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March 26, 2014

Daisy

De La Soul's Smell the DA.I.S.Y mixtape was released today as a free download. (They have been very generous lately.) It features the classic hip hop crew rapping some of their classic rhymes over unreleased J Dilla beats. It's a combo that's as natural as it gets and you can grab that here and stream it below.

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March 22, 2014

Eminem

As discussed, Eminem is going on a co-headlining tour with Rihanna surrounding some festival appearances, which was already set to hit the NYC-area on August 16 at MetLife Stadium. They've since expanded the tour, adding second dates in each city, including another MetLife Stadium (8/17) show the next day. Tickets for the 8/16 show are currently on AmEx, LiveNation and Facebook presale (password: "MONSTER"), with a Ticketmaster presale starting Monday (3/24) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (3/28) at 10 AM. Tickets for the 8/17 show (same link) are currently on AmEx presale with Ticketmaster/Live Nation presales starting Monday at 10 Am and the general on-sale starting Friday at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed below...

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March 20, 2014

Eminem at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Eminem

To support last year's MMLP2, Eminem will go on a three-date co-headlining tour with Rihanna this August surrounding a few festival appearances. That "tour" includes a NYC-area show happening on August 16 at MetLife Stadum in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, they go on Facebook presale Saturday (3/22) at 10 AM, Ticketmaster presale Thursday, 3/27 at 10 AM, and general on-sale Friday, 3/28 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Eminem is also reportedly headlining Lollapalooza, which happens in Chicago from August 1-3, along with Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Skrillex. Stay tuned for Lolla's full lineup announcement.

All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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March 19, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

clipping

Following Sub Pop's signings of avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces and their R&B collaborators THEEsatisfaction, the label has continued its hip hop endeavors with recent signees clipping. The trio, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, aren't as blatantly experimental as Shabazz Palaces, but it's no trap rap crew either. Daveed's style draws from the underground rap of El-P, Aesop Rock, and others on the Def Jux roster. Meanwhile, the producers cross various genres, pulling from noise, IDM, and more, only rarely coming close to something resembling a traditional "hip hop beat."

Their debut album, Midcity, came out last year, and its followup (and first for Sub Pop), CLPPNG, comes out on June 10. You can get a taste of the album from its single, "Work Work," which features Cocc Pistol Cree, below.

clipping. have some dates coming up, including a stop in NYC for Red Bull Music Academy's Hardcore Activity In Progress show, which puts them with ambient wizard Tim Hecker, grindcore vets Napalm Death, rapper Gunplay, jazz trio The Thing, noisemakers Wolf Eyes, more noisemakers Bastard Noise, techno producer Regis, and plenty more. That happens in Queens at the Knockdown Center on May 16. Tickets are still available.

All clipping. dates are listed, with that song stream, LP info, and the RBMA show flyer, below...

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March 18, 2014

photos by Tim Griffin

Tyler the Creator w/ BadBadNotGood @ Red 7 - 3/13/2014
BrooklynVegan's Thurday Day Show @ Red 7 - 3/13/2014

Odd Future rapper Tyler the Creator had quite a week at SXSW, filled with ups and downs and no shortage of drama -- some of which was from his own hands. Things got off to a bad start as the tragic events that went down Wednesday night outside of Mohawk (aka 'House of Vans' for the week) reportedly involved people on line to see him at 12:30...

His next event, which he did play was a short set at our Thursday free day party at Red 7 where he came out for an impromptu set of songs with highly-skilled jazz/funk trio BadBadNotGood, who he's collaborated with before (pictures in this post). He didn't say anything about the night before on stage, though he did let everyone know he had to play a short set because he had another show to be at soon...

It was only hours later that he was playing the Converse x Thrasher Death Match party at Scoot Inn, where he encouraged the people online outside of that show to break down the fence and come in. SPIN writes:

Does Tyler, the Creator thrive on chaos, or does he thrive on subjecting other people to it? There's a difference. One tendency you tend to associate with artists, the other masochists. To wit: During his headlining spot at the Converse/Thrasher "Death Match" at the Scoot Inn Thursday afternoon, Tyler incited hundreds of people outside the already-packed venue to break down the gates, nearly causing a riot just hours after two people were killed and 23 injured outside his scheduled show at the Mohawk. SXSW came dangerously close to another tragedy.

