Recent Posts in hiphop - Page 3
June 25, 2014
RJD2 at Governor's Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly mega-producer and DJ RJD2 is playing a few upcoming dates, and on August 22, he'll stop in NYC for a show on a boat. He'll set sail on a Rocks Off cruise from Pier 83 at 42nd street aboard the Manhattan Circle Line for what should be a fun water-bound show. The show is 18+, and tickets will go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Def Jux/Rhymesayers/etc-associated producers, frequent Aesop Rock collaborator Blockhead will be touring in the fall. He'll head to Brooklyn to play Glasslands on November 14, where he'll be joined by Elaquent and Muneshine. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for both RJD2 and Blockhead are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Virginia rapper GoldLink (not to be confused with metal band Gridlink) released his free debut mixtape, The God Complex, earlier this year. It's fast-paced sing-songy rap that fans of Chance the Rapper should dig, and the production is mostly forward-thinking Warm Up/BEMF-style electronic music, with one song ("Divine") even diving into Disclosure-style house (not unlike Chance the Rapper's pal Vic Mensa). You can download the whole thing here and stream it below.
GoldLink is in fact playing MoMA PS1's Warm Up this year, on July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, UNiiQU3 (who also opens for Evian Christ tonight) and Suicideyear. That's a great bill, and tickets are still available.
Not long before that, he'll play another NYC show at Webster Hall on July 11 for the venue's Girls & Boys party. The DJs for the night are Purity Ring's Corin Roddick (who's also on the new Ab-Soul album) and Empress Of, plus G&B regulars Alex English and rekLES. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Meanwhile the other half of Purity Ring, Megan James, also has a DJ date coming up, at Imagine Festival in Atlanta.
All GoldLink and Empress Of dates are listed, with his album stream, below...
June 24, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Ab-Soul's been talking about his new album These Days... for a while now, and it finally came out today (6/24) via TDE (not Interscope). Like his fellow Black Hippy members Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar did with their recent albums, you can tell Soulo went all out here and really wanted to make an "album" with multiple interludes, smartly placed guest spots, and well-executed transitions from song to song. Kendrick and Schoolboy Q appear on the LP, as do Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Rock, SZA, Jhene Aiko and more, plus excellent production from Corin Roddick of Purity Ring, DJ Dahi of Pac Div, J. Cole, Dave Free, Sounwave, and Tae Beast of TDE regulars Digi+Phonics and more.
Ab-Soul's love of drug references and tripped-out sounds are all over the record, but it's not a one tricky pony drug-rap album or anything. Like good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Oxymoron, there are the songs for your headphones, the songs for parties/live shows, and plenty that go both ways. He quotes Drake, mimics Chief Keef, and shouts out a particular trip to New York: "I'm on my way to NYC, last time I was there I swear I sold out SOB's." Presumably he's referring to this show.
Ab-Soul will be on his way back to NYC to headline the 4Knots afterparty on July 12 at Webster Hall with YC the Cynic and Jarren Benton. Tickets for that show are still available. His buddy Schoolboy Q will be in NYC for a Central Park show this week (tix).
Stream These Days... in full below...
Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett
Known collaborators and Ad-Rock associates Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett just got a little closer with the release of a new video, titled "Just Woke Up"...
Champagne Jerry, Max Tannone, Bridget Everett. They're all in your bedroom. You wake up. Early. Like at 5am. And boom. There they are. All three of them. Naked. Or dressed. Doesn't matter. Your choice. The TV is on in the background. A cooler with ice cold alcoholic beverages is within reach. Guess what, world? This is going to be the best morning of your life.Watch the Jason Cacioppo-directed sexy video for Jerry's new Max Tannone-written single ("Starring: Bridget Everett, Champagne Jerry, and the Champagne"), below.
Ted Leo associate Julie Klausner is also at Joe's Pub ALL THIS WEEK as part of a "Cabaret Situation" that "will feature a grown woman saying funny things, medleys of songs arranged suchly to make a point or to to just be pretty, and some visual "pow" that will leave your eyes both stimulated and lubricated."
Maybe you caught one of Champgane Jerry's monthly song release shows at Joe's Pub, like the one that just happened on 6/21 or the one on 4/3 with Ad-Rock. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you'll check out his next one on July 19, the day his full album is finally released. Maybe you won't. Jerry is also heading out on tour soon to "MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, MARYLAND, NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA, TEXAS", but those are the only details for now.
Check out the video below...
Die Antwoord taking flight at FPSF 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Die Antwoord recently had to reschedule their 6/10 Irving Plaza show to September 8. It's now sold out, but the group have since added more dates around that time including another (much larger) NYC show happening at Terminal 5 (9/9) a day later. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed below...
June 23, 2014
Lauryn Hill @ Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Lauryn Hill has stayed active since getting out of prison -- busy scheduling shows, playing some, postponing others. Her whole summer 2014 is booked for the road, including another NYC show, happening July 28 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed below
Angie Martinez with Honey Boo Boo and Mama June on Extra
In a shake-up of the hip-hop radio world in New York, Angie Martinez, one of the longest-running and most popular D.J.'s on Hot 97, has left that station to join its biggest rival, Power 105.1.Angie Martinez, when not on the radio, can be found diversifying her career with activities like co-hosting The View and interviewing Honey Boo Boo for Extra.
A mainstay for nearly 20 years on Hot 97 (WQHT, 97.1 FM), perhaps the country's most influential hip-hop station, Ms. Martinez announced her resignation from the station Wednesday afternoon. In a post on Instagram, she said only that it was "time to move on, to grow and to be challenged in new ways."
Speculation in the radio world immediately turned to Power 105.1 (WWPR, 105.1 FM), and Thursday morning that station's owner, Clear Channel, confirmed the move by saying that Ms. Martinez would become the new afternoon host on Power 105.1 as well as on one of its Miami stations, WMIB (103.5 FM), known as "The Beat."
Shabazz Palaces in Williamsburg Park in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces are releasing their much-anticipated sophomore album, Lese Majesty, on July 29 via Sub Pop, and they've just released another track from it, "#CAKE." It comes with a visualizer which you can watch/listen to below.
Shabazz have also announced dates including some with fellow Sub Pop rap group clipping.. Both Shabazz Palaces and clipping. will be in NYC for the free AfroPunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park, which goes down from August 23-24 (they play day 1). The rest of the lineup hasn't been announced yet, but if you want to skip the line you can buy fast pass admission.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
June 21, 2014
Dave Chappelle & Kanye last night (via Def Jam Twitter)
Dave Chappelle is in the midst of his 10-night run at Radio City. Some, like Wednesday's (6/18), Thursday's (6/19) and last night's (6/20), were billed as just Dave, while others, like this Tuesday (6/24) through Thursday (6/26) are to feature musical guests including The Roots, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and more. However, last night a surprise musical guest did come out: Kanye West (who Chappelle has told stories about before). You can watch videos of Kanye coming out last night for "New Slaves," "Jesus Walks" and "Gold Digger," via Consequence of Sound, below.
The run continues through Friday, June 27. Most shows are sold out but you can still get tickets to a few of them.
June 20, 2014
photos by Jae S. Kim
Trash Talk / Earl and friends / outside Palisades
Trash Talk brought their free tour with Odd Future pal Left Brain to NYC for a show at new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades this week (6/17) for what was a packed, sweaty, and very insane show. Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt came to hang out and made a surprise appearance as well. And local rapper Cities Aviv opened. Pictures of the craziness are in this post.
More, with a video of Earl, below...