Entries tagged with: Ghostface Killah
Raekwon, in a controversial new interview with Rollling Stone, explains what he thinks of "Keep Watch" off the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan release:
I hate it. I hate it. I don't hate shit, but I hate that fuckin' record. It ain't the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it's the production. And I ain't shitting on the producer because he's one of our soldiers. But if it ain't where it need to be... It's 20 years later. We talkin 'bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin' and making fiery shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain't part of our plan.He goes on to say that there is a very small chance he'll even appear on the new album. RZA says he just thinks creatively they are on different paths (watch an interview at VladTV).
Ghostface plays Vassar College on April 26.
And speaking of Wu-Tang soldiers, one of them recently allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped off a building. TMZ has since pointed out that Christ Bearer "is remarkably in stable condition" but permanently without penis.
Australian beatmaker Flume recently announced some dates surrounding appearances at Coachella and the South American Lollapaloozas, including a NYC show happening on April 14 at Highline Ballroom. That show quickly sold out, but Flume's since expanded his tour and added another big NYC show happening on July 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Flume is also giving the deluxe edition of his 2012 self-titled debut a vinyl release on April 15. The deluxe edition features collaborations with Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Autre Ne Veut, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Stalley, and more, and Flume's just made a video for "Space Cadet" which features Ghostface and Autre Ne Veut. The animated video was directed by Jay Howell (Bob's Burgers) and Jim Dirschberger, who works with Jay on the Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig. You can watch that video, with the list of tour dates, below...
Ghostface (center) with Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The show is one of two NYC dates for the Wu-Tang MC, who will also play Gramercy Theater on May 13 (tickets) as part of a tour in celebration of his new LP Twelve Reasons to Die, a collaboration with Adrian Younge (stream it). All dates are listed, along with the giallo-inspired video for "Rise of the Ghostface Killah."
Rockie Fresh @ SXSW 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Heliotropes @ MHOW, February 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Tribeca Film Fest
* Ideal Bread @ Barbes
* Rhye @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Burning Genitals @ The Stone
* Sky White Tiger @ Manhattan Inn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* TNGHT, Roc Marciano @ Webster Hall
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Martha Wainwright, Doveman @ City Winery
* Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn @ The Theater at MSG
* Hunter Hunted, Canon Logic, Silas Fermoy @ Maxwell's
* Esben and The Witch, Heliotropes, Dead Stars @ Europa
* METZ, Odonis Odonis, The Soupcans @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rasa Rasa, Futurist, I'll Be John Brown, Dorsia @ Spike Hill
* Gerald Fletcher Memorial Grindcore Explosion @ The Stone
* Acid Mothers Temple, Tjutjuna, Eric Colin @ Knitting Factory
* Rockie Fresh, World's Fair, Julian Malone@ Public Assembly
* Lil Kids, Desert Lips, Sofa Club, Hand Job Academy @ Big Snow
* Eleven Pond, Ice Choir, Tiers, Frankie Teardrop (DJ) @ Glasslands
* New Myths, Cultfever, Black Light Dinner Party, AM to AM @ Pianos
* The Joy Formidable, Blood Red Shoes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* "Special Guest," Sleep Over, Prince Rama, Teams, Splash @ 285 Kent
* Neg Fi, Lea Bertucci, Love Layers, This is My Condition @ Silent Barn
* Luke Rathborne, Indian Rebound, Water Liars, Mainland @ Shea Stadium
* CX Kidtronik, Moonbounce, VHVL, Josh Hey, Fresh Daily @ Cameo Gallery
* Dru Cutler and the Heart & Hand Band, Modest Mida, Donna Missal @ Cake Shop
* The Hebrew Ladies, The New York Fowl Harmonic, The Othermen, Jan @ Bowery Electric
* Madison LST, Najee the 1 & Ski Beatz, Quincy Vidal, NatNaiel, Wati Heru, Carl Sherron, Bagir Ba @ Mercury Lounge
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festial begins tonight, and the invite-only opening gala features a screening of The National tour documentary Mistaken for Strangers (directed by singer Matt Berninger' brother, Tom). The National will perform a short set at the afterparty..