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"All you guys back there that can't get in," he said -- then implored the mob to bust down the gates. There was a split second when it seemed like the crowd wasn't going to do it, a possibility Tyler extinguished as he led the audience in a chant of "PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!"

And just like that, hundreds of people came rushing through the gates. I happened to be directly in their path when they did, and it felt like being hit with a wave: I pinged off this person and that person before stabilizing myself and catching my breath. I noticed the futile attempts of the security guards: a shit-kicker Joe Arpaio-type at the door tackled someone; another, meeker dude tried a clothesline that didn't work. It was of little use: the handful of guards were pushed aside like twigs in a flood. Someone came rushing to the sound booth where I'd moored myself and yelled at the sound guy to turn the music off. He did. I looked behind me and, to my horror, saw that they were locking the gates.

The show did eventually start again, and the SPIN report said that it seemed like even more of a riot would have ensued if it didn't.

A video of what went down at Scoot Inn was posted by TMZ and can be watched below.

The amount of rioting that did ensue though, resulted in Tyler getting arrested at the airport as he was leaving town, as Austinist reported. A police statement which since surfaced stated that Tyler was charged with a class A Misdemeanor, with a bond set at $25,000. They also posted his mugshot, which you can see below.

More pictures of Tyler with BadBadNotGood from our day party, with his mugshot and that video, below...

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Mobb Deep at Waterloo Records SXSW day party (via Waterloo Twitter)
Mobb Deep

Veteran rap duo Mobb Deep are soon beginning a previously announced tour that would have included a NYC show on 3/29 at Gramercy Theatre, but like many shows at that venue, it's been cancelled. Instead, they'll play NYC at the end of the tour on May 24 at Irving Plaza. That show also includes Smif-N-Wessun, and tickets are still available. Any tickets purchased for the Gramercy date will be honored, and if you can't make the new date, refunds are available at point of purchase. Updated dates are listed below.

Mobb Deep were also just down in Austin for SXSW. While they were there, both FACT and Fuse interviewed them about the 20th anniversary reissue of The Infamous, their upcoming new album, and more. Watch videos of those two interviews, plus a live video from their set at House of Vans/Mohawk, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.

Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.

Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.

Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.

Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.

Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Little Dragon

Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).

One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...

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March 11, 2014

Joey Bada$$ in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Joey Bada$$

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he was just announced for Montreal's Osheaga Festival, the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals, and he also announced a Smokers Club-presented hometown show happening on -- wait for it... 4/20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening the show is young Chicago rapper Lil Bibby who Vibe says will rule 2014, Joey's fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution, plus Black Dave, Mick Jenkins, Kris Kasanova and Shakespeare. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon.

Joey also plays Disclosure's 'Wild Life' show in Chicago this June. A couple of videos and the MHOW show flyer are below...

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March 10, 2014

Mykki Blanco at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki

The next NYC installment of Red Bull Sound Select will headlined by local rapper Mykki Blanco and happens on March 31 at Glasslands. This one is curated by Afro-Punk, and features support from White Mandingos (Murs + Darryl of Bad Brains), Gordon Voidwell (who played with Dam-Funk over the weekend), BLXPLTN and Sunny Gang. Admission is $3 with RSVP before 10 PM and $10 without.

Mykki also just released a new song, "Wish You Would," produced by Brenmar and featuring guest vocals from Princess Nokia (aka Wavy Spice). Check it out below...

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March 7, 2014

Macklemore

It's the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, and FACT points to a list Billboard posted of the all-time top 100 rap tracks since the chart's inception. Seven of the top 10 tracks come from rap's "golden era" of the '90s, but very depressingly, Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" comes in at #1 OF ALL TIME. He's also got "Can't Hold Us" at #4. Kanye is tight.

The full 100 is at Billboard. Browse the top 10, along with a disclaimer of how the list was calculated, below...

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