Entries tagged with: Pro Era
by Andrew Sacher
Pro Era's Nyck Caution dropped a new three-song EP this weekend called 22. It kicks off with "What's Understood" which features Nyck's Pro Era groupmate Joey Bada$$ and production from the great (and seriously prolific) Metro Boomin. Nyck and Joey both go seriously hard on this thing, and over Metro Boomin's futuristic beat it's nothing like Joey's usual '90s revival. That's followed by "Nyctophilia" featuring Pro Era's Dyemond Lewis and Denzel Curry (prod. "Soulstruck") and a freestyle over Travi$ Scott's "Oh My Dis Side" called "Light Through The Cracks." Stream the whole thing below.
Joey Bada$$ plays Yams Day at NYC's Terminal 5 on Monday (1/18) with A$AP Mob (who also just dropped a new song) and more (sold out). Metro Boomin hits the same venue five days later, opening for Keys N Krates.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Joey Bada$$ / Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers / crowd
But the night kept getting more hyped and the crowd's energy was building along with it. The Underachievers took the stage as the sun officially set, running through a slew of songs from their debut mixtape Indiegoism and their latest solo project, Cellar Door, including "Sun Through Rain" and "Amorphus." Mick Jenkins, Justine Skye, Bodega Bamz, Vashtie and 2015 XXL Freshman Raury all rolled through as Flatbush Zombies' set began to the loudest cheers of the night, while Ab-Soul and his girlfriend Yaris Sanchez hung out behind the scenes.In honor of the late Pro Era member Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$ and the rest of the Pro Era crew presented the inaugural Steez Day show in Central Park yesterday (7/7), which would have been Steez's 22nd birthday. They brought out a bunch of their talented friends, including Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers (who just announced a new album and tour), Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA, Dyme-A-Duzin, 22 Love and SMTH, plus surprise appearances from Ab-Soul and A$AP Ferg. Later that night, a chunk of the lineup played the afterparty at Highline Ballroom, and the previous night, Joey and other friends showed up at Statik Selektah's release show at Santos. Statik was also on hand to DJ Steez Day.
...But that was just the beginning; Ab-Soul then took the stage for his track "Terrorist Threats," rocking at the front of the stage with Joey going crazy beside him. The next to take the stage was A$AP Ferg, who hadn't been spotted backstage before then, who came out as the crowd erupted and asked the crowd to put their hands in the air for both STEEZ and A$AP Yams. Ferg then launched into "Work," which flowed seamlessly into "Shabba Ranks" and threw things onto another level. A moment of silence was called and Pro Era all took a knee on stage and turned to the projector behind them as a video tribute to Capital STEEZ played on screen. As STEEZ's mother, sisters, nephew and other family members watched from the side, Pro Era huddled for a moment in the middle of the stage before launching into "Survival Tactics," Joey's breakout song off 1999 that featured STEEZ and did more than anything to that point to launch Pro Era's hip-hop dreams and expose their balanced and insightful lyricism to the masses. [XXL]
More pictures of Underachievers' set here, and more pictures from the rest of Steez Day, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have a big Central Park SummerStage show on July 7 coming up (tickets). That show ends at 10 PM, but Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers will also play another show later that night at Highline Ballroom. Doors are at 11:15 PM. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of rap shows at Central Park SummerStage, rapper Young Thug is playing there on September 17 with trap producer RL Grime. Opening that show is Mr. Carmack. Tickets are on sale. You can watch the video for "Check" off Young Thug's recent Barter 6, below. All RL Grime dates here.
RL Grime also recently put out the new song "Scylla (VIP)," which you can stream below.
In other rap news, Vince Staples will be in NYC soon for the XXL Freshmen show on June 30 at Best Buy Theater with DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, Raury, Tink and more (tickets). Earlier that day, Vince will give a discussion and performance at Apple Store SoHo from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. His debut album, Summertime '06, is streaming now and the video for "Señorita" is below.
There's also two more chances to catch Fetty Wap in and around NYC after that. Fetty Wap & The Remy Boyz will play Stage 48 on July 8 (tickets), and Fetty will open for... Chris Brown on August 30 at Jones Beach (tickets). In case you live under a rock and haven't heard it, you can listen to Fetty Wap's unstoppable "Trap Queen" below.
