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Dipset already revealed the first stop of their reunion tour, happening February 24 at BB King's (tickets), and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes another NYC show happening February 28 at CPAC Nightclub (1020 E 48th St in East Flatbush), plus SXSW, dates in NJ, CT and more. Funkmaster Flex will be at all stops.
All dates are listed, with the recently-released "Victory" freestyle, below...
As discussed, Dipset, who reunited to open for Wu-Tang last year, are going on a 5-date reunion tour this year. Though the full tour still hasn't been announced, we know that Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey will hit NYC on February 24 at BB King's. Tickets are on sale now. The show's being presented by Funkmaster Flex, who's also presenting the Action Bronson show at the same venue this month.
Dipset also said they'd be putting out a mixtape this year, and since we last spoke, they dropped their first new single, the classic-sounding "Have My Money." Check it out below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, there's been some notable news in the hip hop community lately -- like the new N.E.R.D. songs -- and now that the holidays are behind us, we're taking this chance to round up some of the stuff we've missed. Here's some of that news, plus a few upcoming NYC shows...
As you may have heard, on New Year's Day Kanye West and Paul McCartney released a collaborative track called "Only One," which a press release calls "the first publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists" and is sung from the perspective of Kanye's late mother. The idea of Yeezus and Sir Paul on a track together may seem more like it'd happen for the novelty of that collaboration than because they work really well together, but if you haven't listened you should check this song out. It's very good.
Onetime Kanye tour DJ A-Trak (who thinks, despite what you say, that 2014 was one of the best years for rap) reunited Dipset members Cam'ron and Juelz Santana on the single "Dipshits" in 2014, which was followed by a full Dipset set at Wu-Tang's Barclays Center show. Now, the group of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey are preparing to continue that reunion with a mixtape and a five-stop US tour this year. The plans were revealed by Funkmaster Flex on Instagram (via FACT). No tour dates announced yet, but stay tuned.
Cam'ron's sorta-recent Fool's Gold Day Off showmate Danny Brown is also up to something, it's non-musical though. He told Australian radio station Triple J (via FACT) that he's working on a Dr. Seuss-inspird children's book:
"It's really about self-esteem in black girls, I guess", says Brown. "You know how black women do so much - process their hair, change their eye colour - it's really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realises she's just better off the way she is."That should be interesting. In less positive news, Danny's fellow "1 Train" rapper Joey Bada$$ was charged with assault after allegedly punching a security guard at Australian music festival Falls Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. The guard allegedly told police he thought Joey was an unauthorized person. After the incident went down, the guard was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries, and Joey was arrested after the show. Pitchfork points out a representative for Joey offered an official statement reading "There was a misunderstanding with security at the Byron Falls Festival show, which resulted in charges being laid by NSW Police. After fully cooperating with Police, Joey was granted bail and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge."
Brown started writing the book for his daughter, and claims that he "wants it to be real Dr. Seuss-y. The Grinch, Green Eggs And Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish - what was going on in that guy's brain to be able to write those things? I think I AM Dr. Seuss! I'm The Grinch, I'm all his characters come to life in rap music."
Death Grips before they "broke up" (more by Wei Shi)
In rap news that is just kind of weird, Death Grips, who are supposedly broken up, released a new instrumental album called Fashion Week that you can download for free. They also announced that their double album, The Powers That B, will actually come out as a physical release on February 10 via Harvest Records.
Now for some upcoming shows. Father, who we mentioned is opening for Theophilus London on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), is also playing his own show on January 22 at Baby's All Right with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. His album, Young Hot Ebony, made Stereogum's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 list, it features iLoveMakonnen and others, and can be streamed below.
Two days earlier than that is the next 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's (1/20) with a lineup of NJ rappers Kazzie, Dougie F., Fetty Wap and KC Bandz. Tickets are on sale now. Dougie F put out the single "Back Up On It" on Mad Decent not long ago. You can watch the video for that, with a Fetty Wap video, below.
