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Kanye prepares to meet the recently
carbonite-d Han Solo in Cloud City (more by Bao Nguyen)
Kanye West

Jay-Z & Kanye West have expanded their previously discussed (and rescheduled) tour together to include shows in LA, Chicago, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Madison Square Garden! MSG goes down on November 7th and 8th, with the previous two nights dedicated to shows at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ (11/5 & 11/6). Ticketing info for MSG is still forthcoming, but Citibank card members can purchase presale tickets on 10/19 at 10AM.

Though tickets are no longer available for either Izod date, you can still hop on a Rocks Off express bus to the venue (11/5, 11/6).

All updated dates and the video for "Otis" is below.

Continue reading "Kanye West & Jay-Z add 2 MSG shows & other dates too"

Frank Ocean

Hopefully you acted quick yesterday because Frank Ocean's Bowery Ballroom show is now sold out. The show, one of six now-announced, popped up so quickly that Frank himself didn't even know it was happening, as he explains in a video he has posted to his Tumblr.

As pointed out in the comments, the date of the NYC show (11/6) happens on the second night of Kanye West & Jay-Z's two-night run at Izod Center in NJ. It's impossible for Frank to be two places at once, but it makes sense that maybe he'll play with them on 11/5 at least, since he appears on their new album.

Jay Z

As previously mentioned, Jay-Z will help publicize the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn by playing there. The Daily News wrote this morning that eight shows are planned:

The superstar, who owns a small piece of the soon-to-be renamed Brooklyn Nets, will perform at eight concerts to celebrate the grand opening of the arena - where all-access passes are going for up to $15,400 a season.

Jay-Z likely will be joined by his wife, Beyoncé - who by then will have given birth to the couple's first child - at one of the shows, and will bring on a series of other performers, sources said.

Jay-Z has since said "Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three" concerts. "And it will be officially called the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z said. Dates for his concerts have not been set. But he promised: "Definitely more than one."

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The Brooklyn Paper reports:

Rap mogul Jay-Z will christen the Barclays Center when the under-construction $1-billion home for the Brooklyn-bound Nets opens on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues next fall.

The hip hop star, who owns a very small portion of the basketball team, will headline the venue's first performance during a three-week grand opening at the Prospect Heights arena in September, 2012, according to a source familiar with the plan.

Jay-Z is set to announce the dates at a press conference at the Barclays Center on Monday -- where Nets officials are expected to unveil a new team name.

It will be a "major announcement," Nets CEO Brett Yormark tweeted.

NY1 is reporting the same. Meanwhile Jay is on tour with Kanye West.

"The VMAs unite us as a people, a shitty, shitty people. #VMAs" - Dave Hill

Tyler's mom & Wavves @ the Video Music Awards (via Hipster Runoff)
Tyler

Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) has posted his thoughts on last night's VMAs. This is what he said:

"there are great moments in awards shows. bruno mars sounded really good doing 'valerie' for amy winehouse. i don't think anyone is bummed that adele is killing everything. her voice was real and focused when i went thru and watched highlights from tonight. kanye and jay z are always murdering. beyonce is pregnant. yes this is awesome as shit, culturally speaking. but can i just ask, the reader, us, we ... as non-rhetorically as possible: don't we seem dumb? didn't MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn't Rock'n'Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn't our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom's cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace... But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don't we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don't know. I don't mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog. Sorry. Im with my girls on this one. Its becoming increasingly clear as I think about it more and more, that the dollars, if they ARE apart of why you are doing something... they are apart of why you are doing something. that's fucked to me. that's the absence of spirit, glue, fabric of what makes us a person. it distracts us from what we could be doing: WORK. on EARTH. Better say this: Forget what I say. If you even read this, you'll probably say to yourself, who is this ass saying shit? It doesn't matter what i say. it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. But this one last thought: What would Bill Hicks say?"
- JV
If you missed the show, or didn't read about it already, Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator won Best New Artist, Adele (as Justin points out) is a good singer, (so is) Beyonce (but more impotantly, she) is pregnant, Lady Gaga does a great Ralph Macchio, and Justin Bieber loves God and Jesus....

Continue reading "Bon Iver's Justin Vernon discusses the MTV VMAs (where Odd Future won, Tyler's mom got excited, etc)"

Kanye West in Sweden
Way Out West

I caught Kanye West's 2+ hour headlining set at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday night, one night after I saw Prince play a 2+ hour set on the same stage, surprise cameo by Kanye included (Prince did not return the favor).

