Entries tagged with: Mac Miller
by Ian Chainey
DJ Premier, one of hip hop's greatest and most influential guiding hands, is staying busier than a bee with a pollen monopoly. The Houston-born, Brooklyn-raised producer and DJ has a number of irons in the fire; as you'd expect from a guy with Discogs credits exceeding 1,300. On the production/collabo docket? Well, lots. (The man's blog refreshes more frequently than Guy Pearce in Memento checking his Twitter feed.) Yet, as always, Premo is full of surprises. He took a seat with Life + Times and let slip two biggies.
First off, there's the mysterious tease. Premier is putting the finishing touches on an LP for an as-yet-unknown performer. He avoided the name, but didn't skimp on the details:
It's a really unique project. It's a project where I sample only one artist and only used their samples for the entire album. I strictly just use that one person - took all their samples, broke it into pieces and made my own beats out of it, and scratched it - the whole album. It was gonna be an EP, but it turned into a whole album. It's gonna have nine tracks on it. It's a really cool project.The record contains guest turns from Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Slaughterhouse, and possibly others. It's apparently coming soon, but his KRS-One team-up, Return of the Boom Bip, has also been coming soon. . .for years. Its Facebook page is liked by tumbleweeds. So, we'll see.
However, in the year of Illmatic's 20th anniversary, Premo dropped this Nas news nugget:
This is what Nas told me recently and every time that we talk this is what he tells me; he says, "Look, I got another new album I got to do on Def Jam and then my contract is over. I'd rather do your album...that's because we can do whatever we want. There's no strings. We can just rock out." Everybody's like, "When are ya'll gonna do an album?" I'm not rushing it and I have other things to do. I don't even take it personal when he's like, "Yo, I'm working this first." Whenever he says that he's ready, I'm going in. So, that was always my way of looking at it. I never looked at it no other way. I ain't trippin.'Whoa. Of course, Nas and Premier are no strangers, having worked together often. But, a full album of the two? Money: how do I give it to you? Details are surely forthcoming unless this quote is courtesy of one of his Multiplicity clones. Hey, it's the only way to explain how he accomplishes so much.
A clip from Scratch, the DJ documentary featuring DJ Premier, along with -- for kicks -- a classic WBLS broadcast from 1994 (complete with commercials!), below...
Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have teamed up multiple times in the past, and now they're planning on releasing a full length collaborative album, Piñata, on March 18 via Madlib's Madlib Invazion label. The album is set to feature guest spots from Danny Brown, Raekown, Scarface, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid and Odd Future's Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt, the latter two of which both appear on the newest single, "Robes." You can stream that, along with five other singles, below.
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs have also announced a short tour together, which brings them to NYC on March 22 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale today (1/31) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids is planning to release a new solo album, Convertibles, at some point in the future (no release date yet), and there's been no lack of material from him while we wait for that album. Over the summer, he dropped the Droptops mixtape (download here, stream below), and last month (10/15) he put out the Easily EP with Ab-Soul and Mac Miller. The video for trippy banger "Came Thru/Easily" from that EP is below.
After that, he appeared on production collective SMKA's mixtape The Hangout (streaming below), and today (11/14) production duo Blended Babies put out the single "See the World" with verses from Chuck Inglish and Asher Roth on their new album. You can listen to that track below too.
Yesterday (11/13), Chuck kicked off a tour with Kings Dead, and in December Tayyib Ali will be joining up with them too. That tour brings all three of them to NYC on December 11 at SOB's. Tickets for the SOB's show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with those videos and streams, below...
Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt released his new album, Doris, this year and now he's announced a tour in support of it. The tour brings him to three of the four Rock the Bells festivals, including the NJ one on October 4, and soon after that he plays a NYC show on October 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The tour ends with Earl's appearance at Odd Future's second annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival which happens on November 9 at LA Coliseum with Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Mellowhigh, Trash Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. Check out the flyer, along with the list of all Earl dates, below...
Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt in NYC - 7/15/13 (via By Any Means)
Earl Sweatshirt came to NYC last night for a secret show presented by FADER and Vitamin Water. He played older material like "Drop," newer material like "Guild" off his upcoming album, Doris (which Mac Miller joined him on), and freestyled over an audience member beatboxing. That's Earl and Mac from last night pictured above. Check out videos of those three songs below (via Complex).
