Entries tagged with: Camron
As discussed, Dipset, who reunited to open for Wu-Tang last year, are going on a 5-date reunion tour this year. Though the full tour still hasn't been announced, we know that Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey will hit NYC on February 24 at BB King's. Tickets are on sale now. The show's being presented by Funkmaster Flex, who's also presenting the Action Bronson show at the same venue this month.
Dipset also said they'd be putting out a mixtape this year, and since we last spoke, they dropped their first new single, the classic-sounding "Have My Money." Check it out below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, there's been some notable news in the hip hop community lately -- like the new N.E.R.D. songs -- and now that the holidays are behind us, we're taking this chance to round up some of the stuff we've missed. Here's some of that news, plus a few upcoming NYC shows...
As you may have heard, on New Year's Day Kanye West and Paul McCartney released a collaborative track called "Only One," which a press release calls "the first publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists" and is sung from the perspective of Kanye's late mother. The idea of Yeezus and Sir Paul on a track together may seem more like it'd happen for the novelty of that collaboration than because they work really well together, but if you haven't listened you should check this song out. It's very good.
Onetime Kanye tour DJ A-Trak (who thinks, despite what you say, that 2014 was one of the best years for rap) reunited Dipset members Cam'ron and Juelz Santana on the single "Dipshits" in 2014, which was followed by a full Dipset set at Wu-Tang's Barclays Center show. Now, the group of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey are preparing to continue that reunion with a mixtape and a five-stop US tour this year. The plans were revealed by Funkmaster Flex on Instagram (via FACT). No tour dates announced yet, but stay tuned.
Cam'ron's sorta-recent Fool's Gold Day Off showmate Danny Brown is also up to something, it's non-musical though. He told Australian radio station Triple J (via FACT) that he's working on a Dr. Seuss-inspird children's book:
"It's really about self-esteem in black girls, I guess", says Brown. "You know how black women do so much - process their hair, change their eye colour - it's really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realises she's just better off the way she is."That should be interesting. In less positive news, Danny's fellow "1 Train" rapper Joey Bada$$ was charged with assault after allegedly punching a security guard at Australian music festival Falls Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. The guard allegedly told police he thought Joey was an unauthorized person. After the incident went down, the guard was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries, and Joey was arrested after the show. Pitchfork points out a representative for Joey offered an official statement reading "There was a misunderstanding with security at the Byron Falls Festival show, which resulted in charges being laid by NSW Police. After fully cooperating with Police, Joey was granted bail and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge."
Brown started writing the book for his daughter, and claims that he "wants it to be real Dr. Seuss-y. The Grinch, Green Eggs And Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish - what was going on in that guy's brain to be able to write those things? I think I AM Dr. Seuss! I'm The Grinch, I'm all his characters come to life in rap music."
Death Grips before they "broke up" (more by Wei Shi)
In rap news that is just kind of weird, Death Grips, who are supposedly broken up, released a new instrumental album called Fashion Week that you can download for free. They also announced that their double album, The Powers That B, will actually come out as a physical release on February 10 via Harvest Records.
Now for some upcoming shows. Father, who we mentioned is opening for Theophilus London on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), is also playing his own show on January 22 at Baby's All Right with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. His album, Young Hot Ebony, made Stereogum's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 list, it features iLoveMakonnen and others, and can be streamed below.
Two days earlier than that is the next 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's (1/20) with a lineup of NJ rappers Kazzie, Dougie F., Fetty Wap and KC Bandz. Tickets are on sale now. Dougie F put out the single "Back Up On It" on Mad Decent not long ago. You can watch the video for that, with a Fetty Wap video, below.
For something more classic, Brooklyn vets Smif-n-Wessun are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1995 debut, Dah Shinin', on January 14 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.
One last thing, while Run the Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) was by far the consensus hip hop favorite of 2014 (and many critics' favorite of any genre), with duo Freddie Gibbs & Madlib trailing not far behind, it was the duo of Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier, aka PRyme, who topped HipHopDX's list. As discussed, PRhyme's tour hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
Streams and videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.
The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.
There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).
Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.
Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).
Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.
Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.
To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.
