Entries tagged with: Ab-Soul
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Joey Bada$$ / Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers / crowd
But the night kept getting more hyped and the crowd's energy was building along with it. The Underachievers took the stage as the sun officially set, running through a slew of songs from their debut mixtape Indiegoism and their latest solo project, Cellar Door, including "Sun Through Rain" and "Amorphus." Mick Jenkins, Justine Skye, Bodega Bamz, Vashtie and 2015 XXL Freshman Raury all rolled through as Flatbush Zombies' set began to the loudest cheers of the night, while Ab-Soul and his girlfriend Yaris Sanchez hung out behind the scenes.In honor of the late Pro Era member Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$ and the rest of the Pro Era crew presented the inaugural Steez Day show in Central Park yesterday (7/7), which would have been Steez's 22nd birthday. They brought out a bunch of their talented friends, including Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers (who just announced a new album and tour), Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA, Dyme-A-Duzin, 22 Love and SMTH, plus surprise appearances from Ab-Soul and A$AP Ferg. Later that night, a chunk of the lineup played the afterparty at Highline Ballroom, and the previous night, Joey and other friends showed up at Statik Selektah's release show at Santos. Statik was also on hand to DJ Steez Day.
...But that was just the beginning; Ab-Soul then took the stage for his track "Terrorist Threats," rocking at the front of the stage with Joey going crazy beside him. The next to take the stage was A$AP Ferg, who hadn't been spotted backstage before then, who came out as the crowd erupted and asked the crowd to put their hands in the air for both STEEZ and A$AP Yams. Ferg then launched into "Work," which flowed seamlessly into "Shabba Ranks" and threw things onto another level. A moment of silence was called and Pro Era all took a knee on stage and turned to the projector behind them as a video tribute to Capital STEEZ played on screen. As STEEZ's mother, sisters, nephew and other family members watched from the side, Pro Era huddled for a moment in the middle of the stage before launching into "Survival Tactics," Joey's breakout song off 1999 that featured STEEZ and did more than anything to that point to launch Pro Era's hip-hop dreams and expose their balanced and insightful lyricism to the masses. [XXL]
More pictures of Underachievers' set here, and more pictures from the rest of Steez Day, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Veteran hip hop producer Statik Selektah is following last year's What Goes Around with another solo album, Lucky 7, on Tuesday (7/7) via Showoff/Duck Down. Like its predecessor, it's insanely stacked with impressive guests. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo, Bodega Bamz, Rapsody, A$AP Twelvyy, Royce Da 5'9", comedian Hannibal Buress and more show up on this thing. Check out three unsurprisingly-fire singles -- "All You Need" (ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Elle Varner), "Beautiful Life" (ft. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$) and "Top Tier" (ft. Sean Price, Bun B, Styles P) -- below.
Statik Selektah is celebrating the album in NYC the day before it comes out at Santos Party House (7/6), and he's promising that guests from the album will show up. Maybe it's a stretch to assume that say, Ab-Soul or Big K.R.I.T. will be in town, but it doesn't seem crazy to expect Bronson, Joey, Talib or any of the other locals. Tickets are on sale now.
Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era are doing their big Steez Day show on Tuesday (7/7) at Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA and more, plus Statik Selektah on DJ duties. After that, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers head to Highline Ballroom for a late-night show (11:15 PM doors). Central Park is sold out but tickets for Highline are still available.
Statik Selektah song streams and tracklist below...
Kendrick Lamar at Summer Jam 2015 (photo by @astroboyaki)
While things didn't go down smoothly outside of Hot 97 Summer Jam yesterday (6/7), everything was fine inside the NYC-area hip hop festival, including Kendrick Lamar's headlining set. It marked the live debuts of "King Kunta," "The Blacker the Berry" and "Hood Politics" off his new album To Pimp A Butterfly. He also brought out Schoolboy Q for "Collard Greens" and "Studio," SZA (like at Sweetlife), this time for "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," and Ab-Soul and viral celeb Welvan Da Great (who inspired Kendrick's character in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video) for "Alright." Watch videos and check out the full setlist, below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Royce da 5'9", who maybe you recently heard with a bunch of other Detroit rappers on Eminem's "Detroit vs Everybody," teamed up with legendary producer DJ Premier for a collaborative project called PRhyme and the duo released their self-titled album this week. Royce and Premo are on their A games, and impressive guests including Killer Mike, Schoolboy Q, Common, Jay Electronica and Ab Soul join them for this tightly packed 9-track album. The production is terrifically dark, and Royce's rhymes are aggressive from start to finish. Whine rap this is not. Listen to the whole album over at NPR and check out two videos from it below.
