Entries tagged with: 9th Wonder
by Andrew Sacher
Dr. Dre has always had a way of finding a relative unknown to feature on his albums, who ends up getting a lot bigger in their own right a year later (you know, like Snoop Dogg). When he released Compton last year, it seemed like the breakout star of the album was going to be Anderson .Paak (who has a major presence on six of its tracks), so it's very satisfying to know that Anderson's first post-Compton album is here and it's fantastic. It's called Malibu and it's out today (order yours), and you can listen to it via Spotify below.
Dre's not on the album but it's very much in the same world as Compton, and even more accurately, it's in the same world as Compton contributor Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Guest appearances come from Rapsody, who's got a standout verse on TPAB, and she shows up with just as much fire here. Kendrick's Black Hippy groupmate Schoolboy Q is his usual crazed self on early single "Am I Wrong." Compton guest BJ the Chicago Kid surfaces again here on "The Waters," a track with keys by TPAB contributor Robert Glasper. And there's The Game, whose own career got a major push from Dre a decade ago and who sounded in great form on Compton, as he does here. (Other notable guests include Talib Kweli and producers 9th Wonder, Madlib, Kaytranada and Hi-Tek.) It's also got a similar approach to To Pimp A Butterfly in the way it fuses modern hip hop with old soul and funk, and like that album, it sounds alive. The basslines are legitimately funky, the drums are hopping, and Anderson himself sounds unpredictable and off-the-cuff much in the way Kendrick does. With his delivery that's usually somewhere between singing and rapping, he also often recalls Chance the Rapper.
Malibu has 16 songs that clock in at just over an hour and it doesn't have one bad track, but an especially great one is the most recent single "Come Down." Hi-Tek samples "Hatikvah" for it, which is an unlikely yet very successful source for a funk/rap hybrid, and Anderson's shouted "I might never come down!" is Malibu's most instantly-sticky hook. I'd recommend just diving into the album start to finish, but if you want a quick taste of it, start here.
The album comes out right on the heels of last month's Link Up & Suede, the debut EP from NxWorries, Anderson's duo with Kxwledge (who's also on To Pimp A Butterfly). Anderson also has some shows coming up, including Coachella and NYC on January 25 at SOB's (tickets). All dates are listed, with the Malibu stream, below.
by Andrew Sacher
North Carolina rapper Rapsody, who had a major guest verse on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and also put out her own great album Beauty and the Beast, is the first artist to do an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2016. She played backed by a full band (9th Wonder included), and did "Godzilla," "The Man," and "Hard To Choose" (all off Beauty and the Beast). At times she looks like she's having a ton of fun, and at others she's giving no-bullshit impassioned performances. And if you liked the jazz/soul/funk backing of TPAB, you'll love her band too. Watch below.
Rapsody also appears on Murs & 9th Wonder's collaborative album Brighter Daze, that dropped on New Year's Day. You can stream that below too, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp. The brand-new video for "Otha Fish" off the album is below too.
She doesn't have a full tour coming up, but she has a Denver show with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and 9th Wonder. That's part of Talib's tour, which also includes nine NYC shows:
One is a "musical celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." on January 17 at SOB's with K'Valentine, Chaz Van Queen, Yummy Bingham, MK Asante and special guests (tickets). He also has a Blue Note residency, happening February 3 & 4 and March 2 & 3, with two shows a night (tickets). And he'll be one of the guests at The Soul Rebels' shows on February 26 & 27 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets).
Talib & 9th Wonder just dropped a new video for "These Waters" off 2015's Indie 500 (which Rapsody is also featured on). Watch that, with his list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Big Boi & Phantogram at SOB's in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
A few years back, OutKast's Big Boi invited Phantogram to contribute to three tracks on his 2012 album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (including the especially great "Lines," which also features A$AP Rocky), and their creative relationship eventually led to the full-blown collaborative project Big Grams. They recently released their 7-song self-titled EP, which was produced almost entirely by Phantogram except "Put It On Her" by 9th Wonder and "Drum Machine" by Skrillex, and Big Boi's pals Run the Jewels show up on "Born to Shine." You can check out the video for "Fell in the Sun" and a Spoitfy stream of the whole EP below.