Without comparing setlists, as far as I could tell from memory, Kanye's set in Sweden was the basically the same set he did at Coachella minus Justin Vernon on guest vocals. Everything else was similar - the show starting with Kanye on a ladder in the middle of the crowd, the backdrop, the ballet dancers, the white sheet that covers them towards the end, the costume changes, and even a short appearance by Pusha T during "Runaway" (seriously though, Pusha T went all the way to Sweden for 20 seconds on stage?). Pictures from the epic production are in this post.

Jay Z & Kanye West have added new dates to their upcoming tour in support of the recently released Watch the Throne. The previously announced dates include November 5 and 6 at Izod Center which are now sold out. The new announcement includes another NYC area date (sort of) on November 11 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/19) at 10 AM with a Watch the Throne and VIP presale starting Wednesday (8/17) at 10 AM.

Watch the Throne came out digitally last week and has since broken the US iTunes record for first week sales. The album was released physically on Friday (8/12). You can purchase that on Amazon.

In semi-related news, Beyonce's four-night run at Roseland Ballroom continues tonight (8/16). if you want to learn more about the shows, there's a dedicated Wikipedia page.

Updated Throne dates, more pictures from Sweden, and the video for "Otis" below...

Continue reading "Kanye West played Way Out West in Sweden (pics), adds more 'Throne' shows w/ Jay-Z (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

WTT

Jay-Z & Kanye West aka The Throne's collaborative album Watch The Throne became available via iTunes this week (8/8) and will be out physically on Friday (8/12) via Def Jam.

Although Kanye produced most of the album, they also brought an impressive cast of outside producers incuding Q-Tip, 88-Keys, The Neptunes, The RZA, and Swizz Beatz. Kanye and his collaborators create a wide range of sounds touching on everything from classic soul to dubstep-infused electronica. The guest vocal spots are especially grabbing too. Jay-Z and Kanye, who have been two of the biggest names in hip hop for at least the last decade, bring in newcomer Frank Ocean of Odd Future on two of the tracks. Jay's wife, Beyonce, who also has Frank Ocean and Kanye on her new album, sings the chorus to "Lift Off." The album samples the vocals of legendary singers Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, and also features guest vocals by Mr. Hudson of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music. You can stream "Otis" at Jay-Z's Life + Times website and listen to "H.A.M" below.

Justin Vernon also wrote a hook for "That's My Bitch" and according to the album's liner notes, he also sings the part. Elly Jackson of La Roux sings the song's chorus and Q-Tip handled some production duties. Check the song out on grooveshark. Justin comes in at 1:45.

Speaking of Justin Vernon, he and his 9-piece version of Bon Iver played their first of two NYC shows with The Rosebuds at United Palace Theatre last night (8/9). They also play Prospect Park tonight (8/10). Both shows are/were sold out. More on last night in a bit.

Speaking of Beyonce, she just announced 4 NYC shows. Tickets go on sale today (8/10).

Jay-Z & Kanye have two upcoming sold out shows at Izod Center and other dates too.

'Watch the Throne' tracklist and video below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z & Kanye West released 'Watch the Throne' (Justin Vernon, Frank Ocean, La Roux, Beyonce & more included)"

by BBG

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The Throne (aka Jay-Z & Kanye West) have rescheduled their original set of dates to kick off in late October. The current schedule is listed below and "more dates to be announced soon". The new set of dates include NJ's Izod Center on November 5th & 6th (instead of September 27 & 28). Tickets for both dates go on presale at 10AM with the password "WTT".

Meanwhile, much like the Jay-Z/R.Kelly tour there are reports that the partnership isn't going so swimmingly...

A battle royal has broken out behind the scenes of Jay-Z and Kanye West's new album, "Watch the Throne."

Sources say the rappers -- who call themselves The Throne and are releasing their expected blockbuster collaboration Aug. 8 on iTunes and four days later everywhere else -- are barely speaking to each other as they iron out the details of their upcoming tour...

The sources say West wants flashy concerts with "next-level production," which would cost more than $400,000 per show. Jay-Z is said to be meticulous about costs and already has a larger, long-term advance from Live Nation that he has to pay back.

"Jay-Z can't deal with Kanye," an insider told Page Six. "Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn't care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows."