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Ghostface Killah, who just performed with the Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella, released a new video for "Rise of the Ghostface Killah." It's from his new album, Twelve Reasons To Die, and the clip's got a definite Italian horror/giallo vibe to it and you can watch it below.
Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.
by Andrew Sacher
Ghostface Killah is teaming up with composer/producer Adrian Younge (who scored Black Dynamite) for a collaborative album, Twelve Reasons to Die, which was executively produced by RZA, and is due out on April 16. The album is reportedly influenced by 36 Chambers-era RZA, Portishead, and Ennio Morricone. If that doesn't sound enough like a Tarantino soundtrack to you, one of the tracks, "Enemies," also features The Delfonics, who were prominently featured in Jackie Brown. You can listen to that track, along with two other album cuts, "The Rise of the Ghostface Killah" and "The Sure Shot [Parts 1 and 2]," below, and download them for free at bandcamp. Ghostface has been doing a good amount of collaborations lately, and so far this is sounding like some of his most inspired stuff in a while.
Ghostface and Adrian (and his band, Venice Dawn) kicked off a tour in support of the new album at SXSW, and that tour will hit NYC later this year on May 13 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Twelve Reasons to Die is one of two albums that Adrian Younge is doing this year, the second being Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics (out now via Wax Poetics), which is technically the first new Delfonics album since 1999. The only original member remaining is lead vocalist/founder William Hart, whose falsetto is very much still in tact and he sounds great throughout the whole album. Not that the '60s/'70s soul pioneers need an introduction, but if you're not familiar with their music -- big hits include "La-La (Means I Love You)" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" -- then you've probably heard them sampled by Wu-Tang, Fugees, Nas, Biggie, Deltron 3030 and lots of other hip hop artists. Listen to the whole album over at NPR and watch the video for its opening track, "Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love)," below.
All Ghostface/Adrian Younge dates are listed, along with all streams and videos, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Gretchen Robinette has contritued her thoughts on favorite photos that she took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Ghostface, Janelle Monae, The Walkmen and more. Check out more shots from the uber-talented Robinette below.
Her set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, Chris La Putt and Ryan Muir.
More photos are below.
Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
The "invincible microphone fiend" Rakim will team with Wu-Tang staple Raekwon just in time for the holidays, blessing Studio 48 on
December 20th. UPDATE (12/11): The show a has been postponed till February 8. Tickets are on sale.
Still no hard date for Rakim's forthcoming LP with Pharrell Williams, thoughh it will reportedly see the light in 2013.
In related news, Raekwon and another Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah recently reminisced on the eight year anniversary of ODB's death (on 11/13) to TMZ. Raekwon's statement was somber:
"Today I just want to have a day of prayer to let my brother know I am thinking about him. This still hits me real hard. I will mourn over him today and think about how much he taught me."While Ghostface's was more reflective and uplifting:
"I never dwell on the day we lost him, I just celebrate the times I had with him. I pray and thank God on this day because he is my angel ... I spent the day just sitting quietly and praying. Dirt wouldnt want us mourning so I don't."RIP Ol Dirty.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
"If you aren't already at the Williamsbsurg Music Hall for the free Fool's Gold show, don't bother now. You will never get in. 500+ line up" - Brian Doc Holidae
A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' label Fool's Gold turned five and they decided to celebrate, with the help of Converse Rubber Tracks, in a big but but small way on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (a Brooklyn venue much smaller than ones A-Trak has charged people to see him in). The free, first-come, first served, during-CMJ show ended up going something this:
09:00 - Ryan HemsworthThose who got on line early experienced this...
10:00 - Nick Catchdubs
10:45 - Troy Ave (bringing out Chase N Cashe)
11:15 - World's Fair (bringing out Tanboyz + Flatbush Zombies)
12:00 - Donnis
12:30 - Ghostface Killah
01:00 - A-Trak (Chromeo hanging out)
02:00 - Flosstradamus
photos by Julie Schabel
Flosstradamus @ 285 Kent, 10/5/2012
Fools Gold is turning five years old and Converse Rubber Tracks is helping celebrate with a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, October 20 which is the last night of CMJ. Performers include Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and the ever-popular "special guests." Doors are at 9 PM, first come first served, no RSVP. If you'd like to party in style, however, we are giving away a pair of VIP passes to the show and details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post, along with a flyer for the show.