For something more classic, Brooklyn vets Smif-n-Wessun are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1995 debut, Dah Shinin', on January 14 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.
One last thing, while Run the Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) was by far the consensus hip hop favorite of 2014 (and many critics' favorite of any genre), with duo Freddie Gibbs & Madlib trailing not far behind, it was the duo of Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier, aka PRyme, who topped HipHopDX's list. As discussed, PRhyme's tour hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
Streams and videos below...
aftermath at N. 9th & Wythe (via)
Earlier today, we pointed out that a shooting went down at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg last night after Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs' show at the venue, and that he was the alleged target. Freddie meanwhile has confirmed tthat like his 2012 record, he's #StillLivin. With other tweets he further confirms he's good and that his tour DJ is too.
The NY Post article we linked to earlier has also since been updated and has more details on the situation:
Cops showed Gibbs pictures of the gunman, and another man seen inside the club with him, but the rapper didn't recognize either man.It hasn't been confirmed who the gunman was yet, but some people on Twitter have speculated that Jeezy, who Freddie had a major fallout with which resulted in death threats, was behind it. The Four Oh Five also said, "This could potentially stem from some beef between Freddie Gibbs and Young Jeezy, although absolutely nothing has been confirmed, of course, and I'm only putting two and two together."
Rough Trade doesn't have metal detectors and doesn't check customers for weapons, police said.
"They don't have metal detectors, they don't use wands," the investigator said, "nothing prevents somebody from bringing in a gun."
The gunman could have shot Gibbs inside, but instead opened fire when they were all outside.
"At one point, he [the shooter] was standing right next to you," the investigator said. "The opportunity was there if he wanted to shoot."
Others have guessed that Dipset's Jim Jones, who Freddie recently called out, saying "he a wanna be blood," was behind it. But when one person suggested that on Twitter, Freddie responded "na I doubt it he too pussy."
Above is a picture of the aftermath via Alex Esguerra, who wrote "Last night two guys got shot outside of #roughtrade literally outside our window. We watched the aftermath out our window." Another instagram via @leopoldof is captioned saying the entire block is closed. As of now, tonight's Noah Gunderson / Owen Beverly show at Rough Trade still appears to be on though. If you go, keep an eye out for the previously mentioned bullet holes that now decorate the venue's door.
Stay tuned for any more updates. Listen to "Still Livin'" below...
World's Fair at MHOW in August (more by Maclyn Bean)
As always, there's a number of good hip hop shows coming up in NYC, and here's a few of those...
Maybe not exactly hip hop, but as discussed, M.I.A. is doing a few shows this year, including two in NYC happening on November 1 and 4 at Terminal 5 (three if you count the YouTube Music Awards). Tickets for the 11/1 date are still on sale, and the 11/4 date is sold out but we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one. Contest details below.
Sooner than that, you can catch fast-rising Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper at his second of two nights at SOB's TONIGHT (10/30). He's doing two shows tonight (8 PM and 11 PM), both sold out. And if you're going, don't miss footwork wizard DJ Rashad, who's opening.
An upcoming group of rappers, this time from NYC, World's Fair, are playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at SOB's on November 21 with Ratking, The Incomparable, Shakespeare and G4SHI. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A more veteran NYC rapper, Jim Jones (of Dipset), will be teaming up with Skibeatz & the Senseis for a hometown show on November 3 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A bunch of veteran NYC hip hop DJs, including Afrika Bambaataa, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and many more, will be at the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation at SOB's on November 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info and full lineup here.
Mobb Deep w/ TNGHT at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Some big name veterans will be just outside of NYC in Mashantucket, CT for Hip Hop Reunion II in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on December 21 with Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Method Man, Redman, and more. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at 10 AM and are on "special hip hop fan presale" now.
More vets, this time from the west coast, Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Cheif Xcel) are playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For something much different, you can catch Kosha Dillz (who often opens for Turquoise Jeep) at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 4 with Kyle Rapps, Stan Ipcus, G.R.A.M.Z., Shamon Cassette and SFTTM. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
Stones Throw-signed rapper Homeboy Sandman is teaming up with YC the Cynic (who recently released his GNK LP), I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank for a show on January 18 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available.