PRhyme is supporting the album on a tour in 2015 that hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (12/10).
All dates are listed, with those videos, below...
iLoveMakonnen at Warm Up last week (more by PSquared)
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.
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...
Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ab-Soul will be going on a massive North American tour in support of his latest full-length These Days in the fall. The tour will take him to NYC for a date at Irving Plaza on October 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In other Ab-Soul news, veteran DJ Statik Selektah, whose new album Ab-Soul appears on, has hinted in an interview that Ab-Soul might be the collaborator for his next collaborative album. Statik has done full-length collabs with Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, and Action Bronson, among others, that have yielded some awesome results, so here's hoping that comes to fruition.
You can stream a track from These Days and check out all tour dates for Ab-Soul below...
The LOX at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Cypress Hill are playing their mostly annual NYC Halloween show this year on October 30 at Best Buy Theater, and they've got La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique and Vinnie Paz joining them for the occasion. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/8) at noon. Their only other date that we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.
Other NYC hip hop shows were recently announced too, like the previously discussed ones from Black Milk, Wu-Tang w/ Bone Thugs, Diplomats, Lil Kim & more and the recently-expanded AfroPunk Festival. Here's more...
Two days after the legendary Rakim plays Studio 48 (10/2) with Slick Rick, he plays 'The Bbg Presents The Noge 50th Year Benefit Concert' at NYC's Apollo Theater (10/4) with Big Daddy Kane (tickets). Both Rakim and Big Daddy Kane are also billed for the 'Hip Hop Hall Of Fame Jam: Legends of The Fall' happening at Long Island's NYCB Theatre at Westbury (10/4) the same day as the Apollo show, so it's not entirely clear how (or if) that will work out. Also on the Westbury show is Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Biz Markie and Pep & the Soul Explosion Band (tickets).
Veteran New York trio The LOX (Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss) are on board for this year's Fool's Gold Day Off on Labor Day, and exactly a month later they'll play NYC again at BB King's on October 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Sooner at BB King's another NYC rapper, Fabolous, takes over the venue on August 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Long-running DJ Statik Selektah releases his new album, What Goes Around, on August 19 via Duck Down. It features tons of killer collaborations from Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought, Bun B, POS of De La Soul, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Freddie Gibbs and more. Get a taste of it from three tracks, "Alarm Clock" (ft. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, Logic), "The Imperial" (ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought), and "Carry On" (ft. Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibbs), along with the tracklist, below. Statik Selektah celebrates the new LP with a release show the day before it comes out at SOB's (8/18). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's a '90s vs Naughts party happening on the Luxury Infinity Yacht which loads in on August 16 at 10:30 PM on Pier 40 (353 West St) and sets sail at midnight. NYC hip hop vets Smif N Wessun and Buckshot will perform a brief live set, and music will otherwise be provided by DJs including Stretch Armstrong, DJ Moma, Young Guru, Meka, DJ Soul and DJ Tara. Tickets are on sale now and you can also RSVP for VIP. Flyer with more info, below.
Those are just a few hip hop shows coming up in NYC. You can also browse our 'Hip Hop' tab for more. What else?
by Andrew Sacher
Ab-Soul in Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
There's never a lack of great hip hop shows going on in NYC. Here's a roundup of a few of the good ones coming up, plus a handful of new tracks and videos from artists who will be here soon...
NYC rapper Smoke DZA recently made a video for "Hearses" which features Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and appeared on DZA's recent Dream.Zone.Achieve album. Check that out below. Ab-Soul, who put out his own new album recently, will be here this weekend for the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for that show are still available.
Ab-Soul's TDE labelmate SZA, who dropped the track "Moodring" earlier this week, is now back with a Jill Scott collaboration, "Divinity," produced by Channel Orange contributor Om'Mas Keith. Jill's powerhouse soul mixed with SZA's airy indie/R&B tendencies works out really well, as you can hear below. SZA plays the AfroPunk-curated RBSS show at Rough Trade this month with Cakes Da Killa and more ($3 with RSVP). And both Cakes and SZA are playing the free AfroPunk Festival in August with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk and more.
This weekend is also the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival which includes a show on Saturday (7/12) at 50 Kent with Raekwon, Jay Electronica, CJ Fly, Cyhi The Prynce and more (tickets). Rae just rapped over a remix of Teena Marie's "Ohh La La" yesterday (7/10) for his #TBT series, and you can stream that below. CyHi also just put out a remix of "Good Night" off this year's Hystori: Black History Project mixtape. He brings Scotty ATL, Marian Mereba and Andrew "GC" Fennell along for the remix, which is streaming below.
