Entries tagged with: Pete Rock
by Ian Chainey
Wu-Tang Clan have released a new single from oft-delayed A Better Tomorrow. This one is called "Ron O'Neal" and you can listen to it below. The Wu performed the song yesterday (August 6) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which featured an interview where Raekwon and RZA appeared to be on better terms after a recent spat. The interview appears below. Stewart mentioned that A Better Tomorrow will be out in November, but no formal release date has been announced. The record is currently available for preorder with, as Pitchfork pointed out, the ominous note of, "The long awaited 20th anniversary album by Wu-Tang Clan is in the works and almost ready to ship." Pitchfork caught that in March.
Wu-Tang will be playing shows starting mid-August. They'll stop in to Brooklyn on September 20 at the Barclays Center with Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (more on them in a second), Lil Kim (ditto), The Diplomats (who kinda put out a new single this year with Cam'ron and Juelz Santana appearing on "Dipshits" in March), Currren$y (who just wrapped up a tour as Spitta Andretti), and Dom Kennedy (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Since it made headlines, not much has been said about the Wu's other work, the one-of-a-kind The Wu -- Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. After purposefully letting slip a 51-second snippet to Forbes in May that maybe had Cher on the outro, things have been quiet, beyond RZA saying they received a five million dollar bid. Of course, that presented five million reasons for other groups to take notice. So Bone Thugs-N-Harmony got in on the action, reforming to release literally one last album before hanging it up. Titled E.1999 Legends, the two disc set will consist of one album of pure Bone Thugs, one album of guest spots that, according to Krayzie Bone in an XXL interview, include Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, A$AP Mob, and Kendrick Lamar. (Phil Collins, of course, is referred to as the "sixth Bone" by no one.) The album will be "released" in 2015 and, per Krayzie to HipHopDX, there's already a million dollar bid on the table. Bone Thugs are currently on the road, playing select eastern dates. They have two NYC shows lined up, at S.O.B.'s on August 11 (tickets) and the aforementioned September 20 stop at Barclays Center. Maybe there they'll all have a bid measuring contest. (*sad face* - Christ Bearer) The full list of dates appears below.
Speaking of Lil Kim, she recently dropped two diss tracks aimed at Nicki Minaj after the latter released her "Flawless" remix with Beyonce. You can hear Kim's take on "Flawless" below and "Identity Theft" is available through Twitmusic. Minaj released "Anaconda" this week which references Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." When Mix-A-Lot was interviewed by MTV News, he said of the song's proactive cover, "Wooooh! When I saw the cover, I almost forgot about the song. I looked at that for about an hour." High praise.
Finally, how about something that won't set you back a bajillion bucks? De La Soul will be recording a mixtape with DJ Premier and Pete Rock. De La Soul's Dave told XXL, "The guys have been sending us beats. No real idea of what the theme is gonna be, the theme behind the title, what that's gonna be, if it's gonna be skits, if it's gonna be songs, remakes, whatever it is. Right now we've just been accumulating beats and waiting for Premier to handle some stuff as well. So it's still in its early stages, but we actually plan on recording through the month of September for it, so we're getting on it." Primo and Pete Rock will be battling again at NYC's B.B. King's on September 26. Tickets are available now.
All of the dates along with streams from Wu-Tang and Lil Kim and the Daily Show Wu-Tang interview appear below.
As discussed, Brooklyn Bodega's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival returns for its 10th annual year from today (7/9) through Saturday (7/12), and more details on this year's fest have arisen since we last spoke.
The kickoff event is today (7/9) at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St) from 7-9 PM with the 'Told It First Hand' discussion. The details:
This special "Told It First Hand" kicks off the 10th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson sits down with Scott Stedman, Founder of the Northside Media Group, and Kevin Powell, activist, writer, and entrepreneur, to tackle cultural appropriation and the sometimes thorny issue of gentrification in the ever growing borough of Brooklyn. Starting at 8:15 pm, Wes Jackson will welcome hip-hop culture pioneer, Ralph McDaniels, and world-renowned turntablist and DJ, Rob Swift, to the stage to contiue the conversation and discuss important issues facing the hip-hop community.Admission is $5 or free for BHS members. There's also a second event at 8:15 with Ralph McDaniels and Rob Swift.
UPDATE: Earlier today Brooklyn Historical Society's website listed two events, one with Pete Rock at 5 PM and another with this year's headliners at 8 PM, but it's since been changed to what it says above.
The full lineup was also announced for the main show which happens Saturday at 50 Kent. We already knew it included Raekwon, Jay Electronica and CJ Fly (of Pro Era), and it now also features Cyhi The Prynce (whose mixtape came out not long ago), plus Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae will be hosting, and Rob Swift will be on DJ duties. Tickets for Saturday's show are available.
More info on the rest of the fest at BK Hip Hop Fest's site.
De La Soul recently gave away their entire catalog for free download in celebration of the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, and they'll continue that celebration with more new material, including a mixtape, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., which will have all beats by the late, great J Dilla. They recently released one of those, "Dilla Plugged In" (which reworks "Plug Tunin'"), which you can listen to below.
