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July 9, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Cakes

This month's Red Bull Sound Select show in NYC is curated by AfroPunk and features TDE-signed R&B singer SZA, NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, pop duo Denitia and Sene, Mykki Blanco collaborator Princess Nokia (aka Wavy Spice) and H09909 (who opened the recent Body Count show). The show takes place on July 15 at Rough Trade NYC and like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP.

The entire lineup minus Princess Nokia is also on board for this year's free AfroPunk Festival happening August 23-24 in Commodore Barry Park with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk and more.

Cakes Da Killa's most recent mixtape, Hunger Pangs, came out at the end of June and followed 2013's The Eulogy. With excellent production from Wildkatz, LSDXOXO and others backing Cakes' spastic rhymes, it should appeal to any fans of his last release (or Mykki Blanco or Danny Brown). You can download it for free HERE and stream it below.

SZA also just put out a new song, "Moodring" (produced by frequent collaborator Felix Snow), which appears on DJ Kitty Cash's upcoming Love The Free II mixtape (due out 7/22). It's more of her atmospheric R&B/indie pop blend, and can also be streamed below.

Continue reading "SZA released a new song; Cakes Da Killa released a new mixtape; playing together at AfroPunk RBSS show this month"

BHF

As discussed, Brooklyn Bodega's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival returns for its 10th annual year from today (7/9) through Saturday (7/12), and more details on this year's fest have arisen since we last spoke.

The kickoff event is today (7/9) at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St) from 7-9 PM with the 'Told It First Hand' discussion. The details:

This special "Told It First Hand" kicks off the 10th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson sits down with Scott Stedman, Founder of the Northside Media Group, and Kevin Powell, activist, writer, and entrepreneur, to tackle cultural appropriation and the sometimes thorny issue of gentrification in the ever growing borough of Brooklyn. Starting at 8:15 pm, Wes Jackson will welcome hip-hop culture pioneer, Ralph McDaniels, and world-renowned turntablist and DJ, Rob Swift, to the stage to contiue the conversation and discuss important issues facing the hip-hop community.
Admission is $5 or free for BHS members. There's also a second event at 8:15 with Ralph McDaniels and Rob Swift.

UPDATE: Earlier today Brooklyn Historical Society's website listed two events, one with Pete Rock at 5 PM and another with this year's headliners at 8 PM, but it's since been changed to what it says above.

The full lineup was also announced for the main show which happens Saturday at 50 Kent. We already knew it included Raekwon, Jay Electronica and CJ Fly (of Pro Era), and it now also features Cyhi The Prynce (whose mixtape came out not long ago), plus Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae will be hosting, and Rob Swift will be on DJ duties. Tickets for Saturday's show are available.

More info on the rest of the fest at BK Hip Hop Fest's site.

July 7, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

JP

[The name Junglepussy] started out with me loving loving animal prints. I had it on my clothes, curtains, cups--everywhere. I felt like a little jungle animal around all of these animal prints and exotic patterns, and the name "Junglepussy" came up. Females have pussies, so it's the most feminine word ever, and jungle--it could be wild, but it's also beautiful to me. Twitter came out, and I just wanted to have a name that nobody was going to steal. So I was like, I could use Junglepussy... People were like, "Are you a stripper? Are you a porn star? Are you a tranny?" No, I am a natural-born girl. You see my throwback-Thursday pics? I was a baby girl, and I just liked animal prints. I'm not even that wild, but I took the responsibility of it. I didn't run from the name because I felt that in my heart I knew it wasn't anything crazy or degrading. I knew it was everybody else's reaction that was making it what it is, so I decided to stick it out and see what would come from it. [Junglepussy to VICE]
Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy has been getting some buzz lately, including the approval of Erykah Badu. Her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, came out in June and features her spitting over dark, murky beats from Mell Masters and Shy Guy. The latter has also produced for Le1f (who she opened for before) and if you like him, you'll probably dig Junglepussy too. Stream the album (via VICE) below.

JP will play a hometown show this Thursday (7/10) at Webster Hall for the venue's weekly House Party. She plays the '1992 Room' (aka the Marlin Room) with Vashtie, Oscar and Huggy Bear. As usual, Just Blaze and DJ Soul will be in the Grand Ballroom, plus there's music in the Studio and the Balcony Lounge too. Tickets are on sale now. More info at that link and on the show flyer, below.

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Lauryn Hill at FPSF 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

As discussed, Lauryn Hill is going back on a tour which includes a NYC show on July 28 at Brooklyn Bowl. That show has since sold out, but Lauryn's added a second show happening a day earlier (7/27) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed below...

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July 1, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Madlib, Blu, M.E.D.
blu

Los Angeles rapper Blu will be setting out on the Bad Neighbor Tour with frequent collaborator M.E.D. later this summer. Most dates are still pending announcement, but a few have been revealed including a number of California engagements and New York's S.O.B.'s on August 19. Tickets for that show are available now, as are tables. All currently known dates are listed below.

