Entries tagged with: Common
by Black Bubblegum
Nas @ Rock The Bells 2008 in Jones Beach (more by villageslum.com)
OK, so it's not as much a big bang as last year (A Tribe Called Quest reunion) or the one before (Rage Against The Machine reunion), but Rock The Bells 2009 does have some interesting artists on the lineup. Besides a welcome reunion (Reflection Eternal) (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), one suspect one (House of Pain) and some great repeat offenders (Nas, RZA, Raekwon, MOP, Sage Francis, Slum Village), this year's Rock The Bells also boasts an Outkast (Big Boi), a windy city fave (Common), and a true sicko (Necro). The full lineup is:
words & photos by Faith-Ann Young
True - it was the worst kept secret and the most corporate plumping event of all of SXSW (if Kayne would have worn grillz sporting the The Levi's® logo, it would have completed his Levi's® outfit) - but that doesn't mean Saturday night's show at the Fader Fort wasn't one of the best (3/21). Kayne West acted like a grand circus ringmaster - introducing his whole G.O.O.D. record label crew including Consequence, GLC, and his prized diamond rapper all-star Kid Cudi. Then, just when you got sick of Kayne's world, in came fellow Chi-towner Common sweating out "Universal Mind Control." And then, like Mary Poppins on uppers, Kayne smiled and pulled out yet another prized gem from backstage: the gorgeous divine Erykah Badu (who is a Texas native and was wearing full-sequined silver pants- the combination of which got a hot scream from the crowd). To close out, like a big, super-talented brat pack, the entire G.O.O.D. crew came back on stage and danced around to songs from West's 808s. Whether you love him or hate him, Kayne sure knows how to party (or promote).
More pictures and the entire setlist below...
Melpo Mene @ Mercury Lounge (more by Faith Ann Young)
today in NYC
* Murphy's Law @ Trash
* NY Eye and Ear Festival
* Melpo Mene @ Cake Shop
* DJ Bob Mould @ Highline
* Ghostland Observatory @ Terminal 5
* Rhett Miller & Mia Riddle @ Maxwell's
* Hull, Ancient Sky & Apeshit @ Union Pool
* The Spinto Band & Oxford Collapse @ Maxwell's
* The Virgins & Lissy Trullie @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Butthole Surfers & Black Dice @ Warsaw
* Will Sheff & Charles Bissell @ Sound Fix Records
* Ramesh (of Voxtrot) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Nat Baldwin, Zs & Skeletons @ Less Artists More Condos
* Bon Iver & The Tallest Man On Earth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid @ (le) poisson rouge
* Takka Takka, Loney Dear, Melpo Mene & Alina Simone @ The Bell House
* Team Robespierre, LiveFastDie, Terrible Twos & Tournament @ Cake Shop
* Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Atarah Valentine & Lingering Doubt @ Santos
* The Mae Shi, Screaming Females, Hearts of Darknesses @ Silent Barn
* Antipop Consortium, The Bomb Squad, Dragons of Zynth, Chin Chin @ Knit
Ike Turner died today in 2007.
Common performed "Universal Mind Control" on Kimmel last night. Video below...
Common @ ACL 2007
I saw N.E.R.D. when they played SXSW in Austin this year. They definitely put on a good show. N.E.R.D. is also playing Austin again in September - at the ACL festtival. Common played ACL last year. I took some pictures at this one, but never posted them. Common is also good live. All tour dates and some more of those ACL2007 pictures below....
by Black Bubblegum
"People think I'm in the independent category by choice."
Brother Ali is a minority, but not in the ways you might expect. First, he's a white rapper in a genre filled with mostly black artists. Second, Brother Ali is an albino.Brother Ali came up in the same midwest hip hop scene that birthed fellow indie b-boy and Rhymesayers co-owner Slug, making a name for himself through his self-produced and self-released debut Rites Of Passage. On the strength of Rites, Ali signed to Rhymesayers and dropped Shadows On The Sun, followed by the Champion EP and ultimately The Undisputed Truth in 2007. He's not strictly a "booth" rhymer either. He battled and triumphed over freestyle champ and Rhymesayers MC Eyedea at Scribble 2000, and he has logged more than 500 shows on four continents.