One last one for now: Viral rapper Stitches (pictured above) will play The Studio at Webster Hall on July 23 with local staples Main Attrakionz. His virality comes from his song "Brick In Yo Face," which was uploaded to YouTube last year and now has over 6 million views, and maybe also because of those face tattoos. The song (which later appeared on the No Snitching Is My Statement mixtape, hosted by Waka Flocka's DJ, DJ Ace) sounds a little more fit for Gathering of the Juggalos than a show with a cloud rap duo, but it's not hard to see why it's taking off. If you haven't heard it yet, see what you think, below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Saturday (6/27) at 10 AM.
All mentioned videos/song streams below...
One of the hip hop shows happening during the 2015 SummerStage season this year is the annual Duck Down BBQ, which takes place June 11 in Betsy Head Park. Like last year, BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors.
This year's lineup includes Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, Raz Fresco, Young M.A, DJs Statik Selektah and Mr. Green, and host Peter Rosenberg. It's totally FREE, as is food and gear, and the show goes down from 6-9 PM.
Speaking of SummerStage hip hop shows, tonight (6/2) they ahve Scarface in Red Hook Park.
"FUCKING JOEY CAME OUT AT THE PHONY PPL SHOW, fuck my life brooooo fuck my life" - @tayfo_SHO
photos: Rae Sremmurd @ Webster Hall / Joey Bada$$ @ SOB's
As discussed, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ releases his debut album B4.DA.$$ next week (1/20), and plays a hometown release show on Monday (1/19) at Rough Trade, which you have to buy the album to get into. It turns out that's actually one of three NYC shows he's playing that week.
The following night, he'll play Williamsburg dance club Verboten (1/20) with his Pro Era pals and special guests, Statik Selektah, Relly Rell, Pow P & Kool, DJ Red Alert, and guest FunkFlex. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg is hosting. Tickets are on sale.
Then on Thursday (1/22) at Webster Hall, he'll be the guest at Just Blaze's weekly House Party, along with Statik Selektah. Tickets are on sale for that one too.
Just Blaze has been killing it with his guests lately. He had breakout duo Rae Sremmurd last night (1/15). Anyone catch that? That's a picture from the show above, via Webster Hall's Facebook, where you can browse many more pics of last night.
Joey appeared live in NYC last night too, guesting at the Phony PPL show at SOB's. You can see a picture of that above as well (via). Today, he and producer Statik Selektah dropped another new track from his album, "Run Up On Ya," which features Elle Varner and Action Bronson (who has his own new album and upcoming NYC show on the way). Listen below...
Vince Staples was initially supposed to release his Def Jam debut, the Hell Can Wait EP, back in September but it was pushed back and will now come out next week (10/7). Since we last spoke, Vince also revealed the artwork which you can see above. The EP will have production from No I.D., Infamous and Hagler, and despite previous associations with big names like Odd Future and Black Hippy, the only guests appearing will be Aston Matthews and Teyana Taylor. "I'm not for the features for the sake of features. I want it to really fit and align well with the project," Vince told XXL. If you haven't heard them yet, stream "Hands Up" and "Blue Suede" from the EP, below.
Vince has been added as an opener to several dates on the previously announced Joey Bada$$ tour, including the NYC shows happening on November 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza. Joey's fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution will be there too. Tickets for the Irving shows are still available.
Joey also recently put out the video for "Christ Conscious," the second single off his upcoming album B4.DA.$$, which still has no release date. All tour dates are listed, with that video and the Vince Staples streams, below...
The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...
by Sean O'Connell
The Duck Down BBQ may be a bit of a repetitive event in that its headliners are similar every year, but that's the point. Taking place in Betsy Head Park, deep in the heart of Brownsville, the annual event is geared at being a celebration of the neighborhood, with the Boot Camp Clik, a supergroup featuring hip-hop heavyweights Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltah, always coming out in full effect for their neighborhood. Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah pointed out the housing project he grew up in from the stage, and every other performer talked about life in Brownsville and shouted out people in the crowd that they knew. There wasn't much of a line between the rappers and the audience, with Buckshot launching himself into the 2000+ person crowd and fans rushing the barricade as they shouted back lyrics.