The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
iLoveMakonnen / Cam'ron
FADER Fort returned during CMJ this year and wrapped up on Saturday (10/25) with a lineup surprise-headlined by Mary J. Blige. That day also featured sets from rapper iLoveMakonnen, whose Drake-assisted hit "Tuesday" is basically everywhere (and luckily he wasn't attacked this time), wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver, ambient pop musician Foxes In Fiction, veteran rapper Cam'ron who's been having a pretty good year thanks to his A-Trak collaborations, Will Smith's children Willow and Jaden Smith who played with alt-R&B singer SZA, rapper Sir Michael Rocks and UK singer George Maple.
More pictures from that day below...
by Ian Chainey
Wu-Tang Clan have released a new single from oft-delayed A Better Tomorrow. This one is called "Ron O'Neal" and you can listen to it below. The Wu performed the song yesterday (August 6) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which featured an interview where Raekwon and RZA appeared to be on better terms after a recent spat. The interview appears below. Stewart mentioned that A Better Tomorrow will be out in November, but no formal release date has been announced. The record is currently available for preorder with, as Pitchfork pointed out, the ominous note of, "The long awaited 20th anniversary album by Wu-Tang Clan is in the works and almost ready to ship." Pitchfork caught that in March.
Wu-Tang will be playing shows starting mid-August. They'll stop in to Brooklyn on September 20 at the Barclays Center with Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (more on them in a second), Lil Kim (ditto), The Diplomats (who kinda put out a new single this year with Cam'ron and Juelz Santana appearing on "Dipshits" in March), Currren$y (who just wrapped up a tour as Spitta Andretti), and Dom Kennedy (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Since it made headlines, not much has been said about the Wu's other work, the one-of-a-kind The Wu -- Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. After purposefully letting slip a 51-second snippet to Forbes in May that maybe had Cher on the outro, things have been quiet, beyond RZA saying they received a five million dollar bid. Of course, that presented five million reasons for other groups to take notice. So Bone Thugs-N-Harmony got in on the action, reforming to release literally one last album before hanging it up. Titled E.1999 Legends, the two disc set will consist of one album of pure Bone Thugs, one album of guest spots that, according to Krayzie Bone in an XXL interview, include Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, A$AP Mob, and Kendrick Lamar. (Phil Collins, of course, is referred to as the "sixth Bone" by no one.) The album will be "released" in 2015 and, per Krayzie to HipHopDX, there's already a million dollar bid on the table. Bone Thugs are currently on the road, playing select eastern dates. They have two NYC shows lined up, at S.O.B.'s on August 11 (tickets) and the aforementioned September 20 stop at Barclays Center. Maybe there they'll all have a bid measuring contest. (*sad face* - Christ Bearer) The full list of dates appears below.
Speaking of Lil Kim, she recently dropped two diss tracks aimed at Nicki Minaj after the latter released her "Flawless" remix with Beyonce. You can hear Kim's take on "Flawless" below and "Identity Theft" is available through Twitmusic. Minaj released "Anaconda" this week which references Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." When Mix-A-Lot was interviewed by MTV News, he said of the song's proactive cover, "Wooooh! When I saw the cover, I almost forgot about the song. I looked at that for about an hour." High praise.
Finally, how about something that won't set you back a bajillion bucks? De La Soul will be recording a mixtape with DJ Premier and Pete Rock. De La Soul's Dave told XXL, "The guys have been sending us beats. No real idea of what the theme is gonna be, the theme behind the title, what that's gonna be, if it's gonna be skits, if it's gonna be songs, remakes, whatever it is. Right now we've just been accumulating beats and waiting for Premier to handle some stuff as well. So it's still in its early stages, but we actually plan on recording through the month of September for it, so we're getting on it." Primo and Pete Rock will be battling again at NYC's B.B. King's on September 26. Tickets are available now.
All of the dates along with streams from Wu-Tang and Lil Kim and the Daily Show Wu-Tang interview appear below.
You may know by now that A-Trak and Cam'ron have a collaborative EP coming out this year which has already spawned two bangin' singles, "Humphrey" and "Dipshits." And that they're celebrating in NYC at Terminal 5 on Saturday (5/31) (tickets) with LA-based Friends of Friends producer Salva.
Since we last spoke, it was announced that Salva will be touring with A-Trak surrounding Saturday's T5 show. That tour hits Boston tonight (5/30) and continues through late June. All dates on that tour are listed below.