Dilla will also be celebrated in NYC with the inaugural "NY Loves Dilla" concert at Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 23. The show will be headlined by Talib Kweli, and also features sets from Phony PPL and YC the Cynic, with host Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
That's one of three NYC shows the busy Talib Kweli is taking part in that week. He'll also be at a special edition of Soulive's 8-night Bowlive at Brooklyn Bowl on March 20. Also appearing that day is DMC of Run DMC, The Shady Horns and Alan Evans Trio (tickets). Talib then does a free in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on March 22.
Stream the De La Soul/Dilla song, with a message from De La on the upcoming material, below...
Body/Head @ Saint Vitus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Body/Head w/ Ikue Mori, Kim Gordon and Tim Barnes, J Mascis @ Issue Project Room
This is the first night of the two-night Issue Project Room benefit honoring Kim Gordon, each with different (and interesting) lineups. This one begins with a VIP reception that features Kim performing as a duo with Tim Barnes, and a solo set by Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis. Then, the regular portion of the show features Kim's Body/Head project (with Bill Nace) performing a special trio set with no wave legend Ikue Mori in tow.
Active Child, JMSN @ Bowery Ballroom
The synthy Active Child is on the road supporting his new Ropor EP, and that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week, Bowery Ballroom tonight, and MHOW tomorrow. JMSN, who did a lot of vocals on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, opens both shows.
Violent End, Brain Slug, Razorheads, Pleasure Industry @ Death By Audio
Chicago's Violent End (a new band featuring members of Raw Nerve, Vile Gash, and Manipulation) headline this heavy punk bill.
Deptford Goth, Noosa, Akua @ Glasslands
Love James Blake and The xx but don't like seeing them in cavernous rooms? You might want to try Deptford Goth, who makes similarly soulful downtempo electro. Tonight's the UK musician's second-ever North American show.
Nothing Changes w/ Raspberry Bulbs, Plod Blotz @ Home Sweet Home
Raspberry Bulbs have gotten the whole "elements of black metal" thing, but like another band who gets that description (Deafheaven), they're really not much of a metal band. Deafheaven takes stuff in a shoegaze direction, but Raspberry Bulbs make nasty, aggressive punk that begs to be seen live.
Wooden Shjips, Cave @ Mercury Lounge
Long-running San Francisco psych band Wooden Shjips just released their new album, Back to Land, this week and play a release show with likeminded tourmakes Cave.
Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, O'Brother @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is one of three chances to catch NJ's nasally, poppy folk punks The Front Bottoms in NYC before the end of the year (though all three are sold out). They're on second, preceded by the alt-rock-leaning O'Brother and followed by emo-approved indie rockers Manchester Orchestra.
Blanche Blanche Blanche, Street Gnar, Velvet Zombie, Eola, Isn't Ours @ Silent Barn
Blanche Blanche Blanche are still riding high off the release of this year's Wooden Ball, a freaky mix of psychedelia and art pop, and they've been playing many Brooklyn shows since.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. @ Theater At Madison Square Garden
We'll save our thoughts on Macklemore, but the openers on this tour, which hits the Theatre at MSG for three consecutive nights this week, are always worth seeing. Talib really needs no introduction, having been a mainstay in NYC rap since the '90s, and Big K.R.I.T. is one of the finest newer rappers keeping the dirty south alive and dirty.
John Fogerty @ Beacon Theatre
Rock legend John Fogerty has over four decades of music, including countless swamp rock classics penned during his time in Creedence Clearwater Revival like "Fortunate Son," "Bad Moon Rising," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" and tons more that you'll likely hear tonight, his second of three Beacon Theatre shows this week.
The B-52's @ NYCB Theatre At Westbury
These new wave survivors remain basically a party in a can, and they'll be popping the top tonight.
Native, Solids, Bennio Qwerty @ Saint Vitus
Mathy post-hardcore noisemakers Native have been on the road for a while this year, supporting their new LP Orthodox (out now on Sargent House). Their last trip here was with shiny alt-rockers O'Brother and Daylight, but now they return for an all-around noisier bill. Solids, who just signed to Fat Possum, are a scratchy guitar/drum Canadian rock duo (that might make you think of Japandroids), and Brooklyn's post-punky Bennio Qwerty can make a pretty good racket too.
Deleted Scenes, SWF, Unicycle Loves You @ Shea Stadium
DC spaz-rockers Deleted Scenes are planning to release an LP, Lithium Burn, on February 11 via Park the Van/Nevado, but they're prefacing it with the 7" single "Stutter." Deleted Scenes recently played a hometown show with local heroes The Dismemberment Plan, and from the sounds of this song, they're a pretty great fit. Tonight the celebrate the new single with a release show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium. Stream the track below.
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Camp Lo @ B.B. King Blues Club
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth are certifiable legends of hip hop, and they've been pretty active this year (over 20 years since their classic debut), giving their home city a few chances to catch them.
