Entries tagged with: Meyhem Lauren
by Sean O'Connell
It's safe to say Action Bronson's image has reached a hyperbolic magnitude. From a humble beginning of playground raps and obscure chef references, Action has grown over the past few years into a king-size connoisseur of all things absurd. While his lyrics have morphed from hard-nosed Queens-centric wordplay purism to impossible fantasy, Action's live performances have remained crowd-pleasing spectacles from the jump. The Flushing rapper's on-stage antics have been well documented on social media, and through the marketing maelstrom that Vice has orchestrated since signing Action back in 2012. Whether it be throwing televisions into the crowd or running out of the venue with fans, Action has continuously raised his own bar on noteworthy performances.
Last night's (3/24) show at Terminal 5 featured many of these same stunts, with Bronson throwing packages and stage rushers into the crowd (video of the latter below), unsuccessfully attempting to crowd surf, and finding his way to the bar at the back of the venue. Yet Bronson, who was celebrating the release of his major label debut Mr.Wonderful, seemed to have more interest in slowing things down. Action came out with his entire crew in tow: producers Party Supplies, longtime collaborator Meyhem Lauren, producer Alchemist as DJ, and fan favorite hypeman Big Body Bes. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg provided a DJ set before Meyhem Lauren warmed the crowd up with a few of his cuts. Action's short set featured almost exclusively tracks off of Mr.Wonderful with the only exception being "Amadu Diablo" from his last mixtape Blue Chips 2.
After an energetic entrance featuring some of his album's well-known singles, Action slowed things down to an almost sluggish pace, singing the chorus to his latest single "Baby Blue" totally out-of-key (to the crowd's amusement). Still, when his genius one-liners weren't being shouted back at him Action seemed less a maturing rapper and more a slightly disinterested veteran, even saying at one point "I'm too old for this". The remainder of the set found Bronson singing on some of the slower Mr. Wonderful tracks taking a cue from Billy Joel and the grandeur of 80s New York. The crossover appeal that can be found on the album was slipshod on the stage. Whether it be the common record release show vanity or the side-effect of a bigger, less intimate venue that Terminal 5 is, Action seems he is finding the balance between his polished bravado and his hungry Queens hip hop roots.
Action Bronson and The Alchemist also both teamed up with Earl Sweatshirt for the new song, "Warlord Leather," which is a bonus track to Bronson's new album, as well as Earl's just-released I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. Listen to that, with a few more pictures from T5, below...
Rapper and noted lover of the delicious, Action Bronson will deliver his new album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24 via Vice/Atlantic. The record features guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Res, Party Supplies, and production from Drake cohort Noah "40" Shebib, Mark Ronson, and The Alchemist. Bronson also boasts of a Billy Joel sample (apparently hard to come by) on opening cut "Brand New Car," for what it's worth. We'll have to wait to hear that one, but you can get a taste of Mr. Wonderful via new single "Actin Crazy." Listen to that below.
You can catch Action Bronson live at Coachella in April. Those two appearances are his only current dates.
Cold World's new Deathwish record How The Gods Chill is not just a great hardcore and hip hop hybrid album with a Danzig referencing title. It's almost like hitting the rest button on an old Nintendo when the game went wrong or froze up. Maybe getting back to basics may seem a cop out to some, but this is a powerful record. Sure, lots of great weird niche stuff has come out of both musical scenes over the years from Death Grips to Roguish Armament to Bahamadia or Xibalba to Killswitch to Trapped Under Ice. The bigger picture though is that while people ought to be free to choose how they live, it is still so vital that we pay attention to what really matters. Maybe it is a stretch to look at the Gaza strip breakdown of humanity but on a micro/macro level every bit of positive communication for social change may change the mind of someone for the better. It's time to bring back the PMA and spew less hate and less greed. Does anyone need another record about killing people you hate or how people need to know that rappers would be happier with money and cars? Get motivated and unify. Know your rights, as they say. And then... chill. [New Noise]As the above quote mentions, the hardcore/hip hop blenders from Wilkes-Barre, PA known as Cold World released the How The Gods Chill LP on Deathwish earlier this year. Kool G Rap, Sean Price, and Meyhem Lauren all appear on the record. You can stream it in full below. Over the summer, they played This Is Hardcore in their home state, and now they'll be coming to NYC for a show on November 21 at the Acheron, their only announced date at the moment (presented by Hardcore Gig Volume and Noisey). King Nine, Life Of Reilly and Snail's Pace are on the bill too and tickets are on sale now.