Meanwhile, A-Trak was recently featured in Sonos and FADER's "At Home with..." series where they "go into the homes of some of our favorite artists for an in-depth look at where they live, listen and make their music." You can watch the video, which was filmed in A-Trak's Williamsburg apartment, below.
Earl Sweatshirt and his LA apartment were also just featured in that same series, and you can watch that one below too.
In more news related to Salva, Groundislava (who, in addition to having all the letters of Salva's name in his own name, is also from LA and on the Friends of Friends label) is releasing a new EP, Feel the Heat, on June 24 via Friends of Friends/Wedidit. You can check out the title track from that EP, which features Rare Times, below.
All Salva dates are listed, with the A-Trak/Earl videos, the "Dipshits" video, and that Groundislava stream, below...
And finally, Joe Budden, whose group Slaughterhouse play Best Buy Theater on 4/26, plays his own show at The Wick later on June 14 with Sonnie Carson and Incomparable Shakespeare. Tickets for that one are available too.
by Andrew Sacher
Hip hop/electronic producer and Fool's Gold co-founder A-Trak recently announced that he's teaming up with veteran rapper Cam'ron for a collaborative EP, Federal Reserve, due out at some point this year. The first taste of that EP that we've gotten is "Humphrey," which sees A-Trak giving Cam an early-Kanye style beat (A-Trak was the DJ for 'Ye's first tour), and Cam'ron sounding more alive than he has in years on it. Take a listen below.
The two have also announced that they'll team up to play NYC's Terminal 5 on May 31 with support coming from Kanye remixer Salva. No word yet on whether or not A-Trak and Cam have other dates together, but the T5 show falls in between a few festival appearances A-Trak is making, including Firefly, Counterpoint and Coachella. All of his dates are listed below.
All currently known dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
It's the new year, and like every year, there's a ton of great hip hop shows coming up in NYC, especially a lot this month (and of course a few announced for the months after that). So while you're trying to stay warm during the coldest winter, here's some of those shows you might want to check out:
As discussed, Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to his stomping grounds of Barclays Center on Sunday (1/12) and Monday (1/13). If you can't make the Brooklyn dates, or just still need more Hov in your life, there's other nearby dates happening at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22). Tickets for those shows are still available.
A bunch of golden-age rappers are joining forces for the Masters of Ceremony show at Radio City Music Hall on January 24 with DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, and Black Sheep. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another long-running NYC rapper, Talib Kweli will play the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's on January 19, and this one also honors the late Nelson Mandela. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Also at SOB's on January 27, producer 9th Wonder will celebrate the release of his label Jamla Records' Jamla is the Squad compilation album. Statik Selektah hosts for the night, and the show will also feature ADD-2, Rapsody and the entire Jamla team -- Actual Proof, HaLo, GQ, Heather V and more -- with special guests. Not sure whose those guests will be, but the album features appearances from Jadakiss, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, and more. Stream a 9th Wonder-produced Rapsody track from the compilation, below. Tickets are on sale now.
Dom Kennedy, who's notably collaborated with Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and others, plays NYC on January 28 at Irving Plaza with Skeme. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another Dom Kennedy collaborator, Nipsey Hussle, plays NYC on January 24 at Highline Ballroom with Erk the Jerk and The Kid Daytona. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Nipsey recently released a new track, "6in Heels," which you can stream below.
Waka Flocka Flame plays NYC on January 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other upcoming hip hop shows happening a bit later in the year include Cam'ron at Stage 48 on 2/20 (tickets), Shaggy at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/25 (tickets), and Slaughterhouse at Best Buy Theater on 4/26 (tickets).
And Kanye West just announced a tour.
These are just a few of the upcoming hip hop shows in NYC. What else?
by Andrew Sacher
Dipset at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Harlem rap crew The Diplomats aka Dipset aka Jim Jones, Cam'ron, and Juelz Santana released their debut album, Diplomatic Immunity, back in 2003 and returned in 2011 to perform it in its entirety in NYC (though despite what was advertised, they didn't actually perform all of it). Now for the album's tenth anniversary, they're celebrating with an In Flex We Trust-presented NYC show on March 25 at BB King's with Funkmaster Flex. It's not clear if they're giving any promises on what they'll be performing this time, but maybe they'll do the whole thing. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
In related news, Juelz Santana just released a mixtape, God Will'n, which you can download at LiveMixTapes and stream in its entirety below. Mind you, we're still waiting for the promised new full length, Born to Lose, Built to Win which was supposed to be out December, 2012 and may or may not see the light of day. Juelz was also recently interviewed by Fuse (video below), where he called a new Diplomats album "possible" and also said a new song is on the way. I wouldn't hold my breath, but it seems more likely than getting a copy of Detox.