Big Grams have announced some festival appearances for 2016, including Hangout, but before that they'll play a club show at NYC's Irving Plaza on December 21. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (11/20) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
Talib Kweli recently released his collaborative album with 9th Wonder, Indie 500, which Mosi Reeves reviewed for Pitchfork today, giving it a 6.3. Talib was not very happy with this review, and published his own review of Pitchfork's review. It begins:
In the first sentence of Pitchfork.com's review of INDIE 500, a reviewer who is associated with music review site rhapsody.com writes abut how I criticize and then distance myself from celebrity straw men with the line "celebrities be making money on the powerless, their silence in the face of injustice is just cowardice." He then goes on to suggest that I myself could be viewed as one of the these celebrities that I am critiquing because I "visit eateries with Anthony Bourdain, debate politics with Bill Maher and engage in public arguments like the one with Don Lemon." As if to suggest I do these things strictly for celebrity currency and not on my own terms. What this reviewer fails to mention is that Bourdain had me on the last episode of No Reservations because it was set in Brooklyn, and I rep the borough well. I was invited to Bill Maher show not because I don't speak up against injustice, but precisely because I do. I didn't call Don Lemon out about CNN's Ferguson coverage from CNN's New York headquarters, I did it live from Ferguson Missouri. At night before the cameras showed up I got chased by police carrying tear gas, I was face down with a rifle in my back, not in some truck safe with Don Lemon somewhere.It continues, critiquing the idea of blog reviews altogether:
Blogs are trying to keep the eyes, literally by the second. This means constant, non stop content and reviews of pieces of art that are lauded for being first, not fair. How could a writer, any writer, take in an album that took us a year or two to put together, in one day? One week? They couldn't. So they rely on personal bias and past musical knowledge to fill in the blanks, which is where that whole "celebrity straw man" thing came from. They rush their reviews, so they make assumptions and write reviews that are factually incorrect. They take lyrics completely out of context and judge them for the world to see, all because they didn't have the time to let the lyrics sink in. This makes it very ironic when Mosi writes that the "execution felt rushed" in terms of INDIE 500.There's a lot more where that came from, and you can read Talib's whole review here. He gives Mosi's review a 3.6 (h/t: Gary Suarez.)
You can stream Indie 500 in full below...
photo: Big K.R.I.T. in Prospect Park in July (more by David Andrako)
Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. is on tour now, and as The FADER points out, while he was in North Carolina he hooked up with local Rapsody for a one-off track, "Guillotine Flow." It's got K.R.I.T. and Rapsody rapping over a 9th Wonder beat, and you can check it out for yourself below.
K.R.I.T.'s tour lands him in NYC this week for a show on Wednesday (10/28) at Highline Ballroom. Since we last spoke, his old pal (and NYC local) Smoke DZA was added to that show as an opener. Tickets are still available.
Earlier this year K.R.I.T. guested on the new album by Bilal, who like Rapsody, is on the new Kendrick Lamar album. Kendrick will be in NYC for an intimate Webster Hall show with Jay Rock on Monday (11/2).
Updated K.R.I.T. dates are listed, with the new song, below...
photo: Talib Kweli in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Talib Kweli already released an album this year -- the free-to-download Fuck the Money -- and now he already has another one on the way. It's a collaborative LP with producer 9th Wonder, and it's set to feature Brother Ali, Hi-Tek, Krysis, Bad Lucc, Problem, Rapsody, Planet Asia, Niko, Pharoahe Monch, and Slug from Atmosphere. Release date and title are still TBA.
Talib also has dates coming up. One is with a live band in NYC on October 5 at the Blue Note, and that includes both early (8 PM) and late (10:30 PM) shows. Then he DJs late-night at Webster Hall on October 8, which is presumably part of Just Blaze's weekly House Party at the venue (tickets).
