Entries tagged with: MOP
by Sean O'Connell
The Duck Down BBQ may be a bit of a repetitive event in that its headliners are similar every year, but that's the point. Taking place in Betsy Head Park, deep in the heart of Brownsville, the annual event is geared at being a celebration of the neighborhood, with the Boot Camp Clik, a supergroup featuring hip-hop heavyweights Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltah, always coming out in full effect for their neighborhood. Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah pointed out the housing project he grew up in from the stage, and every other performer talked about life in Brownsville and shouted out people in the crowd that they knew. There wasn't much of a line between the rappers and the audience, with Buckshot launching himself into the 2000+ person crowd and fans rushing the barricade as they shouted back lyrics.
The night was a mix of the old school and new school, with the hardcore legends of the Boot Camp Clik being joined by up-and-comers from the Beast Coast movement. CJ Fly of Pro Era had a tight set, that was joined by fellow Pro, the very popular Joey Bada$$, during the call and response "do it for the love" of "Loco Motives". Raz Fresco, another 19 year old from Toronto, showing the Beast Coast's stylistic northern reach, hearkened back to the boom bap slaughter of people like Big L. He pulled off an ambitious move by rapping over a medley of classic New York beats, slaying each one in a city known to be very arrogant about its own style's superiority.
Chelsea Reject and T'Nah Apex (who works with Pro Era often) put on a very noteworthy set that started with a hyper political a cappella by Chelsea, about being a young emcee in an age of Stop and Frisk. The duo touched on the detrimental effect of technology saturation in modern times, railing against obsession with YouTube views and "blue checks" (verified Twitter accounts). T'Nah Apex transitioned smoothly between her matter-of-fact rapping and ethereal singing, while maintaining a serious demeanor that added to her presence.
The prolific Statik Selektah was spinning in-between sets, scratching vinyl in a 90s fashion that many are unable to replicate anymore. It was fitting that Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 hosted the event, given that he labels himself a "hip hop purist" and has been integral in ushering in New York rappers recently.
The highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Brownsville's own M.O.P. for their gangsta rap anthem "Ante Up". By that time, more than forty people were onstage, nieces and nephews on the shoulders of some of the old-timers, keeping up with the celebration of the neighborhood. Buckshot closed out by calling on the audience to reach out to DuckDown saying "I want to see one of you up here next year".
BrooklynVegan was a proud sponsor of this year's Brooklyn Summerstage event, as you can see on the flyer below.
Brooklyn's free annual Afro-Punk Festival returned to Commodore Barry Park over the weekend for two days (8/24-25) of punk, rap, and everything in between, plus biking, skating, and more. The first day gave us sets from Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Ninjasonik, M.O.P., Saul Williams, Jean Grae, The Heavy, Theophilus London, Rye Rye, and more. Dead Prez made a "special guest" appearance, and word on the street was that Alicia Keys was supposed to as well, but she was a no show. Pictures of day 1 are in this post, and more are at Facebook and Google+.
Stay tuned for coverage of day 2. More day 1 pics below...
Mobb Deep at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NYC rap legends Mobb Deep are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a group this year and will be celebrating by going on a US tour in May and June. That tour wraps up in their home city on June 20 at Best Buy Theater for a show with Waka Flocka Flame and Heems (ex-Das Racist), who just played The Whitney over the weekend. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/10) at 10 AM and an AEG Live presale starting Thursday (4/11) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with the flyer for the NYC show, below.
Meanwhile, Mobb Deep member Havoc is releasing his new solo album, 13, on May 7. It features guest appearances by Styles P, Raekwon, Lloyd Banks, Royce Da 5'9", and others. The tracklist, album art, and a stream of its single, "Tell Me To My Face," are below.
Havoc will celebrate that album with a release show in NYC the day it comes out at Highline Ballroom (5/7). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The release show also doubles as the release show for R.A. the Rugged Man, who is also on the bill and releases his new album, Legends Never Die, on April 30. He just released the video for that album's single, "The People's Champ," which you can watch below. Also below, you can stream another album single "Learn Truth," which features Talib Kweli.
In related news, another old-school NYC rap show goes down at Highline Ballroom on July 21 with Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P., Chubb Rock, Grand Puba, and DJ Bent Rock. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can also see Big Daddy Kane tonight (4/09) at Brooklyn Bowl as part of show called Las Supper and tickets are still available.
All Mobb Deep dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...