Interview video, mixtape stream, and show flyer below...
"The police call it "the Well" -- this block of Knickerbocker Avenue, between Troutman and Jefferson Streets, that has become the most notorious drug bazaar in Brooklyn and one of the toughest in New York City."It's been some time since we heard much about The Wick (260 Meserole St.), the forthcoming Bushwick, Brooklyn music venue located right down the street from The Acheron, and the Wick is still not open, but it is still coming (as you can see on its website).
[NY Times, 1992]
Meanwhile welcome beer hall and event venue The Well, located at 272 Meserole St. (two blocks from the Montrose stop on the L line), which will be The Wick's larger and related neighbor.
Grubstreet posted this in April:
The Well is a "public house" ...with a 4,000-square-foot interior complete with 30-foot ceilings, and an 11,000-square-foot backyard. [Co-Owner Joshua Richholt] and partner Shay Vishawadia will offer 60 beers on tap and another 200 in bottles, with every brewery in New York State represented.The Well's 11,000 square foot private outdoor space, the venue tells us "is designed to serve as a meeting place for the neighborhood, offering public activities, community events, sports and more year round." They go on to say that "talent booker Chris White, the former showcase director of the CMJ Music Marathon, will bring some of the world's best known and most beloved performing artists to THE WELL with a lineup of pop, rock and hip hop artists as diverse and as talented as Brooklyn itself. Reasonably priced tickets offer the casual concert goer the opportunity to sample a few of THE WELL's 300+ beers on offer." Chris White is also, as mentioned back in 2011, booking the smaller venue The Wick which has the same owners (Chris also used to work at Knitting Factory).
Richholt is excited about the space itself, a "huge old brewery circa 1875," with "great German architecture" in the form of intricate brick work and steel girders, "a lot of detail nobody bothers to do anymore because it's so expensive." The building's street was once known as "brewery row" and home to seventeen suds factories; the great part now is that Riccholt expects it to be pretty immune from noise complaints. "It kind of becomes a ghost town at night," he said.
The Well will host its inaugural show, a hip hop one, with Cam'ron (who was recently was a surprise guest at the Drake show in Jones Beach), Flatbush Zombies, Asaad & Reese, and more on Saturday, July 14. Doors are at 4:00pm, Show is at 5:00pm, 18 and over to enter. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets are also on sale Os Mutantes, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, DOM, and Citay on 7/28, the 12th Annual Rumblers NYC Car Show, and Ty Segall & Thee Oh Sees on 9/22. More shows to be announced soon. More Ty Segall & Thee Oh Sees tour dates HERE.
Vado performing with Dipset at Best Buy (more by Brook Bobbins)
Cam'ron protege Vado will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 1st as part of a night of "rising stars of hip hop and R&B" that will also include appearances from Bridget Kelly, Cyhi the Prince, and Leeia Music. Tickets are on sale.
Vado, who recently signed with Interscope, is preparing to release a collaborative LP with Cam'ron entitled Gunz & Butta due on April 19th. Check out the new video for "Girls Cry" below, with a snippet of "Hey Muma" (shot at Don Hill's) directly following.
Cyhi the Prince, who is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, recently made an appearance at SXSW along with the rest of the G.O.O.D. crew (John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Big Sean, and Mr. Hudson). Cyhi the Prince recently dropped a verse on an A-Trak song, "Ray Ban Vision (Remix)", which is streamable below. Reminder, both A-Trak & Pusha T (of Clipse) play Terminal 5 on 4/30. Tickets are still available.
