Entries tagged with: Lil Durk
photo: Philadelphia during Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As Billy Penn reports, Philadelphia City councilman Mark Squilla has proposed a bill that would "require owners of nightclubs, cabarets, bars and restaurants in the city to collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of entertainers -- bands, rappers and DJs -- in a registry, and to share that personal information with police upon request."
The article points out that no specific incident has been named as the reason for this, but Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez said some artists "have been known to have created incidents and violence at their previous acts." And as Billy Penn points out, this comes just months after a fatal shooting outside of a Lil Durk show in Philly.
R5 Productions owner Sean Agnew does not sound very happy about this:
"This is news to me. I'm not sure what the reasoning or theory is. As someone who books 600+ shows a year, I have never once received an artist's home address or phone number. It's all through booking agents, managers, publicists," Agnew told Billy Penn. "There is a firewall in place with the artists. I can't imagine a band's representatives wanting to give their clients information over to the police without a really good reason."He also adds, "I'm just trying to think of a situation where the police want the addresses and numbers of the 10+ members of Arcade Fire. Seems really intense."
A bunch of Philly artists, including The Districts, Tunji Ige, The Early November and Cayetana, have been passing this Change.org petition around the internet to get the bill denied. The petition reads:
The recent bill (#160016) to amend the "Special Assembly Occupancies" section of the Philadelphia Code poses a serious threat to Philadelphia's vast and thriving music scene. Please don't underestimate the number and variety of people this bill would hurt. If passed, this bill will have a serious chilling effect; not only on the musicians that call this city home, but also on the thousands of touring acts who visit the city every year (and bring in thousands of dollars in revenue).--
Additionally, there is no reason for the Philadelphia Police to possess a registry containing the personal information of thousands of people, simply because they are musicians. Not only is it unnecessary and likely to cause a massive administrative backlog, it's a gross violation of our civil liberties. Philadelphia is currently one of the best cities in the country for live music-this bill would make it one of the worst. We call on City Council to reject this dangerous, costly, and unnecessary bill, and to continue to protect the civil rights of its residents.
by Andrew Sacher
Lil Durk and Dej Loaf released their collaborative single "My Beyonce" this year, and now they've given it a basketball-themed video. Check it out below.
Durk is also touring in February/March, including a NYC show on 2/20 at Gramercy Theatre. Opening is Manolo Rose, who just released a song with Smoke DZA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/15) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (1/13) at 10 AM (passwords = "ICONIC," "musicgeeks"). All dates are listed below.
Pitchfork also points out in their anticipated albums of 2016 feature that Dej Loaf is likely following her excellent #AndSeeThatsTheThing EP with her first full length this year. No title, release date or anything like that, but she says "Gonna work until everything becomes great, until everything sounds great." Let's hope we hear that soon.
A few months ago, Chicago R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid dropped the single "Church," which will appear on his new album, In My Mind, due early 2016 via Motown. Today he shared a remix of the song with guest vocals from fellow Chicagoans Jeremih (who finally released Late Nights this month) and Lil Durk (who put out a new mixtape this month). Listen below. The original version features Chance the Rapper and Buddy, and you can watch the video for that below too.
Lil Durk released his official debut album Remember My Name earlier this year, and today he followed it with a new mixtape, 300 Days, 300 Nights. It features his Dej Loaf collaboration "My Beyonce," that he put out about a month ago, and collabs with Future, Meek Mill and more. You can download the whole thing at DatPiff and stream it below.
Dej Loaf also has a few shows coming up this month and next, including New Year's Eve in NYC at Amazura (91-12 144th Place in Jamaica, Queens). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:
Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.
Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.
For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.
You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.
Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.
Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).
Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.
Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:
Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.
That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.
The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.
Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.
A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).
We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.
Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).
And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.
Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.
by Andrew Sacher
Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
Veteran underground duo Cannibal Ox finally released the followup to their El-P-produced 2001 debut this year. They'll play their hometown again in support of it on October 22 at The Studio at Webster Hall. It's part of a tour with Liam Tracy. Tickets go on sale today (7/17) at noon. Watch their recently-released video for "Harlem Knights" (dir. Steven Tapia) off the new album, their first video in 14 years, below.
Warren G will release Regulate...G Funk Era Part II EP, the sequel to his 1994 debut album Regulate... G Funk Era, on August 6. The first single is "My House," a previously unreleased collaboration with the late Nate Dogg. Listen below. Warren G celebrates the new EP with a release show on August 9 at Highline Ballroom with EPMD. Tickets are on sale.
Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott has apparently confirmed the release of his upcoming Rodeo album for September 4. While you wait for that, you can see him in NYC on Saturday (7/18) at 50 Kent for the 'Greatest Day Ever' show with Trippy Turtle, Shift K3Y and more. Tickets are still available.