The night was a mix of the old school and new school, with the hardcore legends of the Boot Camp Clik being joined by up-and-comers from the Beast Coast movement. CJ Fly of Pro Era had a tight set, that was joined by fellow Pro, the very popular Joey Bada$$, during the call and response "do it for the love" of "Loco Motives". Raz Fresco, another 19 year old from Toronto, showing the Beast Coast's stylistic northern reach, hearkened back to the boom bap slaughter of people like Big L. He pulled off an ambitious move by rapping over a medley of classic New York beats, slaying each one in a city known to be very arrogant about its own style's superiority.
Chelsea Reject and T'Nah Apex (who works with Pro Era often) put on a very noteworthy set that started with a hyper political a cappella by Chelsea, about being a young emcee in an age of Stop and Frisk. The duo touched on the detrimental effect of technology saturation in modern times, railing against obsession with YouTube views and "blue checks" (verified Twitter accounts). T'Nah Apex transitioned smoothly between her matter-of-fact rapping and ethereal singing, while maintaining a serious demeanor that added to her presence.
The prolific Statik Selektah was spinning in-between sets, scratching vinyl in a 90s fashion that many are unable to replicate anymore. It was fitting that Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 hosted the event, given that he labels himself a "hip hop purist" and has been integral in ushering in New York rappers recently.
The highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Brownsville's own M.O.P. for their gangsta rap anthem "Ante Up". By that time, more than forty people were onstage, nieces and nephews on the shoulders of some of the old-timers, keeping up with the celebration of the neighborhood. Buckshot closed out by calling on the audience to reach out to DuckDown saying "I want to see one of you up here next year".
BrooklynVegan was a proud sponsor of this year's Brooklyn Summerstage event, as you can see on the flyer below.
One of the many free Summerstage shows this year is the Duck Down BBQ with Boot Camp Clik and friends happening June 10 in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park. We proud to announce that BrooklynVegan is one of the sponsors of the show, and that since we last spoke there's been some updates.
In addition to the Boot Camp Clik (aka Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah), there will be sets by CJ Fly, T'Nah Apex (both of Pro Era), Raz Fresco and Chelsea Reject. There's also a DJ set by Statik Selektah and Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg. The free show goes from 6-9 PM. Flyer below.
In honor of this event which Monster is also sponsoring, we're giving away a pair of Monster DNA Pro Headphones (retail value of $280), a Duck Down x Rocksmith Collaborative BBQ T-Shirt and a signed Buckshot & P-Money BackPack Travels CD. Details on how to enter to win those contests, below. Prizes can be picked up at the show.
As mentioned, Buckshot & P-Money celebrate BackPack Travels with a release show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Statik Selektah.
Pro Era also play a free Summerstage show in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/5).
Contest details below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, there's tons of hip hop shows coming up in NYC and tours passing through here. Here's a roundup of a few of the great ones happening this month...
The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9 with rapper IAMSU! and rap group Phony PPL. Like all Rubber Tracks shows, the show is FREE but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today (6/4) at noon.
Queens rap crew World's Fair are teaming up with Atlanta rap crew Two-9 for a tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday (6/8) and hits NYC on June 10 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. World's Fair also just put out a new jam, "Uh Huh," which features Cody B. Ware and Prince Samo, and was produced by Jansport J. Check that out, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below.
50 Cent, who just put out his fifth studio album Animal Ambition this week (6/3), will celebrate that album with a record release show in NYC on June 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Just don't ask him to throw any baseballs, and leave your chains at home.
NYC rapper Ka, still going strong of 2013's The Night's Gambit, will play a Noisey-presented hometown show during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.
Golden era-inspired NYC rapper Meyhem Lauren teamed up with actual golden era producer Buckwild for a collaborative album, Silk Pyramids, which came out last week (5/27). The album features Action Bronson, Heems, Troy Ave and more, and as you may imagine it sounds straight out of the '90s. Stream the whole thing below and catch Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild celebrating it live in NYC on Saturday (6/7) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
LA duo People Under the Stairs are touring the US which includes a return to NYC on June 11 at LPR and June 12 at Littlefield with local great Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, plus Fresh Daily and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets for Littlefield and tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Oddisee plays Glasslands on June 26 with a live band and support from louis logic and E.M.S.. Tickets are on sale now.