Speaking of rap shows at 50 Kent, that's where Fool's Gold Day Off happens this year (Labor Day, 9/1) with Danny Brown, French Montana, The LOX and more (tix on sale 7/15). French Montana just put out a new single, "R&B Bitches" featuring Fabolous and Wale which is an unsubtle ode to the female R&B singers they dreamt of sleeping with (Mary J Blige, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, and Rihanna to name a few). You can stream that one below.
Danny Brown also plays NYC sooner at Peter Rosenberg's birthday party on July 23 at Best Buy Theater with Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson (tickets). Schoolboy Q also plays NYC with The Weeknd and Jhene Aiko on September 19 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show went on sale earlier today.
Juicy J at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Samantha Marble)
The Weeknd's pal Drake will also be in NYC when his tour with Lil Wayne hits Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on August 19 (tickets). Wayne and Drake's collaborative song "Believe Me" was just revamped by Juicy J who released a version with his own verses that you can stream below. This comes a day after Juicy did the same to Drake's song "0 to 100," which you can also stream below. Juicy's tour hits NYC on July 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.
Back to this weekend, the Jay Z / Beyonce tour rolls through the NYC-area for shows at MetLife Stadium tonight (7/11) and Saturday (7/12). Tickets for those shows are still available. Jay also plays Global Citizen Fest. Beyonce and Jay Z will also be filming part of their tour for an HBO special, as Billboard reports.
For something much smaller, local rap group Ratking play another hometown show on August 4 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale now.
For something more old school at SOB's, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Krayzie Bone will celebrate the release of his new album, Chasing The Devil, there on July 22. Tickets are on sale.
For something even more old school, Biz Markie celebrates the 25th anniversary of "Just A Friend" with a live performance and DJ set on September 12 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Sooner at BB King's, you can catch Fat Joe with Smoove Ski, La Luv and Famous on July 18. Tickets are on sale.
Internet-famous rap group Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with Oxymorrons and SABA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
And while we're not sure who will show up, The Soul Rebels play Brooklyn Bowl on August 15 with special guests and a Google search shows Joey Bada$$ was initially announced. Even if it's no longer him, they've collaborated with other rappers including Slick Rick, members of Mobb Depp, The Lox and more, so it should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
All streams and videos below...
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...
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...
(photo via @leiaj)
Laura Stevenson is playing a full band show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (6/20) with Not Blood Paint, Fascinator and Tow3rs. Like all BKNB shows, it's free. Laura's show is part of the Subscene Style/Audiofemme-curated weekend that also includes Saturday's Coathangers show.
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer are playing Town Hall on October 11. Tickets for that show are on artist presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/20) at noon.
Gardens + Villa are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/20) at noon.
The Cave Singers are playing Mercury Lounge on September 19 and Rough Trade on September 20. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/20) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show starting today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Schoolboy Q at Central Park Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he does have a few upcoming dates including Made In America LA, Bumbershoot, Pitchfork Festival and an outdoor NYC show happening on June 25 at Central Park Summerstage. The NYC show has a stacked lineup of his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Q's "2 On" collaborator Tinashe, and BlackOutBoyz aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Q's Black Hippy pal Ab-Soul, who also plays MIA LA, also recently announced a NYC show, the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on July 12. Tickets for that show are currently on presale (password: 4KNOTSPR).
All Schoolboy Q dates are listed, with a video, below...
Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Black Hippy rapper Ab-Soul has been announced as the headliner for this year's 4Knots Music Festival which takes place after the fest ends at Webster Hall on July 12. 4Knots is free but the afterparty isn't and tickets for that go on pre-sale Wednesday (5/28) at noon (password: 4KNOTSPR). General on-sale begins June 3 at noon. The only other Ab-Soul date we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.
Ab-Soul plans to release his new album, These Days, at some point this year via Top Dawg Entertainment, and recently put out a new single from it, "Stigmata," which features Action Bronson and Asaad. You can check that out below.
Meanwhile, if you missed it, the 4Knots lineup includes Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more.
Listen to "Stigmata" below...
As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.
UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.
2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.
by Ian Chainey
DJ Premier, one of hip hop's greatest and most influential guiding hands, is staying busier than a bee with a pollen monopoly. The Houston-born, Brooklyn-raised producer and DJ has a number of irons in the fire; as you'd expect from a guy with Discogs credits exceeding 1,300. On the production/collabo docket? Well, lots. (The man's blog refreshes more frequently than Guy Pearce in Memento checking his Twitter feed.) Yet, as always, Premo is full of surprises. He took a seat with Life + Times and let slip two biggies.