Paramore, Metric, Hellogoodbye @ Madison Square Garden
Well congrats to Paramore, who have stayed huge enough to headline MSG, but the band we're most excited about on this bill is Canadian indie poppers Metric, who haven't played NYC since headlining Radio City in 2012.
Ty Dolla $ign, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, DJ Getlive @ Knitting Factory
This solid rap show (which you had to enter Scion's contest to get into) features of two of finest up-and-comers in the game at the moment, Vic Mensa and Deniro Farrar, who both made a solid impression on NYC during CMJ.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Danny Brown's Old is one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year, and while holding your breath for a rap release is never a good idea (we've got our fingers crossed for that September 30 release date though), we're feeling one step closer to Old actually seeing the light of day, now that it's officially got album artwork. And pretty great artwork at that. That's it above (via Danny's instagram). It was designed by Sam Chirnside, and the painting is by Leila D'Amato. His newish video for "ODB" is below.
Danny recently made appearances at Afro-Punk Fest, Fool's Gold Day Off, and the NYU Mystery Concert, and he's set to play Rock the Bells NJ in October and open for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in November.
Meanwhile, the group Danny is a part of, Bruiser Brigade will be playing NYC without him (he'll be at Rock the Bells in California) on September 15 at Mercury Lounge. The Detroit crew will be joined by some hometown pals like producer Nick Speed (50 Cent, M.O.P., Talib Kweli) and rapper Dusty McFly, in addition to NYC producer Hillie Hill (Nas, Biggie) and A La $ole of Joey Bada$$'s Pro Era crew. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's some other good rap shows coming in NYC too, including afro-beat rapper Blitz the Ambassador, who is headlining The Studio at Webster Hall on September 19 with opening sets from Old Money, Boima, and Caktuz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Eve, who's got a new album out this year, was supposed to play Irving Plaza back in August, but she'll instead play Gramercy Theatre on September 12. Opening the show is Dyme-A-Duzin (of Phony PPL) and Camille Safiya. Tickets are on sale now, and any tickets purchased for Irving Plaza are being honored.
Not exactly rap, but neo-soul singer Bilal, who released his solid new album A Love Surreal earlier this year, will play the New School Alumni Jazz Night at Highline Ballroom on September 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
On the topic of anticipated rap albums, which we were talking about above, Drake also shed some more light on his new album, Nothing Was The Same, which is due out on September 24. He just revealed the tracklist which features previously released singles "Started From the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," and "All Me" appears as a bonus track on the deluxe edition. The only guest rappers are Jay Z and Detail. Check out the full tracklist below, and that's the artwork above.
Both Drake and Jay Z appear on the second installment of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, which is due out September 30. Justin returns to NYC to play Barclays Center on November 6. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"). Artwork and tracklist for his new LP, below.
Things aren't looking so bright in Miguel's world lately, as he was just charged with two counts of DUI after his August arrest.
A$AP Rocky also just faced some legal charges. TMZ reports that due to an incident that occurred while he was performing at Jay Z's Made In America Festival, Rocky was charged with misdemeanor simple assault for allegedly slapping a woman in the crowd. TMZ writes, "The woman claims A$AP was trying to make his way through a crowd of dancing fans -- with a bunch of girls pulling on his shirt -- when A$AP turned and fired off an open-hand slap, connecting with her face. The woman claims she was injured from the alleged slap -- suffering whiplash from the impact." It's not the first time he was accused of something like this.
A$AP Rocky and Drake's third "Fuckin' Problems" partner, Kendrick Lamar, will be in NYC with his Black Hippy friends Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, plus young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, on September 10 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets for that show are still available.
Meanwhile, the man behind the hook on "Fuckin' Problems," 2 Chainz, will NOT be at Williamsburg Park, because despite being scheduled to play five days after Kendrick, he cancelled his show.
What other hip hop shows in NYC are you excited for? And when is Schoolboy Q's album coming out???
Tracklists, video, and more, 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.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
(drawing via New Yorker)
In addition to there being a bunch of Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits in NYC tonight (11/6), you may also be aware it is Election Day and what is looking like is gonna be a real squeaker. Any bar with a TV is likely to be showing election coverage but there are some more thought-out viewing parties are happening around NYC:
The Bell House have a free one at 7:30 PM co-presented with Vanishing Girl with host Liam McEneaney and DJ Mike Doughty.
Le Poisson Rouge have a free one at 7 PM presented by Kevin Powell and BK Nation with DJ Herbert Holler and special guest Pete Rock.
HiFi Bar will be open and showing a live broadcast of the election with "$4 Radeberger Pilsner and $5 Stoli Flavors from 9pm-12am."
SuperVegan is hosting an Election Party at Fontana's starting at 8pm with "delicious, organic, local, savory food from Chickpea & Olive and delectable, organic, artisinal doughnuts from Dun-Well Doughnuts!"
UCB East has an 'Election 2012 Coverage Extravaganza' at 8 PM with "color commentary from UCB comedians." It's free, but reservations are "sold out", but there will be a standby line.
