Entries tagged with: Pharoahe Monch
by Black Bubblegum
Marty Markowitz and Ralph McDaniels
The theme of this summer has been rain, and though the skies opened up halfway into the 5th anniversary show of The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on June 20th in Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park, that didn't stop the crowd from swaying to the classic beats and rhymes by a stable of 90s artists. Thankfully the organizers of the DUMBO show thought ahead, and though it was a little packed in there, everyone stayed perfectly dry inside the emergency tent.
With all the veterans of hip hop on Saturday's lineup, you'd think that the most kinetic performance of the day would come from a Grand Puba or Pharoahe Monch. You'd be wrong. Oddly enough, the least "conscious" MC and the one that I always felt was slightly overrated, Styles P of D-Block (fka The Lox), delivered an energetic performance of hits that was matched only by the energy that the crowd bounced back. I was shocked, though pleasantly so.
I was glad to be wrong about Styles P, and I definitely learned a few other things that rainy Saturday:
by Black Bubblegum
Pharaohe Monch sez GTFU!
Its that time of year again... when NYC flexes its considerable Hip Hop muscle with a summer of killer hip hop shows. One of the most high profile of those is The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, taking place this year on June 20th at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO. Tickets are available online or at Fat Beats NYC at $10 for a single, $35 for four, and other configurations.
Headlining the affair is the incomparable Queens tongue-twister Pharoahe Monch, who will join the legendary DJ Premier, The Ghost (aka Styles P), dead prez, Smif N Wessun (who are also playing Brower Park & Southpaw), Grand Puba (no Stud Doogie, love?), Marco Polo & Torae (who are also playing Fat Beats & Southpaw), and many many others. The full two stage lineup is below.
The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is a few days shy of a month away from Pharoahe's appearance at All Points West as half of the mighty Organized Konfusion, and a few weeks after Marco Polo & Torae's new album Double Barrel hits stores.
Another major NYC Hip Hop Festival, Rock Steady 32nd Anniversary, has yet to announce any details. Brooklyn fest details below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Cool Kids @ Highline Ballroom (More by Leia Jospe)
On some level, yes, perhaps this was inevitable. But after many locals realizing it for some time now, it seems that the Chicago-based hip-hop duo The Cool Kids--or more likely, the people who represent them--have finally been hipped to the fact that, here in [Dallas Forth Worth], there exists a lo-fi punk outfit by the name of the Teenage Cool Kids. And, as such, the Cool Kids' handlers have sent Teenage Cool Kids a cease and desist order, asking that the band change its name. [Dallas Observer]Looks like somebody lost their cool (ZING!)....
In related news, The Cool Kids AND KOOL Keith (will they go after him too?) are part of the recently announced All Points West lineup. Both Cool & Kool play on Saturday Aug 1st... that's the NON-Beastie Boys / Q-Tip / Pharcyde / Organized Konfusion (!!!!!)/ Flying Lotus day (which is Friday, July 31).
Kool Keith will also appear at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 3rd, but this time as Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom. All dates below.
And probably the most exciting news (to me anyway) out of the APW lineup is the reformation of the mighty Organized Konfusion! The crew released their last LP in 1997, The Equinox which was proceeded by the classic self-titled and Stress: The Extinction Agenda LPs. Since then, Pharoahe Monch has been busy with his own ventures including writing rhymes for certain millionaires and showing up to support his friends The Roots at Highline Ballroom. Prince Po hasn't exactly sat idle either... his last album, The Saga Of The Simian Samurai dropped in 2007. Some videos below.
In other APW-playing, hip hop artist news, Q-Tip who always keeps busy performing (most recently on tour with the Cool Kids) and spinning, will be gettin' down at the 92nd St Y in Tribeca, James Lipton style:
Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg hosts a night of music and conversation featuring famed hip-hop musician and producer Q-Tip, a member of the legendary band A Tribe Called Quest. Rosenberg will sit down with Q-Tip for a candid discussion about the life and influences of this innovative artist, whose career has spanned over 20 years. Jazz hip-hop fusion band Igmar Thomas and The Cypher will perform throughout the night, paying tribute to Q-Tip's music.Tickets are on sale.
Beastie Boys recently reissued (deluxe style) Check Your Head, and have been announcing lots of festival appearances for this summer.