Black Moon/Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot teams up with Pro Era member Kirk Knight and production great Statik Selektah for a show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tickets). That show's the record release for Buckshot & P-Money's new album, BackPack Travels, which comes out two days earlier (6/24) via Duck Down. The album's single "Flute," features two other Pro Era members, Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, whose '90s-inspired styles fit right in with Buckshot's classic rhymes. Watch the video for that below.
Both Boot Camp Clik and Pro Era also play free Summerstage shows this month. Pro Era play Red Hook Park on Thursday (6/5) and Boot Camp Clik play Betsy Head Park on June 10.
Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, below...
Marissa Nadler at Baby's All Right in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The schedule for the Summerstage 2014 Season was just announced, and as you may know, in addition to the shows in Central Park, there are also free shows in many other NYC parks too. Those include Brooklyn shows in Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Highlights of the Brooklyn Summerstage shows include:
6/3 - Ty Dolla $ign in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)Full Brooklyn Summerstage show schedule below...
6/4 - Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)
6/5 - Pro Era in Red Hook Park (in association with Lyricist Lounge)
6/10 - Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clik & Friends in Betsy Head Park
6/18 Salute to Hip Hop w/ DJ Bent Roc, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane and Special Ed (in association with WBLS) in Herbert Von King Park
6/22 - Frankie Knuckles tribute w/ screening of Hands to the Sky (in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation) in Herbert Von King Park
Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Brooklyn Bodega's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival will return for its 10th annual year from July 9 - 12. This year's headliners include Raekwon of Wu-Tang (whose group has made the news a lot lately), Jay Electronica (who is still taking forever to release an album, but did just release a Drake remix/diss featuring Jay Z), and CJ Fly of the Pro Era crew (which also includes Joey Bada$$). The rest of the lineup is TBA. Tickets go on sale via Queue next week.
Initial event schedule and a stream of Jay's Drake diss, below...
Joey Bada$$ in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he was just announced for Montreal's Osheaga Festival, the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals, and he also announced a Smokers Club-presented hometown show happening on -- wait for it... 4/20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening the show is young Chicago rapper Lil Bibby who Vibe says will rule 2014, Joey's fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution, plus Black Dave, Mick Jenkins, Kris Kasanova and Shakespeare. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon.
Joey also plays Disclosure's 'Wild Life' show in Chicago this June. A couple of videos and the MHOW show flyer are below...
Danny Brown's Old is one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year, and while holding your breath for a rap release is never a good idea (we've got our fingers crossed for that September 30 release date though), we're feeling one step closer to Old actually seeing the light of day, now that it's officially got album artwork. And pretty great artwork at that. That's it above (via Danny's instagram). It was designed by Sam Chirnside, and the painting is by Leila D'Amato. His newish video for "ODB" is below.
Danny recently made appearances at Afro-Punk Fest, Fool's Gold Day Off, and the NYU Mystery Concert, and he's set to play Rock the Bells NJ in October and open for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in November.
Meanwhile, the group Danny is a part of, Bruiser Brigade will be playing NYC without him (he'll be at Rock the Bells in California) on September 15 at Mercury Lounge. The Detroit crew will be joined by some hometown pals like producer Nick Speed (50 Cent, M.O.P., Talib Kweli) and rapper Dusty McFly, in addition to NYC producer Hillie Hill (Nas, Biggie) and A La $ole of Joey Bada$$'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...
Joey Bada$$ at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
The Smokers Club Tour (which has previously included artists like Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and more) is returning this year with a new lineup co-headlined by Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and Pro Era's Joey Bada$$. The rest of the Pro Era crew will be on the tour too, as will Joey's Beast Coast tourmates The Underachievers. It also features Chevy Woods, Cashius Green w/ Pheo, June, Minty Burnes, Shortstop, and Uiie P. All dates, including shows in New Haven and Philly, are listed below.
Though the tour doesn't currently include any NYC dates, you can catch The Underachievers in NYC when they play a Couch Sessions show at The Paper Box on Sunday (9/1) with Sango, Kendra Morris and many more. Admission is $5 with RSVP or $10 at the door. More info on that show here.
