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Rakim

Rakim, the legend that he is, can get away with a lot, maybe even a love for Linkin Park. He... ain't no joke:

Rakim's work with Linkin Park on the group's "Guilty All The Same" track may come as a surprise to some of his listeners, but the New York emcee says it's a natural collaboration for him.

"I got a lot of respect for Linkin Park," Rakim says in an interview with XXL. "I've been a fan since they came out."

Rakim, who says he discovered Linkin Park with his children, says he likes "all" of the band's songs.

"I get a vibe off of it and I know exactly what they speaking on and the feeling they bringing across," he says. "I respect them for that." [HipHop DX]

To each his own. I just hope he got... paid in full.

Rakim's upcoming dates include a just-announced headlining Linkin-Park-less NYC show at Studio 48 on Oct 2 (tickets). Sooner, catch him as part of 'SUPER FRESH HIP-HOP FEST' in Chicago on June 20, as part of the 'Golden Era Hip Hop Tour' in Charlotte, NC on June 21 and at the "Masters of Ceremony - Hip Hop Reunion" show in LA on July 18. Each of those last three pair him with the likes of DMX, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Biz Markie, Naughty By Nature and more (check each show for specific lineups and more info. He also plays a 4th of July concert in Toronto (not very patriotic I suppose).

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by Andrew Sacher

Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
Rakim

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.

Sooner than that, SOB's hosts Le1f/Mykki Blanco collaborator Ian Isiah on Wednesday (1/8). That show also features Benja, Silverbird, Rising Sun Allstars and Quincy Vidal. Tickets are on sale.

And Ty Dolla $ign, who got some internet love for his 2013 mixtape, Beach House 2 (stream below), will play SOB's on January 22 with Black Cobain, Tijon and Gliffics. Tickets are on sale.

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.

As discussed, J. Cole brings his tour to NYC this month on January 28 at the Theatre at MSG. Tickets are still available.

And 2 Chainz, Pusha T and August Alsina bring their tour to NYC soon after on February 5 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

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?

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Sufjan at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam
Sufjan

The night took on a lower-key tone when Sufjan Stevens performed, as he offered up a tender rendition of his song "Holland" while backed by Questlove and the Roots. Stevens, who made his own contribution to the seasonal canon with his 2006 five-EP box-set Songs for Christmas, then announced, "I'll do one more and it's got 'holly,' 'jolly' and 'Christmas' in it. It's a sing-along." He performed the sole seasonal staple of the night as he sang a genial version of "A Holly Jolly Christmas" while the Roots added a backing groove that included a chirpy keyboard riff.

It was the closing rap section of the show that resonated most with the crowd. Black Thought was first up, strutting around in his signature flat-cap during his performance of "The Next Movement." He then brought out Big Daddy Kane and the two of them ran through Kane's golden-era hits "Just Rhyming With Biz," "Set It Off" and "Ain't No Half Steppin'," with Black Thought acting as both amped-up hype man and savvy impromptu rap impersonator as he took on Biz Markie's role in the first song. [Rolling Stone]

The above review is from the Okayplayer Holiday Jam that happened at Brooklyn Bowl last week (12/9) with The Roots, host Hannibal Buress, and surprise guests that ended up being Sufjan Stevens, Reggie Watts, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, Bilal and others. Okayplayer has uploaded a video recap with clips of those artists, plus another video solely of Reggie Watts. You can watch both of those below.

In related news, Questlove was recently named TIME Magazine's coolest person of 2013. (It's from the same year-end issue that named Pope Francis "Person of the Year.") TIME writes:

Questlove, the drummer of the alt-hip-hop band the Roots, dropped bits of coolness everywhere this year. He wrote two cool books, Mo' Meta Blues--a smart postmodern memoir--and a coffee-table book chronicling Soul Train, the show so cool that my dad, in a failed attempt to prevent me from growing up to be a dork, forced me to watch it as a child. He composed the music for Comedy Central's very cool Inside Amy Schumer. His website, Okayplayer, which allows alternative musicians to create songs together online, made the dopest Christmas sweater ever. Every Thursday night, he deejays at a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And since the Roots are Jimmy Fallon's house band, he's about to become the bandleader on The Tonight Show. He also deejayed at 13 weddings this year, including that of 2013 Coolest Person runner-up Pharrell Williams. We picked Questlove over Williams because there's no song titled "Last Night a Recently Married Guy Saved My Life."
Congrats Quest.

