Entries tagged with: Black Moon
photo: Slick Rick at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been a good day for old school hip hop heads, with that weird Chinese Tupac biopic and the Nas / Juicy J / Pimp C song off the posthumous Pimp C album, but it doesn't stop there. There are some good NYC shows coming up with veterans too:
Slick Rick plays his annual birthday show on January 15 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 10 AM. He also plays New Year's Eve in Deroit with Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane, and has other upcoming shows too.
Duck Down celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show on December 3 at BB King's that has Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, Da Beatminerz and O.G.C.. Tickets for that stacked lineup are on sale now.
Watch some classic videos below...
There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:
Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.
Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.
For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.
You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.
Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.
Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).
Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.
Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:
Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.
That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.
The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.
Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.
A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).
We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.
Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).
And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.
Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.
NYC hip hop label Duck Down Music is throwing its annual holiday party this year on December 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which BrooklynVegan is proudly a co-sponsor of. This year's lineup is headlined by Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek's duo Reflection Eternal (who haven't played since 2010), and also features two label veterans, Black Moon and Smif N Wessun. The lineup is rounded out by two newer comers Chelsea Reject and Niko Is. TIckets go on sale Friday (11/7) at noon.
You can also get VIP tickets which include:
*General admission ticket to the showStrem Reflection Eternal's classic Train of Thought below...
*Meet N Greet with Reflection Eternal, Black Moon & Smif N Wessun prior to doors
*Duck Down New Era Beanie
*Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious Tote bag
*Signed Buckshot & P-Money 'Backpack Travels' CD
*Signed Smif N Wessun 'Born & Raised' CD
*Signed Talib Kweli 'Gutter Rainbows' CD
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon have been back in action lately (they played the Duck Down CMJ 2013 showcase), and they'll be joining fellow Brooklyn hip hop vets Smif-n-Wessun (who also played that showcase) for another show on April 16 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale. Smif-N-Wessun are also on the upcoming Mobb Deep show.
The similarly named Black Milk is a bit newer than Black Moon, but stays true to that old school sound, and he'll be joining fellow throwback rappers Roc Marciano and Final Outlaw on April 17 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are available.
The Studio at Webster Hall hosts another hip hop show on April 24 with Das Racist's Kool A.D. along with Rebelmatic, Prop Anon, Sarcasmo, Sunny Gang and host Ricky Powell. Tickets are on sale.
Juelz Santana (who has collaborated with Fredo, but doesn't appear to be related though Fredo is related to Chief Keef) plays a NYC show on May 18 at Stage 48 with Trial and Era & A.L.I., Status and Don Dada. You can get tickets to that one.
Pharoahe Monch is releasing a new album, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), on April 15 via W.A.R. Media/Duck Down, and he will celebrate with a release show the day it comes out at SOB's (4/15). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Stream "Bad MF" from the new album, below.
Smoke DZA just released a new album this week, titled Dream.Zone.Achieve (stream it on Rdio), and he also celebrates that with a release show at SOB's on May 7. Tickets are on sale. Listen to "Fhvt BVsturd" featuring Joey Bada$$ from the new album, below.
SOB's also hosts Bronx hip hop veteran KRS-One on April 20. Tickets for that one are on sale too.
Also at Highline Ballroom is '90s era Queens trio Salt N Pepa on June 6 (tickets).
Two upcoming shows that aren't exactly in NYC but nearby: Big Sean teams up with his R&B collaborator Jhene Aiko for a Long Island show on April 25 at Tilles Center Concert Hall in Greenvale (tickets), and Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko team up with Freddie Gibbs (who just released an album and toured with Madlib) for a NJ show on April 26 at Starland Ballroom (tickets).
Miguel and 2 Chainz also just announced a show, and multiple hip hop shows at new Brooklyn venue The Wick were announced.
Other previously announced upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Jeremiah Jae TONIGHT (4/2), Grieves, Jurassic 5, Eminem & Rihanna, YG & DJ Mustard, Joey Bada$$, The Underachievers, Danny Brown, A-Trak & Cam'ron and more.
Pharoahe Monch and Smoke DZA streams below...
Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, who appears on the new Danny Brown LP (listen), and just released "Banger (MOSHPIT)," the newest single off his own upcoming LP, Oxymoron (release date TBA), has just been announced for a CMJ show happening on October 16 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/1) at 10 AM. Q's other upcoming shows include Barclays Center (11/2) with Kendrick Lamar and more. Updated dates are listed below.
