Entries tagged with: Despot
Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels project have shared more details about their forthcoming RTJ2 LP (due 10/28 via Mass Appeal), including the album artwork, tracklist, and more confirmed guest appearances. In addition to the previously announced appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Travis Barker (blink-182), the LP will feature Boots (who produced a lot of Beyonce's last album) and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They also mentioned there will be an RTJ2 remix album in 2015 on Fool's Gold.
RTJ also announced a tour with Ratking (who play the NYU Mystery Concert this week) and Despot which includes a NYC show happening on November 29 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the artwork, tracklist and a stream from the LP, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Amazing show tonight, @devhynes!" - @DitaVonTeese
Blood Orange (w/ Samantha Urbani) @ Webster Hall 2/6/2014
While last night's Wester Hall show (2/6) wasn't as (indie) star-studded as the Cupid Deluxe record release show at 285 Kent back in December, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes has more than enough charisma to hold his own. This was Dev's first big, proper show since the release of his acclaimed second Blood Orange album and, while David Longstreth didn't make an appearance, Caroline Polachek of Chailift was on hand for night opener "Chamkay" and Queens rapper Despot joined later for his verse on "Clipped On."
Friends singer (and Hynes' girlfriend) Samantha Urbani, who is on much of the record, is basically a member of Blood Orange at this point and spent most of the evening on stage providing vocal support (there were back-up singers too, part of his very able band). UNO R&B singer (and frequent Mykki Blanco/Le1f collaborator) Ian Isiah opened the show. Pictures of both artists are in this post, as is Blood Orange's setlist.
Blood Orange are heading to the UK for a few dates. No word on an actual North American tour, but Dev and the band will be at Coachella in April. All dates are listed, along with more pics from Webster Hall, below...
Blood Orange has his NYC record release show tonight (11/15) at 285 Kent for his new album Cupid Deluxe, which pretty much sold out instantly. Apart from that he was playing with a full band that included Friends' Samantha Urbani, other details on the show were scant, with promises of "special guests" and little else. But Dev Hynes just revealed the full plan for tonight's show on Facebook:
At tonight's record release show @ 285 Kent, I will be performing CUPID DELUXE with a live band feat. Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth & Despot. Le1f will be opening up at 10:30 and then I perform at 11:30. See you there.Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth, and Despot are among those who make guest appearances on Cupid Deluxe. Doors are at 9 PM for tonight's show. Dev just released a video for Cupid Deluxe's closing track "Time Will Tell," which was recorded live (and riffs on "Is What it Is" which is also on the album). You can watch that below.
by Bill Pearis
Dev Hynes will release Cupid Deluxe, his second album as Blood Orange, on November 19. Having spent the last couple years writing well-liked songs for other people (Sky Ferreira, Solange), Dev has upped his game for the new record which features 10 slinky/sulty dance jams with guest appearances from David Longstreth, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Clams Casino, Despot, and more. The whole record is streaming now via iTunes. (Those outside the U.S. can stream it here.) You can also watch the video for single "You're Not Good Enough" (featuring Urbani) below.
Blood Orange, who just played Pitchfork Paris over the weekend, doesn't have a full tour lined up just yet, but he will be playing a record release show at 285 Kent on November 15. While he's done shows in solo-with-laptop mode, this incarnation of Blood Orange is Dev with four-piece band, plus Urbani on vocals as well. Tickets for that NYC show are on sale now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Run the Jewels
Killer Mike and El-P wrapped up their Run the Jewels tour in NYC earlier this week with a Webster Hall show (8/14) that also included sets from Kool AD, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot. We already posted a set of pictures from that show, and we've got another set in this post.