Earl recently revealed the album artwork and tracklist for Doris, and announced that it will be out on August 20. It features "Guild," along with other previously released tracks, "Chum" and "Whoa." And now, Earl just released a fourth track from the album, "Hive," which features contributions from Vince Staples and Casey Veggies. You can check out the video for that track, along with the album artwork and tracklist for Doris, below.
Meanwhile, Mac Miller was in NYC for Earl's show last night after his tour with Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper and The Internet hit NJ a day earlier (7/14) and was taking a day off before hitting NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom tonight (7/16) (sold out). Earl himself is set to join that tour later this month, but maybe since he's in the area too, he'll be stopping by Hammerstein tonight?
All videos, artwork, and tracklist below...
Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples is about to kick off a tour supporting Mac Miller, which also includes Chance the Rapper (who just played two sold-out NYC shows) and Odd Future's The Internet. Ahead of that tour, he's put out a new album, Stolen Youth, which was produced entirely by Mac Miller under his Larry Fisherman moniker, and features guest appearances from Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. You can stream the new album in its entirety below.
The tour with Mac, Chance, and The Internet hits the NYC-area on July
11 16 at Hammerstein Ballroom and July 14 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for both of those shows are still available. The Stone Pony show also includes Meek Mill, who opens for Odd Future in NYC at Williamsburg Park (7/20) a few days later (tickets).
Stream Stolen Youth below...
by Andrew Sacher
cigarettes on cigarettes, my mama think I stank
As mentioned, Chance the Rapper, whose solid Acid Rap mixtape is out now and free, will be coming to NYC during the Northside Festival. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that his show will happen on June 15 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. The rest of the lineup is TBA.
As mentioned, you can also see Chance in the NYC-area this July opening for Mac Miller if you're into that sort of thing.
Mac is also featured on "Guild," the new track from another of his tourmates, Earl Sweatshirt, which you can stream below (via Fader). The track is set to appear on Earl's upcoming album, Doris, which still has no release date.
Updated Chance the Rapper dates are listed, along with a stream of his mixtape and the Earl song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mac Miller and Ab-Soul (via Macklemore's Instagram)
It's not too out of the ordinary when rappers we don't like collaborate or tour with rappers we do like. We've already seen some of our favorite rappers tour with Childish Gambino and collaborate with Asher Roth, and now a handful of guys we're currently invested in are doing stuff with another non-fave, Mac Miller. First, he did a track, "S.D.S," which was produced by Flying Lotus (and FlyLo fans shared a collective sigh of relief when the instrumental version came out). Then he contributed a guest verse to the new Ab-Soul song, "The End Is Near," which he also produced under the moniker Larry Fisherman. Both versions of "S.D.S." and "The End Is Near" can be streamed below.
Now, Mac has announced that he's going on a US tour from June to August and the openers include Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, The Internet, Vince Staples, Meek Mill and others. That tour hits NYC on July 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and The Come-Up; and it hits Asbury Park, NJ on July 14 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and Meek Mill.
Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM. Citi/Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales for the Hammerstein show begin Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM and Citi Cardmember/VIP Package presales for the Stone Pony show begin Wednesday (5/8) at 10 AM, with a Live Nation Mobile App presale beginning Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
Action Bronson isn't on any of the NYC-area shows either, but he has other upcoming NYC shows too.
Chance the Rapper - 'Acid Rap'
Perhaps the most exciting part of the NYC-area shows is that they'll be the first in the area for Chance the Rapper since the release of his impressive new mixtape,
All Mac Miller dates are listed, along with all streams, below...
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.
Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Lord Finesse and Mac Miller react to the lawsuit
Rapper Lord Finesse says in a $10 million lawsuit that 20-year-old rap star Mac Miller ripped off his 1995 hit "Hip 2 Da Game" to launch his music career.As much of a fan of Lord Finesse as I am (huge), I cant help to think about all of the unknown artists that released their music on private and obscure labels that Finesse would go on to sample. Of course, the game is wholly different now.
Lord Finesse (born Robert Hall) has been rapping since the late 1980s, and led the popular New York hip-hop crew Diggin in the Crates (D.I.T.C.), in addition to having a solo career and writing for rappers like Biggie Smalls and Dr. Dre.
In 1995, Finesse released his hit song "Hip 2 Da Game," which is the subject of his lawsuit against Mac Miller in federal court in Manhattan.