West is expected to agree to the conditions of the tour next week, but the business brouhaha between the powerhouse artists might have affected their backstage relationship.

Industry insiders were shocked to see West and Jay-Z perform separately with Young Jeezy last Monday night at the Highline Ballroom [a private event]. "We were expecting them to come out together to perform a track from the album," a source said. "They didn't even go out together after the show."

"Jay-Z is fed up with West's antics," another source said. "He doesn't even want to be around him." However, the two are expected to perform together at a listening party tonight at The Rose Planetarium in Central Park, according to The Post's Dan Aquilante. A Live Nation rep said, "No comment." The rappers' reps didn't get back to us.-[New York Post]

Jay-Z denies the beef and said Kanye is a genius. Jay & Ye hosted a private listening party at The Rose Planetarium in Central Park last night (8/1). According to attendee Erin Carlson, "Contrary to reports, they seemed to be getting along...." Contrary to rumors before the event, they did not perform. "Watch the Throne" is out August 8th via iTunes.

Videos from that private Young Jeezy show at Highline Ballroom last week (7/25), which featured appearances from Bun B, The Lox, Fabolous and others in addition to Jay/Kanye, are below alongside all tour dates.

Continue reading "Jay-Z/Kanye West tour has new/changed dates - presale now"

Jay & Ye wait to receive the large bundles of money about to be thrown at them
Jay-Z & Kanye West

Tickets for the previously discussed Jay-Z/Kanye West aka Watch The Throne (isn't throne a synonym for toilet?) show scheduled for September 27 & 28 at IZOD Center go on presale on Thurs 7/28 at 10:00 AM. Presale code is "WTT" for the NJ dates (probably for all of them). You can head to the WTT website for details on all cities starting at midnight tonight (7/27). General sale tickets, ranging from $55 to $178.50, hit Ticketmaster on August 8 at 10am. - BBG

by BBG

Kanye West at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Kanye West

Jay-Z and Kanye West will proclaim that all sucka MCs need to Watch The Throne, when the pair release their collaborative LP on August 8th. Stream the first track "Otis" at Jay-Z's blog. The LP marks Jay-Z's third attempt at merging with a major star to form another supercrew. He released an EP with Linkin Park and two LPs as part of "The Best of Both Worlds", his collaboration with R.Kelly that in addition to the LPs, produced a much discussed, failed tour.

In addition, and much like The Best of Both Worlds, Jigga and Ye will hit the road together for a string of US dates kicking off in late Septemeber and coming to a close in November. The tour includes a pair of dates at Izod Center in East Rutherford on 9/27 and 9/28. Ticketing info is forthcoming, but presale passwords are set to be revealed on Thursday at midnight.

Check out the album art and tracklisting (two songs with Odd Future associate Frank Ocean included), alongside all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z & Kanye West announce tour in support of collaborative album (dates, presale & album info)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Jay-Z & Kanye West on display @ the Museum of Modern Art
Kanye West
Kanye West

At the tail end of his set at MoMA's Party In The Garden benefit afterparty last night (5/10), Kanye West was joined by none-other than Jay-Z to work out "H.A.M." before West stepped away from center stage (shocking, I know) to make way for HOV and his rendition of "Empire State of Mind". It was a riotous closing to a set that allowed plenty of time for Mr. West to shine too. Kanye played 45 minutes of hits from across his output. The setlist included "Power," "Run This Town", "Hell of a Life", "Can't Tell Me Nothin'", "Runaway", "Flashing Lights" and "The Good Life". Pictures and video from the museum show are in this post.

BONUS: someone posted Kanye's entire Coachella set as a download. You can also listen to that in its entirety, with the rest of the MoMA pics and video, below...

Continue reading "Kanye West & Jay-Z played MoMA's Garden Party (pics, video)"

by BBG

Curren$y
Curren$y

Tons of hip hop shows on the way, from the classic to the new! First up, Curren$y will headline Irving Plaza on June 6th as part of a string of US dates that he has scheduled in May & June (dates are below). Tickets are currently on Live Nation presale, and go on regular sale at 10AM tomorrow (4/6). Curren$y is currently preparing to release his new and entirely Alchemist-produced EP Covert Coup on April 20th and for FREE.

As previously mentioned, Big K.R.I.T. & Freddie Gibbs are on tour and hitting Southpaw later this month.