More pictures below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
El-P & Killer Mike / Despot aerobics @ Webster Hall, 8/14/2013
Performing their free album in just about its entirety, taking one break in the middle to perform 2012's "Tougher Colder Killer" with Despot, it stands a strong argument for how great the album's sequencing is--it translated perfectly to a live setting. While after five weeks there were a few signs of wear-and-tear in the sound of Mike and El's voices by the end of the night, this fatigue at no point showed in their energy and effort on-stage. Their set also had the added bonus of surprise guests in the form of Company Flow DJ Mr. Len contributing cuts to "Get It" and Prince Paul reprising his Chest Rockwell character for "Twin Hype Back."Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P) wrapped up their tour last night (8/14) at Webster Hall. It was a packed house, even for the openers, and in addition to performing their free Run the Jewels album (which featured an appearance by Prince Paul as "Chest Rockwell," El-P and Killer Mike both performed solo sets. The night also featured Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot (who brought out the whole tour posse for aerobics), and former Das Racist MC, Kool A.D. Pictures from the whole hip hop show are in this post.
El-P's been performing in New York for about two decades now. He loves this city, and by now knows exactly how to get it to love him back. He's also known how to evolve his own live set over the years and assemble a line-up that, despite the complexities of the music itself, performs at such a high rate that it's perhaps even more accessible than its recorded output. As a result, Webster Hall collectively lost itself while being whipped into an absolute frenzy. In nine years of attending New York hip-hop shows on a regular basis, crowds like last night's are rare. But perhaps, that's because so are the performers. - [Village Voice]
Run the Jewels, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, have their own flavor of Goose Island beer. I don't think that particular flavor was available at the show last night, but free Goose Island was flowing in the balcony where BrooklynVegan was co-hosting a party with DoNYC, El-P and Mike in honor of the collaboration. Related note: today was kind of rough.
If you missed the Webster Hall show (or can't remember it), Mr. MFN eXquire will be at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.
In related news, an interviewer asked El-P and Killer Mike what they thought of the infamous new Kendrick Lamar verse, and naturally their response was great. Watch/listen to what they said with the rest of the Webster Hall pictures below...
Killer Mike at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Killer Mike and collaborator El-P have teamed up as the duo Run the Jewels, the name under which they released a free album back in June. That duo are also on a tour this year that hits NYC on Wednesday (8/14) at Webster Hall with Despot and Kool AD. Since we last spoke, Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (who has opened for them before) has been added to the show as well. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. You can enter our contest on Facebook for a chance to win.
Exquire also plays NYC even sooner when he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 17 with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes, and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.
Updated dates are listed, along with a download widget for the Run the Jewels album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Run the Jewels - "Get It" (MP3)
El-P in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Killer Mike and El-P, who previously teamed up with El-P produced Killer Mike's 2012 album R.A.P. Music and when Mike rapped a verse on El-P's Cancer for Cure, are teaming up again this year under the name Run the Jewels. The duo will release a "free album and limited edition items" this June via Fool's Gold. The first song from the album, "Get It," should appeal to anyone who liked "Butane (Champions Anthem)" or "Tougher Colder Killer", and the way they're quickly trading verses here sounds like they're having even more fun than before. You can download that one above or stream it below.
Killer Mike is currently on tour with Big Boi (and he just brought out El-P at their Brooklyn Bowl show), but when that tour ends, Run the Jewels will go on their own tour. Support on that tour comes from El-P and Killer Mike's past tourmate Despot and ex-Das Racist member Kool AD. It culminates in NYC with a show on August 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
El-P at Mohawk in Austin, June 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Well aren't we so special! El-P is currently touring Europe with Despot but so far only has two shows back in the US of A. In addition to the previously discussed appearance at MoogFest, look for El-P to set sail on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 10/19 as part of CMJ. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon or you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you're getting one of those.
So far no word on that new El-P video that was just shot/crowdsourced, but until then check out his "The Full Retard" video and all listed tour dates below.
El-P in Austin in June (more by Tim Griffin)
El-P, who put out the excellent Cancer 4 Cure album earlier this year is filming a new video for one of the tracks off that album, "Stay Down." The video will be produced by Pitchfork.tv and will be filmed this Friday (9/7) in NYC and El-P wants 50 fans in the area to be in it. He initially wanted all females, but has since changed his mind and will accept guys as well. If you want to be one of those 50 fans, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
El-P and Despot also recently teamed up to freestyle for an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector." You can watch the video of that below.