A pretty big rap show that just happened in NYC was Drake's Barclays Center show on Monday (10/28) as part of his tour with Miguel and Future. On stage, he was joined by Busta Rhymes, Future, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and other A$AP Mob members. Check out the full setlist and a video of him playing a new song, "Trophies," below.
Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Flatbush Zombies, Kanye with Kendrick, Kanye with Tribe, Jay Z, MellowHigh, Danny Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick with Schoolboy Q, and more. Browse our Hip Hop category for even more.
Speaking of NYE shows, The Jim Jones Revue are playing Bowery Electric on New Year's Eve (12/31). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Dipset at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Harlem rap crew The Diplomats aka Dipset aka Jim Jones, Cam'ron, and Juelz Santana released their debut album, Diplomatic Immunity, back in 2003 and returned in 2011 to perform it in its entirety in NYC (though despite what was advertised, they didn't actually perform all of it). Now for the album's tenth anniversary, they're celebrating with an In Flex We Trust-presented NYC show on March 25 at BB King's with Funkmaster Flex. It's not clear if they're giving any promises on what they'll be performing this time, but maybe they'll do the whole thing. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
In related news, Juelz Santana just released a mixtape, God Will'n, which you can download at LiveMixTapes and stream in its entirety below. Mind you, we're still waiting for the promised new full length, Born to Lose, Built to Win which was supposed to be out December, 2012 and may or may not see the light of day. Juelz was also recently interviewed by Fuse (video below), where he called a new Diplomats album "possible" and also said a new song is on the way. I wouldn't hold my breath, but it seems more likely than getting a copy of Detox.
Interview video, mixtape stream, and show flyer below...
photos by Brook Bobbins, words by BBG
Before the Diplomats hit the stage, the DJ treated the highly energized crowd to a mix of current hits and classics - shouting out the late, great Harlem emcee Big L while mixing it up with hits by Rick Ross and Meek Mill. Once the Diplomats hit the stage, the crowd's energy level soared, chants of "Dipset!" accompanying the Diplomats as they performed songs like "Bout It Bout It Pt. 3," "Ground Zero" and "I'm Ready" . Instead of performing Diplomatic Immunity in its entirely as a group, the Diplomats split up and every member performed a solo set, revealing one of the deepest catalog of hits hip-hop has to offer. -[Stupid Dope]During those non-Diplomats sets at Best Buy Theater on 9/30, Jim Jones, Juelz and Cam all performed their solo material, bringing guests like Vado and ASAP Rocky to perform tracks from Gunz & Butta and the forthcoming Live.Love.A$AP respectively. Despite the billing as "Diplomatic Immunity in its entirety" the show seemed to be laid out more like a conventional Dipset show between the individual sets and the performance of only part of the advertised LP.
More pictures from the show below...
photos by Tim Griffin
As the rowdy crowd chanted his name, Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, took the stage in a hoodie and white bandana... and opened his laptop. Girl Talk's set was a seamless, ever-evolving collage of samples, cutting across genres and eras as he combined top-40 gems in new ways and even rap lyrics over Rush... Girl Talk's anarchic good-times music suited the celebratory vibe at the outdoor venue, where the crowd seemed part music nerds in dorky glasses, part sun-baked tubers in swimsuits and glowing bracelets. -[mysanantonio]A week after Governors Ball, Girl Talk spent his Saturday (6/25) in New Braunfels, Texas (near San Antonio), playing a mashed-up set to a raucous outdoor crowd with support from "hillbilly disco" rockers Bright Light Social Hour. Pictures from that show are in this post.
In other Girl Talk news, Greg Gillis recently made the instrumental for his track with Jim Jones and LLoyd, "Believe in Magic", available for free download. Hear the original, alongside all tour dates and more pictures from Texas below.
