Recent Posts in hiphop - Page 3

September 24, 2015

photos by P Squared

A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples
ASAP Rocky
Tyler the Creator
Danny Brown
Vince Staples

Who everyone was really here to see, though, was A$AP Rocky, whose arrival took time. But that was fair: As the purple stage curtain drew back, it revealed a three-tiered platform that the crew had built between sets, replete with members of the A$AP Mob--including A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy--and Rocky's DJs.

"Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)" resonated throughout the arena as Rocky emerged, enveloped by flashing red lights and smoke. Throughout the course of the night, he played a bulk of At. Long. Last. A$AP, performing on all levels of the terrace-like structure.

At one point, everyone else left and it was just Rocky, illuminated on the second level. "Thanks to all the other acts for being talented, for their love and creativity. F*** all that mainstream s**t," he bellowed into the mic. His heartfelt moment was followed by one of the more heartfelt, melodic tracks from ALLA, "L$D." [Revolt TV]

Four killer rappers, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples are currently on the road together, and that tour hit NYC for a sold-out show at the Theater at MSG on Tuesday (9/22). As the above review points out, Rocky was who the most people came to see, but at least as exciting was opener Vince Staples whose Summertime '06 is one of the very best albums of this year. Vince came out during Rocky's set to do his song "SeƱorita" too. The floor was shaking big time from people jumping around. It was a wild show.

More pictures and a video of the Vince/Rocky collab below...

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Fetty Wap

You've already heard "Trap Queen," "My Way," "679" and "Again" blasting out of car windows and playing in any establishment that serves alcohol, and now those songs and the other 13 tracks that make up Fetty Wap's self-titled debut album are finally here. The album officially comes out Friday (9/25) via RGF/300/Atlantic but you can listen now via NPR, below.

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September 22, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


One of last year's very best rap albums was the self-titled debut from PRhyme, the duo of legendary producer DJ Premier and Eminem associate Royce da 5'9". They supported it on a tour earlier this year, and now they have another show announced for NYC on October 13 at Gramercy Theatre. They'll be backed by Adrian Younge, whose music was the source of DJ Premier's samples on the PRhyme album. It's the group's only announced date at the moment, and tickets are on sale now.

More recently, Younge released his second collaborative album with Ghostface Killah and DJ Premier contributed to Dr. Dre's album.

Stream PRhyme's "Underground Kings" featuring Schoolboy Q and Killer Mike, below...

Continue reading "PRhyme (DJ Premier + Royce da 5'9") schedule show backed by Adrian Younge"

photos by Mimi Hong

RL Grime w/ Tory Lanez
RL Grime

Beatmaker RL Grime and weirdo rapper Young Thug (who just dropped the Slime Season mixtape) teamed up for a NYC show at Central Park SummerStage on 9/17. Unfortunately we missed Young Thug, but we did catch RL Grime who brought out another rapper during his set, Tory Lanez (who plays a sold-out show at Baby's on 10/28). Pictures continue below...

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September 20, 2015

Drake Future

We already got an album, mixtape or whatever from Drake this year, plus an album and more than one mixtape from Future, and just now the two artists released the collaborative What A Time To Be Alive. You can stream it on Apple Music or pick it up on iTunes.

Drake might still even release Views From the 6 this year. Check out the tracklist for What A Time To Be Alive below...

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September 18, 2015


Veteran Park Slope, Brooklyn rapper Pumpkinhead (real name Robert Diaz) sadly passed away this past June in a Somerville, NJ hospital (the Rock Steady Crew threw a tribute to him in Central Park in July), and now his home neighborhood is taking steps to immortalize him, and the news is positive so far.. Park Slope Stoop reports that the first hurdle is cleared to have a street in Park Slope named after the rapper...

A request to rename a street for Robert "PH" Diaz -- a rapper who also went by the name Pumpkinhead -- passed handily in a vote by the Community Board 6 Transportation/Public Safety Committee on Thursday, September 17. The vote was almost unanimous; one committee member abstained because she came late to the discussion.

The committee will now bring the request to the general CB6 meeting that involves renaming Degraw Street between 4th and 5th Avenues to Robert "PH" Diaz Way. The City Council will have final approval.

Listen to Pumpkinhead's song "Park Slope" below...

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Kevin Gates

Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates has been riding high off mixtapes for a while now, and he now he announced his first "official" album, Islah. It's due out December 11 (pre-order) and features lead singles "La Familia" and "The Truth" which you can check out below.

Kevin also announced a tour to go down before the album comes out, kicking off in November in Orlando and ending on December 8 in Alabama. The tour hits NYC on November 21 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for Gramercy are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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September 17, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Texas producer Botany is releasing his new album Dimming Awe, The Light Is Raw this week (9/18) on Western Vinyl. It was mixed and mastered by Matthewdavid, who also contributed vocals to one track, and other guests include Matthew's Brainfeeder labelmate RYAT and abstract rapper milo, who releases his own new album so the flies don't come next week (9/25). milo is on Botany's psychedelic new single "No Translator," which includes a shoutout to Mick Jenkins and premieres in this post. Listen below.

Milo has a NYC show coming up on October 24 at Shea Stadium with Safari Al, Premrock & Curly Castro, Big Breakfast, Ehiorobo and Kenny Segal. Tickets are on sale.

Stream "No Translator" and a couple tracks from the new milo LP below...

Continue reading "milo releasing a new album, guests on Botany's new song "No Translator" (listen), playing Brooklyn"

by Andrew Sacher

Fetty Wap

Ty Dolla $ign is behind of the most undeniable pop-rap hits in recent years and Fetty Wap is behind at least two in the past year alone, so it's good news that they decided to team up for a song together, "When I See Ya." The track will appear on Ty's upcoming album Free TC, which now has a release date of November 13 (pre-order) and also features previous singles "Blase" featuring Future & Rae Sremmurd and "Only Right" featuring YG, Joe Moses & TeeCee 4800. "Blase" just got a new video this week. Watch that, with the "Only Right" video and "When I See Ya" song stream, below.

Ty Dolla $ign will be in NYC TONIGHT (9/17) for this week's edition of Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. Ty's only other upcoming appearances at the moment are three shows in California: Sacramento's TBD Fest with Tyler the Creator, RL Grime, Death Grips, Chance the Rapper, Mobb Deep, Dinsaour Jr, Tears For Fears and more; Mountain View's How The West Was Won with Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q and more; and Inglewood's Real 92.3 Presents 'The Real Show' with Kendrick Lamar, Future, Jeremih, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, Rich Homie Quan and Jidenna.

In related news, Fetty Wap also announced the release date for his new album: next week (9/25). Here's the artwork:

Fetty Wap

Fetty just played "679" on Fallon last night (9/16) (his second time on the show this year), backed by The Roots. You can watch that below too.

Continue reading "Ty Dolla $ign playing NYC tonight & other dates, details new LP ft. Future, Rae Sremmurd & Fetty Wap (who played 'Fallon')"

September 16, 2015

TV On the Radio
photo: TVOTR at Hopscotch 2015 (more by Kenneth Bachor)

TV on the Radio, who we just caught at Hopscotch Fest, backed Run the Jewels for a great performance on Colbert tonight. Watch below...

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