"This is a case about a teenage rapper- Mac Miller- copying the music from a song written, produced and performed by Lord Finesse, a hip hop legend, changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career," the complaint states.
Mac Miller released his version of "Hip 2 Da Game" on a "mix tapes," a term used to describe free music distributed by up-and-coming rappers.
The "mix tape" strategy has been favored by many rappers and hip hop producers in recent years. Rappers often record new rhymes over the instrumental tracks of older, popular rap songs and distribute the music for free.
Finesse, whose real name is Robert Hall, sued the website DatPiff.com, which is one of the best known distributors of free mix tapes from new rappers, and Miller's label, Rostrum Records...
The mix tape was released on DatPiff in August 2010, has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and has been streamed more than 450,000 times, the lawsuit states.
The video for "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza," which uses the beat for "Hip 2 Da Game" has been viewed nearly 24 million times on YouTube, according to the complaint.
Finesse says Miller has profited from the unauthorized use of his song.
The lawsuit cites a New York Times article from last November about Miller that explains how the alleged infringement is "part of a strategy to build a fan base." -[Courthouse News]
Mac Miller will join as support for Wiz Khalifa tour, joining names like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Chiddy Bang and Chevy Woods at Jones Beach on August 2nd. Tickets are still available, if that's your sort of thing.
Full Wiz Khalifa tour dates, the offending Mac Miller song, and a palate cleanser (a sorbet scoop of classic Lord Finesse) is below.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
Nas @ Rock the Bells (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
That didn't take long. We just announced the intitial lineup. Check out the almost-full thing below...
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
After releasing the 24 Hour Karate School parts I and II mixtapes, hip hop producer Ski Beatz released the album, 24 Hour Karate School Presents: Twilight, on February 14 via DD172. The album features contributions from Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Murs, Stalley (who played Dominion last night), Tademark Da Skydiver, Nicole Wray, Mikey Rocks, and others. Check out the video for the Stalley-featuring track "Gentleman's Quarterly" below, along with the album art and tracklist.
Ski Beatz is celebrating the release of the album with a NYC show TONIGHT (2/22) at Le Poisson Rouge with the Senseis, CPlus, Rugz D.Bweler, Da$h, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O'COnnell, and more. The show will be hosted by Bluroc Magazine and tickets are available.
Videos, album art and tracklist below...
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
When we first mentioned the lineup for this year's Bamboozle, which is taking place from May 18-20 in Asbury Park, NJ, it only included Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink 182, Incubus, and Mac Miller. The generally lame festival has since revealed more artists including a surprising number of not-lame artists like the reunited Promise Ring (their first East Coast date announced, hopefully an NYC show to come?), Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and Murphy's Law. Take that, Warped Tour.
Tickets for Bamboozle are on sale now. Updated lineup below...
photos by Chris La Putt
After sets by Outasight, Reptar, Passion Pit (DJ set), and Das Racist (pictures HERE), came sets by Mac Miller, Miami Horror, People Under the Stairs, and Neon Indian on Saturday (6/18). Our second set of pictures from the Governors Ball on Governors Island continues below...
The schedule has been revealed for the Governor's Ball Music Festival taking place at Governor's Island on June 18. The festival has artists performing on two stages (Big Apple Stage and Gotham Stage), but with no overlapping sets. The two stages means no long changeovers either though. You can run and back and forth and catch all of everyone. Das Racist have been added since the initial lineup announcement, though they go on pretty early. Tickets are still available. Check out the schedule, and a video interview with Girl Talk, 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...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Cypress Hill @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip - 5/24/2011
The line-up for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES--presented by Boost Mobile in association with GUERILLA UNION and powered by BlackBerry--will feature an array of seminal and up-and-coming hip-hop artists on three stages. Headliners include Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas,Erykah Baduand Cypress Hill. See the current line-up below and look for more performers to be announced soon.The Guerilla Union pre-sale for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES will go from June 3 at 10am PST - 10pm PST. The general on-sale starts on June 4.
This year's festival will head to four major North American markets. Kicking off in the Los Angeles-area on August 20 at the San Manuel Amphitheater, ROCK THE BELLS will then head to San Francisco on August 27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The festival moves to the east coast for a show in New York on September 3 at Governor's Island (co-promoted with Bowery Presents, Highline, Mad Dog Presents) before wrapping in [a TBA venue in] Boston on September 10.