In related news, in addition to El-P's own album this year, you may remember that he also produced Killer Mike's also excellent R.A.P. Music. Though as he admitted in a recent interview with Fuse, the collaboration almost didn't happen:
"We hooked up through a mutual friend at Adult Swim," El-P says of meeting Killer Mike. "I went down to Atlanta and we just hit it off. It was instantaneous. We were immediately friends, we were immediately having fun and we were immediately making what we thought was exciting music. And they stepped to me and said, 'Yo, do the whole record,' and I was like, 'No.'"Late last month, Killer Mike dropped a video for "Untitled" from that album, which you can watch below. He'll be back in NYC when his tour with GZA (performing Liquid Swords), Sweet Valley, and Bear Hands hits Irving Plaza on October 18 during CMJ.
"Over a period of a couple months they just wore me down. I couldn't front on it. I was trying to do my record so I was like, 'I can't put the time in,' but we just had so much fun. [I realized] we gotta do it."
Videos are below.
photos by Tim Griffin
El-P @ Mohawk - 6/23/2012
El-P is currently on tour with Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot supporting both El-P's new album, Cancer 4 Cure, and Killer Mike's (which El-P produced), R.A.P. Music. They're over in California right now, and while there, El-P stopped by Conan to perform with Zola Jesus last night (6/27). They played "Works Every Time" off El-P's new album. You can watch a video of that performance below.
As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
The tour hit Austin last week for a show at Mohawk on June 23. You can check out more pictures from that show below, along with the Conan video and contest details...
Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned in What's going on? last night, Prodigy's upcoming "Queens Day" show at Irving Plaza, which was supposed to happen next week (6/19) has been cancelled. Though he did play a private Rock the Bells kickoff show at Santos Party House last night (6/13) with (according to the flyer) Ghostface Killah, DMX, Jadakiss, and Hit Squad
Q-Tip's "Offline" party (a DJ gig), also scheduled at Irving Plaza, is still set to happen this Friday (6/15) at the Manhattan venue.
Ghostface Killah's other upcoming shows include the free Prospect Park show on 6/23, a Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom (8/8) (tickets on sale 6/15), and Rock the Bells with Wu-Block. The Highline show is only with Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but for Rock the Bells, the whole crew will be there (Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P).
Ghostface and Raekwon play a free show together, and much sooner, in Toronto as part of NXNE on Sunday (6/17). Action Bronson, who plays a free show in Red Hook Park (6/19), will be at the Toronto fest too. The entire music portion of NXNE kicked off yesterday (6/13) and runs through the weekend.
Killer Mike will be at NXNE too, and his tour with El-P, Despot, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire kicks off on Tuesday (6/19) in Atlanta. It hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Ticketsplayed SOB's with Spaceghostpurrp in celebration of Purrp's new album, Mysterious Phonk. Purrp's also got a couple Shortcuts parties under his belt. Speaking of, one of those (sans Purrp) goes down at Santos TONIGHT (6/14) with Fat Tony and Fat Trel (tickets).
While NXNE is going on in Toronto, Brooklyn will be getting its own multi-venue music festival with Northside Festival, which also happens this weekend.
As mentioned, Kool Keith plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/14) with Lushlife. Lushlife recently dropped a remix of "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" with Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, and KDz Kenny Dennis. You can stream that below Tickets are still available for the Brooklyn Bowl show and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details are below.
As usual, Questlove will DJ the Brooklyn venue after that show (tickets).
Kool Keith also plays as part of Ultramagnetic MCs at a Northside show at MHOW on Sunday (6/17) with Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are still available. Phony PPL also play SOB's on July 24 with Blackbear. Tickets for that show are on sale.