Ab-Soul will also be in NYC to open for his Black Hippy crewmate Kendrick Lamar when he plays Williamsburg Park on September 10. That show also includes another Black Hippy member, Jay Rock, and young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru (who we caught opening for Ab-Soul earlier this year). Tickets for that show are still available.
Joey also just offered his response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse with his song "Killuminati Pt. 2." Listen to that, along with the list of all Smokers Club Tour dates, the tour flyer, and other song streams, below...
The Underachievers at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NYC Brainfeeder-afilliated rap duo The Underachievers released their impressive Indigoism mixtape earlier this year, and they're now working on its followup. The first single from that is a track called "The Proclamation," which prominently samples The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." You can watch the video for that song below.
The Underachievers have an upcoming hometown show happening on August 20 at Santos Party House with CJ Fly of Joey Bada$$'s crew Pro Era, Dillon Cooper, and Danse Daimons (of Brooklyn Stickup). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/19) at 10 AM.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Joey Bada$$ - "Word Is Bond" (MP3)
Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has been talking about releasing his debut album, B4DA$$, this year, and while we're still waiting for more details on that, he's announced that it will be preceded by a new EP/mixtape, Summer Knights, which is due out on June 12. Joey just revealed the first taste of that EP with a new track called "Word Is Bond." Like his early mixtapes, it's a throwback to the '90s rap era, complete with turntable scratches on beat, which was provided by Statik Selektah. You can download that track above or stream it below. The EP artwork is above too.
Joey will be celebrating the EP with a hometown release party the day it comes out at 285 Kent (6/12) with "special guests" and his Pro Era crew. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It happens about a week after he plays the Roots Picnic in Philly and the Summer Jam side stage at MetLife Stadium.
Song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ab-Soul at SOB's - 2/27/13 (photo by Marvin H)
After Ab-Soul (and the rest of the Black Hippy crew) appeared on stage with Kendrick Lamar during Tuesday's Roseland show, he stuck around NYC for his own show at SOB's last night (2/27). Due to the previous night's events, everyone pretty much knew something similar would go down at SOB's, which Ab-Soul acknowledged early on at last night's show, and proceeded to make the hour-ish long show a split between solo Soulo and a showcase of his friends/collaborators.
Ab-Soul has a lot of fun at his shows, doing lots of call-and-response with the crowd, like: "When I say 'Hiii," you say 'Power!'" "Hiii!" "POWER!"; "When I say "TD," you say "E." "TD" "EEEE!"; and my personal favorite, "Soulo ho!" - "SOULO HO!", which he always followed with, "See how easy it is? that's a real song. Seriously!" When he raps, he kills it live as much as he does on record. In terms of material, he did a lot of 2012's Control System but also reached back for some earlier cuts, like "Gone Insane."
Because there's no backstage at SOB's and the smoke-filled room was packed, Ab-Soul's guests had to squeeze their way through the center of the crowd to pop up on stage. So depending on where you were standing, you knew who was about to get on stage, but maybe seeing them walk right past you was even more exciting (I for one, was on the side of the stage, and have no idea). First out was Black Hippy cohort Jay Rock for their track "Lust Demons." After that, he hung out on stage as the third Black Hippy member of the night, Schoolboy Q, came out to absolutely murder "Druggys Wit Hoes Again," which had the crowd screaming in the chorus. Then Soulo took a break from the Black Hippy members, and spent the next chunk of his set bringing out NYC rappers, like Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$ (who also came out during Ab-Soul's set at Terminal 5 in 2012), and the most riotous of the local guest spots, A$AP Rocky, who came out in his usual manner of rushing the stage with hypemen to do his own track, "Angels."
Finally, towards the end of the set, Ab-Soul played "Illuminate," which of course meant the last Black Hippy member of the night was about to hit the stage: Kendrick Lamar. After that track, Kendrick asked the crowd, "Can I do one of my own?" The crowd screaming in the affirmative was answered by the beat to "Backseat Freestyle" and before you could even hear Kendrick, just about every person in that room yelled, "MARTIN HAD A DREAM... MARTIN HAD A DREAM... KENDRICK HAVE A DREEEEEEEEEEAM." Then he stuck around for yet another of his own cuts, "m.A.A.d. City," followed by Ab-Soul closing the night with arguably his best track, "Pineal Gland."
