Entries tagged with: Nas
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
We've never gotten the Tupac biopic that we probably deserve, though he has appeared as a character in Straight Outta Compton and Notorious. Now some people in China have taken it upon themselves to deliver the goods, as a trailer for an unauthorized Chinese Tupac biopic has recently surfaced online. It's called Until the End of Time and the trailer is pretty psychotic. It seems as though the film will involve a high school student doing a research project on Tupac that leads him to cross paths with Pac's ex-lover, or something along those lines. It's one of the better trailers I've seen in quite some time, and you can watch it below.
In related news, it angered many Tupac fans when Billboard recently published a list of the 10 greatest rappers of all time that omitted Tupac. (But hey, at least Macklemore wasn't involved.) I would note that the list in general shows a pretty strong east coast slant, with Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Ghostface Killah and Rakim all showing up and Kendrick Lamar the sole west coast rapper recognized on the list. Rappers like T.I., Snoop Dogg and Scarface have taken to social media to express their disagreement with the list, although I would argue that Jay Electronica has perhaps the best take on the situation:
why is everyone so upset about the billboard list. upset over a top 10 list of rap greats written by these dudes? pic.twitter.com/cJDw3YJ6fi— سيف الله (@JayElectronica) November 17, 2015
And for you LA residents, there's also a new Tupac-centric "All Eyez On Me" exhibit at the Grammy Museum downtown.
Check out the trailer for Until The End of Time, along with some anti-Billboard social media posts below...
Pimp C of the great Texas rap duo UGK sadly passed away in 2007, but a posthumous album titled Long Live the Pimp will be out on December 4 via Nas' Mass Appeal Records. Pimp C's widow Chinara Butler helped put it together and said in a statement:
This album is the culmination of years of work from not just me, but also the amazing artists and producers who contributed to make it happen. It combines several of the ideas and projects my husband began before his untimely passing. We hope the Trill fans enjoy it.The new single "Friends" just came out, featuring Juicy J and Nas, and that follows previous single "3 Way Freak" featuring Lil Wayne. Other guests include his UGK partner Bun B, 8Ball & MJG, T.I., A$AP Rocky, Slim Thug, Ty Dolla $ign and more. Check out the full tracklist and stream both singles below.
Hip hop legend Pete Rock, known among other things for his classic 1992 collaboration with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, put out a new instrumental album this week. It's called Petestrumentals 2, and it's the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Petestrumentals. You can stream the whole thing below.
Pete is celebrating the album with a release show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/24), and he's promising a ton of exciting special guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Slum Village, Termanology, Camp Lo, Sean Price, Das EFX, Large Professor and Royal Flush. DJ Natasha Diggs is opening the night, and Pharoahe Monch is hosting. Tickets are available.
Pete's next live appearance is a SummerStage show on July 19 in Queensbridge Park, where he'll be performing alongside a screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. That goes from 7-9 PM and is totally free.
Petestrumentals 2 album stream below...
Run the Jewels & Nas / Sleigh Bells / Vince Staples
The Northside festival shows at 50 Kent wrapped up yesterday (6/14) with Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples. The crowd was still filling in when Vince took the stage for his opening set, and it seemed like he had no trouble winning over almost everyone who was there. He advertised his upcoming debut album several times from the stage, and played a bunch of songs off that that haven't been released yet. (There were also guys in the crowd holding up banners with the title and release date -- Summertime '06, due June 30 via Blacksmith, Artium, and Def Jam.) He also did a bunch off last year's great Hell Can Wait, like "Fire," "65 Hunnid," "Blue Suede," and "Hands Up." The chorus of the latter, kind of like Kendrick Lamar's "drank!", is deceptively a celebratory chant while actually delivering a very serious message. But Vince didn't hesitate to embrace its celebratory side, and had the crowd going off for it.
Sleigh Bells were next (not really my thing), and then once the sun finally came down, El-P and Killer Mike took the stage, leading in the crowd in a sing-a-long as their DJ played Queen's "We Are the Champions." There's a part of me that wishes they'd still play some of R.A.P. Music like at the early Run the Jewels shows, but putting that wish aside, this was easily the best RTJ show I've seen yet. El-P seemed clearly in awe that he was headlining such a huge show in his hometown, and the whole thing really did seem to give RTJ even more energy than usual. Despite Killer Mike's arm being in a sling, he and El-P were in nonstop beast mode, running around the stage from start to finish. The crowd was getting lightly rained on the whole time, but that didn't kill the energy that most in attendance were giving right back to El-P and Killer Mike.
Jaime and Mikey brought out a handful of impressive guests too. Gangsta Boo came out for her verse on "Love Again (Akinyele Back)," their old pal Despot joined them for a song, and El-P's former Company Flow groupmate Mr. Len showed up too. But most exciting of all was when another NYC rapper came out, Nas. With basically no introduction, he walked on stage with his hood up, hi-fived El-P, and went into his 2002 single "Made You Look."
A video of that, more pictures from the show, below...