GZA & Grupo Fantasma @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
And speaking of hip hop Northside shows at MHOW, GZA (backed by Grupo Fantasmo like he was a Bonnaroo) plays two (early and late) shows at the venue TONIGHT (6/14). Both are sold out, but you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Aside from Kid Sister at Sugarland on Saturday (6/16), not much more hip hop is happening at Northside, but there are other good hip hop shows tonight and this weekend.
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
plays the previously discussed show at the Apollo Theater TONIGHT (6/14) as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets for that show are still available FOR THE SHOW THAT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 28th.
Blue Note Jazz Fest also gives us a free Central Park Summerstage show on Sunday (6/17) with Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Black Thought + Rahzel), and DJ Questlove.
Hip hop producer RJD2 DJs a party for the ongoing 'One Step Beyond' series at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday (6/15) with Cosmo Baker, Import/Export, and visuals by Glowing Pictures with special guest Shantell Martin. Tickets for that are available.
You can also catch Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly on the Hostile Takeover Tour which takes over the NYC area on Saturday (6/16) at Starland Ballroom in NJ (tickets) and Sunday (6/17) at HIghline Ballroom (tickets). Be careful during Machine Gun Kelly's set though; TMZ reports that he was just sued $15,000 for slicing open a bouncer's finger. Ouch.
Apple Stores are hosting hip hop in-stores all month.
In other hip hop news, you can stream Black Milk's Live at Third Man Records in its entirety and J-Dilla's posthumous Rebirth of Detroit in its entirety below, along with other song streams and contest details for tonight's Kool Keith show.
photos by Julie Schabel
"SOBs a zoo. When does the @despotroast rap? Im too sleepy from Bonnaroo and Fat Tony last night. After the Zomby before the Purrp." - Himanshu
Spaceghostpurrp at SOB's - 6/12/12
...There exists a stigma against new performers of all ages and stripes, the question of, "Well, can this impressive act pull his schtick off live?" As of now, SGP cannot. Though his wall of compatriots meant to signify power, the most it did was subtly acknowledge Purrp's shortcomings.Spaceghostpurrp celebrated the release of his 4AD debut, Mysterious Phonk, with a performance at SOB's on Tuesday (6/12) with Vinny Chase and Despot. Did you go? Was Spaceghostpurrp's instrumentals coming out of industrial-strength speakers enough for you? More pictures from the evening are below, along with a live video from the show. And if you haven't heard Mysterious Phonk, you can stream that below as well.
However, SpaceGhostPurrp has never been a lyrics-first guy. He traffics in fight chants and nothing more, lyrics that present themselves once and get out of the way for the beats to do the legwork. His cavernous instrumentals sounded great coming out of industrial-strength speakers, and for some, that is enough. [Non Stop Sound]
Maybe you saw Spaceghostpurrp last moth at the Shortcuts party at Santos? That party happens again TONIGHT with Fat Tony, Fat Trel and more. Tickets are still available and the flyer for the show is below.
More pictures and video from the SOB's show are below, as well as the flyer for tonight's Shortcuts party and the Mysterious Phonk album stream.
SpaceGhostPurrp at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Miami rapper SpaceGhostPurrp is releasing his debut commercial album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, on June 12 via 4AD. He'll celebrate the album with a release party in NYC on the day it comes out, June 12 at SOB's with Vinnie Chase and Despot. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flier for the show is below.
The SOB's show is a one-off for Purrp before he heads out later this summer on a tour which includes dates with Trash Talk, who are continuing to involve themselves in the rap scene. All currently known dates are listed below, along with some videos from Purrp's recent Santos show...
El-P at Santos (via kristinsayz)
Last night, before a tightly-packed Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan, El-P showcased his new work in its entirety, front to back...As hypothesized and then confirmed, El-P was joined by a cavalcade of guests during his Cancer 4 Cure release party at Santos on Monday night (5/21). Check out some videos of El-Producto from Santos that night below.
