Recent Posts in hiphop - Page 3

September 23, 2014

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is finally getting ready to follow up his massive good kid, m.A.A.d city with a new album, and today he's released its first single, "i." It was produced by Rahki and mixed by Ali. Listen below.

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September 22, 2014

photos by Gretchen Robinette

The Weeknd / Schoolboy Q @ Barclays Center - 9/19/14
The Weeknd
Shoolboy Q

"In my city, I'm a young god," The Weeknd boasts briefly in his distinct, smooth as silk voice on "Often." One of the few clean lines from his steamy summer release, it's a bold statement that rings true in his home of Toronto, and evidently in New York as well. At Brooklyn' Barclays Center on Friday, the once rather enigmatic artist proved that he's no longer an underground gem but a mainstream favorite.
After delivering a rapturous and at times chill-inducing performance, Abel Tesfaye left the thousands who attended the first show of his "King of the Fall" tour eager for more. However, fans can rest assured that Friday night was just the start of this king's reign.

..."I gotta say, me and my team--we've been coming to Brooklyn every year, and the venues, they just kept getting bigger and bigger. And in three years, we are playing at the Barclays Center," the usually stony-faced singer said near the end of the night, unable to keep from breaking into a smile. Much to the delight of the crowd, The Weeknd encored with Ty Dolla $ign's "Or Nah" and "Often." It was a weed and pheromone-filled concert that felt satisfying and managed to leave fans longing for more (in perhaps more ways than one). [Swagger New York]

Sexed up R&B crooner The Weeknd began his tour with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and weed-loving songstress Jhene Aiko at Brooklyn's huge Barclays Center this past Friday (which he sold out at his own pace). He went through the material from his mixtape trilogy, his official debut Kiss Land, and threw a few covers in too as the crowd went unsurprisingly wild for him. We've got a set of pictures from the night.

Check out more below...

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September 19, 2014

Dean Blunt

...From there the record follows a bumpy trajectory as our hero comes to terms with his loss, utilising the tried-and-tested signs and sounds of heartbreak - acoustic guitars, lapping waves, gushing strings - to express his pain. But the mood is constantly sullied by interruptions from the outside world - mumbled voicemail messages, snippets of movie dialogue, smashing glass. The glass, that classic grime sound signifying nihilistic abandon, is here followed up by wailing car alarms - the broken window has consequences, and consequences are what The Redeemer is dealing with. [FACT]
The above quote is from FACT's review of Dean Blunt's acclaimed 2013 solo album on Hippos in Tanks, The Redeemer, which had followed his also-acclaimed 2012 collaboration with Inga Copeland (with whom he makes up the duo Hype Williams), Black Is Beautiful, on Hyperdub. Now Dean Blunt has signed to the larger Rough Trade label, and he'll release his new album, Black Metal, on November 4. Its first single, "50 Cent," is out now and can be streamed below. Tracklist, including song titles like "Punk," "Country," "Mersh," and "Blow," also below.

Dean Blunt also has a tour coming up which is mostly in Europe but also includes US dates in NYC and LA. The NYC show happens November 6 at The Studio at Webster Hall with strong local support from Gobby. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song stream, below...

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September 18, 2014

photos Kenneth Bachor

"Public Enemy verbally assaulted my consciousness and tore the roof off the Brooklyn Bowl last night. Epic." - Adam Levy

Public Enemy
Public Enemy

Hip hop legends Public Enemy have been laying low this year, but they did grace their hometown with a Brooklyn Bowl show this past Tuesday (9/16). Opening the show was PE2.0, which includes Public Enemy's rhythm section, and a set from Hank Shocklee of frequent PE collaborators Bomb Squad. PE packed their set with tons of favorites like "Fight the Power," "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," and plenty more. Did you catch the show? How was it?

More pictures and a couple videos below...

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Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Dr Dre

Dr. Dre's only been talking about his new album Detox (the followup to 1999's 2001) for oh, just something like twelve years now. There's still no word on when that's coming out (obviously), but a new update about it came in Jeff Weiss and Nocando's "Shots Fired" podcast (via Pitchfork), where they revealed that if it ever comes out, it won't be called Detox. According to Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker, Dre ditched that title two years ago.