Freddy's Bar in Brooklyn will be showing the election coverage on their big screen in the back room at 7 PM.
Zebulon lists tonight's show as "Election NIght Shenanigans" with "a bad lip reading of the first 2012 presidential debate" being among tonight's features.
Union Pool "will be holding Election Night coverage in the front room. With our hi-res, bi-partisan projector, we will be projecting MSNBCrap & Comedy Central's sweet news coverage starting at 8pm. Please, come join us for drink specials throughout the night as we await the fate of our country's next four years."
These are the ones we know about. What else?
Jazz/hip hop/soul/etc artist Robert Glasper released the impressive Black Radio LP earlier this year and he'll follow that with an EP of remixes from the album, Black Radio Recovered - The Remix EP, this Tuesday (10/9) via Blue Note Records. The EP features remixes by 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Questlove, and one by Robert Glasper himself, along with Jewels. Starting this week, he's been revealing the remixes at his facebook and twitter as they premiere around the web.
Okayplayer has the 9th Wonder (featuring Phonte) remix of "Afro Blue" (ft. Erykah Badu), Complex has Pete Rock remix of "Black Radio" (ft. Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def), and Afropunk just posted the Georgia Anne Muldrow remix of "The Consequences of Jealousy." You can stream all three of those remixes below and stay tuned for the rest.
Robert Glasper is also on tour now and he'll hit NYC this month for a CMJ show, which happens on October 16 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He'll also return to NYC a couple months later to play Harlem Stage on December 13 and 14. He'll do two shows each night (one at 7:30 and one at 10:00). Tickets for all four of those shows are on sale now.
Speaking of 9th Wonder, he plays a Rapsody party at SOB's TONIGHT (10/3) with Josh Baze, Peter Rose, and host Peter Rosenberg (of Hot 97). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A list of all dates and those remix streams are below.
East River Park Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Free Summerstage shows at East River Park are underway and will be going down throughout this week and next. As mentioned, tonight (8/19), UCB Comedy will be presenting The All-Stars of Improv with two acts of improvised comedy from various performers. Tonight's show starts at 7 PM just after the Jamaica 50th Independence Day celebration is wrapping up farther uptown at Central Park Summerstage.
Other shows at East River Park include the previously discussed Red Bull Music Academy co-presented show with Araabmuzik, Flosstradamus, Teengirl Fantasy, and Nick Hook on Monday (8/20), the previously discussed Lyricist Lounge 20th Anniversary show on Wednesday (8/22) with DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock, and the Two Boots 25th Anniversary show on Thursday (8/23) with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Mamarazzi, Odetta Hartman, Himalayas, and The Whiskeyhickon Boys. That show will be hosted by Luis Guzman, will feature poetry from Nuyorican Poet's Café: Caroline Rothstein, Mahogany Browne, and Marshall "Soulful" Jones, and performance art from Lady Circus and the Magic Beans, Free Art Society, and 4Heads Art Collective, plus free pizza.
An updated East River Park schedule is below...
by Bill Pearis
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
The first job I had when I moved to NYC was in an office building at Bleeker and Broadway and, at the time, the nearby cheap lunch options were a really greasy hotdog joint right on the corner, fast food chains up the street...and the Two Boots branch on Bleeker which is where I ate almost every day. It was the first time this West Virginia transplant had seen vegan pizza, or pies named for pop culture references ("The Larry Tate," "The Newman"). And while we've now got fancypants pizza like Roberta's and Motorino, Two Boots and their Cajun-influenced pie is still kickin'...and still really good.
Anyhoo...the East Village chain is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary this year and are throwing a free concert on August 23 at East River Park with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and supporting sets from Mamarazzi, Odetta Hartman, Himalayas and The Whiskeyhickon Boys. The party goes from 5 - 9PM and will also feature free pizza.
The Two Boots show is part of Summerstage's late-August line-up at East River Park that features comedy, dance, performance art and music. Programming includes The Upright Citizens Brigade "All-Stars of Improv" on August 19, the Lyricist Lounge 20 Year Anniversary with Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier on August 22 and more.
Full East River Park Summerstage schedule is below...
Just BLAAAAAAZE. The hip hop producer Justin Smith aka Just Blaze, best known for hemming tracks on classic Jay-Z albums, and more recently providing the beat for Drake's "Lord Knows," among many other things, will be in NYC this week for a 1992 party at Santos Party House on June 21 with Jasmine Solano and Kasey Berry. The party is in celebration of Smoke DZA's new album, Rugby Thompson (which you can stream in full below), but no word of whether or not DZA will be making an appearance. Just Blaze doesn't appear to have much else in the way of live appearances, but he'll be in NYC again on August 25 for Warm Up at PS1 with Danny Brown, BAIO (of Vampire Weekend), Nick Catchdubs, and The Stallions. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In other classic hip hop producer news, Pete Rock will be DJing with special guests at 20th birthday celebration of his 1992 LP with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, at Le Poisson Rouge on June 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Smoke DZA album stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this week, Pusha dropped a freestyle over Common's "Sweet" off of his new LP, The Dreamer/The Believer, which came out on Tuesday. The Smoking Section reports that the track is a diss at Drake (who is touring in 2012 with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky). Stream it below.