Opening with the rave-like "Request Denied" and blazing the stage with bangers "The Full Retard" and "Drones Over Bklyn," El-P worked the crowd into a frenzy with relative ease. He was joined by many guests including show opener/Def Jux refugee Despot and new best bud Killer Mike on "Tougher Colder Killer," Das Racist's Himanshu on "True Story," Nick Diamonds of Islands on "Stay Down," and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire on "Oh Hail No." The one bummer of the night was Danny Brown was apparently not able to make it out for his verse. However, Action Bronson did appear on stage at one point. He didn't get on the mic, but he did smoke two gigantic joints on the side of the stage which was a spectacle in and of itself. -[Death & Taxes]
Next up, a US tour for El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Despot. Initially, no NYC date was scheduled for that tour, but they've since added one happening on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on presale Thursday (5/24) at 10AM and regular sale starts Friday (5/25) at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, you can catch Killer Mike again this Thursday (5/24) at Brooklyn Bowl.
Videos of El-P, his special guests, and a swaying Santos Party House, along with a list of all dates below...
As you can see above, El-P's special guests for his upcoming show at Santos on May 21 will include none other than Killer Mike! The Atlanta MC, who also plays a free show at Brooklyn Bowl with DIIV three days later, will join Jaime Meline for his Cancer for Cure release party along with Despot and more special guests. That makes Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire the only artist that isnt officially on the Santos show from the upcoming tour with El-P and Killer Mike. No word on if he'll show up as well, but considering his proximity... it's definitely possible. Tickets are still available. UPDATE: special guests confirmed:
In other El-P news, he recently released another new trailer Cancer for Cure. But no need to wait because you can also now stream the LP in full. El-P recently performed "Stay Down" with Nick Diamonds on David Letterman (on 5/15), check that out along with the trailer below.
Killer Mike just released his recently BNM'd LP in R.A.P. Music. Make sure and catch him on said tour with El-Producto -- a list of all dates is below. While you're down there, make sure and stream a new track from Killer Mike and watch him talk about weed with his mother. No shit.
El-P (right) on stage with Company Flow at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
El-P's Cancer for Cure is inching towards release (due on May 22nd via Fat Possum) and though the record leaked yesterday, the Brooklyn MC is trying not to sweat it. At least Jaime Meline has some good news to report today, in that he will hit the road for a string of dates this summer, preceeded by an NYC show at Santos on May 21st, his record release party. Tickets are on sale, and the show will also feature appearances from Despot and, I am guessing, a few surprise guests. The other dates are listed below.
In related news, El-P and Killer Mike have teamed up for R.A.P. Music due on May 15 via Williams Street Records (Adult Swim's label). El-P handles the prduction on the release, as well as makes an appearance on the ninth track "Butane (Champion's Anthem)". Check out one of those tracks, "Big Beast" featuring Bun B, Trouble & T.I. below.
In other news, the new single "Tougher Colder Killer" from Cancer 4 Cure has been released and features Killer Mike and Despot. Check that out below, alongside streaming audio of two other El-P tracks "The Full Retard" and "Drones over Brooklyn", and all tour dates.
photos by Julie Schabel
Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Heems & Despot @ Santos Party House
Danny Brown, who was just added to the Pitchfork Festival, was joined by guests Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Heems of Das Racist, Despot, Fools Gold DJ Nick Catchdubs, openers World's Fair, Young Zee, guest Rah Digga & more at his sold out headlining show at Santos Party House on Thursday (3/22). Here are some pictures (and a few cell phone videos). More below...
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Action Bronson at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Action Bronson shared a bill at Southpaw last night (2/9) with support from Soul Kahn and Kyle Rapps, and included special guest Illustrate. They were joined on stage by El-P, Despot, and Kool AD & Heems of Das Racist, who are all featured on eXquire's "Huzzah" remix (where was Danny Brown?!). Action Bronson has a show tonight in Austin, where he will return in March for SXSW.