Watch the video for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's 2010 single "Kush," supposedly recorded for Detox--err or whatever it's called, below...

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September 17, 2014

Perfect Dark

Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts have launched a new label called Posture which features a variety of hip hop and electronic music, including David Ashley, Kit, Youngcuhlord, Raymond Abercrombie and Khalfani. All of those are on the label's brand new mixtape which you can stream below. We've also got the premiere of the video for one of the tracks, Khalfani's "Same Reason" featuring David Ashley. Khalfani's dark production suits rapper David Ashley's style well. David's also got a new album, Perfect Dark, coming out October 7 with production from himself, Supreme Cuts and others, and there's two equally sulky singles out from that one that you can stream below too.

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September 15, 2014

Public Enemy at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
PE

New York hip hop legends Public Enemy have a couple dates scheduled this year, including one in their home state happening on Tuesday (9/16) at Brooklyn Bowl and then one in France in October. The Brooklyn show will be opened by PE2.0 (the group led by MC Jahi, with DJ Lord and The baNNed, the rhythm section of Public Enemy) and Kendo The Almost Famous. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

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September 12, 2014

iLoveMakonnen at Warm Up last week (more by PSquared)
Makonnen

Buzzy, Drake-approved rapper iLoveMakonnen had two NYC shows scheduled including one for tonight (9/12) at Gramercy and another for September 25 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for the Baby's show are still available, but tonight's Gramercy show has been cancelled. Refunds are available. Instead, Makonnen will now play another NYC show on Tuesday, October 21 at SOB's. That's the first night of CMJ but it's not clear yet if it's an official show. Tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for possibly more CMJ shows.

Makonnen isn't the only good hip hop show in NYC that was recently announced. Here's a roundup of a few of the others...

Open Mike Eagle, whose great Dark Comedy LP came out earlier this year, plays a NYC show on October 14 at Glasslands with an all-around impressive lineup of Serengeti and Billy Woods. Tickets are on sale now.

Power 105.1 Powerhouse returns to Barclays Center on October 30 this year with J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Kid Ink, T.I., Childish Gambino, French Montana, Migos, Tinashe, and another newly buzzed-about rapper, Bobby Shmurda, whose single "Hot Nigga" has gone pretty viral thanks to Bobby's "Shmoney Dance" in the video which since inspired the song "Shmoney Dance" by Rowdy Rebbel, featuring Bobby Shmurda. You can watch both of those videos below. Tickets for Power 105.1 Powerhouse are on AmEx/Live Nation presale now, with a general on-sale starting Monday (9/15) at 10 AM.

Kevin Gates, who was already in town for a couple of his own shows earlier this year, will return to open for B.o.B. on November 24 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Joell Ortiz of Slaughterhouse is releasing a new album, House Slippers, and celebrating on Tuesday (9/16) at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

Fabolous was supposed to play BB King's on August 23, but that show ended up being rescheduled to September 27. Tickets are on sale and all tickets from 8/23 will be honored. Fabolous also plays the Def Jam 30th anniversary celebration at Barclays Center.

Those are of course just a few of the many great hip hop shows coming up in NYC. Other previously discussed shows include Vince Staples, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang / Dipset, The Weeknd / Schoolboy Q, Vic Mensa / Iggy Azalea, Ab-Soul (which Bas was added to), Big K.R.I.T., Joey Bada$$, Run the Jewels, Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers and still more. What else?

Bobby Shmurda videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Vince Staples

Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples already has a few impressive mixtapes under his belt, like 2013's Stolen Youth and this year's Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2, and he's planning to put out his first commercial release, the Hell Can Wait EP, on September 23 via Def Jam. So far two of its singles have been released, "Blue Suede" and "Hands Up," both of which are dark self-serious songs. "Hands Up" especially, which isn't named for the hype phrase that you might have guessed it was, but as a response to the recent reports of police brutality across America. Check both out below.

Vince is on board for Odd Future's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival happening in LA this November, but ahead of that he'll play a NYC show on September 24 at SOB's. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Those are his only two dates we're currently aware of.

Song streams below...

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