Another hip hop show happening during CMJ is the annual Duck Down Music/Javotti Media showcase happening on October 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg co-headlined by Talib Kweli and Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut, Enta da Stage, backed by Phony PPL. The rest of the lineup includes Smif N Wessun Reggae Jam Session, RES, T'Nah Apex, Cory Mo and DJ Meka of 2dopeboyz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Talib Kweli will also play NYC, along with Big K.R.I.T., when the two rappers open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at MSG on 11/13, 14, and 15. Tickets for those shows are still available (but "not many left"). Talib also DJs/hosts the album release show for his Idle Warship partner Res at SOB's on 10/9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other hip hop CMJ shows include Stalley and Gunplay at Gramercy Theatre on 10/18 (tix), and Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz and special guests at Littlefield on October 16 (tix).
Not during CMJ, but some other hip hop shows were just announced too.
Updated Schoolboy Q dates are listed, along with a stream of his new song, below...
The Jungle Brothers at SOB's last night via MuphoricSounds
As expected, The Jungle Brothers DID bring out members of the Native Tongues (and others) last night at SOB's (2/7), but that did not include many of the "invited guests". The reunion and associated guest appearances were limited to Leaders of The New School (Charlie Brown & Dinco D, but sans the crucial Busta Rhymes), Jarobi (of a Tribe Called Quest), members of the UMC's and Black Sheep, Sadat X, Force MDs and possibly some others. Bum out, but it was sort of expected.
No word on whether members of A Tribe Called Quest will be in attendance at Harlem Stage in March either, but they will be the subject of a three day event:
On the heels of a major Producers Guild Award for the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest -Harlem Stage, in conjunction with Revive Music, will celebrate the impact, importance and influence of the pioneering crew with A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts March 1-3 at Harlem Stage. This four part series features live performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists.More details on each event below.
"A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most important groups in the history of hip-hop, with a legacy that continues to impact generations of artists, musicians and audiences." says Simone Eccleston, Harlem Stage's Assistant Director of Programming, who curated the tribute. "With their signature sound, they created timeless gems, and this series seeks to celebrate their cultural significance, their musicianship and their roles as composers and producers. It is our goal to provide audiences with a multidimensional experience that highlights ATCQ's music, the historical context, and their influence on artists that have come after them."
In the span of three years, starting in 1990, A Tribe Called Quest - made up of rappers Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad - released three albums - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders - widely acknowledged by hip-hop fans to be some of the best recordings ever. The crew became part of a larger community of artists making redemptive, transcendent music: groups like the Black Sheep, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, and Leaders of the New School; solo performers Monie Love and Queen Latifah; and others who formed the collective Native Tongues. They made songs together and often referred to each other in recordings.
Tickets for A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts, range from free to $25 and are available by phone at (212) 281-9240, ext 19 or 20, and online at www.harlemstage.org. Free programs require RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other hip hop news, head on over to Public Assembly TONIGHT (2/8) for a FREE show as part of the Red Bull Academy. Kicking off with a conversation with Buckshot (of Black Moon), Dru Ha (of Duck Down), and Skyzoo, the evening will also feature live performances from Smif-N-Wessun, Buckshot and Skyzoo as well. The show kicks off at 7PM and you can RSVP at Yamez@redbullmusicacademy.com (might not be necessary).
Check out a preview of tonight's discussion, as well as a new video for "Still Standing" by Pharaohe Monch and a preview of Sean Price's Mic Tyson (both are on Duck Down), with more Harlem Stage info, below...
Black Moon at Rock The Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG
Lauryn / Erykah
Last year Rock the Bells, the touring hip-hop bonanza, picked up on the voguish festival concept in which an artist performs an old record from beginning to end. It went well, and this year's edition bought in twice as hard. On Saturday on Governors Island, amid other, more ordinary sets, 11 albums were performed in their entirety.Rock The Bells 2011 took Governors Island by storm on 9/3, and according to reports, ran smoothly and generally on time. There was a barrage of classic LPs (Nas's Illmatic, Mobb Deep's The Infamous, Lauryn Hill's Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu's Baduizm, Black Moon's Enta Da Stage, GZA's Liquid Swords, Cypress Hill's Black Sunday, and others), and performances from some of independent hip hop's great up-and-comers. Though it was clearly elders day, younger crews like Slaughterhouse, Big K.R.I.T., Fashawn, Blu & Exile, Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano and others also had the ability to shine on the Paid Dues stage (DOOM, an elder statesman via his days in KMD, was scheduled to play the Paid Dues stage but cancelled his appearance).