Last night's show was one of the last at Southpaw, which is closing this month. Their website lists shows happening through February 19, including M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and I Jah Bones TONIGHT (2/10). Tickets for tonight' show are available. There's also a huge show presented by iHeart Dilla taking place on February 15, billed as "One Song: A Forever Fresh Farewell to Southpaw," with Nitty Scott, Illustrate (who was a guest at last night's show), Warren Britt, Jesse Abraham, Top $ Raz, MC Eleven, Tanya Morgan, and many others. The flier for this show with all the performers listed is below.
photos by Ryan Muir
The last official date for the Relax tour [was] Wednesday's sold out date at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but that's just a bugged-out coda for me.That message by Das Racist was actually written the day before Wednesday's show (11/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg last with Despot and Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire. The show ended a tour with Despot that began at Bowery Ballroom with the same lineup. Pictures from the homecoming gig are in this post.
I'm writing this in my apartment in Brooklyn while watching a live stream of Zucotti Park/Occupy Wall Street. The window is getting increasingly dominated by cops wearing riot helmets. The whole Occupy movement started less than ten days before the beginning of the tour, and other than a few run-ins (mostly accidentally) in other cities, I've barely acquainted myself with the movement, and now it looks like I won't get the chance. Not so sure what else to say about that right now other than the people running shit, and cops, suck.
It's been a weird six weeks, my knees are completely shot, my voice is shot, I feel we might have disappointed as many fans as we've entertained and I didn't make very much paper at all. We're working on a few tricks for our Europe tour coming up in a few short weeks and then I think it's time for us to start working on some awesome and new shit, collectively and independently, for 2012. Before we kill ourselves (or the world ends, anyway).
Catch Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire again at Glasslands on 12/6 with G-Side and Cities Aviv. Tickets are still available for the BrooklynVegan presentation. In the meantime, check out a new Exquire video for "Lou Ferigno's Mad" alongside pictures from Music Hall, below...
DOWNLOAD: Lushlife - "Back On My Slang" [Feat. Quest] (MP3)
a misleading sign @ Bowery Ballroom last night (photo by ladyyvonne)
Das Racist recently hosted a party at Santos with ASAP Rocky and Spaceghostpurrp. The party was a few days before their record release show for 'Relax' at Bowery Ballroom with Despot last night (9/12).
Danny Brown, who appears on the album and was initially scheduled to play the Bowery show, cancelled at the last minute and was replaced with Mr Muthafuckin eXquire who just released a free album via Mishka (the label) which you can download at bandcamp. Complex also recently filmed a video of Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire at Mishka (the store) in Brooklyn. You can watch that below.
Das Racist also just dropped an uncensored video today for "Michael Jackson" which you can watch, along with some videos from the Santos show below. Listen to "Relax" on Spotify if you have it.
Missed the Bowery show and can't wait for the end-of-tour Brooklyn show to see Das Racist again. Well, you can see them at S.O.B.'s on Thursday (9/15) for the "Hot97 Who's Next Back 2 School Drinkfest Prep", THOUGH NOTE: we have no idea what Das Racist are doing at this event - performing, DJing, just standing there, hosting, who knows.... But the fest includes an album listening session for Relax, beer pong and flip cup tournaments, and performances by Maffew Ragazino Kassa Overall. Tickets are on sale now. The flier is below. Tickets for the 11/16 MHOW show go on sale Friday (9/16) at noon.
In related news, Philadelphia rapper Lushlife is working on a new mixtape which will be out this October. The tape features Heems (of Das Racist), Andrew Cedermark, Dice Raw, Cities Aviv, STS, Jabee, Sun Glitters, and others. You can grab the track, "Back On My Slang" above.
Video, flier, and updated dates below...
Das Racist at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Das Racist are touring with Despot and Danny Brown in support of their upcoming LP Relax. The tour kicks off with an album release party in NYC on Monday (9/12) at Bowery Ballroom. That show has sold out but Das Racist have added another NYC show at the end of their tour on November 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No openers have been announced for this show yet. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/16) at noon.
Updated dates and their new crazy video for "Michael Jackson" (released today) below...