Smif-N-Wessun at MHOW in 2012 (more)
Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 11 with F. Stokes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Big Daddy Kane is playing with a live band at BB King's on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
M.O.P., Smif-N-Wessun, and Ka are playing Highline Ballroom on February 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A stacked Lo-End Theory show with Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Buckshot, Meyhem Lauren, and more is going down at Highline Ballroom on January 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Freddie Gibbs is playing Santos Party House on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Trinidad James and Vinny Cha$e are playing SOB's on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
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...
photos by Brook Bobbins
Ali-Shaheed Mohammed will return to the tables this weekend at Dekalb Market after spinning at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest last weekend, along with (former?) bandmate Q-Tip and tons of suprise guests (like Busta Rhymes & Kanye West). You saw the videos. Here are the pics. More of them below...
Q-Tip at Rock The Bells (more by Eric Townsend)
This week is devoted to hip hop and specifically Brooklyn hip hop, with the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival ongoing and a "Salute To The DJ" event slated for TONIGHT at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Juice Crew mastermind Marley Marl will be on hand the headline the event, bringing along Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mista Sinista, Chairman Mao, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Twilite Tone, and Getlive, all hosted by Duck Down representative Torae. Tickets are still available. We also have a pair you can win. Details and set times below.
Friday (7/15) will mean the Bodega Recognition Awards at Sheraton Brooklyn, which will "recognize and celebrate positive contributions to Hip Hop Music and Culture", but Saturday is the big celebration. Over two stages and during two events, BHHF will see performances from Lords of The Underground, Q-Tip, K-Salaam, MOP, Shad, Diamond District, Random Axe, and many more from noon until 9PM. That's split into the Family Day celebration (12 - 3) and the subsequent show at Brooklyn Bridge Park (6- 9). Full festival details are below, and tickets to the Main Stage performances are still available.
Shad's appearance is one of a few scheduled for the coming weeks, as he'll skip around the US and Canada in the coming months. Full tour schedule is below.
Though it isnt part of the BHHF, Company Flow is decidedly hip hop AND from Brooklyn. The crew plays with The Juggaknots at a sold-out Santos on Saturday.
All Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival details, Shad tour dates, and some videos below.
photos by Brook Bobbins
Talib Kweli / EPMD
The energy and atmosphere was so Hip-Hop in every way! The crowd roared as the legends of the game hit the stage. A top memorable moment of the event was the LOX reunion. Styles P, Jadakiss, and Sheek Louch all hit the stage and performed classic material. They all did solo verses as well. The crowd went crazy when Styles P did his verse off Rick Ross' " B.M.F." Overall it was a great night for Hip-Hop. If you were there you would have felt that love, that energy and most important, you would understand that Hip-Hop is not dead. -[MsDramatv.com]
Yo MTV Raps of 1990s exploded onto the stage at Best Buy Theater on June 30th, as Hot 97 hosted a lineup of hip hop greats from the era and beyond. Headlined by Talib Kweli, the show featured appearances from EPMD, The Lox, Large Professor, M.O.P., Keith Murray, Nice n Smooth, Brand Nubian, and many many others. Pictures from the show, which include shots of DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, JuJu of The Beatnuts, Lil' Ceasar, and many others, continue below...
Havoc of Mobb Deep @ the kick-off in LA (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
In addition to initially announced Rock The Bells lineup (Nas playing Illmatic? Mobb Deep on The Infamous detail? wow), the festival has made some interesting additions like Erykah Badu performing all of Baduism (on select dates), Common performing all of Be (on select dates), Killah Priest performing all of Heavy Mental, Slaughterhouse, and DOOM. More lineup details are below.
The NYC show on 9/3 at Governor's Island gets the Erykah Badu appearance, and tickets are on presale, password is "ILLMATIC". General sale begins Saturday, 6/11, at 10:00 AM.
In other Hip Hop festival news, Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest's lineup has expanded too adding MOP (!), Torae, Random Axe (Sean Price + Black Milk + Guilty Simpson), eLZhi, Marley Marl, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Grand Wizzard Theodore and Twilite Tone. Tickets are on sale for all Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival events, including an after-party at Southpaw on July 16th which proclaims to have "special guests invited including the entire BHF '11 lineup".
Full Rock The Bells details, alongside some videos, below...
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Black Bubblegum
Nas @ Rock The Bells 2008 in Jones Beach (more by villageslum.com)
OK, so it's not as much a big bang as last year (A Tribe Called Quest reunion) or the one before (Rage Against The Machine reunion), but Rock The Bells 2009 does have some interesting artists on the lineup. Besides a welcome reunion (Reflection Eternal) (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), one suspect one (House of Pain) and some great repeat offenders (Nas, RZA, Raekwon, MOP, Sage Francis, Slum Village), this year's Rock The Bells also boasts an Outkast (Big Boi), a windy city fave (Common), and a true sicko (Necro). The full lineup is: