click-saver answer: PCP.

"By no means was I trying to kill myself. I was under the influence of PCP. It's a drug that I had stopped doing for years, but I just got back from Ohio and got back into that lifestyle for a few days. It definitely was not wise," he told The News...

...Johnson said he had been studying some literature about monks and vasectomies and was extremely high when he took the knife to his genitals and jumped.

Right. If the DEA was looking for reading material to revitalize the D.A.R.E. program (or make a new After School Special), there it is. As for the former Northstar member's, uh, member:
"Doctors didn't reattach it, but I definitely have some penis left," Northstar rapper Christ Bearer, whose real name is Andre Johnson, told the Daily News Monday...

..."I always say a penis is a penis. And the sensation is still there. I definitely still get extremely aroused if I see a beautiful woman," he continued. "That being said, I definitely believe sex is for mortals, and I am god. So this is a blessing, not a curse."

Fair enough. But, to properly memoralize what's missing, in this post nothing appears below.

July 13, 2014

Beyonce & Jay Z at MetLife (photos via @fechanx & @kareshots)
Bey Jay
Bey Jay

The performance configurations switch seamlessly, with Jay disappearing through a trap door in the floor to make way for Beyoncé and her troupe of eight dancers. And they often support each other in ways we haven't heard before - not just when Beyoncé takes over the Justin Timberlake part of "Holy Grail" or the Mr. Hudson part in "Young Forever," but the way "If I Were a Boy" took on some of the heavy metal elements of "99 Problems" or the way "Love on Top" moved into The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" to better segue into Jay's "Izzo." [Newsday]
Beyonce and Jay Z brought their 'On the Run' tour to the NYC-area for two nights at MetLife Stadium this weekend (Friday, 7/11 and Saturday, 7/12). Their 46-song setlist included favorites from all over their careers like "No Church in the Wild," "Crazy In Love," "Flawless," "Hard Knock Life," "Tom Ford," "Countdown," "Izzo," "Single Ladies" and so many more. As the review above mentions, Beyonce took over Justin Timberlake's part in "Holy Grail" only a day after JT played that song himself in NYC. Check out a couple videos from night 1, along with the full setlist, below. Stay tuned for more footage from the tour in their upcoming HBO special.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, Jay Z made another appearance in NYC when another Jay, Jay Electronica (who's signed to Jay Z's label), brought him out during his set at Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. They played "Young Gifted & Black", "We Made It", "Shiny Suit Theory", and "P.S.A. (Public Service Announcement)." Videos of that (via MissInfo) below.

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July 11, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Ab-Soul in Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ab-Soul

There's never a lack of great hip hop shows going on in NYC. Here's a roundup of a few of the good ones coming up, plus a handful of new tracks and videos from artists who will be here soon...

NYC rapper Smoke DZA recently made a video for "Hearses" which features Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and appeared on DZA's recent Dream.Zone.Achieve album. Check that out below. Ab-Soul, who put out his own new album recently, will be here this weekend for the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for that show are still available.

Ab-Soul's TDE labelmate SZA, who dropped the track "Moodring" earlier this week, is now back with a Jill Scott collaboration, "Divinity," produced by Channel Orange contributor Om'Mas Keith. Jill's powerhouse soul mixed with SZA's airy indie/R&B tendencies works out really well, as you can hear below. SZA plays the AfroPunk-curated RBSS show at Rough Trade this month with Cakes Da Killa and more ($3 with RSVP). And both Cakes and SZA are playing the free AfroPunk Festival in August with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk and more.

This weekend is also the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival which includes a show on Saturday (7/12) at 50 Kent with Raekwon, Jay Electronica, CJ Fly, Cyhi The Prynce and more (tickets). Rae just rapped over a remix of Teena Marie's "Ohh La La" yesterday (7/10) for his #TBT series, and you can stream that below. CyHi also just put out a remix of "Good Night" off this year's Hystori: Black History Project mixtape. He brings Scotty ATL, Marian Mereba and Andrew "GC" Fennell along for the remix, which is streaming below.

Speaking of rap shows at 50 Kent, that's where Fool's Gold Day Off happens this year (Labor Day, 9/1) with Danny Brown, French Montana, The LOX and more (tix on sale 7/15). French Montana just put out a new single, "R&B Bitches" featuring Fabolous and Wale which is an unsubtle ode to the female R&B singers they dreamt of sleeping with (Mary J Blige, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, and Rihanna to name a few). You can stream that one below.

Danny Brown also plays NYC sooner at Peter Rosenberg's birthday party on July 23 at Best Buy Theater with Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson (tickets). Schoolboy Q also plays NYC with The Weeknd and Jhene Aiko on September 19 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show went on sale earlier today.

Juicy J at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Samantha Marble)
Juicy J

The Weeknd's pal Drake will also be in NYC when his tour with Lil Wayne hits Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on August 19 (tickets). Wayne and Drake's collaborative song "Believe Me" was just revamped by Juicy J who released a version with his own verses that you can stream below. This comes a day after Juicy did the same to Drake's song "0 to 100," which you can also stream below. Juicy's tour hits NYC on July 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

Back to this weekend, the Jay Z / Beyonce tour rolls through the NYC-area for shows at MetLife Stadium tonight (7/11) and Saturday (7/12). Tickets for those shows are still available. Jay also plays Global Citizen Fest. Beyonce and Jay Z will also be filming part of their tour for an HBO special, as Billboard reports.

Another rap/R&B double bill hits MetLife Stadium for a 2-night stand in August when Eminem and Rihanna take over the venue (tickets).

For something much smaller, local rap group Ratking play another hometown show on August 4 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale now.

Krayzie Bone

For something more old school at SOB's, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Krayzie Bone will celebrate the release of his new album, Chasing The Devil, there on July 22. Tickets are on sale.

For something even more old school, Biz Markie celebrates the 25th anniversary of "Just A Friend" with a live performance and DJ set on September 12 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sooner at BB King's, you can catch Fat Joe with Smoove Ski, La Luv and Famous on July 18. Tickets are on sale.

Internet-famous rap group Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with Oxymorrons and SABA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

And while we're not sure who will show up, The Soul Rebels play Brooklyn Bowl on August 15 with special guests and a Google search shows Joey Bada$$ was initially announced. Even if it's no longer him, they've collaborated with other rappers including Slick Rick, members of Mobb Depp, The Lox and more, so it should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.

There's plenty of other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC too, including Deltron 3030, Hieroglyphics, De La Soul, and still more. What else?

All streams and videos below...

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July 10, 2014

Danny Brown at MHOW in April (more by Dylan Johnson)
Danny Brown

As usual, Fool's Gold Records will celebrate Labor Day (9/1) with a big NYC show, and the lineup for this year was just announced. It goes down at outdoor Williamsburg venue 50 Kent starting at 3 PM and will feature Danny Brown (for the third time), as well as French Montana, AraabMuzik, The LOX, Brenmar, Hoodboi b2b Falcons, Yung Gleesh, World's Fair, Nick Catchdubs feat. B.I.C., Shash'u, Black Dave, Grandemarshall and special guests. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (7/15). Flyer below.

This year, Fool's Gold Day Off is also happening in other cities (not on Labor Day though), with shows in Toronto on 9/6, LA on 10/12, Atlanta on 11/1, and Miami on 12/7. Lineups and ticket info TBA.

You can catch Danny Brown in NYC sooner when he plays Peter Rosenberg's birthday party at Best Buy Theater on July 23 with Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson. Tickets for that show are still available.

Watch a teaser for this year's FGDO and a recap video of last year's, below...

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