The next night (10/21), A-Trak and Flosstradamus will bring their "House Party Tour" to Asbury Park, NJ at an undisclosed residence. To receive info on the secret locations, sign up HERE. Meanwhile, Flosstradamus played a packed and sweaty show at 285 Kent this past Friday (10/5)and a few pictures from that show are in this post.
Speaking of Converse, the shoe folks are offering up a live version of Green Day's "Oh Love" from their new album ¡UNO! which you can stream below. There are also ¡UNO! Chuck Taylors (green of course)
Ghostface at Prospect Park in June (more by Ryan Muir)
Wu-Block, the project of Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon and D-Block/The LOX members Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P, recently went on a tour in support of the new project, having hit NYC's Highline Ballroom earlier this month (8/2), and they'll play Rock the Bells at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center this weekend (9/1). The tour only included Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but the whole crew is reported to show up at Rock the Bells.
Ghostface and Sheek Louch will be taking Wu-Block on another tour this Spetember, and like their last one, Saigon will support. That tour hits NYC on September 17 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Saigon is set to release his next album, The Greatest Story Never Told 2: Bread & Circuses, on November 6 via Suburban Noize/RED (pushed back from its original 9/11 release date). The album will feature guest spots from Styles P, Killer Mike, Chamillionaire, and others, with production from Just Blaze and others. It follows his much delayed 2011 debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told.
All listed Wu-Block dates are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Homeboy Sandman - "Watchu Want From Me?" (prod. Oddisee) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nina Sky - Nicole & Natalie (ZIP)
Aesop Rock at McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Homeboy Sandman is set to release his first full length album on Stones Throw, First Of A Living Breed, which is due out on the label on September 18. The first single, "Watchu Want From Me," was produced by Oddisee and you can download it above or stream it below. The cover art and tracklist are below too.
Homeboy Sandman will be supporting the album on a tour with Brother Ali that hits NYC on September 27 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but before that both he and Oddisee will play a FREE day show in NYC TODAY (8/2) at Public Assembly with Immortal Technique and Tru Fam for a Last.fm filming. Doors are at 2 PM, the show is completely free and open to the public, no guest list.
If you stick around the Brooklyn venue, there will also be a hip hop DJ dance party at Public Assembly tonight (8/2) with Da Beatminerz and X-Ecutioners. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
In addition to those two Public Assembly shows, there's tons of other good hip hop shows going down in NYC tonight and this weekend. JSpace.com is throwing 'The Ultimate College Bar Mitzvah" at Highline Ballroom tonight (8/2) with sets from Talib Kweli, The Higher Concept, and The Rooks. It's a bit of an unusual show though. Highline's site reads, "This is THE event for all interns and college students in the New York area. Rock your college swag, bust some moves, and come ready to have a great time. From 8-9PM, professionals from large corporations will work the room, looking to meet college students." Tickets for the show are available.
Tonight's Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl (8/2), which is usually DJed by Questlove, will instead by DJed by Biz Markie. Tickets are available.
Nina Sky have a new album/mixtape out this week (7/31) called Nicole and Natalie (the actual first names of the twins that make up the duo), which you can download in full above or stream below. The track "Comatose" was produced by Brenmar, who Nina Sky will share a bill with in NYC tonight (8/2) at the Studio at Webster Hall. Chippy Nonstop, Roxy Cottontail, and Ferrari Snowday are on the bill too. TIckets for that show are available.
Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q's tour supporting Wiz Khalifa hits Jones Beach tonight (8/2). Tickets for that are still available. As mentioned, Kendrick will return to NYC on his tour which hits Terminal 5 on September 15 and Schoolboy Q will when his tour with A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown hits NYC on September 27 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at 10 AM.
Aesop Rock, whose new album Skelethon is at least his best since Bazooka Tooth and one of the contenders for rap album of the year, is currently supporting that album on a previously discussed tour with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Edison, and Dark Time Sunshine which hits NYC this Friday (8/3) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available. Dark Time Sunshine also just released a new album, ANX, which features Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Busdriver, and others. You can stream that album in full below.