Common played Highline Ballroom on Monday (12/19). Nas joined him at the show. You can stream the whole show below, and also check out a video of Nas joining in on "Ghetto Dreams" below.
Speaking of Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Emilio Rojas, they both just played S.O.B.'s with Kendrick Lamar on Monday (12/19). Talib Kweli saw the show, and tweeted, "The ASAP crew did a 20 min walk thru during the set. Classic Harlem lol." Check out a video from the show below.
Maybe Talib should give Diplo a heads up about Kendrick. Diplo recently tweeted "Kendrick lamar sounds like somebody that played for the supersonics in the 90s. Didn't know he was a rapper. What's his best tune?" (Hey Diplo, check out "The Spiteful Chant").
In other news, Kendrick told XXLMag that he and J. Cole are planning a joint album. "We're still trying to formulate it and sit down in a neutral zone, where either one of us is moving and doing shows, interviews and press all the time," he said. Kendrick told HipHopDx that he's lined up Just Blaze and Pete Rock for his next LP.
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will play NYC again when he opens for Action Bronson at Highline Ballroom on December 27. Tickets are still available. eXquire and Bronson both made Heems' list of favorite albums released in 2011.
Dates, videos and stream below...
Rap legend Heavy D -- one of the most influential rappers of the '90s -- died earlier today ... Heavy D -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today ... and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.
We've learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .
When help arrived, we're told Heavy D was conscious and speaking -- and was transported to a nearby hospital.
He died a short time later. - [TMZ]
R.I.P. to the "overweight lover", who was responsible for many staples on 90s R&B/Hip Hop/Pop radio. He also introduced the world to one of the greatest producers of the era, his cousin Pete Rock.
Check out some videos of Heavy D below including one from a few weeks ago on the BET Awards, his first performance in many years.
"Five people who were arrested at an album release party at a Lower East Side bar said Thursday they were released on their own recognizance because the police were the real aggressors.LES club Tammany Hall (where the Annex used to be) hasn't even been open a year and already made the mainstream news. Watch NY1's recent report on the situation at NY1's site. Watch video interviews with Pete Rock from outside the gathering at New York Criminal Court yesterday (6/30), below...
Police say they were called by club security at Tammany Hall bar early Wednesday to help with overcrowding and a fight between party-goers outside. Soon after they arrived, the rumble turned into a battle with the law.
Four of the defendants -- 27-year-old Gabriel Diaz, 24-year-old Jade Everette, 35-year-old Lewis Pena and 21-year-old Cynthia Rosa -- are facing felony assault charges. A fifth defendant, 32-year-old Jessy Ayala, is facing a misdemeanor charge.
Kenneth Montgomery, the lawyer representing all five people who have been charged, said the Internal Affairs Division of the New York City Police Department is looking into what happened and investigators interviewed his clients in the hospital." [NY1]
The scene outside of Tammany Hall
June 28th was reportedly a "peaceful, fun classic hip hop party" featuring Smif n Wessun and Pete Rock who were celebrating the release of their collaborative LP Monumental. That is, until a near riot broke out otside of LES venue Tammany Hall that led to arrests, violence, five injured officers and calls of police brutality.
Pete Rock's lawyer Kenneth Montgomery and his wife Shara McHayle gave their firsthand report to Hip Hop DX. Via Shara McHayle:
...We all left the venue to be greeted outside by a sea of NYPD gloved up and very aggressive. As we began to move we all witnessed the most brutal beating of a party patron. He was on the floor surrounded by 10 police officers with sticks out beating him. In shock, we must have not moved quickly enough to the officers liking and they shouted "Move the FUCK back" and then shoved myself and my daughter down to the ground. Now we were surrounded by 3 cops and 1 pinning us down. My daughter shouted "Get off my mother" and was handcuffed and arrested... Tonight with a lump in my throat my daughter remains in police custody with 4 others. She has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.Here's the official statement from Duck Down Records:
"It was a peaceful gathering inside of a sold-out Tammany Hall (lower-east side Manhattan, NY) to see the group perform new music from the project. Earlier in the evening some guest wanted to enter the event but were turned away by the management and bouncers employed by the club. A minor argument ensued but eventually was diffused by the bouncers. Thirty minutes after that minor skirmish (no 61 or incident was ever filed by the club or bouncers) some 15-20 uniformed Police Officers from the 7th precinct arrived at the venue. When the officers arrived some of them entered the venue where they witnessed a peaceful environment, they quickly exited the venue and joined their fellow officers in the exit area of the venue.The statement also says that "today at 12PM EST, Pete Rock & Tek & Steele of Smif N Wessun will be holding a press conference to address all questions at New York Criminal Court on 100 Centre Street, New York, NY." Shara McHayle's statement mentioned "a peaceful protest tomorrow morning 9am" at the same location (I assume it was sent out last night). Video from outside of the show is below.