Stream the new record below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, there's tons of hip hop shows coming up in NYC and tours passing through here. Here's a roundup of a few of the great ones happening this month...
The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9 with rapper IAMSU! and rap group Phony PPL. Like all Rubber Tracks shows, the show is FREE but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today (6/4) at noon.
Queens rap crew World's Fair are teaming up with Atlanta rap crew Two-9 for a tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday (6/8) and hits NYC on June 10 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. World's Fair also just put out a new jam, "Uh Huh," which features Cody B. Ware and Prince Samo, and was produced by Jansport J. Check that out, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below.
50 Cent, who just put out his fifth studio album Animal Ambition this week (6/3), will celebrate that album with a record release show in NYC on June 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Just don't ask him to throw any baseballs, and leave your chains at home.
NYC rapper Ka, still going strong of 2013's The Night's Gambit, will play a Noisey-presented hometown show during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.
Golden era-inspired NYC rapper Meyhem Lauren teamed up with actual golden era producer Buckwild for a collaborative album, Silk Pyramids, which came out last week (5/27). The album features Action Bronson, Heems, Troy Ave and more, and as you may imagine it sounds straight out of the '90s. Stream the whole thing below and catch Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild celebrating it live in NYC on Saturday (6/7) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
LA duo People Under the Stairs are touring the US which includes a return to NYC on June 11 at LPR and June 12 at Littlefield with local great Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, plus Fresh Daily and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets for Littlefield and tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Oddisee plays Glasslands on June 26 with a live band and support from louis logic and E.M.S.. Tickets are on sale now.
Black Moon/Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot teams up with Pro Era member Kirk Knight and production great Statik Selektah for a show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tickets). That show's the record release for Buckshot & P-Money's new album, BackPack Travels, which comes out two days earlier (6/24) via Duck Down. The album's single "Flute," features two other Pro Era members, Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, whose '90s-inspired styles fit right in with Buckshot's classic rhymes. Watch the video for that below.
Both Boot Camp Clik and Pro Era also play free Summerstage shows this month. Pro Era play Red Hook Park on Thursday (6/5) and Boot Camp Clik play Betsy Head Park on June 10.
Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, 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.
photos by Dylan Johnson
Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza - 1/10/14
His live-shows exist as stories of legend, with slug-lines that sound like Friends episodes: The one where he passed out weed in front of the cops; The one where he performed with a handicapped kid draped across his back; The one where he bodyslammed an eager fan; The one where Chandler crosses the line. They're all available on YouTube, where you sit at your computer and wish you were closer to the--cough--action. And that doesn't even count the unbelievably enjoyable video, last year, which could be called "The one where he surprises a British nursing home to the delight of everyone everywhere."NYC rapper Action Bronson leaves home for a tour starting this Friday (1/17), but before that he blessed his hometown with two sold-out Irving Plaza shows over the weekend (1/11 & 1/12). Both shows were opened by collaborator Party Supplies, who produced Bronson's newest mixtape, Blue Chips 2, and who also joined him on stage for a song. Pictures of the first night, which also saw appearances from Ab-Soul, Meyhem Lauren and others, are in this post, and night 2 pics are here. As the Complex review quoted above notes, the first night was also the first time Action Bronson's mom had ever seen him:
Touring off of Blue Chips 2--his latest adventure through drugs, samples and kitsch with Party Supplies--the setlist was in sequence. He doesn't play the old stuff: you want his old shit, see his old tours. And so it went: track 1, track 2, track 3, track 7 with Meyhem Lauren; 8, with Ab-Soul; Retchy P did his verse. Big Body Bes wasn't there, though people screamed his name often. The kid next to me kept complaining to his girlfriend throughout the show about how he didn't want Mac Miller to show up, to the point that it was quite clear: this kid loved Mac Miller. [Complex]
He took a moment to breathe, then said, "This is a big night. My mother, the woman who created me, is seeing me perform for the first time. The first time! I love you." Action blew her a kiss, his hand swinging at his face like a stick at a piñata. He continued: "If you didn't fuck my father, I wouldn't be here." (He'd later pop up next to her on the balcony, rapping "Flip out the roof, land in a split" and "Diana Ross, blow my nostrils with the tan cloth" with his mom swept under his wing. Her little hand sorta pinched his big wrist. She couldn't have looked more proud.)More pictures of night 1, a couple videos (including the "mom speech" and Ab-Soul's appearance) and the setlist, below...
