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January 28, 2015
photo: Action Bronson at Sonos Studio NYC in 2014 (more)
Action Bronson is releasing his new album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24 via Vice/Atlantic and he's now announced that he'll celebrate it in NYC on release day at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30) with an AmEx presale starting at noon today (1/28).
He's also got a sold-out NYC show happening much sooner at BB King's on Monday (2/2), which was rescheduled from 1/26 due to the blizzard. Refunds are also available if you can't make the new date.
Besides that, Bronson plays a few festivals including Coachella (and a Coachella Sideshow), Tampa's Big Guava Festival (with The Strokes, Pixies, Passion Pit and more), and Miami's inaugural Rolling Loud Festival (with Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Juicy J and more).
All dates are listed, with the single from Mr. Wonderful, below...
January 27, 2015
Less than 24 hours after comedian and longtime Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds made the news for voicing his frustrations with Hot 97, and revealing he turned down offers to work at 105.1 (unlike Angie Martinez who recently made the switch), Hot 97 has released an "OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON CIPHA SOUNDS" via a press release. The VERY SHORT (and very cold) statement literally just says: "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors."
Meanwhile, find Cipha Sounds every Friday night as part of the Hip Hop Improv Show at UCB East in the East Village,
UPDATE: Shorty after this post went live, Cipha Sounds posted the following message with his own version of the news:
After 17 years, I'm leaving Hot 97. I¹m changing my relationship status from "it¹s complicated" to "single". It¹s been an amazing ride - from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie¹s seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it's going to be huge.What do you think his next move is?
by Andrew Sacher
Kanye associate Travi$ Scott is still in the process of planning his official debut album, and today he dropped two new songs that may or may not appear on it. The first is called "High Fashion" and features Future, and the second is called "Nothing But Net" and features past collaborator (and Drake associate) PARTNEXTYDOOR, Young Thug and producer Boi-1da. Both are pretty in line with the kind of melodic rap that's been taking off lately, as you can hear for yourself below.
Travi$ and Young Thug will also be hitting the road together for a tour this March. That brings the two rappers to NYC on March 12 at Webster Hall and also hits SXSW. Tickets for that show (and the whole tour) go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday (1/30) with a presale beginning Wednesday (1/28).
Young Thug is still fresh off the hype of his 2014 mixtape with Rich Homie Quan and Birdman. Stream that, with the two new Travi$ Scott songs and list of tour dates, below...
January 19, 2015
Former Das Racist member Heems will release his first official solo album, Eat, Pray, Thug, on March 10 via Megaforce, and he's now announced that he'll celebrate it in NYC on release day (3/10) at Santos Party House. Tickets are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.
Listen to the album's lead single "Sometimes" below...
A$AP Yams (via A$AP Mob Instagram)
It was revealed over the weekend that A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams sadly passed away at age 26. Though the cause of death was unknown, it was rumored that he overdosed on codeine and Xanax, though in a new interview by Vlad TV, A$AP Ant says that is not true:
It ain't no overdose. People stop saying overdose 'cause that's not what it is. It's not an overdose. People keep talking about he overdosed on Xanax and shit like that, lean. No, that's not what happened at all. I don't wanna talk on it. It wasn't that though at all.You can listen to the full interview here.
January 18, 2015
A$AP Yams, founder of A$AP Mob (which Rocky, Ferg and other rappers joined later on), has passed away. He was 26. Cause of death is unknown, but multiple people on Twitter suspect it was a codeine and Xanax overdose.
RCA Records offered the following statement:
All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams. As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams' vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.And Polo Grounds Music also released one:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams. A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.Several musicians have also tweeted their condolences, including Drake, A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Azealia Banks, Chance the Rapper, Pictureplane and many more. A$AP Rocky posted the above Instagram with the caption, "R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER."
Rest in peace Yams.
January 16, 2015
"FUCKING JOEY CAME OUT AT THE PHONY PPL SHOW, fuck my life brooooo fuck my life" - @tayfo_SHO
photos: Rae Sremmurd @ Webster Hall / Joey Bada$$ @ SOB's
As discussed, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ releases his debut album B4.DA.$$ next week (1/20), and plays a hometown release show on Monday (1/19) at Rough Trade, which you have to buy the album to get into. It turns out that's actually one of three NYC shows he's playing that week.