Upon joining their fellow Officer's they all began to put on black leather gloves. At that time more uniformed officers arrived in marked rmp's and exited their vehicles. The officers then hurried into the club and began macing and assaulting individuals inside the club, dragging one of them out and pummeling him directly in front of the club. Present at the event were artist, industry tastemakers, fans, photographers, and cameramen. Several people began filming and recording the unprovoked brutality much to the dismay of the police. The officers then began to mace and assault anyone within arms length, including several women. Their behavior was unjustified, unprovoked, and simply barbaric considering there was no provocation. Pete Rock, Tek and Steele fortunately were not harmed, however some of their friends & family were assaulted by the Police.
Brian Wilson played the Highline Ballroom [Sunday] night as part of its sister club's month-long Blue Note Jazz Festival, and though the two-set show featured his entire current Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin album of Gershwin standards, it wasn't jazz, really, but no less demanding--and rewarding.As mentioned in that review, Brian Wilson's three shows at Highline Ballroom this week are part of the ongoing and inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of Blue Note's 30th Anniversary. The fest includes a ton of shows including the recent Aloe Blacc, Idle Warship, and Larry Graham gigs. Brian finished his run Tuesday night, while, Dave Brubeck (who just turned 90) and George Wein & the Newport All-Stars each began their own three-night run at Blue Note Jazz Club. Advanced tickets to the Dave Brubeck shows are sold out, but you can line up to sit be at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+). Tickets are still on sale for George Wein.
The Beach Boys' beloved creative genius brought a 12-piece band of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists--and a local female string section--and all lived up to his contention that it's one of his best bands ever.
The Gershwin album, which was conceived under the aegis of his hero George Gershwin's estate, led off the second set--the first being a breathtaking recreation of Beach Boys classics ranging from the ultra-romantic 1963 ballad "Surfer Girl," his first composition, to the symphonic "Heroes And Villains" of 1967. While Wilson's ability to sing his signature falsetto vocal leads and harmonies is long gone, guitarist Jeff Foskett was downright spooky in mimicking it on hits like "Don't Worry Baby" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice." [Examiner]
The recently mentioned Bjorkestra show at Highline Ballroom on June 14 is also part of the festival. As discussed, tickets are on sale and can be purchased with a 50% discount by using the access code "BIGBAND."
Bootsy Collins, who just played Bonnaroo, brings his previously announced Blue Note festival show to BB King's on June 26....
"Bootsy Collins was just one more band on our to-do list -- we didn't expect him to nearly steal the whole festival. After an annoying hour-plus wait that had the crowd chanting "bullshit," Collins instantly won the fans back in his favor by bringing THA FUNK. Everything was on the one after that. Lead guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight melted minds, while original P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell provided the ballast. A special mid-set run found the band tackling classics by P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly and The Family Stone." [American Songwriter]Tickets are still available for the NYC show.
Questlove is presenting Mo' Meta Blues I at The Blue Note on June 20 and 21. Both days consist of an early show and a late show. Mo' Meta Blues I features Questlove on drums/electronics, Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tickets are on sale.
The following night (6/23), The Roots will present Mo' Meta Blues II - Paid In Full 25th Anniversary featuring Black Thought and Rakim at The Blue Note. There will also be an early and a late show. Advance tickets for table reservations are sold out, but you can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+).
"The Music of Stax Records" featuring Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Eddie Floyd and Lester Snell is happening on June 26 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.
Last but not least, we want to highlight the Dances of Vice presentred Powerhouse Stomp II: a musical tribute to the classic cartoons of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s on June 29 at Highline Ballroom featuring Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra. Sounds fun and tickets are on sale.
Check the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website for the full schedule. A selection of related videos below..
The cover art of Derobert & The Half Truths' 2010 LP
Nashville 60's throwbacks De Robert & The Half-Truths will play their first funkin' NYC show ever at the Dig Deeper event at Southpaw on April 30th with Magic in Threes. Tickets are on sale. Though the band did not exist in the soul/funk heyday, it definitely mirrors the styles of that era much like popular retro-leaning acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Lee Fields & The Expressions. Check out a few samples of the band below.
Speaking of Lee Fields, he has some shows coming up too.
In other funky news, funk-jazz vibraphone great Roy Ayers will team with producer/DJ/MC Pete Rock for a show at Highline Ballroom on June 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show takes place less than two weeks before Ayers celebrates his 70th birthday at the Mainstage at Central Park on July 2nd. The FREE show features a "collective of jazz virtuosos, top MCs, singers, arrangers, and composers called The Jazz Mafia" who have "re-envisioned Ayers' classic works for this special show" which is one of many free Summerstage events that were recently announced.
BT Express will do it til you're satisfied, or at least until the endo of their set at Betsey Head Park on June 9th. They'll be joined by Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue and the FREE show kicks off at 7PM. The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue will also support Harold Melvin's Blue Notes on July 29th in Queensbridge Park (also FREE, 7PM).
