Recent Posts in hiphop
February 26, 2015
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Das Racist at AfroPunk Fest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fool's Gold Records co-founder Nick Catchdubs has never actually put out a full-length solo album, but that will change on April 28 when he releases Smoke Machine. First single "Full House" features two regulars of NYC's rap scene, Troy Ave and ex-Das Racist member Heems. Troy sounds even more like 50 Cent than he usually does (not in a bad way), and Heems pulls one of his characteristically wacked-out verses. IAMSU!, Jay Ant, and B.I.C. (Bitches Is Crazy) appear on the album too. Listen to "Full House" below.
Heems' former Das Racist groupmate Kool A.D. also recently announced a Santos show. His is April 30 with Lakutis opening. Tickets are on sale now. His only other date as of now is a few days later in Philly at Kung Fu Necktie (5/3) (tickets).
Stream Kool A.D.'s latest release, 2014's Word O.K., with the new Nick Catchdubs song, below...
February 25, 2015
photo: The LOX at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
New York hip hop trio The LOX (Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss) are back in action with two recent EPs out and sporadic live shows like the one they just played at Webster Hall on Valentine's Day. They've already got another hometown show lined up for The Wick on April 2. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of re-activated NYC rap groups, Dipset began their reunion tour in NYC last night and return to NYC on Saturday (2/28) at CPAC.
Check out the video for The LOX's "No Selfies" below...
photo: Earl Sweatshirt at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt has announced a tour, and he's taking out his past collaborator who's now a great artist on his own, Vince Staples, as well as Remy Banks. It's called the "Not Redy 2 Leave" tour and runs from late March through late May.
Vince and Remy aren't on every date, but they're on a handful including the NYC show happening April 18 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
'The Kool Keith Show'
Rap iconoclast and general eccentric, Kool Keith remains resolutely weird 25+ years into his career. Among his latest exploits: The Kool Keith Show, clearly influenced by Adult Swim and which just posted its second episode online. You can watch, along with the first, below. He also just guested on a track by DJ Mighty Mi and you can listen to that below, too.
Meanwhile, Kool Keith has a new live band, Lucky Bears Foot, who will be making their debut at Joe's Pub on March 28. That's about it on the details front, but it's a late show (11:30 PM) and tickets are on sale now. It's part of a string of dates KK's got lined up and all are listed below.
If you're wondering what a Kool Keith show is like these days, he just played Philadelphia's Kung Fu Necktie last week (2/19) and his set included songs from his many guises: Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom, plus a couple of Ultramagnetic MCs tracks as well. You can watch video of his whole show and check out the setlist below.
February 24, 2015
photo: Action Bronson at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
NYC rapper Action Bronson sold out the release show for his upcoming Mr. Wonderful album, but he's now added a second show happening the next day at the same venue, Terminal 5 (3/25). Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.
He's also part of the just-announced lineup for NXNE, and plays other festivals too, such as Sasquatch!, Coachella and more. Updated dates are listed, with his most recent single "Terry,", and a just-released trailer for the new album, below...
iLoveMakonnen at FADER Fort - CMJ 2014 (more by Bao Nguyen)
iLoveMakonnen will have the club going up on various days of the week this spring when he heads out on her first-ever headlining tour. He's also hitting a number of festivals, including Pitchfork, Forecastle, Boston Calling and more.
The tour hits NYC on a Tuesday: April 28 at Bowery Ballroom, followed by a show the next night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (April 29). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with AmEx presales starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
photo via Playboy
Playboy model, rapper, singer and huge Iggy Azalea fan Azealia Banks finally released her debut album last fall, and it was well worth the wait. She's also made us wait a fairly long time to see her live. Her last non-Fashion Week/formal party-type NYC show was was a 1 AM Bowery Ballroom show in 2012, but that changes on May 11 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (2/25) at 10 AM.
February 23, 2015
A six second drum break from The Winstons' "Amen, Brother" (the b-side to their 1969 hit "Color Him Father") is arguably the most famous "break" ever. The "Amen Break" has been sampled on countless hip hop records (famously on NWA's "Straight Outa Compton") and, sped up and chopped up, basically became the backbone of every jungle/drum and bass record ever. If you're still scratching your head, or are just curious to know more, Nate Harrison's terrific 2004 short documentary on the "amen break" is required viewing. Watch it below.
Despite the sample's place in the pop culture lexicon, neither Winstrons drummer G. C. Coleman (who died in 2006), nor frontman Richard L. Spencer (who wrote and arranged the song and owns the copyright) have ever received royalties for the sample. (The Statute of limitations has run out to pursue it legally now.) However, a UK DJ has started a crowdfunding campaign to give money to Richard Spencer and Coleman's family:
if you have ever written or sold any music with the amen break, or even just enjoyed one of the countless hundreds and hundreds of tunes that contain it over various genres and styles of music, please donate towards the good cause of the worldwide music community giving something back to the man behind the legendary breakbeat.The campaign began five days ago with hopes of raising £1,000 and it's already had £11,000 pledged.
Check out the documentary and a few famous uses of the "amen break," below...
photo: Black Milk at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Detroit rapper Black Milk dropped his fifth full-length If There's A Hell Below last fall, about a week after he and his live band Nat Turner toured their way to NYC. Now that you've had time to familiarize yourself with the new LP, Black Milk and Nat Turner will hit the road again this spring. The tour stops here in NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 18 with support from MAHD. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All of Black Milk's upcoming dates along with the video for If There's A Hell Below cut "What It's Worth" below...