And finally, Flying Lotus (the "experimental music producer, disc jockey, and laptop musician from Winnetka, California") will be in NYC before before All Points West, including two dates in the next month - April 16th and 17th. On April 16th, Flying Lotus will join Kode9, Martyn, Mike Slott, Pursuit Grooves, Ras_G, and Zomby as part of Brainfeeder NYC (Part 1) at Love, a showcase for Flying Lotus's all-digital label Brainfeeder. The next day look for Flying Lotus and Kode9 to play the American Museum of Natural History as part of The Fader Presents One Step Beyond (advance tickets are available).
All tour dates, flyers and videos below...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
"Since everyone can't live in New York City, OKP took our [video] camera crews into "The Roots present The Jam" @ The Highline Ballroom to bring you a virtual video taste of the new weekly jam session. The jump off [the first] week [March 5th] was a crazy first show, with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and John Forté Jr. trading verses side by side, along with Black Thought and Dice Raw. Later in the evening Chrisette Michele and Raheem DeVaughn graced the stage for some off-the-top crooning, scatting included. Overall it was an incredible evening. [Okayplayer]The third installment of The Roots residency at Highline Ballroom takes place tonight, March 23rd, 2009. More pictures and the above-mentioned videos from week one, below...
Built to Spill @ ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival -- to be held in Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19 -- is announcing the first round of band's to perform at this years festival, as well as a new series that will include Friday's performances. On Friday, the festival welcomes Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard (first show in Chicago in eleven years!), Tortoise and Built to Spill; Saturday will see performances by The National, Pharoahe Monch, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, while Sunday's event includes Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and Vivian Girls!To recap the 2009 line-up so far:
In years past, Friday night has been presented in conjunction with All Tomorrow's Parties and their "Don't Look Back" series, which is devoted to artists playing one seminal album from their back catalogue in its entirety. In 2008, Mission of Burma performed Vs., Sebadoh played Bubble & Scrape, and Public Enemy performed It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. 2007 saw Slint performing Spiderland, Gza/Genius performing Liquid Swords, and Sonic Youth performing Daydream Nation.
This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival is mixing things up a bit and putting the set lists in the hands of the fans, under a new series titled "Write the Night: Set Lists By Request." When someone buys a ticket they will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to a web page where they can vote on which of each band's songs they'd like to hear during their set - and truly be the ones to "Write the Night." Voting will begin on March 13 (when tickets go on sale) and will end on June 12.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - Music From The Color Purple (ZSHARE, ZIPPED ALBUM)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "The Matrix" featuring DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, & Sean Price (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "Give The Drummer Sum" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "The Ox (805)" featuring MED and Poke (ZIPPED MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "Go!" featuring Guilty Simpson (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - WLIB AM... Preview mixed by J-Rocc (MP3)
MC/Producer Black Milk announced a show at Southpaw on Oct 24th with U-N-I (tickets are on sale), thats four days before he drops his sophomore solo LP, Tronic, on Fat Beats featuring Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Sean Price, and fellow Detroiters Dwele & Royce Da 5'9". Both "The Matrix" and "Give The Drummer Sum" are from Tronic and downloadable above. Black Milk is also encouraging the hip hop community to help "mother of the greatest producer of all time J Dilla":
This is "Death of the Muse", the first single off the upcoming Solillaquists of Sound album, No More Heroes. It's available as a download for a minimum donation of $2 with absolutely 100% of the proceeds going directly to Ms. Maureen Yancey a/k/a Ma Dukes (J Dilla's mom). You are encouraged to donate more than the minimum by upping the quantity in your shopping cart before checking out.Pick up that single here.
The track features J-Live, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), as well as Ma Dukes herself.
Speaking of MC/Producers, Madlib dropped his long threatened entry to the Beat Generation series, WLIB AM King Of The Wigflip, on Sept 30th. You can check out a few tracks from WLIB... streaming and we have both "The Ox" and "Go!" available for download above. Madlib joins a long lines of hip hop luminaries who have dropped heat on The Beat Generation, including Marley Marl, J. Dilla, Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and Pete Rock.