Jazz/funk/afrobeat trumpeter Hugh Masekela will play the Mainstage at Central Park on June 26th, teaming with Freshlyground and Somi for a FREE show. Doors open at 2PM with the show kicking off at 3.
George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars will hit BB King's on May 31st. Tickets are still available. Meanwhile, his former Parliament/Funkadelic bandmate Bootsy Collins will hit the same venue on June 26th as part of the month long Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are still available. Collins released his new LP Tha Funk Capital Of The World on Tuesday (4/25) and will also appear at Bonnaroo 2011.
BB King's will also host dual-show evenings with Chaka Khan (June 18th, tickets), Morris Day & The Time (July 29th, tickets), and Roberta Flack (June 24th, tickets). Flack will also make a pair of private appearances in NYC in the coming months. She'll play a show as part of the Tribeca Film Festival on May 1st and the Apollo on May 19th as part of a fundraiser with Lou Reed and many others.
In semi-related news, Morris Day's former bandmate Prince is currently in the midst of a 21-night show stint at The Forum in Los Angeles with "roughly 85 percent" of the shows being only $25 with service fees. One of Prince's influences will also play NYC this summer. Larry Graham appears at BB King's on June 3rd with Funky Nights. Tickets are still available. Last time Larry played there, Prince showed up. Last time Prince played NYC, Larry opened up.
Tour dates and videos below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by BBG
Headlined by Nas and featuring appearances from Cee-Lo (who did perform "Fuck You!"), Pete Rock with surprise guest Dres of Black Sheep, Diplo and "surprise guest" J. Cole, the Heineken Inspire show went down on Saturday (11/13) at Pier 36 under the Manhattan Bridge in Manhattan. With doors at 3pm, it was a long show, and Nas had some technical difficulties but it was free and there was free beer. DJ Kool Herc didn't perform but he came out on stage to say hello.
DJ Premier was not on hand to link up with Pete Rock, even though the duo are working on a new LP together! The album is expected to be completed by year-end, and though hardly any details regarding release have been revealed, it is known that GZA will make an appearance on the album. Preemo and KRS-One also have a collaborative LP in the works, and Nas recently told Premier that he still wants a collaborative album, and he recently announced a label comp entitled Get Used to Us due on December 7th. Premier recently spoke with the Village Voice on the current state of hip hop.
More pictures and some video from the Heineken Inspire event are below.
Nas @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Samantha Marble)
Heineken Inspire Encore"Tickets" are now on PRESALE. Password = ENCORENYC (thx hiro). And if that doesn't work, "Tickets go on sale Sat. Nov 13, 2010 at 3:00pm EST (-05:00)"
Sat. Nov 13, 2010 at 3:00pm EST (-05:00)
2 days away
Venue: It's a Secret!
Check your phone for location details morning of 11.13.10
New York, NY 10001
Ages: 21 and Over
Price: $ 0.00
This is a free event.
I.D. Required. Must be a US resident only.
Saturday, November 13th: 3pm
- Roxy Cottontail
- Pete Rock
- Cee Lo Green
- & Surprise Guest
Enjoy Heineken Responsibly.
Ghostface Killah at Rock The Bells (more by Andrew St. Clair)
CMJ is almost here, and as usual hip hop is well represented with appearances from the greats as well as those on the upswing. Ghostdini (aka Ghostface Killah) obviously is one of the former, and he'll headline BB Kings on 10/22 with Sheek Louch (of D-Block), and Frank Dukes. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with your CMJ badge.
Audible Treats have announced their 2010 showcase at Sullivan Hall in NYC, and once again it's chock full of interesting indie hip hop. Veterans Black Sheep will join Nottz, Diamond District, Big Pooh (ex-Little Brother), Chip Fu (of Fu-Schnickens), Rah Digga, Von Pea, Moe Green, DaVinci, and The Left (Apollo Brown, DJSoko, Journalist103). The show goes down on 10/21 and tickets are on sale.
Von Pea of Tanya Morgan will play two shows at SOBs in the coming months, with the first happening on 9/29 when he supports Pac Div along with STS and Beyond Belief (tickets). Then less than two weeks later, Von Pea will play the venue again with J-Live in tow to celebrate the release of his new record Pea's Gotta Have It. Tickets are on sale.
And while we're on the subject of former members of Little Brother, Foreign Exchange (aka ex-Little Brother member Phonte and producer Nicolay) will play a CMJ how at BB King's on 10/23 with Darien Brockington, Zo! and a live band in tow. Tickets are on sale. Darien Brockington, who also contributes to Foriegn Exchange, will also be at SOBs in the coming weeks as part of a collaborative show with R&B singer Yahzarah on 10/14. Tickets are on sale.
Duck Down will team up with Blacksmith Music (Kweli's label) for the Duck Down vs Blacksmith CMJ Showcase with appearances from Jean Grae, Pete Rock, Strong Arm Steady, Pharoahe Monch, Skyzoo & !llmind, Marco Polo with Torae & Ruste Juxx, Team Facelift and Boot Camp Clik (Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah & 9th Wonder). Sounds amazing. Tickets are on sale for the 10/19 show at LPR.
