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April 7, 2015
DMX was in Newark on Saturday (4/4) for the Masters of Ceremony show with Mobb Deep, EMPD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Kid Capri, and while there, he was accused of robbing a 21-year-old. NJ.com reports:
"The two had a brief conversation about rap music and during the conversation a male in DMX's entourage, showed the victim a gun and demanded the victim's money," [Newark police spokesman Sgt. Ronald] Glover said in a statement.However, DMX's attorney, Murray Richman (who is also Jay Z's attorney), told WABC New York, "The allegations are unequivocally and utterly false. Any videotape would be dispositive." Investigations are ongoing.
The victim said he pulled $3,200 in cash from his pocket, and DMX "snatched the money out of his hand" before jumping into one of four black Cadillac Escalades that left the scene, Glover said.
If it seems weird that a 21-year-old had $3,200 on him, the victim's friend told police that the money was from a freshly cashed paycheck.
April 6, 2015
Mad Decent is yet again bringing their Block Party tour around the country this summer, featuring 22 shows throughout 19 cities. The tour kicks off in Atlanta on July 31 and works its way to a close in Chicago on September 22. Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia all get two days of the Block Party with different lineups on each date. Lineups are yet to be announced, but the NYC shows will happen, like last year, at Coney Island's MCU Park on August 8 & 9. Tickets for all of the Block Party stops go on sale April 17 with a Mad Decent presale starting Monday, April 13.
All dates are listed, along with a recap video from last year's Block Parties, below...
April 2, 2015
photo: Killer Mike at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Alchemist and Oh No put together a new compilation album called Welcome to Los Santos, which was inspired by Grand Theft Auto V, and comes out on April 14 with the PC version of the game. That includes the brand new Killer Mike and MNDR collaboration "Lock & Load," which you can stream below.
We also mentioned earlier today that Alchemist has an upcoming NYC show with Mobb Depp, Funkmaster Flex, and Smif N Wessun.
Once again, Skrillex and Diplo are hopping aboard a train in Canada for their Full Flex Express tour (modeled after the 1970 Festival Express tour), and they're bringing along a pretty cool cast of friends. Skrillz and Dippy are going as their collaborative Jack U project, and they'll be joined by Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Kiesza, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe x Mija. All stops the tour is making are listed below, and tickets for all dates are on sale.
Diplo and Anna Lunoe also both play Woodstock festival Mysteryland.
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
Prolific local rapper Smoke DZA recently dropped the third installment of his Ringside EPs with R.F.C. producer 183rd, which you can stream or download for free below. His next hometown show happens Monday (4/6) at SOB's with J.Y. and Tray Pizzy. Tickets are on sale.
DZA is also playing producer Harry Fraud's FREE party TONIGHT (4/2) at Westway with Jesse Marco, Daytona, Adrian Lau, Al-Doe and Gloss Gang. Doors are at 9, and special guests are promised. Flyer below.
One of DZA's past collaborators, Bodega Bamz, is set to release his official debut album, Sidewalk Exec, on April 14 via 100 Keep It / Duck Down, produced entirely by V. Don. So far three songs from the album are out, "El-Rey," "Billy Bats," and "Bring Em Out" which features Flatbush Zombies. You can stream those below. The album also reportedly will feature the late A$AP Yams.
Bodega Bamz plays a release show for Sidewalk Exec on release day at SOB's (4/14). Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds are hosting. Tickets are on sale.
Joey Fatts and A$ton Matthews, who have toured and collaborated with several A$AP Mob members, are signed to A$AP Yams' Yamborghini Records, and are 2/3 of the group Cutthroat Boyz with Vince Staples, are playing together on April 23 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Also on that bill is The Koolest, WavThang and Chase Manson. Tickets are on sale. Joey dropped the Ill Street Blues EP about a month ago, which you can stream below. All tour dates here.
Vince and Earl's "Hive" partner Casey Veggies was recently added as an opener to Big Sean's NJ show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom (tickets). Sean also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 7 (tickets); and his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits NYC on August 4 at MSG (tickets).
Also on Summer Jam is Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ (who has a NYC show at Terminal 5 on 4/19), Meek Mill & Dej Loaf (who both play NYC on their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe), and more.
Atlanta rapper Zach Farlow, who's been getting some buzz, partially thanks to his work with Rich Homie Quan and others, comes to NYC on April 8 at Santos Party House. That show's with Earlly Mac, and tickets are on sale now. Listen to his Rich Homie Quan collab, "Low," below.
For something more old school, Masta Ace's group eMC (with Wordsworth and Stricklin) are releasing their first full length since their 2008 debut this year. It's called The Tonite Show, and will be out May 5 via M3/Penalty Entertainment/Sony Red. You can watch the video for one of its singles, "Fly Thoughts" (ft. Pearl Gates), below. eMC play a release show for that album on 4/20 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale. Masta Ace also plays a SummerStage show, but details are still TBA.
Fellow NYC vets Mobb Deep will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic The Infamous with a show on April 26 at BB King's with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif N Wessun. Tickets are on sale.
