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BHF

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Sean O'Connell

Duck Down BBQ

The Duck Down BBQ may be a bit of a repetitive event in that its headliners are similar every year, but that's the point. Taking place in Betsy Head Park, deep in the heart of Brownsville, the annual event is geared at being a celebration of the neighborhood, with the Boot Camp Clik, a supergroup featuring hip-hop heavyweights Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltah, always coming out in full effect for their neighborhood. Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah pointed out the housing project he grew up in from the stage, and every other performer talked about life in Brownsville and shouted out people in the crowd that they knew. There wasn't much of a line between the rappers and the audience, with Buckshot launching himself into the 2000+ person crowd and fans rushing the barricade as they shouted back lyrics.

The night was a mix of the old school and new school, with the hardcore legends of the Boot Camp Clik being joined by up-and-comers from the Beast Coast movement. CJ Fly of Pro Era had a tight set, that was joined by fellow Pro, the very popular Joey Bada$$, during the call and response "do it for the love" of "Loco Motives". Raz Fresco, another 19 year old from Toronto, showing the Beast Coast's stylistic northern reach, hearkened back to the boom bap slaughter of people like Big L. He pulled off an ambitious move by rapping over a medley of classic New York beats, slaying each one in a city known to be very arrogant about its own style's superiority.

Chelsea Reject and T'Nah Apex (who works with Pro Era often) put on a very noteworthy set that started with a hyper political a cappella by Chelsea, about being a young emcee in an age of Stop and Frisk. The duo touched on the detrimental effect of technology saturation in modern times, railing against obsession with YouTube views and "blue checks" (verified Twitter accounts). T'Nah Apex transitioned smoothly between her matter-of-fact rapping and ethereal singing, while maintaining a serious demeanor that added to her presence.

The prolific Statik Selektah was spinning in-between sets, scratching vinyl in a 90s fashion that many are unable to replicate anymore. It was fitting that Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 hosted the event, given that he labels himself a "hip hop purist" and has been integral in ushering in New York rappers recently.

The highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Brownsville's own M.O.P. for their gangsta rap anthem "Ante Up". By that time, more than forty people were onstage, nieces and nephews on the shoulders of some of the old-timers, keeping up with the celebration of the neighborhood. Buckshot closed out by calling on the audience to reach out to DuckDown saying "I want to see one of you up here next year".

BrooklynVegan was a proud sponsor of this year's Brooklyn Summerstage event, as you can see on the flyer below.

Continue reading "M.O.P., Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Chelsea Reject, T'Nah Apex & more joined Boot Camp Clik @ the Duck Down BBQ"

Boot Camp Clik

One of the many free Summerstage shows this year is the Duck Down BBQ with Boot Camp Clik and friends happening June 10 in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park. We proud to announce that BrooklynVegan is one of the sponsors of the show, and that since we last spoke there's been some updates.

In addition to the Boot Camp Clik (aka Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah), there will be sets by CJ Fly, T'Nah Apex (both of Pro Era), Raz Fresco and Chelsea Reject. There's also a DJ set by Statik Selektah and Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg. The free show goes from 6-9 PM. Flyer below.

In honor of this event which Monster is also sponsoring, we're giving away a pair of Monster DNA Pro Headphones (retail value of $280), a Duck Down x Rocksmith Collaborative BBQ T-Shirt and a signed Buckshot & P-Money BackPack Travels CD. Details on how to enter to win those contests, below. Prizes can be picked up at the show.

As mentioned, Buckshot & P-Money celebrate BackPack Travels with a release show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Statik Selektah.

Pro Era also play a free Summerstage show in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/5).

Contest details below...

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by Andrew Sacher

World's Fair
World's Fair

As always, there's tons of hip hop shows coming up in NYC and tours passing through here. Here's a roundup of a few of the great ones happening this month...

The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9 with rapper IAMSU! and rap group Phony PPL. Like all Rubber Tracks shows, the show is FREE but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today (6/4) at noon.

Queens rap crew World's Fair are teaming up with Atlanta rap crew Two-9 for a tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday (6/8) and hits NYC on June 10 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. World's Fair also just put out a new jam, "Uh Huh," which features Cody B. Ware and Prince Samo, and was produced by Jansport J. Check that out, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below.