Vado recently performed with Cam'ron's group Dipset at their reunion show in NYC. Look for a new Dipset EP on July 4th entitled Independence Day. Dipset member Jim Jones's new LP Capo is out now. Check out the new and twitter-heavy Jim Jones video for "Everybody Jones" along with a few others below.
photos by Brook Bobbins
The Diplomats, aka Dipset, played their 2nd NYC reunion show on Saturday 3/26. Last time it was at Hammerstein. This time it was at Best Buy Theater in Times Square where the Harlem crew of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zeekey were joined by the MPC monster Araabmuzik, Maino, Vado and Lloyd Banks. Yodon reports that "After killing the stage as a group, they all did their solo sets. Cam'ron brought out Vado, Jim Jones brought out Maino and Juelz Santana brought out Lloyd Banks." Pictures from the show adorn this post. The group was also supposed to play a show one night earlier at Northern Lights in Clifton Park but that one was cancelled due to "contractual issues."
Next up, Kill Cam, the Capo, and Santana, head down to Texas next week for a pair of Dipset dates and then out to the West Coast to wrap up the reunion celebration... and hopefully put the finishing touches on their new Diplomatic Immunity LP soon thereafter. All dates and more pictures and some videos from the NYC show, below...
by Anderew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Feelies - Should Be Gone (MP3)
Real Estate @ Hudson River Rocks in 2010 (more by Natasha Ryan)
As we've mentioned, R. Stevie Moore is hosting and performing at this year's Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase. The full lineup for the festival has been announced and is being headlined on Friday (4/15) by Cam'ron and on Saturday (4/16) by The Feelies. Other performers include A Place To Bury Strangers, Twin Sister, Beach Fossils, Screaming Females, Real Estate, Woods, Talk Normal, O'Death, Bomb the Music Industry! (performing Weezer's Blue Album), and others. The event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.
Culture Shock is one of the few shows The Feelies are playing in support of their new album Here Before which drops April 12 via Bar/None. They also play The Bell House on May 13. Tickets are still on sale. Download the track "Should Be Gone" off the new album above.
Real Estate also has four other shows in the area coming up including April 23 at Colgate University, May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait, May 21 at Maxwell's with Big Troubles, and they will appear at B.O.M.B. Fest at Western Connecticut State University on May 28.
Full CS lineup and a video below...
After rocking a star-studded show to a packed post-Thanksgiving house at Hammerstein, The Diplomats are back at it and will play Best Buy Theater on March 26, two days after they play the Trocadero in Philly. Tickets for the NYC show are currently on AmEx presale and go on regular sale at noon Friday (2/11). The Dipset is currently working on Diplomatic Immunity 3 which, according to the Boston Herald, is tentatively due on July 4th this year.
Meanwhile, the individual Diplomats have kept busy. Jim Jones will release CAPO on April 5th via E1 which will feature appearances from Raekwon (who plays MHoW soon), Snoop Dogg, Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, and others. Check out the director's cut of the first video from the LP, "Blow Your Smoke", available below.
Other recent news about Juelz Santana hasn't been quite as jovial:
[Juelz Santana] was hauled into jail Wednesday for weapons and drug charges following a raid on his New Jersey studio, Santana's World...--
"It's about money. They don't care about the criminals, they want that money. They said, 'We gon' get him, he can get high bail.' Whether the charges stick or not, they gon' get their money," said Juelz, who was released on Thursday after posting $125,000 bail.
A January 20 raid on his studio turned up two loaded handguns, drug paraphernalia and 17 Ziploc bags of "a greenish brown vegetation, consistent with the appearance of Marijuana." The Dipset star has been charged with possession of a firearm and a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a handgun without having a permit, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone after police executed a 10-month-long investigation that led to the raid. (Juelz protégé and Skull Gang MC Hynief was arrested at the time of the bust). Despite the charges, Santana is adamant he wasn't involved in any illegal activity. -[MTV News]
According to Ticketmaster, the NYC show is billed as "The Diplomats Reunion Tour," so stay tuned for more dates. That Jim Jones video and some others are below.
Cam, Jimmy, and Julez of Dipset at Hammerstein (via)
[For] ...the Diplomats -- Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey -- ...this was the reunion show [for a crew]... torn asunder a few years ago by petty animus and financial accusations back and forth, survivors of arrests and family struggles, but now brought back together for another chance at harmony, if not quite world domination.Yes, the New York Times was in attendance when The Diplomats staged their triumphant reunion at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, 11/26, the day after Thanksgiving. In addition to the core quartet of Jones, Santana, Zekey, and Killa Cam, Hammerstein's stage was blessed by the requisite surprise appearances from Dipset crew members Hell Rell, 40 Cal, and JR Writer in addition to an appearance from Black Rob (he of "Whoa" fame, who also appeared at the Duck Down Anniversary). The Dipset crew reportedly covered upwards of 50 songs over the evening (snippet or otherwise).