Sean Price recently played SOB's with Heltah Skeltah. His Boot Camp Clik breathren, Black Moon & Smif N Wessun's "Tribute to The Classics" rescheduled their sold-out Knitting Factory show to November 8th due to Buckshot's emergency trip to the hospital. We're happy to hear Buckshot is now doing okay.
by Black Bubblegum
Pharoahe Monch with Method Man @ Rock The Bells 2008
MC extraordinaire, 1/2 of Organized Konfusion, and alleged Diddy ghostwriter (Diddy's response: "Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks") Pharoahe Monch will deliver rhyme upon tongue-twisting rhyme at the Highline Ballroom on Sept 12th. Tickets are on sale. Soulful chanteuse Stephanie McKay will set the evening off at 11:30PM. Monch is currently touring Europe, check out full tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest at Rock The Bells, 8/3/08 (villageslum.com)
"Mos Def was joined by Talib Kweli for a series of Black Star songs including "Definition," "Respiration" and "Brown Skin Lady."......with Pharoahe Monch joining former label-mates on stage for a boisterous performance of "Simon Says."
....Slick Rick joined his Def Jam proteges [ED: Method Man & Redman] briefly for a partial performance of "La Di Da Di,"....... After Raekwon, who performed earlier with Ghostface returned to the stage, EPMD followed, performing "Strictly Business" and "So What Cha Saying." Washington DC's DJ Kool entered the set, performing "Let Me Clear My Throat,"...... Upon the set closing, Keith Murray completed the Def Squad triad with a performance, without Sermon at the time, of "Rapper's Delight."
.....the largest crowd reaction came from Nas speaking to the crowd about how he needs to "breathe." Repeating the word, DJ Green Lantern played the instrumental to "Success," prompting a Yankee-cap tucked low Jay-Z to rush on the stage.... and perform his first verse..... the two then performed "Black Republicans."
Zaaaaam. Luckily, we have some photos (courtesy of Village Slum) and a video of that "Black Republicans" performance down below.....
the eighth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
Sam Seder, David Cross and Jon Benjamin (CRED)
Jon Benjamin is another one of my favorite funny people in NYC. A fellow mass-hole by birth, Jon has carved his niche in the comedy world through his extensive voicework, absurd videos, unforgettable live collaborations, and unique approach to stand-up. Jon is part of Tinkle, a stand up show co-hosted by David Cross and Todd Barry as well as Midnight Pajama Jam with Jon Glaser. His voicework includes Dr. Katz, Home Movies, The Venture Brothers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Family Guy, Lucy Daughter of the Devil, Freak Show, Assy McGee, Wet Hot American Summer, and more. He's also guested and cameoed on a zillion TV shows and movies. Jon took a moment to tell us what he was into in 2007. - Klaus
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My top ten music-related things of 2007 by Jon Benjamin
Let’s Stay Friends, Les Savy Fav
Theme to Pocket Tanks, the downloadable game - this would have made my 2006 list, if I had made one
Mountain’s "Mississippi Queen" – this was the first song my son played on Guitar Hero 3 so it will always hold a special place in our hearts.
"Smell Yo Dick" by Riskay - isn’t there an easier way to expose your man for cheating? dicks frequently emit a bad smell which can be mistaken for pussy
MF Doom @ the El Ray in LA - Aug 12, 2007 (CRED)
"New York" and "Tokyo" represent two extremes. East and West, underground and mainstream, cool and cute, futurism and traditionalism... NEWYORK-TOKYO MUSIC FESTIVAL's mission is to evenly encompass both sides of paired extremes and spawn a new creative experience.This year's show is in Central Park on September 22nd, 2007 @ 2pm. MF Doom, Pharoahe Monch, Collie Budz, Teriyaki Boyz, and DJ Uppercut are among those performing. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets are still on sale for Lil' Wayne @ Beacon Theatre on July 22nd.
pharoahe monch + styles p @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - June 29, 2007 (CRED)
styles showed up at the p. monch show to collab for "the life". pharoahe is on some street soul tip for this current tour with a live band. i'm feeling it, desire is my joint right now. [thisismecl]NEWS
- Even though we already know this isn't true, everyone is jumping on this story of Timbaland allegedly retiring, it's really just based on some off the cuff boasting remarks.
- A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip is hard at work on his upcoming The Renaissance album. Stream "WorkItOut" (real, mov, asx).