Ghostface will play his own show in Clifton Park, NY on September 14 at Upstate Concert Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In other Wu-Tang news, Inspectah Deck will play NYC on August 24 at BB King's with Colt Seavers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
We also just mentioned that GZA will be touring later this year with Killer Mike, Sweet Valley (aka Nathan from Wavves' new beat project), and Bear Hands. That tour hits NYC on October 18 at Irving Plaza.
Q-Tip's next Offline Party at Irving Plaza happens on August 17. Tickets for that are available.
Beanie Sigel plays S.O.B.'s on August 16 with KA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Any other good upcoming hip hop shows that we missed?
Streams are below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Ghostface Killah Celebrating Brooklyn
"Although he only had 45 minutes on stage, for which he apologized a few times to the crowd of "10,000" fans, he played hip-hop classics off his solo albums like "Ironman," "Supreme Clientele," a bunch of bangers from Wu-Tang Clan.Ghostface Killah played the free Lyricist Lounge anniversary show in Prospect Park on Saturday (6/23) with Camp Lo, Astro (who you might know from TV show The X-Factor), Farrah Burns, and Rah Diggah. Lots more great pics from that show below.
But, Ghostface wasn't alone on stage, Cappadonna, the unofficial tenth member of Wu-Tang, took the stage and did a killer rendition of the song "Winter Warz" over Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya" beat.
Sheek Louch also hit the stage and played his verses from The Lox's various albums.
By 8 p.m., the police cut off the crowd, which Ghostface said was about 10,000 deep, from filling the fenced off area in front of the stage. So, as die hard fans still filled the park surrounding the bandshell, they lined up along the fence to dance and rhyme along with the hip-hop MCs. [Patch]
Rap continued at Celebrate Brooklyn earlier this week with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q opening for Childish Gambino (Instagrams here and here). Ghostface plays NYC again as part of Wu-Block (at Highline Ballroom and in NJ at Rock the Bells)
Meanwhile, Celebrate Brooklyn continues in Prospect Park tonight (6/28) with Ballet Hispanico, "the leading representative of Hispanic culture in American dance" (8pm, free). On Friday (6/29) it's Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Brooklyn Steppers, and Dayna Kurtz (7:30pm, free), and Saturday (6/30) it's Angélique Kidjo's Women Waging Peace with Special Guests Laurie Anderson, Sibongile Khumalo, and Somi (7:30pm, free).
More pictures of the Ghostface show below...
photos by David Andrako
Ghost & Rae at Yonge-Dundas Square - 6/17/12
Opening things up with a blazing, pace-setting flourish, Raekwon and Ghostface let loose with a tight four-pack of Wu classics, including "Incarcerated Scarfaces," "Glaciers of Ice" and the timeless "Ice Cream." Feeling right at home in front of their adoring legions, the two seasoned vets paced around the stage like the hip-hop royalty they most certainly are, taking rap fans on a trip through countless and no doubt formative musical memories, with the Iron Man playing it cool for the most part behind a much more animated and engaging Raekwon. The Chef, for his part, took time out from the duo's own rundown of hits to show love to T.Dot compatriot and collaborator JD Era, running through their shared cuts before allowing the local MC to spotlight his own recent radio hit "Mount Olympus" to the joy of many of hometown faithful. [Exclaim]Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface & Raekwon teamed up for a free show in Toronto as part of NXNE last weekend in Yonge-Dundas Square. They were supported by a stacked lineup of Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Tre Mission, Tasha the Amazon, and Austin Renfore.
The show happened two days before Action Bronson played a free show in Brooklyn.
You can catch Ghostface in NYC on Saturday (6/23) for a free Prospect Park Show, and again in August for a Wu-Block Party at Highline (8/8) and at Rock the Bells. The latter of those is with Raekwon, who will play his own show in NYC sooner at Best Buy Theater on July 26 with Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt (tickets).
More pictures from the Toronto show, part of our growing collection of NXNE 2012 pics, are below...
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.
Ghost and Rae at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wu-Block -- the new project of Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon and D-Block/The LOX members Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P -- are set to release an album this year. It will be performed live at Rock the Bells, whose lineup recently expanded to also include DMX, Eve, Mix Master Mike, Pusha T, Future, and still more TBA. As mentioned, the fest comes to the NYC area on September 1-2 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets are still available. The updated flier is below.