Vado performing with Dipset at Best Buy (more by Brook Bobbins)
Cam'ron protege Vado will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 1st as part of a night of "rising stars of hip hop and R&B" that will also include appearances from Bridget Kelly, Cyhi the Prince, and Leeia Music. Tickets are on sale.
Vado, who recently signed with Interscope, is preparing to release a collaborative LP with Cam'ron entitled Gunz & Butta due on April 19th. Check out the new video for "Girls Cry" below, with a snippet of "Hey Muma" (shot at Don Hill's) directly following.
Cyhi the Prince, who is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, recently made an appearance at SXSW along with the rest of the G.O.O.D. crew (John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Big Sean, and Mr. Hudson). Cyhi the Prince recently dropped a verse on an A-Trak song, "Ray Ban Vision (Remix)", which is streamable below. Reminder, both A-Trak & Pusha T (of Clipse) play Terminal 5 on 4/30. Tickets are still available.
Vado recently performed with Cam'ron's group Dipset at their reunion show in NYC. Look for a new Dipset EP on July 4th entitled Independence Day. Dipset member Jim Jones's new LP Capo is out now. Check out the new and twitter-heavy Jim Jones video for "Everybody Jones" along with a few others below.
photos by Brook Bobbins
The Diplomats, aka Dipset, played their 2nd NYC reunion show on Saturday 3/26. Last time it was at Hammerstein. This time it was at Best Buy Theater in Times Square where the Harlem crew of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zeekey were joined by the MPC monster Araabmuzik, Maino, Vado and Lloyd Banks. Yodon reports that "After killing the stage as a group, they all did their solo sets. Cam'ron brought out Vado, Jim Jones brought out Maino and Juelz Santana brought out Lloyd Banks." Pictures from the show adorn this post. The group was also supposed to play a show one night earlier at Northern Lights in Clifton Park but that one was cancelled due to "contractual issues."
Next up, Kill Cam, the Capo, and Santana, head down to Texas next week for a pair of Dipset dates and then out to the West Coast to wrap up the reunion celebration... and hopefully put the finishing touches on their new Diplomatic Immunity LP soon thereafter. All dates and more pictures and some videos from the NYC show, below...
After rocking a star-studded show to a packed post-Thanksgiving house at Hammerstein, The Diplomats are back at it and will play Best Buy Theater on March 26, two days after they play the Trocadero in Philly. Tickets for the NYC show are currently on AmEx presale and go on regular sale at noon Friday (2/11). The Dipset is currently working on Diplomatic Immunity 3 which, according to the Boston Herald, is tentatively due on July 4th this year.
Meanwhile, the individual Diplomats have kept busy. Jim Jones will release CAPO on April 5th via E1 which will feature appearances from Raekwon (who plays MHoW soon), Snoop Dogg, Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, and others. Check out the director's cut of the first video from the LP, "Blow Your Smoke", available below.
Other recent news about Juelz Santana hasn't been quite as jovial:
[Juelz Santana] was hauled into jail Wednesday for weapons and drug charges following a raid on his New Jersey studio, Santana's World...--
"It's about money. They don't care about the criminals, they want that money. They said, 'We gon' get him, he can get high bail.' Whether the charges stick or not, they gon' get their money," said Juelz, who was released on Thursday after posting $125,000 bail.
A January 20 raid on his studio turned up two loaded handguns, drug paraphernalia and 17 Ziploc bags of "a greenish brown vegetation, consistent with the appearance of Marijuana." The Dipset star has been charged with possession of a firearm and a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a handgun without having a permit, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone after police executed a 10-month-long investigation that led to the raid. (Juelz protégé and Skull Gang MC Hynief was arrested at the time of the bust). Despite the charges, Santana is adamant he wasn't involved in any illegal activity. -[MTV News]
According to Ticketmaster, the NYC show is billed as "The Diplomats Reunion Tour," so stay tuned for more dates. That Jim Jones video and some others are below.