First off, there's the mysterious tease. Premier is putting the finishing touches on an LP for an as-yet-unknown performer. He avoided the name, but didn't skimp on the details:
It's a really unique project. It's a project where I sample only one artist and only used their samples for the entire album. I strictly just use that one person - took all their samples, broke it into pieces and made my own beats out of it, and scratched it - the whole album. It was gonna be an EP, but it turned into a whole album. It's gonna have nine tracks on it. It's a really cool project.The record contains guest turns from Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Slaughterhouse, and possibly others. It's apparently coming soon, but his KRS-One team-up, Return of the Boom Bip, has also been coming soon. . .for years. Its Facebook page is liked by tumbleweeds. So, we'll see.
However, in the year of Illmatic's 20th anniversary, Premo dropped this Nas news nugget:
This is what Nas told me recently and every time that we talk this is what he tells me; he says, "Look, I got another new album I got to do on Def Jam and then my contract is over. I'd rather do your album...that's because we can do whatever we want. There's no strings. We can just rock out." Everybody's like, "When are ya'll gonna do an album?" I'm not rushing it and I have other things to do. I don't even take it personal when he's like, "Yo, I'm working this first." Whenever he says that he's ready, I'm going in. So, that was always my way of looking at it. I never looked at it no other way. I ain't trippin.'Whoa. Of course, Nas and Premier are no strangers, having worked together often. But, a full album of the two? Money: how do I give it to you? Details are surely forthcoming unless this quote is courtesy of one of his Multiplicity clones. Hey, it's the only way to explain how he accomplishes so much.
A clip from Scratch, the DJ documentary featuring DJ Premier, along with -- for kicks -- a classic WBLS broadcast from 1994 (complete with commercials!), below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have teamed up multiple times in the past, and now they're planning on releasing a full length collaborative album, Piñata, on March 18 via Madlib's Madlib Invazion label. The album is set to feature guest spots from Danny Brown, Raekown, Scarface, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid and Odd Future's Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt, the latter two of which both appear on the newest single, "Robes." You can stream that, along with five other singles, below.
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs have also announced a short tour together, which brings them to NYC on March 22 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale today (1/31) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q just had to cancel his February show with Janelle Monae (she plays Lehman College tonight, 1/28), but fortunately we'll still get to see him soon. He's just announced a full tour in support of his upcoming Oxymoron LP with support from Odd Future/Black Hippy associate Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The tour hits NYC on March 4 at Best Buy Theater and NJ on March 5 at Starland Ballroom Tickets for the NYC show and tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. All
known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Tour announced in full (including SXSW), all dates below.
The much-anticipated Oxymoron is due out February 25 via Interscope, and more details continue to be revealed. We just saw the album artwork and heard another track, and now XXL Mag points to a purported tracklist. It features previously-released songs "Collard Greens" (ft. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year" and "Break The Bank" (but not "Yay Yay"), and in addition to Kendrick, guests include A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Ab Soul, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon and Suga Free, plus the entire Black Hippy crew appearing on one song. Check out the tracklist and streams of the three singles, plus a clip of another LP cut, "Gangsta," below.
Schoolboy Q also recently performed "Man of the Year" on Fallon, which you can watch a video of below.
Meanwhile, Isaiah Rashad also released his new album, Cilvia Demo, today (1/28), and just released the video for its track "Soliloquy." The album features fellow recent TDE-signee SZA on two songs, plus Schoolboy Q and fellow Black Hippy member Jay Rock on another. You can watch the "Soliloquy" video and stream a few other tracks from the tape below.
All dates are listed, along with streams, videos, and tracklist, below...