What a gorging! What an obligation! It seemed to weigh on the crowd. It meant that listeners weren't in the here and now, where they might be fratty or selfish or mean spirited. They were deep in the been and gone. They weren't just listening to hits, or to sustained works of art, but to their own pasts. The exercise cooled them out. Saturday's audience was truly racially mixed, with a heavy representation of the 30-to-45 age bracket, grown-up New Yorkers at their casual and courteous best. Many of them high, but still. -[New York Times]
In true hip hop fashion, guests abounded. Nas capped the day off with a performance of Illmatic, and he didn't hide the men/women behind the curtain of his first LP; MC Serch, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor (of Main Source), Akinyele, Fatal, AZ and many others who either blessed the LP or were instrumental in his come-up all made appearances (yes, they performed the Main Source classic "Live at the BBQ" featuring Nas's first recorded appearance). Pras of The Fugees joined Lauryn Hill for "Ready of Not", Big Noyd joined Mobb Deep for "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)" and other tracks, and Black Moon brought a full band.
More pictures from the whole day, below...
Sean Price at Southpaw (more by BBG)
"I like no female rappers. Not like I don't like them personally; they don't hold my interest. Except MC Lyte," he told Vlad TV. "I haven't bought a female rap album since MC Lyte, Lyte as a Rock. That album? I haven't bought one since, straight up. I like none of 'em."I guess we won't expect to see any female MCs as special guests when Sean Price's not-supergroup Random Axe (with Black Milk & Guilty Simpson) supports Smif N Wessun with Maino TONIGHT at Highline Ballroom (6/21). DJ Envy will be on the wheels of steel in between/before the show with Angela Yee hosting. Tickets are still available.
P was quick to clarify, explaining that he holds a soft spot for Digga. "Let me take that back. Rah Digga. She get busy too. But other than that, none of 'em. I'm not buying none of they albums. All of 'em. That's just me. I be fooled. You have a nice single. If the single is good, I'll buy the album. I got a fooled a few times. Who did I get fooled by? I was so pissed. Boss. Remember Boss? I was so pissed, b. I fell for a few, but I like no female rappers. None." -[Hip Hop DX]
Can't make it tomoight? Tomorrow (Wedneday, 6/22) Random Axe to play a ANOTHER NYC show, this time a headlining date at Southpaw with labelmates Black Moon and SkyZoo. Tickets are still available. The pair of shows are in addition to the crew's upcoming appearances at Rock The Bells and Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest. Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest's lineup recently expanded with the additions of Shad, Homeboy Sandman, Nitty Scott MC, Eternia, and Twilite Tone.
Random Axe is celebrating the release of their new and self-titled LP out NOW via Duck Down Records while Smif N Wessun will release their new collaborative LP with Pete Rock, Monumental, via the label on 6/28. Stream the entire Random Axe LP at Complex, and check out two recent Random Axe videos, "Random Call" and "The Hex", below.
And while we're on the subject of Duck Down Records, Black Moon, and Smif N Wessun, look for the two crews to join fellow Duck Down affiliates Heltah Skeltah, OGC, Pharoahe Monch, and Black Rob for a "Hip Hop Legends" night at BB King's on July 12th (Black Rob & OGC... hip hop legends?). Tickets are still available.
A bunch of videos and song streams are below.
Havoc of Mobb Deep @ the kick-off in LA (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
In addition to initially announced Rock The Bells lineup (Nas playing Illmatic? Mobb Deep on The Infamous detail? wow), the festival has made some interesting additions like Erykah Badu performing all of Baduism (on select dates), Common performing all of Be (on select dates), Killah Priest performing all of Heavy Mental, Slaughterhouse, and DOOM. More lineup details are below.
The NYC show on 9/3 at Governor's Island gets the Erykah Badu appearance, and tickets are on presale, password is "ILLMATIC". General sale begins Saturday, 6/11, at 10:00 AM.
In other Hip Hop festival news, Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest's lineup has expanded too adding MOP (!), Torae, Random Axe (Sean Price + Black Milk + Guilty Simpson), eLZhi, Marley Marl, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Grand Wizzard Theodore and Twilite Tone. Tickets are on sale for all Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival events, including an after-party at Southpaw on July 16th which proclaims to have "special guests invited including the entire BHF '11 lineup".