For the last decade, the Diplomats have been synonymous with Harlem -- even if some of its members have moved elsewhere. In an era in which New York is decreasingly central to hip-hop's landscape, as a group and as solo acts they have been regionalist holdouts, sticking close to the stylistically flamboyant street rap pioneered by Cam'ron and tweaked by the rest.
At almost three hours this rapturously received concert, sponsored by the hip-hop radio station Hot 97 (WQHT-FM), was a tribute to the persistent power of geographic mythology. Every summer Hot 97 hosts the giant Summer Jam concert, in which the Diplomats, local heroes infiltrating what is effectively a national stage, tend to get short shrift. This raucous night was the group's own Summer Jam, full of hits and obscurities and split into five parts: first, an opening group set; then three solo sets, by Jim Jones, then Juelz Santana, then Cam'ron; then everyone reunited to close the show. -[New York Times]
If you missed Juelz at Hammerstein on 11/26, maybe you caught him at Hammerstein.... on 11/25. Santana made a surprise appearance at the Fabolous/Nicki Minaj show alongside another not-so-surprise performer, Kanye West who "played" the Thanksgiving Parade earlier that day and a show with the help pf Nicki at Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier. Santana appeared with Fab for "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" while West again appeared with Minaj for "Monster" from his new album.
Videos from both Hammerstein shows below...
Dipset with Dr. Dre
"The Diplomats, also popularly known as Dipset, are a Harlem-based hip hop group founded by Cam'ron and Jim Jones in 1997. The original members of the group were Cam'ron, Freekey Zekey, and Jim Jones ; who all grew up together in Harlem. Juelz Santana would later be added to the group in 2000." [Wiki]Cam'ron, Juelz, and Jim Jones have killed the noise and reformed The Diplomats who are set to take off on the live stage, November 26th at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC (tickets to the post-Thanksgiving show will cost you $63.50- $73.50).
No word if any of the other Dipset crew will be on board as well (Hell Rell, Un Kasa, Byrd Gang, J.R. Writer, 40 Cal, etc, etc). What is known is that the crew is preparing a new LP (Diplomatic Immunity 3?) and have enlisted Dr Dre for the production (as pictured above). Though no label is currently attached, the LP will reportedly hit next year and Freeky Zeeky recently insinuated that Dipset will sign with Interscope Records in the near future. No other details are known, but if you have questions you can always try and call Jim Jones at (917) 675-3685. Seriously.
More soon, but for now, you can check out an interview with Jim Jones performed in the Dipset practice space, and other videos, below.
DOWNLOAD: - Jim Jones - "Salute" Remix w/ Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, & Vado (MP3)
"Freddie Gibbs hella #underrated" - NiNO_WiLLIAMS
"only in NYC can you see Gotham Green, Black Milk, Freddie Gibbs, DJ Spinna and Tony Touch all rock in the same night." -jessfromcosign
"Jim Jones is at the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk show. I didn't know he liked rap." - itsthereal
Freddie Gibbs at SXSW (photo by Villageslum.com)
Freddie Gibbs is the Str8 Killa (and a straight blunt killa, but more on that in a sec) and he celebrated his new EP with a show featuring the great Black Milk, Gotham Green, Push! Montana, Tony Touch, DJ Spinna and others last night at SOB's. Check out some videos from the event below.
In other Gibbs related news, odds are you won't see the MC at the upcoming Rick Ross / Diddy shindig at Governor's Island:
Complex: Switching topics: One of the hottest rappers right now is Rick Ross. One of your recent tweets read: "Who are you? Rick Ross, Big Meech or Larry Hoover? the rap game is like halloween every day?"Ouchie. He goes on to speak on Diddy, Khaled, and many others in the same interview.