Raekwon will headline BB King's on April 17th, alongside Ultramagnetic MC's (billed as an exclusive reunion show, I assume that means that Kool Keith is on board much like at ATP New Jersey), MC Eiht, Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Chip Fu (Fu-Schnickens), Da Bushbabees, Tanya Morgan, Tony Touch, and many many more including "special invited VIP surprise guests" and the host D-Stroy (Arsonists). Tickets are on sale. The show takes place just four days before Raekwon will team with The Lox, EPMD, Brand Nubian, and Nice and Smooth as part of a Salute to Hip Hop at Best Buy Theater on April 13th. Tickets are still available.

Tanya Morgan has another NYC date too, TONIGHT (4/5) at Southpaw, as the hip hop crew will pair with DJ Neil Armstrong (Jay-Z's touring DJ) for a free, 21+ event.

Speaking of Jay-Z, have you checked out his new "Life and Times" blog? One of his first posts is on Little Dragon.

Keith Murray will similarly team with a gang of 90's hip hop stars at Santos on April 14th. He'll be joined by Lords of the Underground, Group Home, Real Live, Nine, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and DJs Evil D, Eclipse, Kon & Amir, Ralph McDaniels, and many others. Tickets are still available.

Two of the most extreme MCs in hip hop, M.O.P., will hit Southpaw on April 7th with Top $ Raz, Sleepwalkas, and others. Tickets are still available.

Del Thee Funkee Homosapien will hit BB King's on May 1st as part of a round of US dates for the Hiero lynch pin. Tickets are still available. Del will release his new LP Golden Age on April 11th.

Slick Rick is returning to BB King's, as he'll play the venue on May 29th. Tickets are still available.

Talib Kweli will play a FREE show in Red Hook Park on June 21st as part of the City Parks Foundation's Summerstage series. Tons more Summerstage events (and undoubtedly a large number of hip hop ones) are also slated to be announced, we'll keep you informed. Kweli recently played SXSW and released Gutter Rainbows earlier this year.

And last but certainly not least, 9th Wonder and Phonte (aka 2/3 of Little Brother) will join Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg at 92Y Tribeca Wednesday (4/6) night as part of the Noisemakers series, where Rosenberg interviews his guests. Tickets are on sale.

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Curren$y dates, Raekwon shows, Talib Kweli in a park, Ultramagnetic MC's, Jay-Z's blog & other hip hop news"

Sade

"Sade is back with The Ultimate Collection. In addition to classic Sade songs, the must-have album will include three new, never-before heard songs including "Moon & The Sky" (featuring Jay-Z). Here for the first time, fans can find all of their favorite Sade classics from their most iconic albums including songs from the Best Of collection and the greatest hits off of Lover's Rock and Soldier Of Love.The track listing for The Ultimate Collection, out May 3rd, will be revealed shortly.

Pre-orders of the album begin today at Sade.com, and fans who pre-order The Ultimate Collection will have exclusive early access to tickets beginning March 30th for the newly announced dates in select markets.

Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the public beginning April 2nd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. For Facebook pre-sale codes, announcements and on-sale dates, visit Sade's Facebook events page."

New Sade/John Legend dates include Pittsburgh, CT, and third shows in Chicago and LA. NYC still has none though the previously announced set of dates include two in NJ and one in Long Island. All dates below...

Continue reading "Sade expands tour w/ John Legend, releasing 'Ultimate Collection' w/ 3 new songs (1 w/ Jay-Z)"