Some of Talib's upcoming Australian dates are as Black Star, his duo with Mos Def. (Why not in the US?!) Though Mos Def is going by Yasiin Bey these days, he recently revived his old moniker for a track with Ski Beatz, "Sensei On The Block." Listen to that, with the list of Talib Kweli and Black Star dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Snow Hill, NC's Rapsody has been leaving her mark on the rap world for a few years now. She's got collaborations with Big K.R.I.T., Blu, Statik Selektah and more; and made her highest-profile collaboration to date by appearing on "Complexion (A Zulu Love)" on Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly. Her first (and so far only) full length is 2012's The Idea of Beautiful, and this past spring she put out the expanded deluxe edition of her 2014 EP, Beauty and the Beast.
It's on 9th Wonder's Jamla Records, and features production from him, Eric G., Khrysis, Nottz and Young Guru, with a guest appearance from Problem and sung vocals from Merna. If you dig "Complexion" or other TPAB collaborators like Bilal, or rap in the vein of Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Lauryn Hill, Beauty and the Beast should be right up your alley. It's all intricate, poetic delivery over soul-inspired beats that intentionally ignore current pop-rap trends -- "I don't need your emo beats, all I want is soul and funk," boasts Rapsody on "Don't Need It." Listen below.
She was in NYC earlier this month opening for Talib Kweli at two Brooklyn Bowl shows, and she's returning for her own show in August. That takes place at Santos Party House on 8/12. Tickets are on sale now. No word yet if this show is part of a longer tour.
photo: Talib Kweli in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two socially conscious New York rappers, Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique, are heading out on a tour together that begins in early March and runs through mid-April. It includes a show in their hometown on April 14 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Talib's site also says Niko Is, CF, Hasan Salaam and special guests are opening on the tour, but Highline's site isn't currently listing any openers for that show.
Talib is also planning to release two new albums this year, a new solo album called Radio Silence, and a collaborative album with 9th Wonder tentatively titled B.A.D. (or Build And Destroy). Stay tuned for that. All dates are listed, with a couple older videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Panda Bear @ MoMA PS1 - 1/11/15 (via moremorenow)
Panda Bear releases his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, this week via Domino, and yesterday he stopped by NYC's MoMA PS1 for a Boiler Room-presented show with visuals by frequent Animal Collective collaborator Danny Perez. He focused mostly on the new album, but included a few from its predecessor, 2011's Tomboy, too. Boiler Room has an archived video streaming on loop, which you can watch below.
Panda Bear's been gradually premiering tracks from the album on different radio stations around the world, and if you haven't found yourself a full listen yet, you can check some of those stations for archives. It's a great album, different from all his others but still within the electronic/psychedelic pop realm of his last two. Like Tomboy, it's more song-oriented than Person Pitch, but the songs are also clearer and bigger here than on Tomboy. "Sequential Circuits" (listen at BBC at the 1 hour, 23 min mark) is a beautiful opener, with chord changes that sound both unconventional and genuinely uplifting. Another immediate highlight is "Tropic of Cancer" (listen at FBi Radio), a "God Only Knows"-type ballad but based more on the "Hallelujah" chord progression. Elsewhere, there's the head-knocking "Crosswords," the ambient pop of "Lonely Wanderer," the weirder, grimier "Boys Latin," the bouncy avant-pop of "Selfish Gene," and plenty more strangely melodic sounds. Check out those streams linked above, and watch the videos for two other tracks below.
Also in honor of the new album, Panda Bear made a FACT mix which includes 13th Floor Elevators, Aphex Twin, Andy Stott, Gobby and more. You can stream that, with the tracklist, below as well.
by Andrew Sacher
Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
It's the new year, and like every year, there's a ton of great hip hop shows coming up in NYC, especially a lot this month (and of course a few announced for the months after that). So while you're trying to stay warm during the coldest winter, here's some of those shows you might want to check out:
As discussed, Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to his stomping grounds of Barclays Center on Sunday (1/12) and Monday (1/13). If you can't make the Brooklyn dates, or just still need more Hov in your life, there's other nearby dates happening at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22). Tickets for those shows are still available.