50 Cent, who just put out his fifth studio album Animal Ambition this week (6/3), will celebrate that album with a record release show in NYC on June 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Just don't ask him to throw any baseballs, and leave your chains at home.

NYC rapper Ka, still going strong of 2013's The Night's Gambit, will play a Noisey-presented hometown show during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

CyHi The Prynce recently put out the Hystori: Black History Project mixtape (exectuve produced by Kanye West), and he makes his way to NYC for a show on June 16 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

Meyhem

Golden era-inspired NYC rapper Meyhem Lauren teamed up with actual golden era producer Buckwild for a collaborative album, Silk Pyramids, which came out last week (5/27). The album features Action Bronson, Heems, Troy Ave and more, and as you may imagine it sounds straight out of the '90s. Stream the whole thing below and catch Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild celebrating it live in NYC on Saturday (6/7) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

LA duo People Under the Stairs are touring the US which includes a return to NYC on June 11 at LPR and June 12 at Littlefield with local great Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, plus Fresh Daily and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets for Littlefield and tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Oddisee plays Glasslands on June 26 with a live band and support from louis logic and E.M.S.. Tickets are on sale now.

Buckshot

Black Moon/Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot teams up with Pro Era member Kirk Knight and production great Statik Selektah for a show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tickets). That show's the record release for Buckshot & P-Money's new album, BackPack Travels, which comes out two days earlier (6/24) via Duck Down. The album's single "Flute," features two other Pro Era members, Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, whose '90s-inspired styles fit right in with Buckshot's classic rhymes. Watch the video for that below.

Both Boot Camp Clik and Pro Era also play free Summerstage shows this month. Pro Era play Red Hook Park on Thursday (6/5) and Boot Camp Clik play Betsy Head Park on June 10.

Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Jay Z / Beyonce (two nights), Deltron 3030, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kevin Gates, Rakim / Slick Rick, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, and more.

Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: World's Fair, Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild, Buckshot, Pro Era, 50 Cent, Ka, Iamsu, Mr MFN Exquire, more"

Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Raekwon

Brooklyn Bodega's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival will return for its 10th annual year from July 9 - 12. This year's headliners include Raekwon of Wu-Tang (whose group has made the news a lot lately), Jay Electronica (who is still taking forever to release an album, but did just release a Drake remix/diss featuring Jay Z), and CJ Fly of the Pro Era crew (which also includes Joey Bada$$). The rest of the lineup is TBA. Tickets go on sale via Queue next week.

Initial event schedule and a stream of Jay's Drake diss, below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2014 headliners & ticket info"

Joey Bada$$ in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Joey Bada$$

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he was just announced for Montreal's Osheaga Festival, the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals, and he also announced a Smokers Club-presented hometown show happening on -- wait for it... 4/20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening the show is young Chicago rapper Lil Bibby who Vibe says will rule 2014, Joey's fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution, plus Black Dave, Mick Jenkins, Kris Kasanova and Shakespeare. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon.

Joey also plays Disclosure's 'Wild Life' show in Chicago this June. A couple of videos and the MHOW show flyer are below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ playing MHOW on 4/20 w/ Lil Bubby & others"

Action Bronson royalty portrait (by Amar Stewart)
Action Bronson

This Saturday (3/1) from 7 PM to 11 PM, Williamsburg gallery Cotton Candy Machine (S 1st St) will hold its first artist residency with painter Amar Stewart, whose series, "Hip-Hop Royalty," includes 17th century royalty style portraits of rappers like Action Bronson (pictured above), Jay Z, Biggie, Eminem, Tupac, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and more. Preview more of the portraits at Bedford & Bowery.

As mentioned, you can also catch the actual Action Bronson in NYC soon with The Lox at Best Buy Theater on March 26. Tickets for that show are still available.

There's also been some more recently announced hip hop shows in NYC, including Odd Future's The Internet, who play SOB's on March 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Bronx crew B.I.C. (Bitches Is Crazy), who released the free 4/20 album Influence last year, play SOB's on March 20 with CJ Fly of Pro Era, Quincy Vidal and S.I.T.H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Long-running Brooklyn rapper Sean Price plays SOB's on April 24 with special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Slick Rick celebrates the 25th anniversary of his 1988 debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, at BB King's on May 7 with a live backing band. Tickets are on sale now.

