Entries tagged with: J-Live
by Andrew Sacher
Kool Keith (aka Dr. Octagon aka Dr. Dooom aka a member of Ultramagnetic MC's, etc etc etc) recently returned with a new album on Mello Music Group, Time? Astonishing!. It's a collaboration with North Carolina producer L'Orange, for whom it was his second collaborative LP of 2015. (The other was The Night Took Us In Like Family with Jeremiah Jae.) Time? Astonishing! features Open Mike Eagle, Blu, Mr. Lif, J-Live and more, and as you might expect from Kool Keith, it's spacey psychedelic rap. Stream the whole thing (and the whole Jeremiah Jae/L'Orange album) below.
As previously mentioned, Kool Keith is playing shows this year, including NYC's Brooklyn Bowl on August 20. Since we last spoke, that became a co-headlining show with Blacklicious. Tickets are still available.
That show is part of a much longer tour for Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel), which is in support of their upcoming album, Imani, Vol. 1, that they're self-releasing on September 18. It's their fourth album total and first since 2005's The Craft, and from the sounds of new single "Blacka," these guys are still fired up. Check it out, with the list of tour dates, below.
CunninLynguists' new album art (not Smash Mouth's)
Kentucky rap crew CunninLynguists followed 2011's Oneirology LP earlier this year with a new mixtape. It's the third in their Strange Journey mixtape series, and thus titled Strange Journey Volume Three. It's got a handful of great guests including Del The Funy Homosapien, Aesop Rock, Murs, Blu, Psalm One and Masta Ace. This fall, they'll be heading out on tour in support of the release with J-Live (who's also on the mixtape), stopping in NYC to play The Studio at Webster Hall on November 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, with a stream of Strange Journey Volume Three, below...
Meyhem Lauren's 'Mandatory Brunch Meetings'
Meyhem Lauren is back with the new Mandatory Brunch Meetings LP, out now via Mishka for free and streaming in full below. Look for appearances from Action Bronson (who has his own new release with....), Alchemist, J-Love, , Maffew Ragazino, Carrie Wilds and many others.
"After announcing the closing of their New York and Los Angeles locations, Fat Beats is excited to present a send-off worthy of their hip-hop legacy. A week-long series of in-store performances and music industry panels at both stores will allow the music community to not only learn about the history of Fat Beats and what the future of the music industry holds, but to also celebrate the legacy of one of the strongest music brands in the company of their favorite artists. These week-long in-stores are sure to go down in hip-hop and New York history. Everyone is welcome to come and all events are free.The schedule for the New York location is as follows:
Today marks the official start of the week-long in-stores for the New York location. This location will host artist performances every day this week from 4-9pm until it closes its doors for the final time on Saturday, September 4th, 2010. Additionally, both locations will be selling limited edition commemorative t-shirts, as well as discounted music and merchandise"
by Black Bubblegum
J-Live first appeared on the underground hip-hop scene in 1995, when he was a freshman English major at the University at Albany, The State University of New York. His first single "Longevity" appeared on Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz CD, and follow-up singles "Braggin' Writes" and "Hush the Crowd" garnered widespread attention, getting him printed in the "Unsigned Hype" section of The Source. This led to a record contract with Raw Shack Records. His first album, The Best Part, recorded from 1995 to 1999, featured production by Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock... By the fall of 2001, The Best Part was finally officially released after five years of label problems.... on Triple Threat Productions, J-Live's own record label.The "Braggin Writes" 12" was a signature song for a certain era in 90s backpack hip hop, and it's always a great moment to see J-Live do his juggles while rhyming to that song (video below). In the years since J-Live's The Best Part dropped in 2001, he has played guest MC on records by Jazzy Jeff, Wu-Tang, Handsome Boy Modeling School (Dan The Automator & Prince Paul), Slug, and many others, all while dropping multiple EPs and LPs including last year's Then What Happened?.
All dates and the video below...