Full Rock The Bells details, alongside some videos, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Cypress Hill @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip - 5/24/2011
The line-up for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES--presented by Boost Mobile in association with GUERILLA UNION and powered by BlackBerry--will feature an array of seminal and up-and-coming hip-hop artists on three stages. Headliners include Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas,Erykah Baduand Cypress Hill. See the current line-up below and look for more performers to be announced soon.The Guerilla Union pre-sale for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES will go from June 3 at 10am PST - 10pm PST. The general on-sale starts on June 4.
This year's festival will head to four major North American markets. Kicking off in the Los Angeles-area on August 20 at the San Manuel Amphitheater, ROCK THE BELLS will then head to San Francisco on August 27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The festival moves to the east coast for a show in New York on September 3 at Governor's Island (co-promoted with Bowery Presents, Highline, Mad Dog Presents) before wrapping in [a TBA venue in] Boston on September 10.
ROCK THE BELLS featured a number of headliners performing their most influential albums in their entirety for the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment last summer. The tradition continues this year with Ms. Lauryn Hill performing her landmark, multi-platinum selling, multi-GRAMMY winning album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Nas performing his breakthrough debut album Illmatic with special guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Nas says about performing Illmatic this summer, "For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn't right. Where music is going now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I've built and am a partner in. Can't wait to kill it with my comrades AZ, Premo & Pete Rock!"
Full album sets can also be expected from: Cypress Hill performing their 1993 multi-platinum album Black Sunday, featuring modern rock radio mainstay "Insane In The Membrane"; Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star performing their 1998 self-titled debut album; Raekwon & Ghostface teaming up for critically acclaimed, platinum selling Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and more.
"I am excited that this year's Rock The Bells will continue its rich history and tradition by presenting the best and most ambitious festival programming in Hip Hop," says festival co-founder and Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg. "The bar has been set high and this year's line-up will certainly stake its claim. With ten of the biggest records in the history of the genre and the freshest new talent bubbling from the underground, this summer's Rock The Bells is another dream come true."
ROCK THE BELLS will feature three main stages this year. The two returning stages are the ROCK THE BELLS STAGE and the PAID DUES STAGE, which will feature independent hip-hop acts that performed at the Paid Dues Festival this past April in San Bernardino and new artists-on-the-rise. Paid Dues Festival creator Murs says, "I am excited that I once again have the privilege of hosting the Paid Dues Stage. We will have the honor of showcasing some of the best talent in independent hip hop as part of the worlds largest and longest running hip hop festival... the Paid Dues stage is gonna be the one to watch this year."
The 36 CHAMBERS STAGE is a new addition to the festival and will primarily feature members of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as artists selected by stage curator and Wu-Tang Clan mainstay RZA. A fourth stage that will also be added to most markets is the GRINDTIME NOW STAGE, which will feature battle-style performances.
The lineup was announced last night at a show at House of Blues in LA. Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief and Cypress Hill all played and pictures to prove it are in this post. More of them below.
The full lineup is also below...
words by BBG, photos by Brook Bobbins
"Wht a fckin day! Was a 90s hipHop reunion backstge DAMN! Nice & smooth, dela soul, group home, primo, pete rck& cl smooth, large prof, craig g" -MastaAce
"Damn Pete Rock and CL Smooth rockin under the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a beautiful thing. Straighten it out! -greenspam
"I really am sorry that you're not here with me watching De La Soul kill shit live in Brooklyn" -djreadycee
De La Soul at Brooklyn Hip hop Fest in DUMBO - July 10, 2010
Though the rain did rear it's ugly head momentarily on July 10th, the crowd was nonetheless rocked at the 2010 Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest on Saturday. It was the final day of a week-long celebration, and also the biggest event of the fest. With a lineup that consisted of greats like De La Soul, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Black Moon, Smif n Wessun, and many others, the surprise additions of Nice & Smooth, Black Sheep and Group Home gave the event an especially 90s touch. It wasn't all veterans though; relative newcomers like Curren$y, Black Milk, Diamond District, The Money Making Jam Boys, and many others brought new blood under the Brooklyn Bridge to get the block rockin'.