Cam, Jimmy, and Julez of Dipset at Hammerstein (via)
[For] ...the Diplomats -- Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey -- ...this was the reunion show [for a crew]... torn asunder a few years ago by petty animus and financial accusations back and forth, survivors of arrests and family struggles, but now brought back together for another chance at harmony, if not quite world domination.Yes, the New York Times was in attendance when The Diplomats staged their triumphant reunion at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, 11/26, the day after Thanksgiving. In addition to the core quartet of Jones, Santana, Zekey, and Killa Cam, Hammerstein's stage was blessed by the requisite surprise appearances from Dipset crew members Hell Rell, 40 Cal, and JR Writer in addition to an appearance from Black Rob (he of "Whoa" fame, who also appeared at the Duck Down Anniversary). The Dipset crew reportedly covered upwards of 50 songs over the evening (snippet or otherwise).
For the last decade, the Diplomats have been synonymous with Harlem -- even if some of its members have moved elsewhere. In an era in which New York is decreasingly central to hip-hop's landscape, as a group and as solo acts they have been regionalist holdouts, sticking close to the stylistically flamboyant street rap pioneered by Cam'ron and tweaked by the rest.
At almost three hours this rapturously received concert, sponsored by the hip-hop radio station Hot 97 (WQHT-FM), was a tribute to the persistent power of geographic mythology. Every summer Hot 97 hosts the giant Summer Jam concert, in which the Diplomats, local heroes infiltrating what is effectively a national stage, tend to get short shrift. This raucous night was the group's own Summer Jam, full of hits and obscurities and split into five parts: first, an opening group set; then three solo sets, by Jim Jones, then Juelz Santana, then Cam'ron; then everyone reunited to close the show. -[New York Times]
If you missed Juelz at Hammerstein on 11/26, maybe you caught him at Hammerstein.... on 11/25. Santana made a surprise appearance at the Fabolous/Nicki Minaj show alongside another not-so-surprise performer, Kanye West who "played" the Thanksgiving Parade earlier that day and a show with the help pf Nicki at Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier. Santana appeared with Fab for "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" while West again appeared with Minaj for "Monster" from his new album.
Videos from both Hammerstein shows below...
Dipset with Dr. Dre
"The Diplomats, also popularly known as Dipset, are a Harlem-based hip hop group founded by Cam'ron and Jim Jones in 1997. The original members of the group were Cam'ron, Freekey Zekey, and Jim Jones ; who all grew up together in Harlem. Juelz Santana would later be added to the group in 2000." [Wiki]Cam'ron, Juelz, and Jim Jones have killed the noise and reformed The Diplomats who are set to take off on the live stage, November 26th at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC (tickets to the post-Thanksgiving show will cost you $63.50- $73.50).
No word if any of the other Dipset crew will be on board as well (Hell Rell, Un Kasa, Byrd Gang, J.R. Writer, 40 Cal, etc, etc). What is known is that the crew is preparing a new LP (Diplomatic Immunity 3?) and have enlisted Dr Dre for the production (as pictured above). Though no label is currently attached, the LP will reportedly hit next year and Freeky Zeeky recently insinuated that Dipset will sign with Interscope Records in the near future. No other details are known, but if you have questions you can always try and call Jim Jones at (917) 675-3685. Seriously.
More soon, but for now, you can check out an interview with Jim Jones performed in the Dipset practice space, and other videos, below.
DOWNLOAD: - Jim Jones - "Salute" Remix w/ Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, & Vado (MP3)
"Freddie Gibbs hella #underrated" - NiNO_WiLLIAMS
"only in NYC can you see Gotham Green, Black Milk, Freddie Gibbs, DJ Spinna and Tony Touch all rock in the same night." -jessfromcosign
"Jim Jones is at the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk show. I didn't know he liked rap." - itsthereal
Freddie Gibbs at SXSW (photo by Villageslum.com)
Freddie Gibbs is the Str8 Killa (and a straight blunt killa, but more on that in a sec) and he celebrated his new EP with a show featuring the great Black Milk, Gotham Green, Push! Montana, Tony Touch, DJ Spinna and others last night at SOB's. Check out some videos from the event below.