Videos below...

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Rakim at West 147 in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Rakim

In addition to the Seaside Summer Concert series, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz also presents the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field (Brooklyn Ave between Rutland Rd and Winthrop St), and that series is also returning this summer with free shows every Monday at 7:30 from July 15 to August 19.

Shows this year include Rakim, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Chubb Rock (7/22), Gladys Knight with the O'Jays (8/19), and more. Full lineup below...

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DOWNLOAD: Joey Bada$$ - 95 Til Infinity (MP3)

Joey Bada$$ at SUNY Purchase in 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Joey Bada$$

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Joey Bada$$ @ 285 Kent
Exciting young Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ plays a sold-out show at 285 Kent tonight with his Pro Era crew. It was supposed to be a release show for his new Summer Knights mixtape, but that release has been pushed back to July 1. However, Joey's still promising that he'll be playing the new material at tonight's show. He just released another song from the new mixtape, "95 Til Infinity," today. Download it above or stream it below.

Gunplay @ SOB's
Speaking of rap mixtape release parties, Gunplay plays one at SOB's tonight for his new release, Acquitted, which is out now and free.

Big Daddy Kane @ Herbert Von King Park & Highline Ballroom
From the new garde to the old: BedStuy hip hop legend Big Daddy Kane headlines Herbert Von King Park tonight with mixmaster DJ Scratch as part of the 2013 SummerStage Series. Right after that, BDK will head to Highline Ballroom to team with high-octane Brownsville crew M.O.P., Chubb Rock, Grand Puba and DJ Bent Rock. Flat top haircuts and silk shirts are not required.

The Antlers @ Le Poisson Rouge
Le Poisson Rouge's 5th anniversary celebration continues tonight with a sold-out show from The Antlers, for whom the venue is an intimate one. Support comes from Dave Harrington of Nicolas Jaar's band.

Devendra Banhart @ Town Hall
Devendra Banhart is continuing to tour in support of his new album, Mala, and comes to NYC for a show at Town Hall tonight. Rodrigo Amarante (of Little Joy) opens the show.

The Heavy @ Webster Hall
The Heavy's last big trip to New York was a little less than a year ago when they headlined Irving Plaza and played Letterman. Moving up in the world, they will be at Webster Hall tonight with The Silent Comedy and The Skins. Tickets are still available

Nothing Changes w/ Lok Rahbek and Body of Light @ Home Sweet Home
Lok Rahbek of Swedish duo Lust for Youth (who recently played Chaos in Tejas) teams with Body of Light for a show at Home Sweet Home late tonight, part of the ongoing Wednesday night goth-tinged party. Look for DJ sets from Taylor Brode of Sacred Bones as well as Syb Vicious.

Liquor Store, Atlantic Thrills, 1-800-BAND & The Balls @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium hosts a pretty solid bill tonight, headlined by NJ rockers Liquor Store.

The Aluminum Group
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Chickfactor 21 w/ Future Bible Heroes, The Aluminum Group & more @ The Bell House
Night Two of the indie zine's three-night soiree may or may not feature an appearance from Stephin Merrit who is definitely not touring with Future Bible Heroes. But as one Chickfactor's writers, they may coax him out into public. Also playing are Chicago's debonair The Aluminum Group who haven't played NYC in eons -- check out a track below. Tickets are still available.

The School @ Cake Shop
Do you like Camera Obscura? The School are kind of the Welsh version, with a whole classroom full of members to make their winsome, shy pop. They played a nice set last week at Cake Shop as part of NYC Popfest.

Radiation City @ The Mercury Lounge
This Portland, OR outfit mine a similar strain of '60s pop as The School, but with maybe a little more eye to the present, and a little more flair. Their new album, Animals in the Median, is quite alluring.

David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Wellmont Theatre
David Byrne & St. Vincent initially had two Wellmont Theatre shows scheduled, but after canceling one, the only remaining date is tonight. If you haven't yet, check out their recently released free EP. They'll be back in the NYC-area later this month for a Capitol Theatre show.

Darwin Deez @ Glasslands Gallery
Darwin recently headlined Bowery Ballroom so here's a chance to catch his relentlessly energetic live show in a much more intimate venue. Emil opens and tickets(via the willcall mobile app) are still available.