Iggy Azalea plays Irving Plaza on May 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today (2/28) at 10 AM.

The YG and DJ Mustard show at Irving Plaza also goes on sale today at 10 AM.

Other previously discussed upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Schoolboy Q, A-Trak & Cam'ron, Danny Brown, The Underachievers, Freddie Gibbs & Madlid, Juicy J, Mobb Deep and more.

The Underachievers at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Underachievers

NYC Brainfeeder-afilliated rap duo The Underachievers released their impressive Indigoism mixtape earlier this year, and they're now working on its followup. The first single from that is a track called "The Proclamation," which prominently samples The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." You can watch the video for that song below.

The Underachievers have an upcoming hometown show happening on August 20 at Santos Party House with CJ Fly of Joey Bada$$'s crew Pro Era, Dillon Cooper, and Danse Daimons (of Brooklyn Stickup). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/19) at 10 AM.

Video below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Jacques Renault
Jacques Renault

Pitchfork posted a story yesterday on The New Electronic Brooklyn Underground, where they highlighted the thriving dance parties, labels, and producers that have been coming up in Brooklyn for a few years now and have been experiencing even greater success lately. Some of what they highlighted, like record label UNO and especially their artist Mykki Blanco, have been working their way up so much, they may not even be able to be considered "underground" anymore.

Mykki Blanco is also part of NYC's rising underground rap scene, and along with Angel Haze, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, and The Underachievers, Mykki is being featured in Spit Gold Under An Empire, a new documentary on the NY rap scene directed by Montreal's Emily Kai Bock, who directed Grimes' "Oblivion" video (via FACT). You can watch the trailer video below.

But back to the electronic stuff. UNO is also responsible for putting out releases by other great artists like Jacques Greene, CFCF, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca, Gobby, and more. Jacques Greene, who resides in Montreal, is on tour of the US now and he'll be in NYC for a show on February 9 at 88 Palace with Dark Disco and Martyn. All Jacques Greene dates are listed below.

Another party highlighted in the Pitchfork article was Let's Play House, which is a party run by Jacques Renault (not to be confused with Jacques Greene) and Nik Mercer. They've got two upcoming events this month -- first they'll do a free one on January 24 at The Woods (48 S 4 St) with Stockholm producer HNNY (who also plays Le Baron on 1/22 while he's in NYC), and then a co-presented party with The Dog & Pony show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 26 with The Revenge (UK), Mark E, Jacques Renault, and Paul Raffaele (tickets). The flyers for those shows are below. Jacques Renault also has a show tonight (1/18) at The Counting Room (44 Berry St) with Miss Sabado and Son of Sound. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 with RSVP to resonate@misssabado.com.

Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin
Mister Saturday Night

The article also highlights the Mister Saturday Night party, which is run by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. They have a bunch of parties coming up, and one of the most interesting ones is FaltyDL (who has an album coming out next week) at House of Yes on January 26. More info on that show and a list of all upcoming Mister Saturday NIght events are below.

The article also talks about Aurora Halal's Mutual Dreaming party, which doesn't have any upcoming events at the moment, but you may remember it from the Hieroglyphic Being show at 285 Kent over the summer.

Lists of dates, video, streams, and flyers below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork highlights 'New Brooklyn Electronic Underground' (Mister Saturday Night, UNO, Mykki Blanko & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Joey Badass

17 year old Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ wasn't even born yet when Nas' Illmatic and Biggie's Ready to Die were released, but it's quite clear from his new mixtape, 1999, that records like these are the ones he's been listening to. He's got golden age beats on the album from J Dilla, MF DOOM, Lord Finesse, and Statik Selektah, in addition to in-house beats from his Progressive Era crew (Pro Era for short) that sound about as classic as the borrowed ones. You can stream the entire mixtape and download it for free below.

Joey and his Pro Era comrades Capital STEEZ, Chuck Strangers, CJ Fly, T'nah Apex, and Kirk Knight will be playing a local show in NYC on Thursday (6/28) at SOB's. TIckets for that show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ released '1999,' playing SOB's on Thursday"