In other Gibbs related news, odds are you won't see the MC at the upcoming Rick Ross / Diddy shindig at Governor's Island:
Complex: Switching topics: One of the hottest rappers right now is Rick Ross. One of your recent tweets read: "Who are you? Rick Ross, Big Meech or Larry Hoover? the rap game is like halloween every day?"Ouchie. He goes on to speak on Diddy, Khaled, and many others in the same interview.
Freddie Gibbs: [Laughs.] That's real, man. That dude makes good records, but I just can't support no bold-faced lying on records. I guess he's entertaining people. It's like a movie, like Scarface. He can have that fake lane. I'll stay in the real lane. We got a non-fiction lane of rap, that's how I'm looking at it now. So you got that fiction lane over there where they're doing all them. I do the non-fiction, the autobiography, the real shit. It's all good.... I mean you can't really trip on him yelling names out. This the same dude that told you he knew Noriega when he first came out, so...
As you can see above, Jim Jones was spotted at the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk shindig. Jones's reunited partner in rhyme (dipset all day, as the kids say) Cam'ron will headline the Funkmaster Flex birthday party next Wednesday (8/11) at BB King's. Look for Killa Cam to perform alongside a team Ja Rule, Capone & Noreaga, Group Home (who just played Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest) and DJ Premier (him too). Tickets are on sale, yuhnahmean? Dig on the remix for "Salute" from Jim Jones's upcoming LP The Capo (9/28 via E1) featuring Juelz Santana, Vado, and Cam'ron above.
Video from the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk show last night, as well as some of Mr. Gibbs and Best Coast (ex-Vivian Girl Ali included) sharing some ganj at the Pitchfork Fest, is below...
Dan Auerbach, Jim Jones, Mos Def, Patrick Carney, and Damon Dash
Just in time for the holidays and to remind the hip hop listmakers that The Ecstatic was/is the truth, the two-time Grammy nominated Mos Def has scheduled a show on 12/20 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets, though not cheap, are on sale.
Mos Def was also recently announced as a contributor to the new Gorillaz record, along with a host of notables
The third Gorillaz album will feature one newly announced GPS voice, two iconic frontmen of the '60s and '70s, and more, lending to a contributing line-up as eclectic as the one heard on 2005's Demon Days.Mos Def is also part of another notable crew, Blakroc, a project featuring The Black Keys as a backing band for a crew of killer MCs!
The GPS voice, Snoop Dogg, plus Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, will be heard alongside Mos Def, Bobby Womack, The Horrors and the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra in Plastic Beach, out 2010.
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have wanted to make a hip-hop album since they were teenagers....The self-titled, Damon Dash-presented BlakRoc LP is out now and also features Q-Tip, ODB, RZA, Raekwon, and Jim Jones among others.
"All the blues music I liked was super simple and stripped down. All the hip-hop I liked was super simple and stripped down," says Auerbach. "We always heard that connection."
The Black Keys' first demo reflected their hip-hop tastes. It featured drum loops and samples, which their first record label later told them to scrap. Years later, following recent praise for their minimalist, bluesy jams, The Black Keys have finally recorded a hip-hop album. Their collaborative ensemble is called BlakRoc.
"What makes this special is the guys' sensibility of hip-hop," [Pharoahe Monch] says. "The drum loop-like timing and patterns make a groove that is easy to rhyme to and to write over."-[NPR]
Raekwon is on tour now and also has a NYC show coming up.
The Capo Jim Jones and Mos Def, along with the Black Keys, (BlakRoc) played Letterman last night (12/8) - the same night that Jawbox was burnin' Fallon to the ground. It was also rumored that the group might play a secret show at new venue Under 100 (in the basement of Damon Dash's building) later that night, but though Mos Def was there hanging out (again), he and the group didn't actually play (pictures from that event coming later).