ROCK THE BELLS featured a number of headliners performing their most influential albums in their entirety for the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment last summer. The tradition continues this year with Ms. Lauryn Hill performing her landmark, multi-platinum selling, multi-GRAMMY winning album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Nas performing his breakthrough debut album Illmatic with special guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Nas says about performing Illmatic this summer, "For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn't right. Where music is going now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I've built and am a partner in. Can't wait to kill it with my comrades AZ, Premo & Pete Rock!"
Full album sets can also be expected from: Cypress Hill performing their 1993 multi-platinum album Black Sunday, featuring modern rock radio mainstay "Insane In The Membrane"; Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star performing their 1998 self-titled debut album; Raekwon & Ghostface teaming up for critically acclaimed, platinum selling Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and more.
"I am excited that this year's Rock The Bells will continue its rich history and tradition by presenting the best and most ambitious festival programming in Hip Hop," says festival co-founder and Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg. "The bar has been set high and this year's line-up will certainly stake its claim. With ten of the biggest records in the history of the genre and the freshest new talent bubbling from the underground, this summer's Rock The Bells is another dream come true."
ROCK THE BELLS will feature three main stages this year. The two returning stages are the ROCK THE BELLS STAGE and the PAID DUES STAGE, which will feature independent hip-hop acts that performed at the Paid Dues Festival this past April in San Bernardino and new artists-on-the-rise. Paid Dues Festival creator Murs says, "I am excited that I once again have the privilege of hosting the Paid Dues Stage. We will have the honor of showcasing some of the best talent in independent hip hop as part of the worlds largest and longest running hip hop festival... the Paid Dues stage is gonna be the one to watch this year."
The 36 CHAMBERS STAGE is a new addition to the festival and will primarily feature members of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as artists selected by stage curator and Wu-Tang Clan mainstay RZA. A fourth stage that will also be added to most markets is the GRINDTIME NOW STAGE, which will feature battle-style performances.
The lineup was announced last night at a show at House of Blues in LA. Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief and Cypress Hill all played and pictures to prove it are in this post. More of them below.
The full lineup is also below...
Full press release below...
"Founders Entertainment are proud to present the inaugural Governors Ball Music Festival (www.govball.com), a one day event to be held June 18 on New York City's Governors Island. Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, and Empire of the Sun are joined by Big Boi (of Outkast), Neon Indian, People Under The Stars, Mac Miller, Miami Horror, Passion Pit (DJ Set), Reptar, Outasight and other artists to be announced over the coming weeks. Closing out the festival will be Pretty Lights, whose rising popularity will be complimented by his brand new state of the art production.Early Bird Tickets go on sale Thurs. Feb. 24th at 10 AM EST. They start at $75 each and go up in price as the date gets closer or if you want VIP options.
The Governors Ball promises to be a massive mid-summer dance party of epic proportions. Performances will take place on two stages without overlapping sets, and feature stunning views. The artists appearing at the inaugural Governors Ball are diverse in scope and sound, spanning indie rock, dance, electronica, and hip hop, but the common theme and guiding force behind the festival is music that gets people of all walks of life moving, dancing and having a good time." - PR
The closest thing we've seen to this on Governors Island is HARD Fest that took place with M.I.A. in July. This lineup, with more than one artist on the bill who can headline multiple nights at Terminal 5, is bigger though.
Curren$y at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (more by Brook Bobbins)
Forecasters are predicting a "partly cloudy" Santos, as the Smoker's Club Tour will roll into town to play the NYC venue tonight (10/5). The show, which you might have caught when it kicked off at the Rock Yard in September, features an appearance by the great and highly-prolific Curren$y, and will also include appearances from buzzy MC Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Mac Miller, and Boaz. Tickets are still on sale. All dates below.
Curren$y hits the NYC show circuit seemingly as often as he hits the mic these days which, considering his 9 mixtapes and LPs in two+ years, is pretty frequently. His latest project is his new and critically acclaimed LP Pilot Talk, out now via Roc-A-Fella.
Big K.R.I.T. is offering his latest LP K.R.I.T. Wuz Here for free download. The LP, which features the Mississippi MC on the rhymes and the beats, features tourmates Smoke DZA, and Curren$Y, as well as Wiz Khalifa and Devin the Dude.
Full tour dates and some video is below...