A bunch of golden-age rappers are joining forces for the Masters of Ceremony show at Radio City Music Hall on January 24 with DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, and Black Sheep. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another long-running NYC rapper, Talib Kweli will play the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's on January 19, and this one also honors the late Nelson Mandela. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Also at SOB's on January 27, producer 9th Wonder will celebrate the release of his label Jamla Records' Jamla is the Squad compilation album. Statik Selektah hosts for the night, and the show will also feature ADD-2, Rapsody and the entire Jamla team -- Actual Proof, HaLo, GQ, Heather V and more -- with special guests. Not sure whose those guests will be, but the album features appearances from Jadakiss, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, and more. Stream a 9th Wonder-produced Rapsody track from the compilation, below. Tickets are on sale now.
Dom Kennedy, who's notably collaborated with Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and others, plays NYC on January 28 at Irving Plaza with Skeme. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another Dom Kennedy collaborator, Nipsey Hussle, plays NYC on January 24 at Highline Ballroom with Erk the Jerk and The Kid Daytona. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Nipsey recently released a new track, "6in Heels," which you can stream below.
Waka Flocka Flame plays NYC on January 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other upcoming hip hop shows happening a bit later in the year include Cam'ron at Stage 48 on 2/20 (tickets), Shaggy at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/25 (tickets), and Slaughterhouse at Best Buy Theater on 4/26 (tickets).
And Kanye West just announced a tour.
These are just a few of the upcoming hip hop shows in NYC. What else?
by Andrew Sacher
NYC rapper Sean Price released his new album, Mic Tyson, on October 30 via Duck Down Records and was supposed to play a hometown record release show that day at SOB's, but Hurricane Sandy had other plans and the show never happened. Still no word on a new date for that show (or if there'll be one) but he'll play a different NYC show with fellow Duck Down labelmates/affiliates Buckshot, 9th Wonder, and Murs at Santos Party House on November 13 with opening sets from Young Guru and DJ Meka (2dopeboyz). Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flyer is below.
November 13 is also the day that 9th Wonder will release two collaborative albums: The Final Adventure with Murs via It's A Wonderful World/Traffic Entertainment/KGMG and The Solution with Buckshot via Duck Down. The cover art, tracklists, and song streams from both albums are below.
Both 9th Wonder and Buckshot contributed to Sean Price's Mic Tyson, as did The Alchemist, whose upcoming album with Action Bronson features Sean Price. Hardcore hip hop has been enjoying somewhat of a resurgence this year with great albums getting the attention they deserve (Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs, etc) and Mic Tyson fits right in with that. You can stream it in its entirety below via spotify.
All streams, a list of all dates, and more are below.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
Jazz/hip hop/soul/etc artist Robert Glasper released the impressive Black Radio LP earlier this year and he'll follow that with an EP of remixes from the album, Black Radio Recovered - The Remix EP, this Tuesday (10/9) via Blue Note Records. The EP features remixes by 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Questlove, and one by Robert Glasper himself, along with Jewels. Starting this week, he's been revealing the remixes at his facebook and twitter as they premiere around the web.
Okayplayer has the 9th Wonder (featuring Phonte) remix of "Afro Blue" (ft. Erykah Badu), Complex has Pete Rock remix of "Black Radio" (ft. Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def), and Afropunk just posted the Georgia Anne Muldrow remix of "The Consequences of Jealousy." You can stream all three of those remixes below and stay tuned for the rest.
Robert Glasper is also on tour now and he'll hit NYC this month for a CMJ show, which happens on October 16 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He'll also return to NYC a couple months later to play Harlem Stage on December 13 and 14. He'll do two shows each night (one at 7:30 and one at 10:00). Tickets for all four of those shows are on sale now.