Dig on the live Blakroc video from Letterman, the official video for the same song, as well as more videos from Mos, below...
An Evening with Jay-Z, January 19, 2009 8PM (kepkanation)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With George W. Bush all packed up and out of the White House, and Barack Obama ready to move in, hip-hop has never felt more patriotic. And the huge theme for Obama's inauguration weekend has been Young Jeezy's "My President." On Monday night, in the town nicknamed "Chocolate City," Jay-Z drove his audience wild with his new verse for the song's remix.Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, and Young Jeezy were among the guests who joined Jay at the Warner Theater last night. Jay was Young Jeezy's guest at a show in the same town one night earlier. Earlier on Sunday was the biggest Obama-related concert of all in front of Abraham Lincoln. Mary J. Blige and Beyonce also performed at that.
The show at the Warner Theatre was billed as the "Concert on the Eve of Change," but the crowd welcomed a very familiar Hov game-plan: knock 'em with his own hits and those of his big-name guests.
After "Brooklyn Go Hard," Jay informed D.C. that he was ready for a long night." [MTV]
The Beastie Boys also played a show in the same town on Monday night.
Jim Jones recently turned himself in to the NYPD after he fought with a friend of Jay-Z.
A snippet of video from the Jay-Z show below...
photos by Leia Jospe
Clipse's Pusha T & Wale
Wednesday night, in downtown Manhattan, Mark Ronson's Allido Records and Hot 97 hosted a show featuring Colin Munroe, Wale, and Kid CuDi at the Highline Ballroom. Hot 97 on air-personalities Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg took on hosting duties, lightening up the tense air between the sardine can-packed concertgoers....More pictures below...
...GOOD Music's latest signee and Kanye's new wonderboy, Kid Cudi, hit the stage next. Fresh off the plane from Australia, Mr. Solo Dolo definitely had all eyes on him. After killing mixtape bangers like "Down and Out" and "Man on the Moon," CuDi had one more surprise in store for the thirsty fans, as hometown hero Jim Jones joined the emcee for a performance of breakthrough single "Day 'n' Night," whipping the crowd to a fever pitch.
As Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio entered the VIP room, Wale and his UCB band crept onstage. "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E." quickly re-energized the crowd, and Hov seemed thoroughly impressed as his goons deflected the attentions of male groupies. The lovely Chrisette Michele made her cameo as the DC heavy hitter rocked his Roots guest spot on the track "Rising Up". One half of the Clipse, Pusha T, also made an appearance for his verse on "Back in the Go-Go". The hipsters could barely contain themselves. In true Roc-A-Fella form, though, the night ended with Freeway and Young Chris storming the stage and making a convincing case for the dynasty to which they lay claim." [DJ Booth]
Jim James @ Coachella (more by Ryan Muir)
My Morning Jacket singer and guitarist Jim James was injured during the Southern-rock band's concert Tuesday night at the University of Iowa.That article was published last night. Since then Jim was treated and released from the hospital. My Morning Jacket is scheduled to play MSG on New Years Eve.
James slipped and fell about 30 minutes into the band's set at the Recreation Building and was taken to a hospital. The remainder of the show was canceled. Officials with SCOPE, the UI's concert organization, would not say where James was taken and declined further comment.
James apparently hit his head in the fall, which happened in the dark between songs. The extent of his injuries were not known.
My Morning Jacket's four other members left the stage seconds after James fell. Drummer Patrick Hallahan returned to the stage several minutes later to say James fell and his injury was being assessed. About 10 minutes later, Hallahan and the rest of the band, minus James, took the stage to say the show was canceled.
"Jim was really hurt, he's heading to the hospital," Hallahan said. "We're really sorry, this has never happened before."
At least one fan yelled "refund!" but the majority of the crowd cheered in a show of support for James.
[Iowa Gazette] (thx Eric)
On a completely unrelated note, rapper Jim Jones is strangely playing Mercury Lounge on December 1st (rescheduled from October 13th).