Chateau Marmont, Team Ghost DJ sets @ The DL
This event of the "France Rocks" series and features Parisians Chateau Marmont who "groove" more than they "rock," but they are from France. If your tastes lean towards yacht rock, they're worth checking out. Team Ghost, meanwhile, is the new group fronted by Nicolas Fromageau who was an original member of M83. Tonight is just DJ sets from the two bands but they'll both be playing Northside Festival.

Peace and Team Spirit @ Mercury Lounge
Round two for UK bright young things Peace and NYC locals Team Spirit who are touring together. Tickets are still available.

Conveyor, New Myths, Norwegian Arms, Leapling @ Pianos
Brooklyn glitch folk act Conveyor are in the midst of a June residency at Pianos. Tonight's the second week which features support a solid line-up of locals, including Leapling who we profiled a while back.

Xenia Rubinos, Half Waif & more @ Death By Audio
Xenia
is playing shows this weekend with Sinkane but if you want to see her in a more gritty atmosphere to Williamsburg DIY spot where she'll be playing with Half Waif, who gives off nice Austra-y vibes on her new EP.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Tonight, Big Terrific host Max Silvestri welcomes comedians Phoebe Robinson, Phil Hanley, Aaron Glaser and DC Benny to his weekly free laugh-a-thon.

Soundcheck @ Greene Space
Greene Space's Soundcheck series continues today, featuring a conversation with Louis CK collaborator Tig NotaroRobert Randolph, who was recently featured at Crossroads Guitar Festival and 30 Rock composer (and Tina Fey's hubby) Jeff Richmond. Seems like a colorful cast of very different but very successful people. Nice work, Soundcheck. Sold out, but you can watch the live webcast at 7 PM EDT.

Companion, Evangelicals, Air Waves @ Union Pool
Solid night of local music, featuring Norman, OK's Evangelicals and Pepi Ginsberg's chamber pop ensemble Companion. Air Waves, who we haven't heard from in a while, is also on the bill. $8 at the door.

Yellow Dogs, Dinowalrus, EULA, Shark? @ Brooklyn Bowl
Here's four bands that are all constants on the NYC indie circuit. Here you can see them all together while perhaps knocking down some pins at Brooklyn Bowl. The free RSVP is closed but you can get in for $6.

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Mobb Deep at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mobb Deep

NYC rap legends Mobb Deep are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a group this year and will be celebrating by going on a US tour in May and June. That tour wraps up in their home city on June 20 at Best Buy Theater for a show with Waka Flocka Flame and Heems (ex-Das Racist), who just played The Whitney over the weekend. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/10) at 10 AM and an AEG Live presale starting Thursday (4/11) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with the flyer for the NYC show, below.

Meanwhile, Mobb Deep member Havoc is releasing his new solo album, 13, on May 7. It features guest appearances by Styles P, Raekwon, Lloyd Banks, Royce Da 5'9", and others. The tracklist, album art, and a stream of its single, "Tell Me To My Face," are below.

Havoc will celebrate that album with a release show in NYC the day it comes out at Highline Ballroom (5/7). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The release show also doubles as the release show for R.A. the Rugged Man, who is also on the bill and releases his new album, Legends Never Die, on April 30. He just released the video for that album's single, "The People's Champ," which you can watch below. Also below, you can stream another album single "Learn Truth," which features Talib Kweli.

In related news, another old-school NYC rap show goes down at Highline Ballroom on July 21 with Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P., Chubb Rock, Grand Puba, and DJ Bent Rock. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can also see Big Daddy Kane tonight (4/09) at Brooklyn Bowl as part of show called Las Supper and tickets are still available.

All Mobb Deep dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...

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Smif-N-Wessun at MHOW in 2012 (more)
Smif-N-Wessun

Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 11 with F. Stokes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Big Daddy Kane is playing with a live band at BB King's on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

M.O.P., Smif-N-Wessun, and Ka are playing Highline Ballroom on February 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A stacked Lo-End Theory show with Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Buckshot, Meyhem Lauren, and more is going down at Highline Ballroom on January 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Rockie Fresh, who hails from the fertile Chicago scene is making his way to NYC for a show at SOB's on January 23 with production great Lunice. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Freddie Gibbs is playing Santos Party House on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Trinidad James and Vinny Cha$e are playing SOB's on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Shabazz Palaces collaborators THEESatisfaction are playing SOB's on January 31 with Njena Redd Foxx (who we heard on the track "Ima Read" with Zebra Katz). Tickets for that show are on sale.