The following night, he'll play Williamsburg dance club Verboten (1/20) with his Pro Era pals and special guests, Statik Selektah, Relly Rell, Pow P & Kool, DJ Red Alert, and guest FunkFlex. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg is hosting. Tickets are on sale.
Then on Thursday (1/22) at Webster Hall, he'll be the guest at Just Blaze's weekly House Party, along with Statik Selektah. Tickets are on sale for that one too.
Just Blaze has been killing it with his guests lately. He had breakout duo Rae Sremmurd last night (1/15). Anyone catch that? That's a picture from the show above, via Webster Hall's Facebook, where you can browse many more pics of last night.
Joey appeared live in NYC last night too, guesting at the Phony PPL show at SOB's. You can see a picture of that above as well (via). Today, he and producer Statik Selektah dropped another new track from his album, "Run Up On Ya," which features Elle Varner and Action Bronson (who has his own new album and upcoming NYC show on the way). Listen below...
January 15, 2015
photo: Sick Feeling at BV-RBSS show at Palisades in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
NYC hardcore band Sick Feeling just keep piling on the shows. They played Baby's All Right with Big Ups yesterday (1/14) (anyone go?), and have a tour with Obliterations hitting Saint Vitus on February 20 with Mammal and Raid (tickets).
Now they've got an album release show announced for January 31 at new Greenpoint venue Aviv with a great lineup of NYC rapper Le1f, Philly post-punks Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Paint It Black), On a Clear Day, and DJ sets from Mess Kid and Matt Werth. That starts at 8 PM and tickets are $10 at the door. Show flyer below.
Sick Feeling's debut album, Suburban Myth, comes out next week (1/20) via Geoff Rickly's Collect Records. Stream it in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Mill at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Meek Mill, whose 2013 appearance at Power 105.1 Powerhouse saw him bring out Nicki Minaj, whose new album he appears on and who he might be dating, will return to NYC for a Power 105.1-presented show on February 12 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are on sale now.
An all-female lineup of Nitty Scott MC, Celeste and Chelsea Reject takes place that same weekend on January 24 at Acheron. Tickets are on sale. Nitty appears on the new single by LoVel, "College," which just got the video treatment today (dir. Llama). You can watch that below.
And one more: Awkwafina plays SOB's on February 16 with Lyricks, Rekstizzy, Decipher aka Danny Chung, Mike B and DJ Zo. Tickets are on sale.
The always-great Curren$y returns to NYC on March 5 at BB King's. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16).
Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz teams up with past collaborator Akon to honor the tenth anniversary of the murder of Akon's manager, Robert 'Screw' Montanez, on January 30 at Stage 48. Tickets for that are on sale.
California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune are heading out on a tour this spring which hits NYC on April 24 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates here.
Wiz Khalifa's been making an annual thing out of going on summer amphitheater tours, and 2015 will be no exception. But while these tours are usually with cool rappers like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Smoke DZA or Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan, this year it's with, uh, Fall Out Boy. If you're into that sort of thing, you have a few chances to see it in the NYC-area including Susquehanna Bank Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach. Tickets go on sale at noon on January 23.
Lastly, though he has no NYC date announced at the moment, Australian rapper REMI has announced he'll make his US debut at SXSW this year. You can get a taste of his quality avant-rap from the video for "Tyson," below. Hopefully he decides to hit NYC too while he's here.
Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include Rae Sreummurd (tonight, 1/15), Joey Bada$$, Snoop Dogg / Puff Daddy, Lauryn Hill, Fetty Wap, PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce da 5'9"), and still more. What else?
photo: Trash Talk at Palisades in 2014 (more by Jae S. Kim)
Hardcore maniacs Trash Talk, who are signed to Odd Future Records and no strangers to touring with rappers, have announced a tour with NYC rap trio Ratking and hip hop producer Lee Bannon (who's collaborated with Hak of Ratking). The tour hits NYC on March 3 at Palisades, the Bushwick DIY venue that hosted an insane Trash Talk show not long after opening, and March 4 at Webster Hall's Marlin Room. Tickets for Palisades and Webster are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a live video of Trash Talk and the Lee Bannon/Hak song, below...