SummerStage has been leaking some of the artists playing their 2015 season, also its 30th year, for the last month and today they've announced the whole lineup and schedule. Free shows, which happen at different city parks, include Caribou, George Clinton, Dr. John, The Felice Brothers, Africa Bambaataa, The Barr Brothers, Roy Ayers, Charles Bradley, Jungle, and more. It's an expanded SummerStage season this year as well, running from May 18 - October 4, with 140 free shows.
Check out the entire schedule, broken down by genre, below...
The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...
Fresno, CA rapper Fashawn signed to Nas' Mass Appeal Records last year, and last week the label released The Ecology, Fashawn's long-awaited followup to his promising 2009 debut, Boy Meets World. Nas features on the new record, as does Dom Kennedy, Busta Rhymes, BJ the Chicago Kid and more, and it was mostly produced by Exile. Stream the full album below.
Fashawn is on tour now in support of The Ecology with openers SonReal, DJ Exile and Earthgang. The tour hits NYC on March 11 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates, including SXSW, are listed below...
photo: Win at Pop Montreal's 2012 Pop Vs. Jock game (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Win Butler is returning to Madison Square Garden next week (2/13) -- not with Arcade Fire, but to play basketball on the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. He'll join Common, Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Michael Rapaport, Anthony Anderson and other stars of stage and screen. Win is becoming almost as known for his court skills as his musicianship. Almost. The two All-Star Celebrity teams will be coached by Spike Lee & New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, and ESPN Radio's Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg. It's sold out but you can watch it live on ESPN on Friday, February 13 at 7 PM.
That is part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend that includes the All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays on February 14 and the actual NBA All-Star Game on February 15.
Sprite, one of the All-Star sponsors, is also throwing a private Drake and Nas concert on February 13 at Irving Plaza, as Gawker detailed a few days ago. Sprite's Slam Dunk Contest, part of the Barclays 2/14 event, happens right after the Taco Bell Skills Test and the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, if you were wondering.
That same weekend, Win DJs NYC twice as DJ Windows 98. His first gig is The Hold Steady's Bowery Ballroom show on February 13 (which seems impossible since the game is that night, unless he DJs really late), and then he does it again at Baby's All Right on Valentine's Day.
by Andrew Sacher
Your Old Droog @ The Studio at Webster Hall (photo by Seher Sikanda)
New York rapper Your Old Droog started picking up some buzz earlier this year when he dropped his self-titled EP on Soundcloud and was immediately met with reactions saying he sounded like another NY rapper, Nas. So much so, that rumors actually arose that Young Old Droog was the legendary MC himself. Those rumors quickly inspired a Complex writer to clarify, "I met Your Old Droog before and he's not Nas," and they were entirely silenced when Droog made his debut performance at The Studio at Webster Hall in September. A few weeks after the show, MTV brought up the rumors to Nas in an interview, and he'd never heard of Droog but clarified he would never release a secret EP. "I want you to know it's me when I drop."
Through Your Old Droog may not be the man behind Illmatic, he's still a promising young rapper himself. (Perhaps not as promising as Nas was as a young rapper, but that's not really a reasonable expectation.) He followed the EP with a self-titled LP in late November (which included all 9 songs from the EP), and here's what NPR had to say about it:
The songs are short and sharp, and all the hoopla around Your Old Droog has turned out to be decidedly beside the point. [...] He's so virtuosic it's funny, so insouciant I'm embarrassed to use that word, indifferent to what he calls "social events." Really, really smart. The music he chooses to pair with his words is melodic like we forget it can be; it feels good like Bobbito asking what you're supposed to say at the end of records.You can catch Droog in his hometown tonight (12/12) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with opener Dave East. Tickets are available.
Stream the EP below...
Q-Tip leading protests in Times Square last night (photo via @alphajada)
Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests sprung up all over the country. In NYC, Q-Tip lead protests in Times Square chanting "Whose streets? Our Streets!" and "Don't shoot! Hands Up!" Instagram videos of him in Times Square can be watched below.
Meanwhile, much much closer to the center of the story, Run the Jewels were performing in St. Louis, Missouri. Killer Mike, who sang about the police "terrorizing whoever, but mostly black boys" in his hyper-political song "Reagan," gave a moving, tearful speech during their set. "I knew it was coming...I knew it wasn't going to be good, but you motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them." You can watch it below.
Macklemore also took part in a protest in Ferguson, which Seattle King5 News has a clip of here.
Lots of other musicians expressed their feelings on social media. "I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace," Pharrell Williams tweeted. Talib Kweli tweeted, "I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sisters in Ferguson my heart is with you & I will join you soon."