Tons more pics (starting with Black Milk's 3:45 set), and video are below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Rakim - Holy Are You (MP3)
Buckshot @ Knitting Factory with Black Moon (more by Tim Griffin)
After looking at the number of great old school artists on the way to the NYC stages, I was reminded of this kick-ass Greg Nice (of Nice & Smooth) song:
"Let's take it it back to the old schoolThat song is pretty damn close to reality, as Irving Plaza (2 blocks from Union Square if you didn't know) will host "The Golden Age of Hip Hop Part II" on 8/29. Tickets are on sale. The show will feature a ton of old school notables such as KRS-ONE, Kool Moe Dee, Just Ice, and Grand Daddy IU (who I recently saw at BHHF).
Let's take it to Union Square
Let's take it back to the LQ
Wave your hands like you just don't care" -[Greg Nice - "Set It Off"]
KRS-ONE has an interesting project on the way, as the man who claims that he "is hip hop" will team up with Buckshot of Black Moon to release Survival Skills on 9/15. The LP is stuffed with killer guests like Mary J. Blige, Slug of Atmosphere, K'NAAN, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, and features production from Havoc of Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, ILL MIND, Marco Polo, and many others. Dig on the video for the anti-auto-tune jam "Robot" available below, as well as video of the duo doing a surprise performance on 6/18 at BB King's. Stay tuned for more information on a "Myspace Album Release Show" in NYC on Friday, 9/11.
In the meantime, Black Moon are scheduled to team up with Smif N Wessun to perform ALL of their classic Enta da Stage and Dah Shinin' LPs (respectively) at Brower Park on August 12th for FREE. The show is one of a bevy of FREE shows in the parks of our fair city (featuring DJ Premier, Raekwon, Naughty By Nature and others).
Meanwhile, another notable old schooler, the one and only Rakim Allah, is doubling up on shows in the coming weeks, having scheduled a performance on 8/13 at Highline Ballroom (tix) as well as another as part of the "Hip Hop Legends Concert Series" featuring UTFO, Biz Markie, Lost Boyz, Jeru Da Damaja, Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde, and Lovebug Starski just eight days later at BB King's on 8/21 (tix). He should be playing new material at these shows...
. On July 28, 2009 the man many call The God MC [dropped] "Holy Are You" - the hypnotic lead single off of his long awaited new album The Seventh Seal, to be released early fall, 2009 on the artists Ra Records imprint in a joint venture with TVM and SMC Recordings and distributed through Fontana / Universal Music Group.Rakim's new LP is his first in 10 years and first since his highly publicized split with Aftermath Records. The first single is available as a free download above!
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention The Ruler himself (Slick Rick), who was scheduled a show of his own at BB King's on 11/13 (tix). Dookie ropes are required for entry to all events. OK, not really... but they should be!
The above-mentioned videos, and the KRS-One/Buckshot cover art, below...
The Hip Hop Legends Series continues at BB King's on June 17th. Tickets are on sale for a show that will feature performances by Naughty By Nature, Nice & Smooth, Black Moon, Smif-N-Wesson, MC Lyte, Raekwon, Show Biz & AG, Lord Finesse, Das Efx and DJ's Funkmaster Flex & Chuck Chillout. Almost everyone on this bill also has shows coming up that are either free in a NYC park, part of the Brooklyn hip hop festival, or at Southpaw.
The Cult will perform "Love" in its entirety at Terminal 5 in NYC on September 11th. Tickets are on AmEx presale.
Vieux Farka Toure, son of Ali Farka, is playing Highline Ballroom on June 20th. Tickets are on sale.
The Roots keep adding shows at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale for dates as far out as November.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Marco Polo & Torae - Hold Up featuring Masta Ace & Sean Price (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Marco Polo & Torae - Party Crashers (MP3)
Buckshot (Black Moon)+Smif N Wessun @ KF in November (more by Tim Griffin)
For those of you regretting the fact that you missed the great Black Moon & Smif-n-Wessun rip through their classic LPs, you're in luck! The two crews will once again team up to rock A Tribute To The Classics, AKA Black Moon's Enta Da Stage and Smif N Wessun's Dah Shinin', not one, but TWO times in the coming months (and that doesn't even count their appearance at June's Brooklyn Hip Festival).
One of those shows, August 12th in NYC's Brower Park is FREE. It's one of three free concerts the city is throwing in Browser Park this summer. Full schedule below.