Cro-Mags at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC crossover thrashers Cro-Mags were just down in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, and now they've got a few more shows coming up, including a couple in their hometown area. The first of those happens in NJ at Asbury Lanes on December 19 with Blind Justice, Heavy Chains, Manipulate, and Stag Party. Then they'll play NYC a couple days later for Diablo Fest at Santos Party House on December 21, which includes local rapper Meyhem Lauren, and many others. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now.
All currently known dates are listed, along with a video from FFF and the full Diablo Fest lineup, below...
Veteran rapper Slick Rick is performing with a live band, The Lifted, in NYC on July 31 at Stage 48 with Don Dada. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Underground hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, who are back in action, are playing a hometown show on August 3 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Prop Anon, Meyhem Lauren, Rasheed Chappel and AKIR.
Bronx rap vet KRS-One is playing SOB's on August 15 with DJ Predator Prime. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz are playing Knitting Factory on August 31 with a huge lineup that includes Cashclick, M.U.V.I., Handjob Academy, Buddy Fly High, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
NYC rap duo The Doppelgangaz, who are having a great year thanks to a solid new album, play another hometown show on September 13 at Knitting Factory with Boldy James and Sneakas. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YouTube rappers Turquoise Jeep will smang it at BB King's on August 25 with Kosha Dillz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Oakland duo Zion I play Mercury Lounge on September 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.
Chicago drill rapper/King Louie associate Katie Got Bandz is playing a Scion A/V show with Mike G of Odd Future on August 14 at Knitting Factory. You have to enter Scion's contest to gain admission.
Indie rap trio Ratking is playing The Studio at Webster Hall on August 8 with Kinetics & One Love, Adrian Lau/Alpsko, G4SHi, and Trap Ciudad. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Eminem associate Obie Trice, Young HD, and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
360 and Dyme A Duzin are playing SOB's on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Push!, Danse of Bklyn Stickup, Winkloc, Maffew Ragazino Sr., and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
The Rock Steady Crew is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a free concert at Central Park Summerstage that features quite the lineup: Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Special Ed, Craig G, Q-Unique, Homebody Sandman, and Torae. Show starts at 3 PM.
Other hip hop related events in Central Park include the hip hop themed theater adaptation of "King Kong" on August 5 and a screening of hip hop film "Wild Style" on August 26 for its 30th anniversary, along with live performances by Lee, Lady Pink, Busy Bee, and more.
DIIV at Apollo last month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Austin festival Chaos in Tejas further expands their lineup with the addition of some notable names across many different genres. Among those announced today: Wolf Eyes, Morbosidad, Antwon, Deep Time, DIIV, Roc Marciano, Meyhem Lauren, and many many more. Full listing of artists is below, and tickets are still available for the fest and individual shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave pals around with another NYC rappers like Action Bronson and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and like those guys, Troy is keeping alive the spirit of old school rap (he's also got a song with Prodigy). It's not straight throwback rap (which is a good thing), but it's the kind of rap that makes you wonder why we so often forgive slow flow and lazy rhymes. And he does have some of the golden-era sound, but also often reminds me of Get Rich or Die Tryin'-era 50 Cent and Diplomatic Immunity-era Dipset, both of which turn(ed) ten this year, so even that sound is venturing towards old-school. (DON'T YOU FEEL OLD?)