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today in NYC
* Das Racist @ Mishka
* Bomb X @ Barbes
* Josh Groban @ Town Hall
* The Radiators @ Sullivan Hall
* Andrew Bemkey @ The Stone
* Newman Taylor Baker @ The Stone
* U.V.A., Sick Cell, CAVES @ Littlefield
* Jay-Z, Charlie Rose @ Brooklyn Museum
* Workout, The Walk Ons @ Mercury Lounge
* Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye @ Barnes & Noble
* King Charles, John Shade @ The Rock Shop
* Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra @ Iridium (2 shows)
* Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Nick Kroll @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (2 shows)
* Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set) @ Santos Party House
* Buffalo Tom, Dinosaur Feathers @ Mercury Lounge
* Ben Folds, Lady Danville @ The Wellmont Theatre
*
Reel Big Fish, the Aquabats @ Starland Ballroom, NJ
* Hess Is More, Sky White Tiger, Jessica 6 @ Union Pool
* The Morning Benders, Twin Sister, Cults @ Webster Hall
* CFCF, Teebs, Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Loren Connors, High Aura'd, Tom Carter @ Issue Project Room
* Bells, Hubble, Wooden Waves, Video Daughters @ Shea Stadium
* Alex Winston, The Shining Twins, Francis Rose @ Bowery Electric
* Tame Impala, Stardeath & White Dwarfs, Kuroma @ Bowery Ballroom
* Electric Tickle Machine, Web Dating, Pet Ghost Project @ Death By Audio
* Skull Orchard w/ Jon Langford of The Mekons, Chris Mills @ The Bell House
* Weird Owl, The Stoned Ambassadors, Bad Girlfriend @ Secret Project Robot
* Free Blood, Headless Horseman, Quinn Walker of Suckers, Kria Brekken, Yanqui @ Pianos
* Aloe Blacc, The Grand Scheme, Maya Jupiter, The Stepkids, Small Change @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Cocoa Sarai, Astro Kid, Blkvampires, The Thang, The White House Band, Fresh Daily, Da Youngfellaz @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Not much happening today in This Week in Indie, but check it out anyway for tomorrow.

The Kings of Leon show at Izod Center tonight was cancelled.

The Radiators play their final NYC show tonight? UPDATE: no, someone told me they will be back in June.

Jay-Z speaks at Brooklyn Museum tonight. On Monday he appeared at New York Public Library. Video from that appearance below.

Speaking of the NYPL, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (who have two public NYC shows coming up) play a private NYPL event at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. You probably can't get in, but you can go to the afterparty at the same venue.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

Charlie RoseCharlie Rose

"In a rare interview, multi-platinum, 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist and icon JAY-Z will speak with Charlie Rose, executive editor and anchor of the Charlie Rose Show, before a live audience in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, November 18, at 7 p.m. The conversation, which will be taped to air nationwide at a later date on the Charlie Rose program, will focus on JAY-Z's book DECODED, to be published on November 16 by Spiegel & Grau, a Random House imprint. DECODED recounts JAY-Z's life from his childhood in Brooklyn's Marcy housing projects to becoming a world-famous performer and songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist."
Tickets on sale at noon, and this event is three days after Jay talks at NYPL.

Homeboy Sandman @ the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (more by BBG)
Homeboy Sandman

Tickets go on sale at noon for the "JAY-Z in conversation with Cornel West and Paul Holdengräber" event taking place Monday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Celeste Bartos Forum, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (NYPL). The ticket also includes a copy of the established rapper's new book Decoded.

Meanwhile, up and comking rapper Homeboy Sandman, as previously mentioned, plays a show with the unpredictable Das Racist at Southpaw in Brooklyn tonight (11/5).

Southpaw flyer and Homeboy Sandman's new video for "The Carpenter", below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z NYPL tix on sale, Homeboy Sandman tonight. "

by BBG

GZA at ATP (more by Abbey Braden)
GZA

I already ran through some of the upcoming hip hop shows, many of them for CMJ (Ghostface, Audible Treats, Blacksmith & Duck Down included). Here are some more.

GZA will headline the Frankradio x Babygrande x iHipHop Distribution CMJ Showcase at Le Poisson Rouge alongside appearances from DJ Premier, Tabi Bonney, Trademark da Skydiver, Marz Lovejoy , Polyester the Saint, Lavish, Rocky Business, Christian Rich and as well as DJ Jasmine Solano. The show, which goes down Thursday 10/21 kicks off at 11PM and tickets are on sale (or use your CMJ badge).

Meanwhile, DJ Premier recently released a classic freestyle from the Stretch & Bobbito Show which features 10 minutes of Big L and Jay-Z. If you are a fan of either, it's a must (stream/DL it below). Listen closely though, as you can hear Jay-Z scheming to steal the line "all I got for chicks is hard dick & bubblegum" for his song "A Million & One Questions" (which came out two years after this freestyle).

Speaking of the late/great Big L, Return of the Devil's Son is the posthumous MC's new album which will feature "21 unreleased songs" and see release on 11/23 via Distrolord/SMC Recordings. Check out a reworking of the Big L classic "Danger Zone" called "Zone of Danger" stream/downloadable below courtesy RCRD LBL. Full tracklisting is below too.