So what the hell may top Black Smif N Wessun beltin' out the classics live, and for FREE? Well, the other 'Tribute To The Classics' show happens at Southpaw on May 23rd (THIS SATURDAY), and this time Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun will share the bill with their Duck Down labelmates, the great Marco Polo & Torae! Tickets are still available for the Brooklyn show.
..On his 2007 critically acclaimed album Port Authority, Polo recruited a who's who of MC's like Kool G Rap and Kardinal Offishall to ride over his hard-hitting, boom-bap instrumentals. Torae, on the other hand, has certified his rep as one of the game's illest lyricists in a similar fashion with remarkable wordplay on his highly touted 2008 street album Daily Conversation. So, in the spirit of great hip-hop duos, the producer and the MC signed with Duck Down Records in 2009 to release their collaborative album Double Barrel.Marco Polo & Torae's new album, Double Barrel, is due on June 2nd. Look for the duo to bless the legendary Fat Beats with an in-store performance on the same day, and they too will be playing at this year's Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest. Check out two tracks from their record above.
Double Barrel pays homage to New York's mid-'90's rap scene, when artists like Gang Starr and Wu-Tang Clan reigned supreme... Throughout the album pays homage to the genre of rap that influenced the duo and even features critically acclaimed heavyweights like M.O.P., Masta Ace and Sean Price to help balance out the track list.
Fliers and Brower Park dates below....
photos by Tim Griffin, Words By Black Bubblegum
Buckshot and The General Steele
After a small hiccup (we're glad you're better Buckshot), BCC affiliates Black Moon and Smif N Wessun took the stage at The Knitting Factory on November 9th to perform their classic mid-school records and backpacker staples, Enta Da Stage and Da Shinin (respectively). The two groups shared the stage at points as their alter-ego Black Smif N Wessun, splitting time at the outset with Smif N Wessun taking the stage first. Backed by Da Beatminerz on the mix (c'mon kick it!) as well as a live band, Dru Ha, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), and even Travis from Gym Class Heroes (huh, wha?) came and dropped a verse. Miss Info thinks that Travis may have signed a solo deal with Duck Down Records... I guess that remains to be seen.
Smif N Wessun flubbed their lines once on a track but did some push-ups to make up for it. More pictures, including one of the full setlist, below...
Tomorrow's SOLD OUT Black Moon & Smif N Wessun "Tribute To Classics" performance at NYC's Knitting Factory has been re-scheduled for Saturday, November 8th due to the hospitalization of Buckshot.Get well soon Buckshot.
Upon returning from a 3 week European tour Black Moon and Boot camps front man, Buckshot suffered what appears to be a series of seizures. He was immediately hospitalized where he remains in stable condition.
Buckshot's partner and CEO of Duck Down Records, Dru Ha, stated: "While of course we are disappointed to have to reschedule a sold out show obviously nothing takes precedent over Buckshot's health. If he could walk out of that hospital on his own right now I know he would have been on that stage. He was truly looking forward to this night."
Tickets for the Sept. 26th show will be honored at the rescheduled show, Saturday November 8th. Refunds also offered at point of purchase
by Black Bubblegum
Duck Down Records, Home of BCC (thosalumpagus)
If there was a group that personified the underground NYC back-packer movement of the mid-90s, it was the Boot Camp Clik. Made up of Black Moon (with 5ft, Buckshot & Evil Dee of Da Beatminerz), Smif-N-Wessun (fka Cocoa Brovaz), Heltah Skeltah (featuring Sean Price), and Originoo Gunn Clappaz (let's not count the Representivz), the crew released classic mid-90s records like Operation: Lockdown, Enta Da Stage, and my favorite of 'em all, Dah Shinin'. Following the lead of the GZA (who is also playing Liquid Swords one more time, September 12th - tickets here) Black Moon will perform all of their classic Enta Da Stage and Smif-N-Wessun will perform all of their classic Dah Shinin' with a live band! Tickets are on sale for the September 26th show. It's happening at Knitting Factory in NYC.
No word on an apperance by Shuckie Duckie or Eddie Machete.
Also at the Knitting Factory, AZ celebrates the release of his newest mixtape, N.4.L. with the help of Brand Nubian Sadat X. Tickets are on sale. AZ's new mixtape sounds suspiciously similar to his consigliere in The Firm's (Nas) new album. Nas is hitting the road with Talib Kweli.