He's got a few mixtapes under his belt, including 2012's Bricks In My Backpack 3, which you can download for free HERE and watch some videos/stream some tracks below. He also appears on Fool's Gold's Loosies compilation, and his contribution to that, "Viking," can be streamed below as well.
Troy Ave will be playing a Hot 97-presented show in NYC on March 7 at SOB's with fellow Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren. Leikeli47 and YFame are on the bill too and tickets are on sale now. Rosenberg and Shani Kulture Music host and DJ Juanyto is on the boards for the night.
Show flyer and videos/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.
photos by Brook Bobbins
"LAST NIGHT WAS AMAZING. I LOVE NEW YORKKKKKKKK." - Action Bronson
Action Bronson bowling
Action Bronson squeezed in one last NYC show before the end of 2012 at Brooklyn Bowl last Wednesday (12/26) with A$AP Ferg and Meyhem Lauren. Like at other Action Bronson shows, he had a huge bag of weed that he graciously threw into the audience, and being that this one was at Brooklyn Bowl, Action Bronson headed over to the venue's bowling lanes and attempted to bowl during his set (as you can see above). Some other notes from the show (via The House List) include that he threw a "Jamaican dance battle for an ounce of weed" and brought out Styles P to cover RIck Ross' "B.M.F" (they do call Bronson the white Rick Ross). When he first walked out, he was decked out in some weird gross fur thing that vaguely resembled his outfit on the Rare Chandeliers album art, which you can see below.
More pics and a video from the Brooklyn Bowl show below...
Action Bronson and The Alchemist released their great free mixtape, Rare Chandaliers, this past November and now they've revealed an extended version with four bonus tracks. You can download the whole thing for free HERE.
As mentioned, Action Bronson plays a hometown show in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (12/26) with A$AP Ferg and Meyhem Lauren, who also recently released a mixtape. Tickets for that show are still available.
Curren$y has a few shows scheduled this January, including one in NYC happening on January 3 at SOB's. No openers for this show have been announced at the moment. Tickets are on sale now. All Curren$y dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, four days earlier, Curren$y collaborator/Smokers Club tourmate Smoke DZA will be at the same venue. You can catch DZA at SOB's on December 30 with Vinny Cha$e, Slim Dollars and Kris Kasanova. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can catch Vinny Cha$e in NYC this week when he plays Santos Party House on Thursday (12/20) with Chief Keef collaborator Lil Reese, The Underachievers, and Asaad. Meka (2DBZ) and OG Cha$e B are Djing. No advance tickets for this one but doors are at 10 PM and admission is $15.
Another (potentially more) solid hip hop show you can catch on Thursday is Sean Price, Meyhem Lauren, Dyme-A-Duzin, Spit Gemz, and Statik Selektah at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of upcoming SOB's shows, Robert Glasper & friends are playing two shows at the venue (early and late) on January 10. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
In more hip hop news, Ratking are playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Naughty by Nature are playing Gramercy Theatre on February 24 with Master Shortie. Tickets for that show go on Hot 97 presale today at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/21) at 10 AM.
Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are playing a Sneaker Pimps NYC party at Webster Hall tonight (12/19). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A stream of Smoke DZA and Curren$y's track, "Baleedat," off DZA's recent Rugby Thompson EP and a list of all Curren$y dates, below...