Speaking of 9th Wonder, he plays a Rapsody party at SOB's TONIGHT (10/3) with Josh Baze, Peter Rose, and host Peter Rosenberg (of Hot 97). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A list of all dates and those remix streams are below.
Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambataa
The Universal Zulu Nation is an international hip hop awareness group formed and headed by hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. Originally known simply as the Organization, it arose in the 1970s as reformed New York City gang members began to organize cultural events for youths, combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of hip hop culture. By the 1980s, hip hop had spread globally, and the Zulu Nation has since established (autonomous) branches in Japan, France, the UK, Australia, South Korea and the Cape Flats in Cape Town South Africa. -[wiki]Afrika Bambataa celebrated the organization's 38th anniversary last night at Le Poisson Rouge (11/9) with Tony Touch , Doo Wop , DJ Mell Starr , Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box) , Timbo King (Wu Tang) , Rock of Heltah Skeltah , Maffew Ragazino , Rival and Ramon CNN 199 and host DJ Hektek. The celebration continues on Saturday (11/12) with 9th Wonder, PMD from EPMD, Dinco (Leaders of the New School), Statik Selektah, Boogie Black, Latin Hip Hop, Calle Cardona (DJ O Incredible), Bisnelly La Loca, Blu Room Therapy, The Welfare Poets and Smif n' Wessun. Tickets are on sale.
The 38th anniversary of the UZN means that we'll also be celebrating the 37th anniversary of hip hop which will get its own night of remembrance. Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E Fresh, Grand Master Melle Mel, DMC, Cold Crush Brothers & more will join DJs like Q-Tip, Kid Capri, Jazzy Joyce, Lady Love and others at SOB's on 11/13. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, BB King's is the home for many upcoming shows with similarly great hip hop notables. The most interesting of the bunch happens on 2/23/12 with Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest) "and friends". No details on who "the friends" are, but tickets, go on sale today (11/10) at 2PM.
Another major event goes down a bit sooner at the same venue, on 11/23. Featuring EPMD, Ghostface Killah, Black Moon, Special Ed, Black Sheep, and Black Rob, the show is part of the "Funkmaster Flex Legends" series and tickets are on sale.
The venue will also host interesting shows with Digital Underground on 1/22/12 (tickets) Mobb Deep on 11/22 (tickets) and Slick Rick (featuring rare performances from his The Ruler's Back LP) on 11/25 (tickets) in the coming months.
Ghostface will also be on hand when the Wu-Tang Clan hits Best Buy Theater and Starland as part of a December tour.
And last but not least, M.O.P. will hit Santos Party House on 11/21 as part of a record release celebration for their new collaborative album with The Snowgoons. Sparta is due on Babygrande the next day. Support will be announced, but tickets are on sale. Stream one song from Sparta, and watch some videos, below...
Tons of hip hop shows on the way, from the classic to the new! First up, Curren$y will headline Irving Plaza on June 6th as part of a string of US dates that he has scheduled in May & June (dates are below). Tickets are currently on Live Nation presale, and go on regular sale at 10AM tomorrow (4/6). Curren$y is currently preparing to release his new and entirely Alchemist-produced EP Covert Coup on April 20th and for FREE.
Raekwon will headline BB King's on April 17th, alongside Ultramagnetic MC's (billed as an exclusive reunion show, I assume that means that Kool Keith is on board much like at ATP New Jersey), MC Eiht, Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Chip Fu (Fu-Schnickens), Da Bushbabees, Tanya Morgan, Tony Touch, and many many more including "special invited VIP surprise guests" and the host D-Stroy (Arsonists). Tickets are on sale. The show takes place just four days before Raekwon will team with The Lox, EPMD, Brand Nubian, and Nice and Smooth as part of a Salute to Hip Hop at Best Buy Theater on April 13th. Tickets are still available.
Keith Murray will similarly team with a gang of 90's hip hop stars at Santos on April 14th. He'll be joined by Lords of the Underground, Group Home, Real Live, Nine, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and DJs Evil D, Eclipse, Kon & Amir, Ralph McDaniels, and many others. Tickets are still available.