And last but certainly not least, Knitting Factory will host the return of Leaders Of The New School on 12/23 with Son of Bazerk (who recently came back at Central Park), and DJ sets from Johnny Juice (Public Enemy) and J-Zone. Tickets are on sale. For the unaware, LONS was Busta Rhymes' first project before going solo with the monster hit "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check". LONS also is featured in the A Tribe Called Quest classic "Scenario".

UPDATE: grandgood reports that: "ccording to DJ Johnny Juice, Busta Rhymes is not part of this show. Only Dinco D, Charlie Brown and Cut Monitor Milo will be performing along with Son Of Bazerk. Still sounds like a dope show."

Those Big L tracks, the LP tracklisting and a bunch of videos are below. Big L, Rest in Peace!

Continue reading "GZA's CMJ show, new Big L, Leaders Of The New School back together & other upcoming hip hop dates & stuff"

by BBG

"Yankee Stadium was #EPIC last night. Performances by JayZ,Drake,Kanye West,Eminem,G-Unit,Dr.Dre,Nicki Minaj,B.O.B & Eminem all on one stage!" -ThisIsChi_JEG

"Apparently a Coldplay concert broke out in the middle of Jay-Z's Yankee Stadium set last night. Can safely say no one saw that coming." -BarthDoesThings

"I've been trying to find a word to explain the Jay-Z/Eminem Yankee Stadium show.. I got it.. WOW!!!!!" -DJCK_BROOKLYN

Jay-Z & Chris Martin on stage @ Yankee Stadium
Jay-Z & Chris Martin

Jay-Z and Eminem tore down Yankee Stadium last night (9/13), the first of TWO shows that the pair of MCs will play in the Bronx. And there were guests... Kanye was present. Chris Martin of Coldplay dropped in. Beyonce had her say. Dr Dre was there. 50 Cent too. Not to mention Drake, Nicky Minaj, D12, B.O.B, Swizz Beatz, Lloyd Banks, and many others.

"The concert lasted well past midnight, and a few thousand in the crowd started to make their way to the exits while Jay-Z was still rapping to beat the after-concert rush. But most stayed behind, sensing what Jay-Z told them. ''This is historic: They ain't never gonna be another night like tonight.''

Well, maybe one more night -- the pair has another show at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday." [NY Times]

After the show, Jigga, Mrs Hova, and guests headed down to the 40/40 Club for a nightcap.

The madness continues tonight (9/14) at Yankee Stadium. A bunch of videos and both setlists (with guests listed) from last night, below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z & Eminem & lots of special guests played Yankee Stadium (night 1 videos & setlists)"

NYPLHighlights of the Fall 2010 season of "LIVE from the NYPL" include:

Keith Richards
Life
Friday, October 29 at 7:00PM
Celeste Bartos Forum

and:

Jay-Z
Decoded
Monday, November 15 at 7:00PM
Celeste Bartos Forum

Neither of those shows is listed on the full schedule anymore though, so it remains a slight mystery how you can get tickets. "TICKETS [FOR THE REST GO] ON SALE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th at 10:00AM". And those other two will be "announced via email".

Jay-Z plays Yankee Stadium tonight (9/13) and tomorrow (9/14).

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Raekwon shows potential groupies his current relationship status
Wu-Tang Clan

What kind of oldies concert draws a huge audience in its 20s? Rock the Bells, the daylong hip-hop festival that came to Governors Island on Saturday. This year's Rock the Bells borrowed an idea from the indie-rock festival All Tomorrow's Parties, booking groups to perform watershed albums in their entirety.

Two headliners, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, largely complied with the assignment. Snoop Dogg brought along most of the guests from his 1993 album, "Doggystyle," made back when he was Snoop Doggy Dogg. The others - A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick - went "veering off," as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest put it, to play additional hits (which no one minded) or to plug more recent projects.

And then there was the wild card: Lauryn Hill, the singer and rapper formerly of the Fugees, appearing half an hour late. She hasn't released a studio album since "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, and she has recorded and toured only sporadically since then while raising five children. "I miss you," she told the crowd repeatedly. Partway through the set she pulled guests out of the V.I.P. section and onstage: Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend. They missed her too.
-[New York Times]

A second set from the NYC edition of Rock The Bells (first is HERE), continue below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells @ Governors Island - pics (part 2) (Wu-Tang, Street Sweeper Social Club, Yelawolf, Slick Rick & more) "

"the blueprint for greatness" (Marianne O'Leary)
Blueprint of Greatness

"Shares of Madison Square Garden Inc, which owns the New York Knicks, dropped nearly 4 percent early on Friday, the day after superstar LeBron James spurned the basketball team to sign with the Miami Heat.

