Recent Posts in hiphop
April 18, 2014
Raekwon, in a controversial new interview with Rollling Stone, explains what he thinks of "Keep Watch" off the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan release:
I hate it. I hate it. I don't hate shit, but I hate that fuckin' record. It ain't the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it's the production. And I ain't shitting on the producer because he's one of our soldiers. But if it ain't where it need to be... It's 20 years later. We talkin 'bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin' and making fiery shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain't part of our plan.He goes on to say that there is a very small chance he'll even appear on the new album. RZA says he just thinks creatively they are on different paths (watch an interview at VladTV).
Ghostface plays Vassar College on April 26.
And speaking of Wu-Tang soldiers, one of them recently allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped off a building. TMZ has since pointed out that Christ Bearer "is remarkably in stable condition" but permanently without penis.
April 17, 2014
Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Brooklyn Bodega's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival will return for its 10th annual year from July 9 - 12. This year's headliners include Raekwon of Wu-Tang (whose group has made the news a lot lately), Jay Electronica (who is still taking forever to release an album, but did just release a Drake remix/diss featuring Jay Z), and CJ Fly of the Pro Era crew (which also includes Joey Bada$$). The rest of the lineup is TBA. Tickets go on sale via Queue next week.
Initial event schedule and a stream of Jay's Drake diss, below...
Organized Konfusion member Pharoahe Monch released his fourth solo album, PTSD, this past Tuesday (4/15) and celebrated it on the day of its release in NYC at SOB's. If you missed that show, or just need to see him again, you won't have to wait very long. He's playing a Beat Society show in Brooklyn at Littefield on May 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
If you haven't heard PTSD yet, which features guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Black Thought, The Stepkids and more, you can stream it below.
Speaking of, Talib Kweli also has a few hometown shows coming up. He does a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl on June 11-12 with a 9-piece band and opening sets by Res & Niko Is. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and the latter is part of Northside Festival, which means you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. Before those shows, Talib will do a free 2 PM in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on May 17. No wristband or ticket required.
All Talib dates are listed, with a stream of Pharoahe Monch's album, below...
Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jay Z has announced the return of his Budweiser Made In America Festival to Philly's Ben Franklin Parkway, but this year will be different because the fest also goes down in LA simultaneously. The LA portion will happen in Grand Park, and both festivals run from August 30-31 (Labor Day weekend). Lineups are still TBA but early bird 2-day passes are on sale for Philly and LA now.
April 16, 2014
A rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday after he cut off his penis and then jumped off a second story balcony in what police believe was a suicide attempt ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.OUCH (hope he is ok!)
Our sources say ... cops were called to an apartment building in North Hollywood at around 1:00 AM and found Christ Bearer -- aka Andre Johnson -- on the sidewalk critically injured.
Christ Bearer is a member of the rap group Northstar ... a group discovered by members of Wu-Tang Clan. Two members of a group Bearer collaborates with live in the same apartment building and tell TMZ they were there early this morning when Christ Bearer suddenly -- without warning -- cut off his penis and jumped off the balcony. They say they were not on "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing."
The two men say they rushed downstairs and Christ Bearer had already jumped up and began screaming incoherently. [TMZ]
April 15, 2014
Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies are currently on the west coast for Coachella, and they have a few other shows coming up this month too. One of those is NYC-area college festival Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase, and the day before that fest they'll play a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/24) with 100s and GrandeMarshall. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (4/16) at noon.
Flatbush Zombies also just dropped a new track, "Red Light, Green Light" (ft. Espa). Check it out, with their list of all dates, including Houston's Free Press Summer Festival in May, below...
April 14, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Kelis at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelis returned to the live stage at SXSW this year after three years off from touring, and the R&B/neo-soul singer has now announced a full (but brief) North American tour for this June. The tour brings her to NYC for a show on June 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/16) at noon. She also tours Europe before and after. All of her dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of her new album Food which comes out next week (4/22) via Ninja Tune. It's her first album on an independent label, following a decade-plus career of often-underrated pop (she's much more than "the girl who sang 'Milkshake'"), and was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. The album is a huge departure from its predecessor, 2010's dance-pop Flesh Tone, instead coming closer to Erykah Badu's (neo) soul and the early '70s days of the genre too. You can hear the whole thing now on NPR. Also at 4 PM EST today (4/14), NPR will host an interview about the album and you can get involved on Twitter. Here's the details:
At 4 p.m. ET on Monday, April 14, we'll all hit play on this First Listen, and for an hour Kelis will take questions and tell stories on Twitter about creating an album that sounds like nothing we've heard from her before. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #AskKelisNPR and following @iamKelis and @NPRandB.Check out a new live video of "Friday Fish Fry" (performed on KCRW) off the new album, with the list of tour dates, below...