Freddie Gibbs: [Laughs.] That's real, man. That dude makes good records, but I just can't support no bold-faced lying on records. I guess he's entertaining people. It's like a movie, like Scarface. He can have that fake lane. I'll stay in the real lane. We got a non-fiction lane of rap, that's how I'm looking at it now. So you got that fiction lane over there where they're doing all them. I do the non-fiction, the autobiography, the real shit. It's all good.... I mean you can't really trip on him yelling names out. This the same dude that told you he knew Noriega when he first came out, so...
As you can see above, Jim Jones was spotted at the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk shindig. Jones's reunited partner in rhyme (dipset all day, as the kids say) Cam'ron will headline the Funkmaster Flex birthday party next Wednesday (8/11) at BB King's. Look for Killa Cam to perform alongside a team Ja Rule, Capone & Noreaga, Group Home (who just played Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest) and DJ Premier (him too). Tickets are on sale, yuhnahmean? Dig on the remix for "Salute" from Jim Jones's upcoming LP The Capo (9/28 via E1) featuring Juelz Santana, Vado, and Cam'ron above.
Video from the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk show last night, as well as some of Mr. Gibbs and Best Coast (ex-Vivian Girl Ali included) sharing some ganj at the Pitchfork Fest, is below...
Freddie Gibbs @ SXSW (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Roc Nation signee J. Cole's Tuesday (3/30) show at SOB's had a few special appearances (not Jay-Z).
Surprise guests Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek joined Cole on stage for "Just to Get By," but the highlight of the night was when Cole brought out Young Gunz rapper Young Chris. "We don't wear the same chain, but, I gotta give respects to those that came before me, from Beanie to Young Gunz," J. Cole told the audience before bringing out the former Roc-A-Fella artist, who was received with shouts of excitement from the throng of people. [Billboard]Last night (3/31), K'Naan & Wale's show at Irving Plaza featured a surprise appearance by Nas and Damian Marley, who performed their album's first single "As We Enter" (Nas and K'naan did "NY State of Mind" too). Videos are below. Nas & Damian Marley's tour this summer includes a show at Williamsburg Waterfront.
At Highline Ballroom last night (3/31), Freddie Gibbs and others from XXL's Freshman Class performed. Cam'ron wasn't quite a special guest - his appearance as the headliner was announced the day before.
One of the more hyped Freshmen, thanks to his imposing style and intelligent rhyming, Indiana's Freddie Gibbs represents a bit of a stylistic change from the other performers. Everything about him--from his physical appearance to his deep, gritty vocals--commands respect. The turning point in his set came when he took his shirt off and upped his intensity (the crowd went crazy).Doug E. Fresh also made an appearance before Cam'ron's set. A bunch of videos below...
Donnis was probably the biggest surprise of the night. Besides his smooth, succinct Southern delivery, he brought out two surprise guests of note--Brit soul sensation Estelle and the up-and-coming Ryan Leslie. Estelle, with her scintillating vocals, came out for a quick verse on a new Donnis single, while Leslie played the keys for the track "Gone." [Time Out NY]
photos by Chris La Putt
Indie darlings Matt & Kim kicked off the show -- which celebrates the year's best music as determined by MTVu's college-centric audience -- with an energetic performance of their breakout single "Lessons Learned." Later, the duo returned to accept their Best Video Woodie award.Cyndi presented an award with Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester who also recently made an appearance at the Weezer (and Matt & Kim) show on Halloween that was sponsored by RXP aka the Matt Pinfield station. Matt was also at the Woodies as was Diplo who was DJing and David Cross, Zooey Deschanel, Janelle Monae, Dave 1 from Chromeo, and Mary Louise Parker. Matt and Kim didn't get naked like they do in their winning video (their second MTV win for that video), but their backup singers did strip down to their underwear.
"We've had one heck of a year," said Matt Johnson, before counterpart Kim Schifino leapt into the crowd.
Additional performers included veteran alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie, who rocked the audience with its "New Moon" soundtrack single "Meet Me on the Equinox," as well as Passion Pit, the Dead Weather and Clipse, who were joined onstage by fellow rappers Cam'ron and Rick Ross.
Presenter highlights came from Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and pop prankserts 3OH!3. Wentz rolled onto the stage holding a red Solo cup, while 3OH!3 gave a nod to Lady Gaga by dressing in her various VMA outfits. Asher Roth, will.i.am, and surprise guest Cyndi Lauper also presented awards. [Billboard]
The Dead Weather also played a show one day before the Woodies in Brooklyn. The Woodies air December 4th at 10pm. More pictures from the event (11/18 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC), below...