Ghostface and Sheek Louch will be heading out on the Wu-Block Tour with Saigon surrounding Rock the Bells. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet but we know that it includes a show in NYC at Highline Ballroom on August 8. Tickets for the Highline show go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon.
You can catch Ghostface in NYC even sooner at his free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 23 with Camp Lo, Astro, and more.
Speaking of Raekwon, he just announced a Best Buy Theater show (7/26) with Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.
A list of all currently known Wu-Block tour dates, some videos, and the updated Rock the Bells flier below...
Ghostface at Rock The Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lyricist Lounge will celebrate 20 years of events and releases with a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 23rd. Ghostface Killah (who celebrated his birthday yesterday, May 9th!) will join the kings of "Luchini" Camp Lo, Astro, and more for this FREE event that kicks off at 7:30. Ghostdeini currently has no other US dates planned, but will go on the road for a string of Australian dates at the beginning of June. Details are below. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn schedule HERE.
In other classic hip hop news, Prodigy of Mobb Deep will team up with The Beatnuts, Heems of Das Racist, DJ Rob Swift, Big Baby Gandhi and more as part of an event called "Queens Day" on 6/19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available. Prodigy recently completed recording of his new album HNIC3, which is due for release on July 3rd. Stream the recent track "Gangsta Love" featuring Esther below.
All Ghostface Killah dates, some video, and that Prodigy stream is below. Pay close attention to the tail end of that "Luchini" video and you'll see Butterfly of Digable Planets (aka Ishmael Butler) drop a verse from Camp Lo's "Swing". Butler's new project Shabazz Palaces play Williamsburg Park this summer.
celebrate brooklyn (more by Ryan Muir)
The entire 2012 lineup of free concerts in Prospect Park is announced.
Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:
NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).Jonathan Toubin!!
This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.
Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"The WU TANG show at best buy theatre was jenkin like fuck 2nite..only thing was missing was @Raekwon @GhostfaceKillah the clan did it up doe" - LYVE1OH
Wu-Tang Clan recently played a few NYC-area dates including Best Buy Theater on Sunday (12/18). No Raekwon & Ghostface unfortunately, but Method Man, RZA, Masta Killa and others from the crew were in the house. Here are some pictures and videos from that show
In related news, Wu-Tang Clan revealed via facebook that Method Man is working on his "last album produced by the RZA." As HipHopDX points out, it's not clear whether they mean that it's going to be Method Man's last album or the last album that RZA produces for him.
More pictures and videos from the NYC show, and a recently-posted Ghostface vs Narduwar video, below...
Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambataa
The Universal Zulu Nation is an international hip hop awareness group formed and headed by hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. Originally known simply as the Organization, it arose in the 1970s as reformed New York City gang members began to organize cultural events for youths, combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of hip hop culture. By the 1980s, hip hop had spread globally, and the Zulu Nation has since established (autonomous) branches in Japan, France, the UK, Australia, South Korea and the Cape Flats in Cape Town South Africa. -[wiki]Afrika Bambataa celebrated the organization's 38th anniversary last night at Le Poisson Rouge (11/9) with Tony Touch , Doo Wop , DJ Mell Starr , Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box) , Timbo King (Wu Tang) , Rock of Heltah Skeltah , Maffew Ragazino , Rival and Ramon CNN 199 and host DJ Hektek. The celebration continues on Saturday (11/12) with 9th Wonder, PMD from EPMD, Dinco (Leaders of the New School), Statik Selektah, Boogie Black, Latin Hip Hop, Calle Cardona (DJ O Incredible), Bisnelly La Loca, Blu Room Therapy, The Welfare Poets and Smif n' Wessun. Tickets are on sale.
The 38th anniversary of the UZN means that we'll also be celebrating the 37th anniversary of hip hop which will get its own night of remembrance. Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E Fresh, Grand Master Melle Mel, DMC, Cold Crush Brothers & more will join DJs like Q-Tip, Kid Capri, Jazzy Joyce, Lady Love and others at SOB's on 11/13. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, BB King's is the home for many upcoming shows with similarly great hip hop notables. The most interesting of the bunch happens on 2/23/12 with Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest) "and friends". No details on who "the friends" are, but tickets, go on sale today (11/10) at 2PM.