Slick Rick is returning to BB King's, as he'll play the venue on May 29th. Tickets are still available.
Talib Kweli will play a FREE show in Red Hook Park on June 21st as part of the City Parks Foundation's Summerstage series. Tons more Summerstage events (and undoubtedly a large number of hip hop ones) are also slated to be announced, we'll keep you informed. Kweli recently played SXSW and released Gutter Rainbows earlier this year.
And last but certainly not least, 9th Wonder and Phonte (aka 2/3 of Little Brother) will join Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg at 92Y Tribeca Wednesday (4/6) night as part of the Noisemakers series, where Rosenberg interviews his guests. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Rock The Bells 2010? Um, awesome.
For the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment, ROCK THE BELLS is slated to have headliners perform their most influential albums in their entirety. East-coast legends Wu-Tang Clan will perform Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers from beginning to end. Released in 1993, the group's debut album revived the New York rap scene and is widely-regarded as one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. Considered one of the greatest MC's of all time, Rakim is set to perform 1987's, Paid In Full, his first full-length album with Eric B. Fellow Golden age, east coast rapper, Slick Rick will conquer The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. Released in 1989, this debut album became a certified-platinum classic topping the Billboard's Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums charts. Highly regarded as the "THE TEACHER", KRS-One is a hip hop culture advocate, music producer, MC and published author. Hailed as one of the best live performers, KRS-One will perform [the Boogie Down Productions classic LP] Criminal Minded. The 1987 trend-setting album sampled music from various genres including rock, reggae and funk.In addition to that drooler of a hip hop lineup, Rock The Bells will also feature a rotating cast of also-awesomes, depending on where you lay your head. Lineups haven't been solidified by city but look for appearances from Street Sweeper Social Club, Murs and 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa, Clipse, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, DJ Muggs and Ill Bill, Big Sean, Yelawolf, and more TBA (but not Lauryn Hill).
So far only four festival dates have been released, LA (8/21), San Fran (8/22), NYC at Governors Island (8/28), and DC (8/29). Ticket info is forthcoming.
Some great upcoming hip hop shows in the coming weeks, starting with Murs who is back with producer 9th Wonder for a new album, Murs 9th Wonder Fornever. Check out the first track from the album, "3:16 Part 2" above. Fornever is due on April 13th, and one week later, the "Bad Man" will kick off a US tour in Arizona that has him crashlanding at Highline Ballroom on May 19th. Tickets are on sale.
DJ Hi-Tek has done beats for the entire G-Unit crew, so in that light, I guess it makes sense that the thematically different Hi-Tek project (with Talib Kweli) Reflection Eternal would play the "This is 50" (Cent) event at Nokia Theater. Although for the life of me, I cant figure out why Reflection Eternal would support Lloyd Banks. Ah, nepotism. Tickets for April 29th at Nokia Theater with Banks and Reflection Eternal are on sale.
One day before the "This is 50" event, One Be Lo will step back into his old role as a member of Binary Star for a show at Knitting Factory (4/28) with DJ Abilities, Pigeon John, Donny Goines, and Nyle. Tickets are on sale. One Be Lo is scheduled to drop his new solo album B.A.B.Y. on MYX later this year, which features appearances from Royce Da 5'9, Freeway, Zion I, Phonte, Jean Grae, and more. Check out a track from the upcoming LP above.
Though Before The Casket Drops has, um, dropped, Clipse is still on the road promoting the record, laying down dates in NYC at Highline Ballroom (5/6, tickets) and Baruch College earlier that same day. Ninjasonik is on board to get the party started. Full tour dates are below.
Finally, a few hip hop greats from the 90s are scheduled to play NYC in the coming weeks. Naughty by Nature and Black Sheep will team up for a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 5/21 (tickets still on sale). Cypress Hill could easily play a room much much larger than SOBs, but look for them at the venue on 4/15 (tickets still avail) and the blastmaster KRS-ONE on 4/20 (tickets). Wait... shouldn't those dates be reversed?