Meyhem Lauren's 'Mandatory Brunch Meetings'
Meyhem Lauren is back with the new Mandatory Brunch Meetings LP, out now via Mishka for free and streaming in full below. Look for appearances from Action Bronson (who has his own new release with....), Alchemist, J-Love, , Maffew Ragazino, Carrie Wilds and many others.
by Klaus Kinski and Joe Mande
Joe Mande is a comedian and writer. He's been seen on Conan, Comedy Central, and VH1 Best Week Ever. He's also a writer for Parks and Recreation, Delocated, and the upcoming Kroll Show. He's also the brains behind the pitch-perfect project Look At This Fucking Hipster. When you're as brilliantly hilarious as Joe Mande, it's only a matter of time before you get sucked into Olde Man Los Angeles' bosom and have to leave NYC, which is precisely what he did recently much to the dismay of many people who love him, myself included.
I have been an avid fan of Mande since he was knee-high to a grasshopper and getting his start in the NYC comedy scene. There was a time where it seemed like you could catch him on a stage somewhere in this city at least 9-10 times a week. It is his simplest flourishes that kill me the most; for example, his twitter feed is the best. Among other tweet-skillz, he has a knack for re-tweeting the absolutely vapid and pointless horse-shit that a celebrity's pea-brain managed to fart out into cyberspace. And where else can you see a picture like this? I asked Joe for a Top Ten of 2012 list. The results, with accompanying YouTube videos, are below.
Since opening in March, the Flat has been a haven for edgy music and affordable drinks. "It's amazing how many people we know live within blocks away," said Max Brennan, the owner. A decade ago, he founded Lit, a bar, gallery and performance space on Second Avenue in Manhattan. "It's sort of how Lit used to be before all the 'shirts' invaded the East Village," he said." - [NY Times]The Flat, owned by Lit's Max Brennan and The Deathset's Johnny Sierra, opened this spring at 308 Hooper St, just off the Hewes St stop on the J/M line. While it's mainly a bar they do hold the occasional show, like Azar Swan's live debut which happens Saturday night (11/10) and is the official afterparty to the Tamaryn show at Knitting Factory earlier that night (Tamaryn's tour meanwhile hits Mercury Lounge tonight).
On Wednesday (11/14) The Flat is hosting a show presented by Self-Titled, Mishka and Greedhead Music, with HEEMS, LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, and Meyhem Lauren. It's early (7 - 9 PM) and is FREE. Flyer is below.
The day before that (Tuesday, 11/13) they've got the release party for Fat Tony's "BKNY" music video with DJ sets from the man himself, plus Tom Cruz, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, DJ Sicksentz, Kitty Pryde, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, and Dapwell from Das Racist. Also free, 9 PM start.
"Its good to see NYC come out every time i perform. That shit is dope." - Action Bronson
Action Bronson and a bag of weed at MHOW in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Remember how we just said that Action Bronson continues to give NYC many chances to see him? Well he's keeping that up. After just playing a show with RL Grime last Friday (9/28), Bronson announced that he'll play a free Scion A/V-presented show in the front room of Public Assembly on October 10 with Jonwayne, Party Supplies, and DJ Getlive. The show is free but RSVP is strictly required. The flier for this show is below. Not very surprisingly, it's also been announced that his Highline Ballroom show (10/30) with Cypress Hill is part of a larger tour the two acts will go on together this fall. All dates are listed below.
Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren (who he shared a bill with at MHOW in August) has an upcoming Public Assembly show (10/25) too. His is with Lakutis, Big Baby Ghandi, Spit Gemz, Timeless Truth, Gee Dubs, Eff Yoo, and DJ Uneek. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tanya Morgan, who was also on that MHOW show, have a show at Public Assembly (10/23) too, two days before the Meyhem Lauren show. That one's a co-headlining show with rapper/producer Oddisee, who Tanya Morgan has played with before, and who released the album, People Hear What They See over the summer (stream it at SPIN). Support on that show comes from The Doppelgangaz, Mr. Mag, and Gotham Green, along with a DJ set by DJ Tara and it's being hosted by Dee Phunk. Tickets are on sale now. It takes place just after CMJ, which Oddisee is scheduled to play, though no shows have been announced yet as of this post. All Oddisee dates are listed below.