James announced on Thursday evening that he would join the Heat in his quest to win a National Basketball Association title, leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the Knicks had cleared salary-cap space on its roster in the hopes of attracting James, who has twice won the most valuable player award." [Reuters]

Phoenix and Dirty Projectors play the less-valuable Madison Square Garden on October 20th. Tickets go on AmEx presale July 12th at 10am and general sale Saturday, July 17 at 10am. (Lady Gaga plays there again tonight).

and yeah, Jay-Z didn't get Lebron either.

Yankees

"Just hours after presale tickets for Eminem and Jay-Z's "Home And Home" tour went on sale today (June 24), another show has been added in Detroit at Comerica Park on Friday, September 2 and in New York at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, September 14. Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow, Friday, June 25, 2010" [Billboard]
All four dates listed below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z & Eminem add 2nd shows in NYC & Detroit "

Tickets for the September 13th Jay-Z/Eminem show at the new Yankee Stadium go on presales @ 10am. I say "presales" because the list of them is rocawear, roc4life, jay-z, venue, live nation, radio, and Yankees.com registered users. PASSWORD = NYYJAYZ for one of the presales, and also try "tickets" for the Live Nation presale.

here are two pictures...

(via)
Jay Z and Eminem

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Jay Z and Eminem

After the city denied Jay-Z and Eminem from performing on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater, they just moved their Letterman taping to the roof of the building. The above pictures were taken earlier this evening, Monday, June 21st. The mini-concert will air on Letterman on Friday night.

And as I type this, Red Bull is hosting an event in Bowery Ballroom named "Red Bull Emsee: The Road to 8 Mile". Not surprisingly (based on that event name, their promise of "Special Guest Performances", and Eminem's location earlier today), Eminem is rumored to be making an appearance (after midnight). Maybe Jay-Z will stop by too?

UPDATE:
Eminem did in fact play Bowery Ballroom. a picture below.

Tickets to Eminem and Jay-Z's upcoming show at Yankee Stadium go on sale soon.

Continue reading "Jay-Z & Eminem played the Ed Sullivan Theatre roof (instead), Eminem playing Bowery Ballroom tonight (update: he played)"

Ed Sullivan

Mayor Bloomberg was in no Empire State of Mind yesterday.

Jay-Z had planned to put on a surprise performance atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater Monday but the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting put the kibosh on it yesterday.

Like Paul McCartney last year, the Brooklyn-born rap superstar had planned to use his appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" to give a show in the middle of rush-hour Midtown.

"There was discussion of a concert, and ultimately it was decided there would be no permit," said Julianne Cho, spokeswoman for the film office.

The mini-concert was axed abruptly after weeks of planning and negotiations, sources said.

The decision came on the heels ofa free performance by rapper Drake at the South Street Seaport that was canceled Tuesday after 10,000 people -- triple what was expected -- grew unruly when the entertainer kept them waiting for 90 minutes.

Six people suffered minor injuries. Two people were arrested.

Sources told The Post that a permit for Jay-Z's performance would have been granted only if organizers could keep the show secret, but word of the show leaked out yesterday.

"Many permits are granted on the condition that the event is not made public beforehand for capacity and security reasons," Cho said. "This event was made public." [NY Post] (via)

Note that the NY Post says "10,000 people -- triple what was expected" which is different than that NY Times article which said "The concert space at the Seaport can hold about 10,000 people, but far more came on Tuesday. The police did not release a crowd estimate, but some reports have put it at 25,000..." Which is it?

That said, I wouldn't exactly start caling this the end of free shows in the city. Jay-Z for free in midtown doesn't really seem like it was ever a great idea, Drake show or not.

Speaking of free shows, JG Thirlwell leads an orchestra in Prospect Park tonight (6/18). Morning Benders, Freelance Whales & Wild Nothing play Governors Island on Saturday.

And in related news, tickets to see Jay-Z play Yankee Stadium go on sale in a week.