Ali, who was born Jason Newman, converted to Islam when he was 15. He says that he felt like an outsider among white people, and has never identified with the word "white."
"I was taken in, early on, by black folks," he says. "Those are the people who taught me the things that I needed to know to survive being who and what I am." [NPR]
Brother Ali will be back in NYC to play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday, August 1st (8 pm) with notorious DJ Crew The Rub (7 pm). We cornered Ali for a moment before that show as he dropped two pennies on working with Rhymesayers go-to guy Ant, the follow-up to The Undisputed Truth, and why he thinks 50 Cent is ill.
BrooklynVegan: Ant has produced each of your last few records. Is there something about Ant's production that you feel complements your own style/flow? Are there any plans on working with any other producers and if so, who?
Brother Ali: Ant and I have been working together for several years and he's one of my closest friends. Not only do I love his beats but we share a similar outlook on music and life. He's a true producer in the sense that he sees elements of the people he works with as human beings and creates musical beds that allow those things to come out in the work. He has an ability to read people and help them present themselves in a really raw and personal way. There are other producers that I like and respect but I just can't believe that I could have the same creative chemistry with someone I don't really know.
interview continued below...
* Todd Barry on Conan
* last Invite Them Up EVER
* Henry Rollins is speaking at Warsaw
* Big Head Todd & The Monsters is playing Bowery Ballroom
* Liam Finn is playing w/ Pela & Apollo Sunshine @ Music Hall
* The Acorn is playing w/ Bowerbirds & Phosphorescent @ Union Hall
* Marc Ribot, Sean Lennon & Yuka Honda are playing Knitting Factory
Human Giant (who recently cancelled some shows) released a new video from their upcoming season 2 on MTV. That's below. What else?
...or so says the press release....
DOWNLOAD: Bright Eyes - Coat Check Dream Song (Live) (MP3)
The last release date in November means slim pickings for music fans. This is not truly a bad thing, because as the number of worthwhile music releases dwindles, music bloggers and journalists have time to work on and post their "best of 2007" lists.
The other disc I can recommend is also a compilation, Causes I. The disc's proceeds benefit relief efforts in Darfur, and artists who submitted exclusive tracks include Bright Eyes, Spoon, Animal Collective and many more.
Are you picking up any new releases this week? Have I left any noteworthy albums off the list below?
I already posted some of these dates, but that was when they were just Common shows. A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip has a new album coming out in early 2008 - it's called The Renaissance. He's also a character in the video game NBA 2K8, and is on the soundtrack. All tour dates below...
Mos Def, Common & Talib Kweli @ Nokia Theatre, NYC - Aug 26, 2007 (CRED)
Hey NYU, you have a lot of catching up to do. The five colleges who most demand Talib to play a show at their school, win that show (I hope after that the show is free at least - doesn't say, so I assume not). California is currently kicking butt.
Quirky producer Copperpot will release his new WYLA? album on August 7th. Check out the first single above, and stream Common - "The People" (prod. by Kanye West). Not sure about the cover he picked for the new album though.
Common @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC - June 8, 2007 (CRED)
- 50 Cent's album is delayed and may never come out.
- Speaking of delayed albums, Saigon speaks his mind on Atlantic Records, album delays and his mentor Just Blaze.
- Speaking of mentors, Lupe Fiasco’s mentor and business partner was sentenced to 44 years in jail for some drug offenses.
- Speaking of drug offenses, read this unearthed and hilarious NORE interview.
- Speaking of interviews go read this one with Zilla Rocca of Clean Guns
- Check out AC's review of the EL-P Filmore show.
- Check out the tracklist for T.I.'s upcoming album.
- Hip Hop pioneer Marley Marl suffered a heart attack June 5, but is ok.
- A review of the June 5th Method Man & Gza show at Webster Hall HERE.