That famed MHOW show was rounded out by Flatbush Zombies, who were joined by A$AP Rocky and in turn joined him at his Roseland Ballroom show last week (9/27). Flatbush Zombies don't have a Public Assembly show coming up, but they do have a Noisey: Acid Alumni CMJ show happening at Santos Party House on October 17 with Children of the Night, Haleek Maul, Bodega Bamz (who also joined Rocky at that Roseland show), and The Underachievers (who will be taking part in Flying Lotus' NYC takeover). That show is free with RSVP. The flier is below.
Roc Marciano - Reloaded
In more related news, Action Bronson/Meyhem Lauren associate Roc Marciano will release his new album, Reloaded, on November 13 via Decon. The album was mostly self-produced, but also includes a few tracks produced by The Alchemist (whose album featured Roc, plus Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and many others), plus tracks produced by Q-Tip, Ray West, The Arch Druids, and guest spots from Ka and Knowledge Pirate. That's the cover art above (via HipHopDX), and you can check out tracklist and stream the tracks "76" and "I Shot The King" (from the deluxe edition) below. He's also in the process of shooting a video for "76."
All lists of dates, song streams and more are below.
photos by Ryan Muir
"A$AP Rocky came out of nowhere during the concert and Action Bronson dapped me up AND threw free dubs of sour to the crowd and we got one!" - @The_Gooz
Action Bronson / A$AP Rocky, MHOW 8/23/2012
While Duchess Says and The Blind Shake were playing Public Assembly Thursday night (8/23), next door at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the second free show in the new bi-monthly Converse Rubber Tracks series was going down with the newly VICE-signed Action Bronson, along with Meyhem Lauren, Flatbush Zombies, and Tanya Morgan. Members of the A$AP Mob joined Flatbush Zombies on stage for their set, and during the song "Bath Salts," crew leader A$AP Rocky showed up as a surprise guest like he did last month with Grimes, Pictureplane, and Araabmuzik. (He also indulged in a little crowd surfing.) Meanwhile, Action Bronson preferred to keep the stage on the less crowded side, though he did throw a ton of weed into the audience -- and got into the audience too.
For Meyhem Lauren's set, he was joined by guests Heems, Despot, Sean Price, and others. You can catch Meyhem Lauren and Heems again when they play Shea Stadium on September 21 with Smoke DZA, Children of the Night, and others.
A$AP Rocky's next scheduled NYC appearance is Roseland Ballroom on September 27 for his tour with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q.
More pictures and a video featuring clips of Flatbush Zombies with A$AP Mob and Action Bronson's set are below.
Impose Magazine will be hosting a few 10th anniversary shows in NYC like the ones they recently hosted in San Diego. One of those shows goes down at Shea Stadium on September 21 with a pretty great lineup of local rappers including Smoke DZA, Heems, Meyhem Lauren, Children of the Night, and Ratking, plus DJ sets by Busy Gillespie and Tropical Pigeons. There will be free drinks courtesy of Reyka. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you'll have other chances to catch Meyhem Lauren in NYC before that. He plays the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at MHOW (8/23) with Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, and Tanya Morgan, and then a Shortcuts party at Santos (8/30) with Riff Raff (tickets).
Smoke DZA was recently featured in a video for his song with Nakim, "Perrier & Rosé." You can watch that below.
DOWNLOAD: Riff Raff - "Terror Wrist" (MP3)
The eighth Shortcuts party is going down at Santos Party House on August 30 with Riff Raff and Meyhem Lauren, plus DJ sets by WC Kids and Farrington G. Tickets for that party are on sale now. The flier for the show is below.
Riff Raff, who recently played the Mad Decent Block Parties in Philly and NYC, released BiRTH OF AN iCON, his first mixtape for Mad Decent, earlier this month. That's the cover art above. You can download the mixtape for free at livemixtapes, and grab the track "Terror Wrist" above or stream it below.
Meanwhile, for Meyhem Lauren (who we recently profiled), the Shortcuts party happens a week after he plays the previously discussed free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (8/23) with Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, and Tanya Morgan. That show is first come, first served, and we also have VIP tickets to give away.