photos by Dylan Johnson
Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza - 1/10/14
His live-shows exist as stories of legend, with slug-lines that sound like Friends episodes: The one where he passed out weed in front of the cops; The one where he performed with a handicapped kid draped across his back; The one where he bodyslammed an eager fan; The one where Chandler crosses the line. They're all available on YouTube, where you sit at your computer and wish you were closer to the--cough--action. And that doesn't even count the unbelievably enjoyable video, last year, which could be called "The one where he surprises a British nursing home to the delight of everyone everywhere."NYC rapper Action Bronson leaves home for a tour starting this Friday (1/17), but before that he blessed his hometown with two sold-out Irving Plaza shows over the weekend (1/11 & 1/12). Both shows were opened by collaborator Party Supplies, who produced Bronson's newest mixtape, Blue Chips 2, and who also joined him on stage for a song. Pictures of the first night, which also saw appearances from Ab-Soul, Meyhem Lauren and others, are in this post, and night 2 pics are here. As the Complex review quoted above notes, the first night was also the first time Action Bronson's mom had ever seen him:
Touring off of Blue Chips 2--his latest adventure through drugs, samples and kitsch with Party Supplies--the setlist was in sequence. He doesn't play the old stuff: you want his old shit, see his old tours. And so it went: track 1, track 2, track 3, track 7 with Meyhem Lauren; 8, with Ab-Soul; Retchy P did his verse. Big Body Bes wasn't there, though people screamed his name often. The kid next to me kept complaining to his girlfriend throughout the show about how he didn't want Mac Miller to show up, to the point that it was quite clear: this kid loved Mac Miller. [Complex]
He took a moment to breathe, then said, "This is a big night. My mother, the woman who created me, is seeing me perform for the first time. The first time! I love you." Action blew her a kiss, his hand swinging at his face like a stick at a piñata. He continued: "If you didn't fuck my father, I wouldn't be here." (He'd later pop up next to her on the balcony, rapping "Flip out the roof, land in a split" and "Diana Ross, blow my nostrils with the tan cloth" with his mom swept under his wing. Her little hand sorta pinched his big wrist. She couldn't have looked more proud.)More pictures of night 1, a couple videos (including the "mom speech" and Ab-Soul's appearance) and the setlist, below...
Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Matthew E White in Chicago in 2012 (More by Sara Pieper)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, The Underachievers, Chevy Woods, Cashius Green w/ Pheo, June and Minty @ Best Buy Theater
The Smokers Club Tour descends upon NYC tonight for what will be an all-around very fun rap show. It's the hometown stop on the tour for Joey Bada$$ and The Underachievers, and though Ab-Soul's from the opposite coast, he shares their knack for adding a dose of weirdness and psychedelia to the genre.
Lauryn Hill @ Bowery Ballroom (early and late)
Neo-soul great Lauryn Hill has a short December tour coming up, but before that she does this one night stand (but two shows) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are expensive ($100 to be exact), but it's a good chance to catch her back in action in an intimate environment.
Matthew E. White @ Rough Trade
Matthew E White's Big Inner came in at #3 on Rough Trade Shops' year end list, so it's no giant surprise to see him playing this free in-store at the NYC shop's opening week. 7 PM, free, no wristbands needed.
Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, The Smith Street Band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Terminal 5
British folk punk Frank Turner just keeps getting bigger, and tonight he returns to NYC to headline the huge Terminal 5. If you're going to this show, it's also worth catching Melbourne's The Smith Street Band, who are similarly folk punk, but also have a bit of Frightened Rabbit's broken-hearted honesty and drunkenness worked in. Stream their Don't Fuck With Our Dreams EP below.
Exclamation Pony, Rey Pila, Reputante @ The Bowery Electric
Ryan Jarman of The Cribs' side project, Exclamation Pony, has blossomed into an at least somewhat serious band, putting out a single this year -- which you can stream below. They play tonight with Mexico City band Rey Pila.
Slayer, Gojira, 4ARM @ The Theatre @ MSG
Slayer may not have their classic lineup, with Dave Lombardo out and Jeff Hanneman having passed away (RIP), but they're moving forward nonetheless. For this tour, they're promising "old school" sets, which means they'll be focusing on material solely from their first five albums. And get there early for French death metallers Gojira, who are always worth seeing too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A day of being grateful for what they've got, overeating and subsequent afternoon naps, Thanksgiving is the start of a long weekend for many folks, but one that usually doesn't have the most options for things to do -- or bands to see. Weather's not supposed to be so great either. Still, we've rounded up ten musical things to do in NYC during Thanksgiving Weekend. Plus one you can do anywhere with an internet connection and love of making fun of bad movies.
Read on below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids is planning to release a new solo album, Convertibles, at some point in the future (no release date yet), and there's been no lack of material from him while we wait for that album. Over the summer, he dropped the Droptops mixtape (download here, stream below), and last month (10/15) he put out the Easily EP with Ab-Soul and Mac Miller. The video for trippy banger "Came Thru/Easily" from that EP is below.
After that, he appeared on production collective SMKA's mixtape The Hangout (streaming below), and today (11/14) production duo Blended Babies put out the single "See the World" with verses from Chuck Inglish and Asher Roth on their new album. You can listen to that track below too.
Yesterday (11/13), Chuck kicked off a tour with Kings Dead, and in December Tayyib Ali will be joining up with them too. That tour brings all three of them to NYC on December 11 at SOB's. Tickets for the SOB's show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with those videos and streams, below...