Another major event goes down a bit sooner at the same venue, on 11/23. Featuring EPMD, Ghostface Killah, Black Moon, Special Ed, Black Sheep, and Black Rob, the show is part of the "Funkmaster Flex Legends" series and tickets are on sale.
The venue will also host interesting shows with Digital Underground on 1/22/12 (tickets) Mobb Deep on 11/22 (tickets) and Slick Rick (featuring rare performances from his The Ruler's Back LP) on 11/25 (tickets) in the coming months.
Ghostface will also be on hand when the Wu-Tang Clan hits Best Buy Theater and Starland as part of a December tour.
And last but not least, M.O.P. will hit Santos Party House on 11/21 as part of a record release celebration for their new collaborative album with The Snowgoons. Sparta is due on Babygrande the next day. Support will be announced, but tickets are on sale. Stream one song from Sparta, and watch some videos, below...
The Cool Kids & giant fish man @ LP listening party (via Green Label Sound
Alternative hip hop duo The Cool Kids (aka Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks) released their first official full length album When Fish Ride Bicycles yesterday (7/12) on Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound. The majority of the album was produced in-house by Cool Kids member Chuck Inglish, and also features some production by The Neptunes and Travis Barker. Guest spots include Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Mayer Hawthorne, Pharrell, and a few others. The album is streaming at AOL and is available for download exclusively on iTunes. BBGun directed the video for the album's lead track "Bundle Up." Check that out below, along with the making-of video, and grab the track at Green Label Sound. Also check out the Mayer Hawthorne-featured "Swimsuits." below.
Green Label Sound hosted a listening party for the album in NYC on July 7 at Sweet and Vicious. The giant fish man (pictured above) made multiple appearances at the party, as did album guests Asher Roth, Maxine Ashley, and Tennille.
All tour dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...
Raekwon at Best Buy Theater (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Raekwon will headline Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday (7/9 @ 7:30pm) featuring an impressive lineup of Smif-n-Wessun, Joell Ortiz, Large Professor & Neek The Exotic, and more. There is a suggested $3 donation to get in to the (free) Lyricist Lounge-sponsored Celebrate Brooklyn show.
While on the subject of Smif N Wessun, the crew joined Pete Rock in a protest earlier this week at City Hall regarding the incident following the Monumental release party at Tammany Hall. General Steele of Smif N Wessun also sat down with Planet Ill to discuss the madness:
As an artist with a socially conscious solo catalog, why was this the wrong show for the police to show out at?Investigations continue.
General Steele: Oh yeah. Well they didn't know that; they didn't do their homework. And what I found out was after this event, after the melee they caused, they started going to clubs. I forget what the particular names of the clubs were, uh... UG Lounge, in L.E.S. [(CultureFix is one of them)] Why they would go there is beyond me, maybe they're the hub for criminals or something, but they went there asking about us. Inquiring about "what is these guys, who are they connected with? What is their real thing, what can we dig up on these guys?"
And to think about that is crazy to me.
This is our fifth album. This is our career. We just came from Norway. Before that we was in Czechoslovakia, before that we was in Poland. We do this for a living. Rap is not the side gig.
In other news, Raekwon and Nas recently teamed up for the track "Rich And Black" from Rae's new album Shaolin vs. Wu-tang. That song now has a video and related behind the scenes footage courtesy of LRG Films. Watch it all below.
Nas more recently teamed with Common for "Ghetto Dreams" from Com's forthcoming Warner Brothers release The Dreamer, The Believer. The just-released track can be streamed below and bought on iTunes.
AS announced, Nas and Damian Marley play Central Park Summerstage on 8/11. The show is still happening and tickets are still on sale, though the pair's show at Merriweather Post Pavilion (outside of DC) with The Roots, Chuck Brown and others has been cancelled. Chuck Brown however is also coming to NYC for some shows including one on the same stage Raekwon is playing this weekend in Prospect Park.
And last but certainly not least, Raekwon's partner in crime Ghostface Killah has a bit of legal trouble on his hands all of a sudden over his classic 2000 LP Supreme Clientele.
Hollywood composer Jack Urbont is suing Sony Music Entertainment and Ghostface Killah for illegally sampling his "Iron Man Theme," originally created for the 1960s television show, The Marvel Super Heroes.While you ponder this lawsuit, Boing Boing has a fascinating piece on how Paul's Boutique would lose $19.8M in sales if it followed today's copyright law.