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
"Shortcuts" is a new party being thrown by Heems of Das Racist, Dean Bein of True Panther Sounds, and Despot at Santos Party House. The first edition goes down on September 8 with Spaceghostpurrp, ASAP Rocky, Das Racist (DJ), and Venus X & $hayne (Ghe20 G0th1k). Tickets are on sale now and the flier is below.
LA Weekly recently spoke to 19 year old Miami rapper/producer Spaceghostpurrp, who plays the Shortcuts party. He talked about how he's friends with Kreayshawn, Syd tha Kyd playing his song "Suck a Dick" at a show, and how people need to stop comparing him to Tyler, the Creator and Lil B (even though he fucks with the Based movement). You can listen to the track "Suck a Dick" below.
In related news, Mishka, the store/label who put out material by Das Racist, Stalley, and more recently Main Attrakionz, will release Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's debut album Lost In Translation on September 11 as a free download. The album will feature production by El-P (who also contributed production to the new Das Racist album), Necro, Esoteric, BoweryBeats, Constrobuz and Charli Brown Beatz. Check out Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's excellent (and slightly NSFW) video for "Huzzah" with the full new album tracklist below.
Das Racist, who DJ'd PS1 this past weekend, are releasing their first official album Relax on September 13 via Greedhead (artwork above). The album is the followup to the two mixtapes they released lat year, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man. Relax features production from Das Racist themselves, Patrick Wimberly, Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer), El-P, Diplo, Rostam (of Vampire Weekend), Blood Diamonds (who are playing Glasslands soon), and others. The album also features guest spots from Danny Brown, Despot, and Bikram Singh. Check out the lead track "Michael Jackson" along with the track's artwork below.
Das Racist at Pitchfork Festival (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Das Racist have some upcoming dates this summer, including the free Mad Decent Block Party in Philly and the free Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 27. The two day Afro-Punk Fest, which Das Racist were recently added to, also has Cee Lo, Janelle Monae, Toro y Moi, Fishbone and many more. Schedule still TBA.
Das Racist will kick off a fall tour with Despot and Danny Brown at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on September 12. Tickets for the Bowery show, which is also the record release show, go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon.
All Das Racist dates, "Michael Jackson", and tracklist below...
photos by Ryan Muir
At what can only be described as one of the worst live shows I've ever seen, Das Racist took the stage of Public Assembly Sunday night (8/30) (around 11:30pm) (four hours after the Grizzly Bear show had ended right down the street) and proceeded to play 3 or 4 or was it 5 songs with an extended Wesleyan-related lineup (Ryan says they called the whole band "Spanish Broads").
The jokey trio, Das Racist, already permanently feature a member of Boy Crisis on drums. They also have a college in common with many bands that now call Brooklyn home. Santigold, MGMT, Amazing Baby, Bear Hands, Francis & the Lights, Extra Life, Mobius Band, Boy Crisis and Chairlift are all from, or have members who went to Wesleyan University in CT. Apache Beat might not be directly related to Wesleyan (I can't say for sure), but like Suckers, I'll just throw them into that MGMT-friends, Wesleyan-related group.
Despot somehow fits into all this too. We know he is tight with Islands who Das Racist recently opened for. And he's friends with Amazing Baby too. MGMT are also one of his top friends. And by the way he was getting all close with Das Racist on stage at Public Assembly, I guess they are good friends too.
Imagine 20 kids being introduced to instruments for the first time. They're brought into a classroom, at a 'touch museum' or in pre-school, and they're all handed various noise-making devices. One gets a triangle, another a tambourine. Some get to beat drums, while others rub a stick back and forth on a grooved piece of wood. They all start making noise at the same time. Now just replace the triangles and grooved wood things with drum machines and microphones. Throw in very loud, amplified volume, and you've sort of got Sunday night's show.
Despot did not rap at all. The Taco Bell song, or a version of it, was one of the 'songs' played. The person in the ET mask is a dude from Chairlift. Cerebral Ballzy opened the free show, but I missed them because I was next door at Music Hall of Williamsburg trying to figure out who Edward Sharpe was (more on that later). More pictures from the Public Assembly show below...