Entries tagged with: Oxymorrons

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Puff Daddy

There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:

Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.

Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.

For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.

You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.

Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.


Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).

Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.

Rap Tees

Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:

Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.

That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.

The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.

Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.

A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).

Loaf Muzik, who BV had open our recent Vince Staples show, play The Studio at Webster Hall on November 14 with Young M.A (tickets).

We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.

Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).

We already mentioned the Curren$y show happening December 3 at Irving Plaza, and since we last spoke Bodega Bamz was added. Tickets are still available.

And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.

Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.

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Queens rap crew Oxymorrons are working on a new EP, Complex but Basic, due out sometime this year or next, but ahead of that they've got a new single, "Colossus." It's named after the X-Men character, and the group call the song an "ode to 90s authentic hip hop and comic book culture." The video for the new single -- directed by J. Williams (niece of Hype Williams) -- premieres in this post and can be watched below.

Oxymorrons have two dates coming up at the moment, including Funk Fest in Charlotte, NC with Outkast, The Roots, War and more; and a NYC show happening a few days later on September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with Turquise Jeep and SABA. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are on sale now. Funk Fest tickets are still available, and you can also win a pair.

Watch the new video below...

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Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q

Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, who appears on the new Danny Brown LP (listen), and just released "Banger (MOSHPIT)," the newest single off his own upcoming LP, Oxymoron (release date TBA), has just been announced for a CMJ show happening on October 16 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/1) at 10 AM. Q's other upcoming shows include Barclays Center (11/2) with Kendrick Lamar and more. Updated dates are listed below.

Another hip hop show happening during CMJ is the annual Duck Down Music/Javotti Media showcase happening on October 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg co-headlined by Talib Kweli and Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut, Enta da Stage, backed by Phony PPL. The rest of the lineup includes Smif N Wessun Reggae Jam Session, RES, T'Nah Apex, Cory Mo and DJ Meka of 2dopeboyz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Talib Kweli will also play NYC, along with Big K.R.I.T., when the two rappers open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at MSG on 11/13, 14, and 15. Tickets for those shows are still available (but "not many left"). Talib also DJs/hosts the album release show for his Idle Warship partner Res at SOB's on 10/9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Other hip hop CMJ shows include Stalley and Gunplay at Gramercy Theatre on 10/18 (tix), and Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz and special guests at Littlefield on October 16 (tix).

Not during CMJ, but some other hip hop shows were just announced too.

Updated Schoolboy Q dates are listed, along with a stream of his new song, below...

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Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.

This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:

On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.

On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.

And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?

UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.

And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.


There's also the Coffee House Stage with other smaller acts including The Spinto Band, Jenny Owen Young, Pearl & the Beard, Hey Marseilles, Selah Sue, Trails & Ways, and many more.

Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.

Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!

Meanwhile, check out the full main stages Firefly lineup and schedule at Firefly's website where you'll also find much more info if you're attending, like the festival map which is also below...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Danny Brown / Le1f @ Knitting Factory 3/21/2012
Danny Brown

Knitting Factory was heaving with bouncing hip hop fans at last night's Red Bull's Sound Select show that was curated by the Afropunk folks, with Danny BrownLe1f, The Skins and Oxymorrons. With a zillion RSVPs clamoring for $3 tickets it was quite a scene as I rolled up to the venue 30 minutes before doors.

After a brief introduction from host Telli Gramz of Ninjasonik, Oxymorrons opened the show with a bouncy, energetic take on 90s style hip hop with added bonus of live drums. Fun and very different from the second band of the night, The Skins, a Rock/R&B crew with great vocals and singer that slithers around the room. Le1f followed, dropping bouncy, electronic influenced hip hop beats and whirlwind-swinging his platinum blonde braids like a member of viking metal band. All the sets featured projections that were being hand-drawn by someone in the sound booth. It was kinda like live graffiti, pretty cool. DJ CX Kidtronik played the music between sets.

The main event for most, though, was Danny Brown's playful and bouncy hip hop set, which caused stagedives (most of which were quite unsuccessful - sorry guys) and a dancing room. Brown's rock star persona really shines through live, and in a genre of music (hip hop in general) where the stage show is usually less than impressive, Brown knows how to get that room turnt the fuck up.

The Thursday night show was the 2nd in a 12-part Red Bull Sound Select series in NYC (not to be confused with RBSS in Austin). The 1st NYC show, featuring Hunters & Heliotropes, was curated by East Village Radio and went down at Bowery Electric in February. The next 10 shows are coming in the next 10 months and three of them will be curated by BrooklynVegan (and three will be curated by Brooklyn Bodega). Stay tuned.

More pictures from Knitting Factory are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Das Racist / Spank Rock / skaters
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012

The first day of Afro-Punk 2012 descended upon Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/25), bringing with it a day of live musical performance, skateboarding and dancing crowds as far as the eye could see. In addition to this second set of pictures from the Navy Yard in Brooklyn (below), check out the first set of previously posted pictures from Afro-Punk HERE.

More pics of Afro-Punk day 1, including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, Das Racist, Spank Rock, Cerebral Ballzy, Oxymorrons, The Joe Jordan Experiment and more are below.

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Yasiin Bey & Erykah Badu / Cerebral Ballzy at Afropunk Fest 8/25/2012
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012

Yasiin Bey joined headliner Erykah Badu on the first day of the 2012 edition of the Afropunk Festival, going down at Commodore Barry Park near the Navy Yard in Brooklyn on Saturday (8/25). The pair were joined on stage when Bey performed Common's verses from their hit collaboration "Love of My Life" on that Saturday evening. Video from that is below.

But of course Badu wasn't the only artist to bless the stages on Saturday, with the festival loaded with appearances from names like Das Racist, Spankrock, Cerebral Ballzy, Oxymorrons and many, many more during the nine hours of stage time. Pictures from the first day at Afropunk 2012 are below along with video of that Badu/Bey collaboration.

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