Tickets for the Talib Kweli show at SOB's are on sale now.

Tickets for the Aesop Rock show at Irving Plaza are on sale now.

As mentioned, Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday (1/7). Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

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Jay-Z

Jay-Z, trying to prove that Brooklyn is far from finished, just finished his first of eight sold out shows at the brand new Barclays Center (that, concerts aside, he has a huge economic stake in).

The first night at the new home of the Nets was mostly just Jay. He kept the special guests to a minimum apart from an encore appearance by Big Daddy Kane and a video tribute to Notorious B.I.G. earlier on. Check out the actual printed setlist from the Friday show, below...

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this is the picture people are saying is hologram Biggie (via highacez)
Biggie Smalls

Despite what is quickly spreading FAST across the internet, thanks in part to some tweets by Russell Simmons (that lead to a page on his site GlobalGrind that say it was a hologram), it does not appear that there was an actual hologram of Biggie tonight. Just some high tech video.

Hologram Tupac is still the only hologram until we hear otherwise (the show is still underway as we type this) UPDATE: show over. No hologram. Check out the setlist.

The real Big Daddy Kane, however, in the flesh, was a guest at the show

Stay tuned for more later, though you can hear Jay perform a new (Nets themed?) verse, before 99 Problems, at the show, below...

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Inspektah Deck with Method Man at Best Buy (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wu-Tang Clan

Summertime and old-school/golden age hip hop go hand in hand. As such there are a plaethora of upcoming shows that will showcase all of your favorite MCs.

Tonight (6/6), SOB's will host Wu-Tang member Inspektah Deck with Queens' king of nonsensical rhymes N.O.R.E.. Tickets are still available. Deck recently shared "American Way" from his upcoming "mix album" Cynthia's Son which is streamable below. Deck is also onboard as part of Czarface with Boston duo 7L & Esoteric. The trio's collaboration will reportedly feature appearances from Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Large Professor and DJ Premier.

SOB's will also host upcoming shows with Elzhi (ex-Slum Village) on July 19th (tickets), as well as Beanie Siegel on July 25th (tickets), the latter of which will appear at the Apple Store in the near future.

Slick Rick seemingly has a new NYC show on the calendar at all times, and his latest will team him with the great Biz Markie. Look for the duo to hit Gramercy Theater on July 28. Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, a few of Biz's Juice Crew affiliates (namely Marley Marl and Big Daddy Kane) will link up with EPMD, Chubb Rock, and DJ Scratch for a show at BB King's on July 18th. Tickets are still available.

More shows: Prodigy of Mobb Deep and The Beatnuts will celebrate Queens Day at Irving Plaza on June 19; the shows in Betsy Head Park this weekend (Boot Camp Clik takes over 6/7); Lyricist Lounge with Ghostface on June 23; and GZA's performance of Liquid Swords during the Northside Festival (6/14).

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photos by Eric M. Townsend

Santa Questlove
Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Rahzel + Shaggy tearing it up, free apple cider shots for the ENTIRE club from our main man + Brooklyn Bowl owner Pete Shapiro, and Big Freedia and her "Azz Everywhere" - you know, just another legendary Okayplayer Holiday Jam with The Roots. What else was amazing? Free dranks thanks to Heineken, aerialists doing the splits above The Roots, and opening DJ sets from OKP Editor at large, Eddie "STATS" and OKA's own Chief Boima, along with LargeUp's own DJ Gravy and so much more. Warming up the stage, the Music Unites Youth Choir opened the show, followed by Black Thought co-signees The Wurx who brought fresh Philly-style raps.