Urbont is a veteran actor and producer on Broadway as well as the creator of theme music for Guiding Light, One Life to Live, General Hospital, as well as music for That 70's Show, Oprah, 20/20 and The View. He earned an Emmy for Lorne Greene's New Wilderness and won BMI's TV/Film Pioneer award in 1986.
... According to the complaint: "Defendant Ghostface is also known for the nickname, 'Tony Starks,' which is a take-off of the name 'Tony Stark,' Iron Man's real name and true identity. In this way, Defendants' use of Urbont's 'Iron Man Theme' gives them a substantial commercial advantage by linking Ghostface to Iron Man without paying for it." -[Hollywood Reporter]
Videos & song streams below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by BBG
Last night's posted set times:The welcome home Mobb Deep show for Prodigy last night at Best Buy Theater (5/12), their first in three years, featured appearances from some of the biggest names of the 90's. Method Man appeared during fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface & Raekwon's set, and again during a DJ set from one of the crew's biggest supporters in their early years, DJ Stretch Armstrong. Ghost & Rae closed with Ol' Dirty Bastard classic and crowd favorite "Shimmy Shimmy Ya".
7:00PM-8:00-DJ JEFF CHAIRMAN MAO
8:00-8:30-BLACK THOUGHT & MONEY MAKING JAM BOYS
8:30-9:00-DJ STRETCH ARMSTRONG
9:00-10:00-GHOSTFACE & RAEKWON
10:00-10:15-DJ STRETCH ARMSTRONG
Unlike in the days before the release of their classic LP The Infamous, Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep did not freestyle rhymes over Stretch beats, but Black Thought did open the show dropping freestyle verses before The Money Making Jam Boys joined him on stage.
And the 41st side crew had a surprise of their own during their headlining set, bringing out Lil Kim for a rendition of the awesome "Quiet Storm". Video of that, Mobb Deep performing "Burn" and "Right Back At You", and more pictures from the whole show, below...
Havoc & Prodigy of Mobb Deep
"Three years away from the rap game is a potentially career killing lifetime for most rappers. For Prodigy, one half of the legendary New York mainstays Mobb Deep, the time off from rap has not been entirely fruitless as he's been officialy released from Mid-State Correctional Facility after serving a three-year prison stint.NYC hip hop greats Mobb Deep will celebrate Prodigy's return with a show at Best Buy Theater on May 12th featuring appearances from Ghostface Killah (wow), Raekwon (more wow), Black Thought & The Money Making Jam Boys, and DJ Stretch Armstrong among others. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today (3/23) and regular sale on Friday.
In October 2006, Albert "Prodigy" Johnson was driving his SUV in New York City with longtime producer and friend Alan "The Alchemist" Maman and after making an illegal U-turn, his vehicle was searched by police. After finding a small pistol in a compartment, the pair were arrested and subsequently released on bond with pending charges." -[MTV News]
The NYC show comes less than a month after the release of Prodigy's autobiography entitled "My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy."...
"I've been in the music industry since I was sixteen years old, touring the world, selling millions of albums--groupies, drugs, alcohol, sex, radio, TV, magazines, videos, money, jewelry, cars, fashion, rap verses, beats, and studios at my disposal for seventeen years straight. Nonstop. I came to prison when I turned 33. The truth is, I never took the time to mature mentally until now, to step outside of my little fast-paced world and see what needed to be adjusted. It's like I was suspended in time. Like I was sixteen years old for seventeen years. I never grew up. My hardheaded ass took the long hard road to get to this point, but at least I've finally made it. I'm a man now." - ProdigyYou can also catch Prodigy in a bookstore near you in April. He'll be speaking at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn on April 20th.
In related news, Raekwon, who recently celebrated the release of his new LP at MHOW, will join The Lox, EPMD, Brand Nubian, and Nice & Smooth for a show at Best Buy Theater on April 13th as part of a "Salute to Hip Hop". Tickets are still available.
Mobb Deep recently dropped a new song produced by Alchemist, "Love Y'all More". Stream that, check out an interview with Alchemist, and some other videos below...