The Shortcuts flier, the Riff Raff song stream and a list of all dates are below...
Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Queens rapper Action Bronson, who has a few great mixtapes under his belt and quickly escalated to playing large venues recently announced via twitter that he's signed with Warner Bros imprint VICE Records, making him labelmates with Black Lips, OFF!, and others. He tweeted, "Vice/Warner Bros.is the label. I promise to never make candy cane bullshit music as long as I live!!!!!!!"
As mentioned, Action Bronson will play a free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 23 with Meyhem Lauren, Flatbush Zombies, and Tanya Morgan. Admission is first come, first served, but we're also giving away a pair of VIP tickets which guarantee you entry and get you into the VIP balcony, plus a $250 Converse gift card. Details on how to enter and the flier for this show are below.
Before that show, Action Bronson will be heading to Chicago for their Mad Decent Block Party. He didn't play the NYC party but his associate Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire did. Bronson will also be at the Holmdel, NJ stop for Rock the Bells when it hits PNC Bank Arts Center from September 1-2. He plays on the Sunday (9/2) along with sets by Nas, Deltron 3030 Curren$y, Cheif Keef, DJ Quik, and many others. Tickets for Rock the Bells NJ are still available. Check out the full schedule HERE.
Action Bronson recently contributed his vocals to UK producer Metabeats for the song, "Hookers," off his upcoming album, Caviar Crackle. Stream that song and check out a list of all upcoming dates, and the contest details and flier for the MHOW show below.
Action Bronson affiliate Meyhem Lauren, who released his free Respect the Fly Shit mixtape (pictured above, streaming below, downloadable above) on Das Racist's Greedhead label earlier this year and like Bronson, guested on The Alchemist's new album, is playing a previously discussed free show in NYC with Action Bronson at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 23. But you won't have to wait that long to catch the rapper playing a local show, because he'll play two NYC shows tonight (8/3). First he'll do a free in-store at MIshka (350 Broadway in Williamsburg) for an in-store performance from 7-8 PM. Then he'll play Eve Ultra Lounge in Staten Island with Sean Strange.
Meyhem Lauren just dropped a new song called "Braised Duck Tacos." You can download that above and check out a recent video of Meyhem Lauren freestyling at the Toca Tuesdays studio, the Respect the Fly Shit stream, and the flier for tonight's Mishka in-store below.
DOWNLOAD: Action Bronson - "Blackbird" (MP3)
Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
As mentioned, Converse Rubber Tracks is presenting a bi-monthly series of free shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which kicked off in June with White Rabbits and We Barbarians. The next show is in this series happens at the Brooklyn venue on August 23 with Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren, and Tanya Morgan. Admission is first come, first served for the free show.
Action Bronson's other upcoming NYC area appearances include Rock the Bells at PNC Bank Arts Center (9/1-9/2) and he's also one of the many artists lined up for the Mad Decent Block Parties, though it hasn't yet been revealed which party (or parties) he'll play.
Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren are both featured on the new Alchemist album.
A list of all dates and a song stream of the recently released Action Bronson track, "Blackbird" (downloadable above), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Though the most talked about hip hop release of this week is probably Nas' Life Is Good, don't let that overshadow The Alchemist's hip hop song cycle Russian Roulette. The album is thirty tracks long, all of which are under three minutes, and it's scattered with impressive guest spots from Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Fashawn, Meyhem Lauren, Evidence, Roc Marciano, and so many more.
The tracks play into each other like the similarly assembled Beach Boys' Smile, their collaborator Van Dyke Park's Song Cycle, or side B of Abbey Road. Not saying that Russian Roulette is the Beach Boys/Beatles of rap albums, but the idea that its DNA is equally rooted in the odyssey of late '60s psychedelia as it is in golden age boom bap stands. While many guest-filled, producer-penned albums can play like inconsistent mixtapes, this one's more focused than some releases by a single rapper.
Check it out for yourself by streaming Russian Roulette in its entirety over at SPIN. A few of its tracks are also streaming below...