Tour dates and some videos are below...
SXSWeek 2010: March 12-21The intial lineup of bands playing the music portion, below...
Interactive: March 12-16
Film: March 12-20
Music: March 17-21
by Black Bubblegum
Buckshot at Nokia Theater (more by Tim Griffin)
With Buckshot and KRS-One's collaborative LP Survival Skills still making some noise, Duck Down Records have announced their CMJ Showcase at Gramercy on 10/24 featuring 9th Wonder, Buckshot, Smif 'n Wessun, Skyzoo, kidz in the hall, Sean Price, Marco Polo & Torae, Team Facelift, Da Beatminerz, Ruste Juxx, and Blue Scholars. Tickets are on sale, or you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you have one.
"Skyzoo had a real dope performance with Dujeous as his live band and 9th Wonder on the 1's and 2's. Daru opened up with his amazing drum solo and J hatch was the host. Rule4080 was in the building peep the flicks and yes that is 9th Wonder in red lol" [Rule480]Out now, The Salvation features "Popularity" which is available above. Video from the show below...
by Black Bubblegum
Ronson, Merriweather & Wale
Allido Records, named after one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs, is the label co-owned by Mr. EVR aka potential Lohan In-Law Mark Ronson (sorry for getting all Perez-y). Mark Ronson will rep Allido when he appears as house DJ during the Allido CMJ showcase at SOB's on Oct 21st. Tickets are on sale.
The Allido Showcase will be headlined by Wale (pronounced wah-lay), who has appeared in NYC with Ronson before, and who recently hopped on a new remix of M.I.A.'s "Boyz" that some say is better than the Jay-Z remix that was released at the same time. Both are available for download above... you be the judge. Wale doesn't have an actual album to his name yet (he's a mixtape dude), but look for his debut to drop in Spring 2009 and feature Travis Barker (recently released from an LA burn center), Mark Ronson (no doy), 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, and Pharrell.
On January 25, 2008, Wale and Mark Ronson, on Ronson's East Village Radio show, hinted that Wale was in the process of signing with Jimmy Iovine at Interscope Records and On March 12, he announced on 93.9 WKYS that he had signed with Interscope. [Wikipedia]Speaking of 9th, also keep a look out for a Wale/9th Wonder collabo mixtape called Back To The Feature "up next", according to a recent interview in Giant Magazine. For now though, dig on "The Mixtape About Nothing" available for download at his blog.
Rhymefest of I-co-wrote-Kanye-West's-"Jesus Walks"-fame will also be in the (SOB's) house (check out the free Jacko-themed mixtape from earlier this year available above), as well as The Rumble Strips and Daniel Merriweather (not to be confused with Dan The Automator aka Nathaniel Merriweather of Handsome Boy Modeling School fame). Daniel was also at that Webster Hall show Ronson played in October last year.
In other semi-related news, Perez Hilton is announcing his full CMJ lineup on Monday, Pharell and M.I.A. recently got together, Jay-Z inspired a bunch of kids to search out Daptone's Menehan Street Band, and the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase, happening the same night as Ronson's, is getting close to being sold out. Also that night: The Cool Kids & The Carps.
Wale videos and tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: MURS & 9th Wonder - Sweet Lord album (ZIP file)
MURS & 9th Wonder
One of my favorite left-coast rhymers, MURS, recently came through with Rock The Bells. If you missed the Living Legend on the second stage (let's face it, there was alot of action & guest appearances on the main stage) then you should definitely try and catch him on this next tour. For NYC that means Bowery Ballroom on October 29th. Tickets go on sale today (8/22) at noon.
MURS dropped a FREE internet only album Sweet Lord with 9th Wonder on July 23rd. You can download it above, BUT only if you promise to buy MURS' new record, MURS for President, when it comes out on Sept 30th. Promise? ZIP file linked above. All tour dates below...
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