Smif N Wessun also play DJ Mike Nice's 40th Birthday Bash on May 20 at Stage 48 with Kool G Rap, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, The Faculty, Royal Flush, Miilkbone, Odoub & Sean Strange, Persia, Kent Lucas, ThaRegime, D.C., J. Rebel, and Dayshawn Losey. Tickets are on sale.
One more old school New York group: Salt N Pepa play BB King's on July 16. Tickets are on sale.
There's also two hip hop shows happening in NYC tonight (4/2): Fetty Wap at Webster Hall for the one-year anniversary of Just Blaze's House Party, and The Lox at The Wick. Like Masta Ace, The Lox also have a TBA SummerStage show.
As for the rest of this weekend, you can catch rapper Cakes Da Killa opening for kitschy synth pop group AVAN LAVA at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (4/3) (tickets), and that same night hip hop producer The Gaslamp Killer headlines a big lineup at Capitale with Kidnap Kid, Vashtie and many others (tickets). Cakes recently put out the new song "Serve It Up," which you can stream below.
Other previously-discussed hip hop shows happening in NYC include Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with Common, Shabazz Palaces, Azealia Banks, The Game (The Documentary 10th anniversary), Migos / OG Maco, Jedi Mind Tricks, Yelawolf, Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson (NJ), Kool AD, iLoveMakonnen, Black Milk, Talib Kweli / Immortal Technique, Death Grips? and more.
April 1, 2015
Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly is out now, and as a tweet from Beats By Dre points out, he'll be debuting the video for its track "King Kunta" today (4/1) at 6 PM on the Beats by Dre billboard in Times Square (46th and Broadway).
The video was filmed at the Compton Swap Meet, and directed by Director X. You can watch a preview below.
Kendrick returns to the NYC-area to headline Hot 97 Summer Jam in June.
UPDATE: The video's out now and can be watched below...
by Andrew Sacher
Compton rapper The Game's recent albums have been hit or miss, but 2005's The Documentary is a classic of its time. It was made under the guidance of, and with production by, Dr. Dre and a couple of Dre's other collaborators from that era contributed too. 50 Cent (whose career was also at a high point then) executive produced it with Dre and appeared on a handful of tracks including memorable singles "Westside Story" and "How We Do." And a still-spirited Eminem shows up on "We Ain't." Not to mention Kanye West, Just Blaze, Timbaland, the late Nate Dogg and more all lent their talents to the album too.
The album turned 10 earlier this year on January 18, the same day Game played a 10th anniversary show for it in LA and brought out Dre and Kendrick Lamar. He's now also set to play a 10th anniversary show for it in NYC, which will happen
April 14 at BB King's. UPDATE: moved to June 21. Tickets are on sale now. Will any guests come out at this one too?
He also has a Cambridge show coming up, but that one doesn't appear to be billed as a Documentary show. Listen to some Documentary highlights, with all known dates, below...
by Zack Baker
Even if you haven't heard of New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap, you've probably heard his single "Trap Queen." He's not setting out to be a one hit wonder though, and today dropped a new track with the impressive team of Baauer (who probably wants to escape the one hit wonder thing himself) and Dubbel Dutch called "Promises." The track comes as a result of the Yours Truly/Adidas Songs From Scratch series, which has been responsible for collaborations between Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper, Shlohmo and Jeremih and many more. Check out that track below.
Fetty Wap's next show will be this week's House Party at Webster Hall (4/2), which is the weekly party's first anniversary. (He played the party in January too.) He'll be joined by Funk Flex, plus Just Blaze and the other House party regulars. Tickets are on sale.
Fetty Wap also just released a vlog centered on his performance with Kanye West at the Roc City Classic back in February. While built around the show, there's a lot of narration from Fetty about his current status and the rapper seems genuinely humble about his rise. Check it out below.
In related news, Dubbel Dutch is playing a big show at Output on Thursday (4/2) with Mike Simonetti, Peaking Lights Acid Test, and Huerco S. It's free before midnight with RSVP, or you can also buy tickets.
photos by P Squared Photography
Kool Keith / with Cappadonna @ Joe's Pub 3/28/2015
Kool Keith debuted his new live band, Lucky Bears Foot, at Joe's Pub last Saturday (3/28). Though he's got a well-earned rep as an eccentric, Keith and his band played it pretty straight, pulling out a bunch of his classics from throughout his career. In addition to his band, Keith had hype man Dane Uno and DJ J-Ronin on stage the whole time, along with his "first lady" Sharon. At the end he brought up Wu Tang member Cappadonna for a track, too. Spotted in the crowd: legendary JD Stretch Armstrong and TR Willie Randolph from Ultramagnetic MC's (who unfortunately didn't come onstage to do a track with him). Pictures and video of Kool Keith's entire Joe's Pub set are in this post.
Atlanta rap trio Migos already caught a lot of buzz off their mixtapes, and now they're planning to release their debut album, YRN Tha Album, on June 16 via Quality Control/300 Entertainment. The album's set to feature Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and more, with production from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven and more. You can watch the video for recent single "One Time" below.
Now Migos announced a tour in support of the album with their Quality Control labelmate OG Maco, which brings them to NYC on May 7 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on a variety of presales now, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/3) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with the "One Time" video and the video for OG Maco's viral hit "U Guessed It," below...