April 12, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
After a high-energy day on the main stage at Coachella that also included performances from Ellie Goulding, Chromeo and Girl Talk, Andre 3000 and Big Boi emerged from the center of a hollow cube that remained propped up onstage throughout their set. The duo fulfilled every promise of an Outkast reunion in the set's first third, starting with "B.O.B." and jumping from "Gasoline Dreams" to "ATLiens" to a run of "Aquemini" songs, including "Skew It On The Bar-B," "Rosa Parks" and the title track. With material that strong, details like the stage show, live band and the duo's vocal delivery could be waved off as fairly inconsequential. But those aspects were on-point too, with the giant cube flashing some neat graphics when it wasn't transparent, the brass section adding pop to "Spottieottiedopaliscious" and Andrew and Big palling around like old times (or that's how it seemed, at least). With Three-Stacks wearing overalls and a hoodie and Big Boi rocking a massive gold chain, Outkast came out looking fresh and sounding reinvigorated, as they proceeded to check off some of their classic songs. - [The Hollywood Reporter]Hip hop duo Outkast played their first show in years last night (4/11) as headliners of the first day of Coachella 2014 (Weekend 1). Opening with "B.O.B." André 3000 and Big Boi gave the crowd hits and deep cuts, and each had a solo set. Big Boi brought out Janelle Monae during his to do "Tightrope." When they both returned for the closing Outkast set, they brought out Atlanta rapper Future for three songs.
The night finished with "Ms Jackson," "So Fresh So Clean," "I Like the Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!" A planned collaboration with Killer Mike was aborted as the 1 AM curfew hit. They'll do it again -- and maybe fit everything in before curfew -- this Friday (4/18) for Coachella's second weekend. You can watch Outkast's whole Coachella performance, and check out the setlist, below.
April 11, 2014
photos by Dylan Johnson
Danny Brown @ MHOW - 4/8/14
That Old Danny Brown brought his current tour to NYC for two sold-out shows this week with his "Kush Coma" collaborator Zeeloperz and A$AP Mob associate Bodega Bamz at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (4/6) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (4/8). We caught the MHOW show, and didn't get the full setlist for that one but they've been pretty similar the whole tour (you can check out the Boston one below), and have included a lot of Old, and his, uh... old stuff too. Pictures of the MHOW show are in this post.
They continue, with the Boston setlist and a video from the Bowery show, below...
April 10, 2014
Big Glo (via Chief Keef's Instagram)
Chicago rapper Big Glo (real name Mario Hess, formerly Blood Money) was shot and killed in his hometown of Englewood overnight, Chicago Tribune reports. He was 33.
The rapper was Chief Keef's second cousin, a member of Keef's Glory Boyz Entertainment, and recently appeared on his song "Fuck Rehab." He had also just recently signed his first major label deal with Interscope. From the Chicago Tribune article:
Glo's manager said he was trying to get the 33-year-old musician out of Englewood and the city. "It's a lot of crime and violence in Chicago, these rap guys are being targeted, so you know, just trying to get him outside the neighborhood. He's from the streets," Renaldo Reuben Hess said early Thursday morning.This follows recent news that Chief Keef was questioned by police about a shooting at his manager's house, and he's been associated with gun violence in Chicago before.
"He was basically trying to just get his rap career together because that's a good opportunity," he said. "They gave him some money up front. It was a good chance for him to get himself out the hood."
Police said two shooters opened fire just south of 56th Street on Elizabeth Avenue around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, leaving more than two-dozen shell casings in the street.
Hess was shot as many as 10 times and pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A 28-year-old man was wounded and taken to Stroger by a family member, Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. He was in serious condition.
Rest in peace, Big Glo. Watch the "Fuck Rehab" video below...