Future, who has gotten a lot of hype for his recent mixtapes, has now put out his new album DS2. You can check out the Drake-featuring single "Where Ya At" and a Spotify stream of the whole record below. He's got a Newark show coming up in August (tickets).
Legendary duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth play their hometown on September 20 at BB King's. Tickets are on sale now. Pete also plays the screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic on Sunday (7/19) in Queensbridge Park. That's a free SummerStage show.
Young Thug, who was recently arrested on drug and weapon charges but then released from jail and also accused of conspiring to kill Lil Wayne, released the new single "Pacifier" off his upcoming album Hy!£UN35. His next NYC show is September 17 at Central Park SummerStage, opening for RL Grime. Tickets are still available. You can listen to his new single below.
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Chicago rapper Lil Durk is releasing his new album, Remember My Name, on June 2 via Def Jam, and he'll play a release show at NYC's Irving Plaza (6/2) the day it comes out. Tickets are on sale now. Watch the video for the new album's single "Like Me" featuring Jeremih, below.
In sort of related news, Atlanta rap crew Two-9 (who have worked with Lil Durk before) are returning to NYC on June 28 at Gramercy Theatre. That show is with promising local group Bitches Is Crazy (BIC), as well as HD Been Dope and Depo. Tickets are currently on Live Nation/Citi/Music Geeks presales, and general on-sale starts Friday (5/15) at 10 AM.
And in one more bit of related news, Lil Durk collaborator and fellow Chicagoan Tink is playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at NYC's SOB's on Monday (5/19) with Detroit Che and Asia Sparks. Tickets are on sale.
Listen to Tink's new single "Million," with that Lil Durk/Jeremih song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.
The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.
There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).
Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.
Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).
Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.
Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.
To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.
The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...
The XXL Freshmen 2014 Class was recently announced and includes Chance the Rapper (who hardly feels like a "freshman" in 2014), Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Jarren Benton and August Alsina. As usual, the class is celebrating by going on a tour, and though all dates haven't been announced we know it hits NYC on June 9 at Best Buy Theater. Not surprisingly, Chance the Rapper isn't on the bill (nor is TDE signee Isaiah Rashad or Lil Durk), but the rest of the class is. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon.
Both Rich Homie Quan and Ty Dolla $ign are on Wiz Khalifa's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour which hits the NYC-area on July 31 at Jones Beach and August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets for those shows are still available. Wiz and Ty also both play Hot 97 Summer Jam (tickets).
Some videos below...
Snow Tha Product
I fuck with her. I like gangsta bitches. We met at South by Southwest and may do a song together. She's thick, she's pretty, but she's not showing her ass. She wants people to hear her lyrics and not that other mess. If she wanted to take off her clothes, men would just die. But they have to respect her for what she's saying--having a nice body and being pretty is just a plus.The above quote is about Mexican-American rapper Snow Tha Product by Three Six Mafia's Gangsta Boo who reviewed her for VICE alongside other fellow female rappers Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea, Brooke Candy, Angel Haze, Kilo Kish, Kitty Pryde, and more. Not long ago Snow released the Good NIghts & Bad Mornings 2 mixtape which featured guest spots from Ty Dolla $ihn, Cyhi The Prynce and others and incudes standout single "Cookie Cutter Bitches." You can watch the video for that one below. A full length is set to follow sometime this year.
Snow just announced the 'F#*K Your Plans, Come Kick It Tour' tour which brings her to NYC for a show on March 5 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.
In other rap news, Chicago rapper Lil Durk, who has gotten some internet love lately, will make his way to NYC for a show on Thursday (1/30) at BB King's. Local fave Troy Ave is on the bill too, as is Chinx. Tickets are on sale now. Watch Lil Durk's video for "Dis Ain't What U Want" below.
A bunch of great local rappers, Kool A.D., Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Meyhem Lauren and Lakutis, will all team up for a hometown show on February 9 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Purity Ring at Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purity Ring's debut album Shrines has been a mainstay on Best of 2012 lists, from NME and SPIN to personal lists from Freelance Whales and Bowery Presents' Josh Moore. They also had some of the more visually-striking shows of the year and were the #5 Most Blogged About Artist of 2012 according to the Hype Machine, which we're continuing to fuel with this post. Purity Ring sold out the initial NYC date of their upcoming 2013 tour, so a second Webster Hall show was added (1/12, tickets still available). They've had a big year.
But what did Purity Ring like this year? Corin Roddick, one half of the Montreal duo, gave us his unranked list of favorite songs of 2012. Did "Call Me Maybe" make the cut? Check out his list below.