- In case anyone got the wrong impressions Cassidy lets us know that his upcoming album 'B.A.R.S.' (Sept. 18th) album is 'not church music'.
- One of my favorite rappers of 2006, Obie Trice is interviewed on XXL and speaks on his new work, the state of Hip Hop (who doesn't nowadays), and more. Interesting read.
- Prefix gives us a bunch of photos and videos of the Pharaohe Monch show at Highline last week.
- Master P's new clean lyrics album Gutta Music Allstars, and an exclusive track called 'Let the Kids Grow' is going up on AmieStreet tomorrow. Master P says,
As you may have heard, Romeo and I are taking a stand against the negativity in hip-hop because we all need to be responsible for our actions and the communities we represent. Similarly, Amie Street is out there making a positive impact on the future of online music by making it available to people in a new way and I like what they've got going on.More about that here.
- Public Enemy's Chuck D signs on with Tunecore for his digital distribution.
- The legendary breakdancing Rock Steady Crew is celebrating their 30th (!!!) anniversary with events from July 23rd-29th in Manhattan, the Bronx and a free concert at Lincoln Park in Newark.
Pharoahe Monch is fronting a live band this Friday (June 29 - 11:30pm) at Highline Ballroom in NYC. Black Milk, Polyrhythm Addicts, The Cool Kids, and DJ Ready Cee are opening. It's the official launch party for Pharoahe's new album Desire, which by the way I LOVE. It's a very strong effort with excellent, soulful and cohesive production, diverse and intelligent topic matter, innovative song concepts, and it just has a whole lot of heart --> Highly recommended. Check out another review at About.com, and interviews with Pharoahe HERE and HERE. All tour dates at the end of this post
We have a pair of tickets to give away to the NYC show on Friday. Want to win them? E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Monch), and let us know who you wish we'd cover more in this weekly post. One winner will be picked Friday at Noon, and notified. If you don't win, tickets are still on sale.
More Hip Hop below.....
Pharoahe did a special performance at the Apple Store in SoHo, NYC this past Sunday. Performing songs from his upcoming album Desire (in stores June 26), Pharoahe kept the 2nd floor of the store packed and nodding their heads to the new material. [the label]NEWS
- The Roots announced a new album, their 10th (!!), Rising Down. ?uestlove divulges more details in this interview.
- Read the entertaining and informative Oh Word Mid Year Report.
- So much good news for Saigon! First he finally gets that sample cleared that was holding up his album, then he signs on with Violator.
- RealTalkNY interviews Talib Kweli on new album Ear Drum.
- StreetCensus lists their top 10 Diss Songs of the 2000s so far.
- One of the original Hip Hop bloggers switches to vlogging.
- Pharoahe Monch discusses his first new album in eight years. It's called Desire and it's awesome.
- Amie St just announced a new deal with Black Wall St and made available a set of exclusive tracks by The Game, Nu Jersey Devil, and others. Read about it here.
- KRS-One has a problem with Jeff Chang's seminal Hip Hop book Can't Stop, Won't Stop. Read about it here, including Chang's reply.
CONTESTS: Two contests this week - one for El-P, and one for something a little different: the Public Theatre show "Passing Strange". Info at the end of this post.
DOWNLOAD: X-Clan - Weapon X (MP3) (via)
DOWNLOAD: J Dilla - Love (featuring Pharoahe Monch) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Method Man - The Afterparty Ft. Ghostface Killah (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Z-ro, Devin the Dude & Juvenile - The Mule (Ratatat remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jay Z & Biggie- Allure (Ratatat Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Biggie Smalls - Party & Bullshit (Ratatat remix) (MP3)
Pharoahe Monch @ DNA Lounge, San Francisco - Apr 30, 2007 (CRED)
First Annual Rapathon To Be Held In Harlem
On Saturday, May 12 the Global Artists Association in partnership with New York radio station HOT 97, Turner Network, and Converse will attempt to break a Guinness World Record when they present the first annual Rapathon.Tickets are $100.
The Rapathon will consist of approximately 100 old-school and new-school artists and DJ's who will take turns performing over a span of 24 hours to create the world's longest, on going rhyme session. [all Hip Hop]
Much cheaper - $15 Tickets go on sale today for Method Man, GZA, and Mike Relm at Webster Hall in NYC on June 5th.
MUCH MORE, below.......