Next up, godfathers The Roots took the stage for an extended jam with a laundry list of Okay family and friends. Throughout the night special guests included Gary Clark Jr. who graced the stage and flexed his guitar chops, Big Daddy Kane who spit classics alongside Black Thought, and Rahzel who showed why he's the human beat box extraordinaire. Angelique Kidjo and Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew tore it up, repping Okayafrica all the way. And LargeUp kept shit bombastic with Shaggy and Patra the Dancehall Queen, along with Mr. Eazy, Red Fox, and Rayvon. We also got some instrumental goodness thanks to Ray Angry and Robert Glasper on keys, repping for Revivalist. And after all that, DJ ?uestlove brought it home on the 1s and 2s with a Bowl Train after-party. [OkayAfrica]

The Roots played their 5th annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/15. As quoted above, there were tons of special guests, including Big Freedia who will return to the Brooklyn venue for her own show on 1/21.

Gary Clark Jr., who also guested at the show, played his own show at Mercury Lounge two days earlier (12/13). You can check out a review of that show on Bowery's website.

Questlove DJs Brooklyn Bowl again tonight (12/22). He tweeted, "Tonight at @brooklynbowl. We celebrate the 5th Anniversary of James Brown's exodus. All James All Jams. #BowlTrain." Tickets are still avilable. He also gives Manhattan some love and DJs at S.O.B.'s on January 3. Tickets are available for that too.

More pictures and a video from the Okayplayer show below...

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by BBG

Black Moon at Rock The Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Moon

Like Mobb Deep & Lloyd Banks did on Sunday, Black Moon & Big Daddy Kane will perform albums as part of a series of Red Bull-sponsored shows. This one goes down at Southpaw in Brooklyn TONIGHT (9/29). Black Moon is focusing on their Timbs-and-backpack classic LP Enta Da Stage. Rabid fans of the LP should get to the venue early with spiral notebooks in hand to attend a Q&A session with Black Moon and Duck Down CEO Dru Ha at 5PM. The band will perform the LP in its entirety later that night backed by a six-piece band (much like they were at Rock The Bells). Juice Crew legend Big Daddy Kane will open at 8:30pm and will reportedly perform his mid-school landmarks Its a Big Daddy Thing and Long Live The Kane (which I am guessing means selections from those LPs since his set is reported to be an hour). Tickets are still on sale.

Then tomorrow (9/30), as previously mentioned, The Diplomats will play as part of the series at Best Buy Theater. And to make it more interesting, they'll perform the greatest album to sample Winger and Starship, Diplomatic Immunity. The show lists appearances from the core of the Harlem World crew, Jim Jones, Cam'Ron, Juelz Santana and Freeky Zeeky, but the jury is still out as to whether LP guests like Freeway, Master P, Un Kasa, or DMX will make an appearance. Get your tickets while they are still available.

Big Daddy Kane

One look at this weekend's Rock The Bells lineup and you could debate whether any of those MCs would be anywhere without the rhymes of the smooth operator Big Daddy Kane. The juice crew affiliate plays BB Kings on Sept 19th for those of you looking to get "R-A-W". The venue says the show is with a live band with opening sets by Lethillweapon and Prophet. Tickets are on sale.

Kane is currently working on a new album, though details remain scarce.

In related news, Pusha T's new EP Fear Of God 2: Let Us Pray is coming out September 27th on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. Its nine tracks will feature guest appearances by Diddy, Kanye, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator and more. Meanwhile Pusha T told the Village Voice he's working on a new mixtape called Long Live The Caine, an obvious ode to both the white powder and the great Brooklyn MC. Keep a look out for that. Check out the new video for "Feeling Myself", off the upcoming EP and featuring R&B singer Kevin Cossom, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Raekwon - "Molasses" f. Rick Ross & Ghostface Killah (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pharoahe Monch - "Clap" (MP3)

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco has sold-out his previously discussed record release party at Webster Hall on March 8th, but the Chi-city MC has added another, and for free. Lupe Fiasco will appear at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/27 as part of a free, RSVP-only event at the venue. RSVP is currently open. Lupe's new LP Lasers hits store shelves on March 8th. Stream the new track "All Black Everything" at his site.

If you didn't get tickets for Webster Hall, that means you are free and clear to check out Raekwon at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/8 (tickets). The show is a record release party for the Wu-Tang great, as Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang will drop the same day as Lasers (March 8). Raekwon recently dropped a new video for title track and a new song, "Molasses" featuring Ghostface and Rick Ross. Download "Molasses" above or stream it below alongside the new video.

Pharoahe Monch has a new disc on the way, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), and he'll celebrate that with a March 24th show at SOBs. Ticket info is forthcoming. W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) is due via Duck Down on 3/22 and features "Clap" available for download above and streaming below.