The Duck Down CMJ show is part of a "15 Year Anniversary" tour for the label. All dates below.
And speaking of Pete Rock, BB King's will host a night curated by the year 1992, as Pete Rock & CL Smooth will team with Brand Nubian and Das EFX for a show at BB King's on 10/20. Tickets are on sale. Pete Rock & CL Smooth reunited at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest earlier this year.
Joell Ortiz of recent Slaughterhouse fame will play SOBs on 11/9. Tickets are on sale.
Statik Selektah & Termanology's new collaborative LP, 1982, gets an album release party on October 25th at SOBs. Tickets are on sale for the show, which will feature support from REKS & more special guests TBA. Dig on the recent video by 1982 featuring Bun B & Masspike Miles, "You Should Go Home", below.
Some videos and tour dates below...
"After announcing the closing of their New York and Los Angeles locations, Fat Beats is excited to present a send-off worthy of their hip-hop legacy. A week-long series of in-store performances and music industry panels at both stores will allow the music community to not only learn about the history of Fat Beats and what the future of the music industry holds, but to also celebrate the legacy of one of the strongest music brands in the company of their favorite artists. These week-long in-stores are sure to go down in hip-hop and New York history. Everyone is welcome to come and all events are free.The schedule for the New York location is as follows:
Today marks the official start of the week-long in-stores for the New York location. This location will host artist performances every day this week from 4-9pm until it closes its doors for the final time on Saturday, September 4th, 2010. Additionally, both locations will be selling limited edition commemorative t-shirts, as well as discounted music and merchandise"
"Edan and Paten Locke last night at The Knitting Factory... the illest rap show I've seen in years..." -junksciencerap
"Edan at knitting factory, so dope." -moesuli
"I felt weird wearing a Mr. Lif shirt when Mr. Lif came on stage. I left as soon as the encore ended. I didn't wanna be #thatguy. #nogroupie" -greenspam
" In his finale set, Edan did it accapella, spitting a, what seemed like, infinite rhyming masterpiece without missing a beat or taking a breath. He brings a level of intellectualism to his lyricism and it shows with his fan base, many of who remained after the show ended in small clusters to discuss the performance." [DD172]Mr. Lif also made an unannounced appearance at Tuesday's Edan show (8/24) at Knitting Factory which doubled as a screening for Edan's film, 'Echo Party'.
And another Edan Brooklyn show has been announced. This time he'll appear as part of a "Bowling for Beats" event at Brooklyn Bowl on 9/26 which will be co-headlined by Pete Rock and Prince Paul, with other sets from J-Zone, and J57 (Brown Bag All-Stars), and Psycho Les (of the Beatnuts). Tickets should be on sale soon.
And while we're "Bowling for Beats", why not get "Lyrics To Go", as DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, the X Factor Boogie Blind, and New Beatminerz will spin at a Labor Day party at Brooklyn Bowl on September 5. Tickets are on sale.
Questlove will spin at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday in September. On 8/31, he and his crew The Roots will be the focus of a listening party for their upcoming LP Wake Up! with John Legend. The event is free, but the upcoming Roots/John Legend live show at Terminal 5 on 9/23 is NOT. Tickets are on sale Monday (8/30) at noon.
Video of Edan at Knitting Factory is below...
Battles' October 26th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge has been canceled, to be rescheduled for sometime later in the fall. No explanation has been given as of yet, though maybe the delay is related to the ongoing recording of their second album. "All tickets purchased online will be refunded immediately. If you purchased tickets in the box office at the venue you can bring your ticket to the venue for a full refund."
The band's London show four days later seems to still be on (though that could change).
words by BBG, photos by Brook Bobbins
"Wht a fckin day! Was a 90s hipHop reunion backstge DAMN! Nice & smooth, dela soul, group home, primo, pete rck& cl smooth, large prof, craig g" -MastaAce
"Damn Pete Rock and CL Smooth rockin under the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a beautiful thing. Straighten it out! -greenspam
"I really am sorry that you're not here with me watching De La Soul kill shit live in Brooklyn" -djreadycee
De La Soul at Brooklyn Hip hop Fest in DUMBO - July 10, 2010
Though the rain did rear it's ugly head momentarily on July 10th, the crowd was nonetheless rocked at the 2010 Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest on Saturday. It was the final day of a week-long celebration, and also the biggest event of the fest. With a lineup that consisted of greats like De La Soul, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Black Moon, Smif n Wessun, and many others, the surprise additions of Nice & Smooth, Black Sheep and Group Home gave the event an especially 90s touch. It wasn't all veterans though; relative newcomers like Curren$y, Black Milk, Diamond District, The Money Making Jam Boys, and many others brought new blood under the Brooklyn Bridge to get the block rockin'.
Tons more pics (starting with Black Milk's 3:45 set), and video are below...