A few more:
Baseball, apple pie, decisions like this. #Merica— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 25, 2014
Fuck This Bullshit !!! #JusticeForMikeBrown— Big Boi (@BigBoi) November 25, 2014
"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have"-James Baldwin. #FergusonDecision— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) November 25, 2014
fellow white people: stop saying you're 'shocked.' the US gov't stopped caring about POC once they were no longer considered legal property.— meredith (@gravesmeredith) November 25, 2014
the only worthwhile purpose of social media is to hold accountable people like darren wilson and the mangled systems that find him blameless— sadie dupuis (@killquilty) November 25, 2014
"You were put here to protect us, but who protects us from you?" - KRS One— Nasir Jones (@Nas) November 25, 2014
today just proved how little black lives mean to america. fuck you if you feel differently.— raeen roes (@AngelHaze) November 25, 2014
" the system isn't broken, it was built this way" TRUTH.— Frankie Rose (@heyfrankierose) November 25, 2014
Azealia Banks also went on a long Twitter rant about it, saying, "What makes it even worse is the fact that I sleep with white men..... LOL" and "I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep !!" but then "Lol, I'm joking." She also got more serious and said things like, "But something seriously has to be done about this shit. I don't want to hear about another unarmed black kid being shot by the damn cops. It's so discouraging, just as a young black person, to know that people like me can be murdered and have there be no real justice." Read many more of her tweets here.
Not every musician was against the ruling. Gun expert Ted Nugent tweeted, "DarrenWilson did good MichaelBrown did bad justice is served."
Video of Killer Mike's speech in St. Louis and Q-Tip in Times Square, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
words by Andrew Sacher, photos via BV Austin Instagram
Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.
The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.
I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.
The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.
Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.
Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.
Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.
I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.
UPDATE: Day 3 is up.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by James Richards IV
Outkast / Kate Nash / Nas / Parquet Courts
Besides Eminem on Friday, Saturday was heavy on hip-hop heavyweights. First up was Nas, who dedicated the first half of his set to his 1994 debut album "Illmatic" from start to finish. Unlike Eminem, and other EDM-based acts this weekend, Nas commandeered the massive stage on his own, accompanied by only a DJ. "All I need is one mic, two turntables and you," he said. True enough, those songs remain poignant, especially the funk saga "N.Y. State of Mind," the jazz-fused street scenes of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Love," a universal shout-out to incarcerated friends. The personal imagery in those songs, combined with his solitary presence onstage, summoned the sense of a testimonial before God, his peers, a lover, his family -- It was all packed in there ready for unpacking. - [Chicago Sun Times]Day Two at Lollapalooza 2014 seemed mostly smooth sailing, seeing performances by hip hop icons Outkast and Nas, indie rock from Parquet Courts and Spoon, not to mention Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont and lots more. Pictures from Saturday (8/2) are in this post.
Lollapalooza Day Three is just getting underway in Chicago's Grant Park, with performances today by Darkside, Chromeo, The Avett Brothers and more. They are also streaming some of the performances live today starting at 3 PM EST. If you're there, be sure to stop by the Toyota Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting live performances, artist Q&As and more.
Pics from Lollapalooza Day One are HERE and more from Day Two, below...
Schoolboy Q in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Last night (6/19), Nas, Schoolboy Q and Flying Lotus played a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and after the show there was a shooting in the parking lot, as The Denver Post reports. Three victims were taken to the hospital; all of them are still alive and one has been released as of this post. A tweet from Denver Post reporter Karl Gehring also shows a picture of Schoolboy Q being detained by the police, though he was not arrested. Q has since tweeted, "im str8...... dont trip." They're still looking for the suspect.
Schoolboy Q has more shows coming up, including one in NYC on Wednesday (6/25) at Central Park Summerstage. That show was supposed to be with his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, but Isaiah has since dropped of the bill. Domo Genesis, Tinashe and BlackOutBoyz (aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott) are still playing though. Tickets are still available. Show flyer below.
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
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...
The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.
Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.
Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.
...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.
One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.
Action Bronson at Irving Plaza in January (more by Lukas Hodge)
One-day NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 1 this year. The two-stage lineup was just announced and the main stage includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and more, plus Nicki Minaj (joining Lil Wayne and Young Money), following her guest appearance at last year's Summer Jam, which followed her canceling her set at 2012's. Meanwhile, the Festival Stage includes Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko, Nipsey Hussle and more.
Tickets are currently on presale (password: "SJ2014"), and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/4) at noon. Full lineup below.
Full Summer Jam lineup and flyer below...
Nas' groundbreaking debut, Illmatic, turns 20 this year and the making of that album is the subject of a new documentary, Time is Illmatic. The film will be the opening night presentation at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, screening April 16 at The Beacon Theatre which will be followed by a perfomance by Nas himself. Tickets are on sale now for American Express cardmembers and go on sale to the general public on April 1 at 11 AM.
Watch a clip from Time is Illmatic below...
Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
Nas and Rick Ross
Legendary Queens rapper Nas has been making some live appearances this year like Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Citi Field, and now he's got what appears to be a one-off happening on November 1 at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Tickets for this rap show in a casino go on sale Friday (9/20) at 9 AM, and are currently on presale.
Another rapper playing that venue is Rick Ross (who also played Gramercy last night [9/17]) on November 16 (tix go on AEG presale Thursday [9/19] at 10 AM). It's part of his tour which also includes a NYC happening at another slightly unconventional venue for hip hop, Beacon Theatre on November 15. This isn't the first rap show to happen at Beacon Theatre but it's nevertheless a left turn from Beacon's usual bookings. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at 11 AM and Internet/VIP Experience presales begin Thursday (9/19) at 11 AM (password: "HUSTLIN"). All tour dates are listed below.
All Rick Ross dates are listed below...