Still not many Diplomats reunion tour dates popping up, but in addition to the NYC & Philly shows previously mentioned, there's now also Chicago, and a March 25th show at Northern Lights in Clifton Park which is on sale. The list of dates is below.

Tickets recently went on sale for a Wiz Khalifa show at Roseland Ballroom. Kid Cudi's total number of sold out Roseland shows is three.

Big Boi and People Under the Stairs are on the lineup of the just-announced Governors Ball Music Festival.

And last but not least, Southpaw has a couple of interesting hip hop shows in the coming weeks including the imperial Rah Digga with Eternia on Thursday (2/24, tickets) and the one and only Big Daddy Kane with Brand Nubian as part of a benefit on March 25th (tickets).

All streams and some video is below.

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Grizzly Bear @ Williamsburg Waterfront in 09 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Grizzly Bear

tonight in NYC
* Winger @ BB King's
* Baby Gramps @ Jalopy Theatre
* Sunday Best w/ Fred P @ 400 Carroll St
* Timetable Percussion @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Rooftop Films w/ Hank & Cupcakes @ Solar One
* Mutant Supremacy, At War, Midnight, Crucifist @ Europa
* Reigning Sound, The Goodnight Loving @ Maxwell's
* Cooper-Moore Trio, Peter Evans Group Trio @ Zebulon
* Christy & Emily, Secret Cities, Invisible Circle @ Pianos
* The Sharpest, Last Stand For Lucy, Eagle Scout @ Party Expo
* Salif Keita, Tabou Combo, Lo'Jo @ Central Park SummerStage
* Dwarves, The Turbo A.C.'s, Psycho Charger @ Bowery Electric
* Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Statik Selektah, DJ Eque @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Punk Island w/ D.O.A., Negative Approach & many more @ Governors Island
* The New Pornographers, The Duke and the Dutchess @ The Bell House
* The Poison Control Center, Boy Genius, Knight School @ Bruar Falls
* Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear, Karen Elson @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* The Most Serene Republic, Annuals, What Laura Says @ Mercury Lounge
* HEALTH, Indian Jewelry, Gold Panda, Robin @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jeffery Lewis, Jimmy Lloyd & Friends, Laura Warshauer @ Highline Ballroom
* Strike Anywhere, Bane, Touche Amore, Lowtaker @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Punk Island, with D.O.A., Negative Approach, Blanks 77, Hub City Stompers, Star Fucking Hipsters, Hellcat Burlesque and many, many more, takes over Governors Island today. A full schedule (with ferry times) is here. Even though it's happening a day earlier, Punk Island is a part of Monday's Make Music NY festivites, which will be spread across the city.

Indian Jewelry open for HEALTH at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and play their own show at Mercury Lounge on Monday.

Grizzly Bear open for Band of Horses at the first Williamsburg Waterfront show of 2010 tonight. Grizzly Bear headline at Governors Island in August.

Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock and Greg Nice played a show in Herbert Von King Park on June 16th. Videos from that show below...

What else?

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Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

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Warhol Britta

A performing arts program of BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979, as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn has been an anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions. Over the course of its history Celebrate Brooklyn has presented over 1,700 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough's diversity, ranging from internationally acclaimed performers to emerging, cutting-edge artists. All Celebrate Brooklyn performances are free. The festival attracts upwards of 250,000 attendees from across New York City to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer.
All performances except Benefit Concerts are free with a $3 suggested contribution. They are listed below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DITC
DITC

Old school hip hop fans are probably fi'in to go nuts between all the great shows in the next couple months including a big one this weekend at BB King's....

Big Daddy Kane is celebrating "20 years in the game" with the Sound Providers and Connie Price & The Keystones along with special guest DJs Mister Cee (BDK's original DJ), fellow Juice Crew-er Biz Markie, Skaz Digga, and J. Period. Tickets are on sale.

Meanwhile, fellow Juice Crew affiliate Craig G will open for the underappreciated hip hop crew D.I.T.C. will (mostly) reunite on Dec 7th at The Knitting Factory. Look for Lord Finesse, Diamond D, A.G., O.C. + "special guests" to hit the main stage with The Legion. Pray that "special guests" does not mean Fat Joe. Tickets are on sale.

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