Earlier this week 50 Cent called off his Aug. 30 performance at the "40 Day" aka "Family Day" event in Queens, N.Y., after community members and law enforcement officials voiced fear over a possible shootout.50 Cent may not be playing the Queens event, but he is playing the Beach on Governors Island on October 3rd. Tickets go on 'Internet Presale' today (Friday) at noon, and general sale on Saturday at the same time.
However, a new, more peace-inspired rumor has surfaced on the street: If 50 had, in fact, taken the stage at the G-Unit-helmed neighborhood party, he hoped to have Cam'ron join him. This seemed like an unlikely move from 50 Cent's camp considering the war of words that the G-Unit and Dipset members exchanged a few years ago. But before this story had time to gather too many legs, Killa Cam confirmed to MTV in a video interview that he had no plans of making the trip to Queens, where his beef with 50 first began.
"Nah, I'm not going to no show in Queens," Cam'ron said. "I don't know how true it is ... a few of my people -- associates -- said [some of 50's associates] was trying to reach out. But, I ain't going to no concert in Queens. Come up to Harlem Week. We could sit down and have the roundtable meeting if you really wanna be serious. Or meet anywhere ... we can meet in Benihana's if you wanna be serious. It don't matter. I'm not squashing a problem we had in Queens at your event." [The Boombox]
More importantly, if you haven't seen it already, check out the video of Mike Bloomberg discussing the "50 Cents" situation (and other related videos) below...
by Black Bubblegum
Yellow diamonds in Cam'ron's ears, call them lemonheads
Jadakiss (of D-Block) has replaced Killa Cam on the Sneaker Pimps bill, and has one other show scheduled for July 12th in Minneapolis at Epic WITH Cam'ron. Jadakiss recently released the long-delayed LP The Last Kiss as well as JUST released the new D-Block LP No Security. In addition, his cohort in D-Block, Sheek Louch, recently confirmed a new LOX album by the end of this year.
Cam'ron's Crime Pays is out now. Check out a video from "I Hate My Job" by Cam'ron and D-Block's "Get My Paper" below.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: The Cool Kids - Gone Fishing Mixtape (ZIPPED MP3s, Megaupload link)
For those heads in search of those elusive Japan-only Dunks in the green-and-purple checked colorway, prick up your ears, this is a show for you.
Sneaker Pimps is the worlds largest touring sneaker hip-hop lifestyle exhibition featuring over 1500 pairs of rare, limited edition, vintage, celebrity signed, artists collaborated sneakers and a collection of sneaker inspired artwork, fashion and photography. The tour also features live street art installations, live skateboarding demonstrations, street basketball competitions and live hip-hop and rock performances by some of the world's foremost recording artists.The Sneaker Pimps exhibition will hit eight cities over the next few weeks, the first of which is NYC at Terminal 5 on June 26th. Tickets are on sale .
This has has nothing to do with the trip hop band from the 90s, so why are we reporting on a shoe exhibition? The show will also include a band of hip hop noteables including Big Boi of Outkast (with Sleepy Brown?), Clipse, The Cool Kids, Wale,
and the only man cool enough to get away with a pink Range Rover, (Killa!) Cam'ron!
UPDATE: Cam'ron is no longer on the NYC bill, but Ninjasonik, Team Facelift, and "CO HEADLINER TBA" are.
Cam'ron's new album, Crime Pays, is out now. Check out a fascinating interview with Killa Cam where he reveals his status with the Dipset, his thoughts on hip hop beef, and much more. Check that out here.
Big Boi's looooong awaited solo project Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, will be released "soon" now that a label dispute with Jive Records has been resolved.
The Cool Kids released their new mixtape, Gone Fishing, a few weeks ago. Get that above. The pair will ALSO be semi-in-the-neighborhood this weekend, as they are slated to appear at the B.O.M.B. Fest in Waterford, CT on June 13th. They are also scheduled to be part of NXNE.
DC's own Wale is about to hit the road, but recently dropped the video for "Chillin" featuring Lady Gaga... who will be touring with Kanye West soon. Check that out below...