Blu recently released the Bombay-produced LP Good to Be Home, which features guest spots from Prodigy, Oh No, Alchemist, and Evidence, among many others. The double disc produced the single "The West" which you can hear below. Blu and M.E.D. also have released a new video for "Peroxide" from last year's The Buzz EP, which features Madlib beats and Dam-Funk's g-ness. Consider it a warm-up for the Bad Neighbor LP, which will reprise the Blu/M.E.D./Madlib connection later this year.

List of known dates, with "The West" and the video for "Peroxide," below...

Continue reading "Blu released an LP, made a video, planning another LP with MED and Madlib, touring (dates)"

June 30, 2014

Badu

It's pretty much impossible for TV reporters to do man-on-the-street segments without someone mugging for the camera behind them. Few, however, have gotten such an aggressive videobombing as WPIX reporter Mario Diaz got while trying to report on Shia Labeouf's bizarre arrest over the weekend. Making things 100% more surreal was that the person doing it was singer Erykah Badu, who paraded back and fourth behind him and then tried to kiss him. He brushed her off and kept his composure, video of the craziness is in this post.

After initially denying it was her on Twitter, Badu eventually copped to it:

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Mario replied with good humor:

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Erykah just opened for Dave Chappelle on Thursday (6/26) as part of his 10-night Radio City Music Hall run. Video of Badu's videobombing below...

Continue reading "Erykah Badu interrupts PIX 11 reporter on live TV, tries to kiss him (video)"

June 27, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Currensy

New Orleans rapper Curren$y appears to be working on his next proper album (not a mixtape), and ahead of that he's put out the new single, "A Lil Sumthin (Come Up Big On Em)," another laid-back, blunted cut from the Smokers Club alumni. Check it out below.

Curren$y also has an upcoming US tour scheduled for this July which hits NYC on 7/22 at BB King's with Major Van Winkle. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Curren$y released a lil sumthin, touring (dates & stream)"

Danny Brown at MHOW in April (more by Dylan Johnson)
Danny Brown

Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson are teaming up to play Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's third annual PeterPalooza on July 23 at Best Buy Theater in NYC. Tickets for this stacked hip hop show go on sale today (6/27) at noon.

All three rappers are keeping busy in other ways too. Schoolboy Q just played Central Park and announced a tour opening for The Weeknd with Jhene Aiko which hits NYC's Barclays Center on September 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 11 with Fan Club/Citi presales starting Tuesday, July 8 at 10 AM and Live Nation/Venue/Tickemaster presales starting Thursday, July 10 at 10 AM.

Q was also added to a few dates on 2014's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour including the Holmdel, NJ stop happening August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center with Wiz KHalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

Action Bronson also has other dates coming up including the previously discussed big NYC show with Phantogram happening September 13 on Pier 97. Tickets for that show are still available. He also plays upstate NY festival The Hudson Project

And Danny Brown has many other upcoming dates as well (no others in NYC at the moment), including multiple festivals such as Pitchfork Festival, Made In America Philly and Bumbershoot. Those are all listed, with lists of dates for Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson, below...

Continue reading "Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q & Action Bronson touring (not together), playing NYC (together)"

June 26, 2014

Hieroglyphics

It's been a killer year for Del the Funky Homosapien. He already played "Clint Eastwood" with Damon Albarn at Bonnaroo, and Deltron 3030 have an upcoming tour that hits NYC for a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on 7/19 and NJ the next day (tix). Now, another of Del's groups, the great Hieroglyphics, will be going on a short Northeast tour this August following Deltron's run.

For this tour the group will include Del along with A-Plus, Casual, Domino, Opio, Pep Love, Phesto, Tajal and DJ Toure. It kicks off in Boston and hits NYC a day later on August 21 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are on fan club presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday (6/27) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Hieroglyphics' last album was 2013's The Kitchen which was their first since 2003's Full Circle. You can stream The Kitchen over at SPIN. Watch the video for "You Never Knew" off their classic debut, 3rd Eye Vision, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Hieroglyphics announce 2014 Northeast tour (dates)"

Weeknd

The Weeknd announced a four-date tour with support from Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko that begins in NYC this September. The R&B singer's last time headlining NYC was a 2-night stand at Radio City but he's now making the jump up to an arena for a show on September 19 at Barclays Center. Even with strong support like Schoolboy Q, that's a big jump! Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, with a stream of The Weeknd's brand new single "Often," below.

Schoolboy Q was just in NYC last night (6/25) to play Central Park Summerstage. He brought out tons of guests, including his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul, who played material off his new album These Days..., members of A$AP Mob (including Rocky), Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. Did you go to the show? How was it?

The Weeknd's list of dates and new song, below...

Continue reading "The Weeknd touring w/ Schoolboy Q & Jhene Aiko, playing Barclays Center (dates); SBQ played Central Park"