The show opened with sets from G.R.A.M.Z., Rikki Blu, an unbilled set from the Ryder Gang, and the very intriguing Bishop Nehru. Nehru is from NYC, he's only 16, and like fellow young NYC rapper Joey Bada$$, Bishop Nehru sounds most influenced by the rap that came out before he was even born. And even if his influences are worn on his sleeve a bit, he's still a promising young artist, and ended his set by cutting the beat and delivering a rapid fast verse on his own, to which the crowd only screamed louder and louder as he went on.
Bishop Nehru's recent music video for "Misruled Order," which he directed himself, and a video of Kendrick and Ab-Soul doing "Backstreet Freestyle" at SOB's, below...
According to Pitchfork and "various sources", Capital STEEZ (real name Jamal Dewar), of Joey Bada$$'s crew, Pro Era, passed away this morning (12/24) at 19 years old. Joey tweeted, "This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal.." and hours before that Capital STEEZ himself eerily tweeted "The end." Joey has continued to tweet on the situation with statements like "SICK TO MY STOMACH.." and "RIP CAPITAL STEEZ!!! 7.7.93 - 12.24.12." Other details on the situation are still sparse at the moment. Rest in peace, Jamal.
Pro Era just released their free Peep the Aprocalypse mixtape this past Friday (12/21). You can download the whole thing at that link and stream the track "Run or Fly," which features Capital STEEZ, below.
The Roots at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Adela Loconte)
Earlier this month, Rolling Stone published their list of the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time (which was mainly golden era stuff, Eminem, and Jay-Z), which Questlove wrote the intro for, and now Rolling Stone had Quest publish his own list of his top 50 hip-hop songs of all time. HIs list also focuses on the older stuff, but probably for different reasons. He writes:
For this top 50 list, I decided to concentrate on 1979-1995, the former being the year I got my first taste of hip-hop, the latter being the year my major-label debut with the Roots made its mark. I wanted to concentrate on the period that I was not professionally involved in the art form. I wanted to celebrate the period that built and led to the influence that got me a record deal.You can check out the whole list with commentary at Rolling Stone and stream 47 of the tracks via Rdio below.
In related news, Okayplayer/The Roots are throwing their annual holiday party (check out pictures from last year) at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (12/20), which is invite only and will likely have many special guests, including Joey Bada$$, who just revealed the cover art for the new Pro Era mixtape, Peep The Apocalypse, which drops this Friday (12/21) aka the apocalypse. The flyer for tonight's holiday party is also below.
Questlove, who DJs at Brooklyn Bowl almost every Thursday night, is also throwing another annual holiday party, which isn't invite only, on January 1 at SOB's with special guest DJ Herbert Holler. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Streams, flyer, and album art below...
photos by Kellyann Petry, words by Andrew Sacher
Joey Bada$$ @ SUNY Purchase - 10/27/12
One of the most exciting young artists that played this year's CMJ that I personally regret missing is Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$. He brings Illmatic style rhymes over MF DOOM, Madlib, and Lord Finesse beats, plus in-house beats from his crew, Pro Era, with a feel as genuinely boom bap as the ones they borrowed. So after missing them at CMJ, I caught Joey and Pro Era at SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest on Saturday (10/27), where they mobbed the stage and had the whole place dancing.
Pro Era took the stage for a few songs without Joey Bada$$ to hype the crowd, getting them waving their arms and yelling along to call and response choruses. Then they finally brought Joey out, who took over with "World Domination," and continued to lead his group and the crowd for the rest of the set. When he's up there, it's noticeable that he's the leader but really all of Pro Era is very communal. They've got way more members than mics but they trade off a lot and the vibe stays at the same height throughout. Like Odd Future or A$AP Mob, they bring a thousand people going reckless on stage, and jumping into the crowd. But while those guys are pretty forward thinking musically, Joey and Pro Era deliver more like Action Bronson -- they aren't just influenced by the golden age era, they're convinced it never ended. Pictures from their set at SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest are in this post.
Joey Bada$$ will play Wesleyan University on November 9 and then is headed to Europe for a tour there. Upon returning to the US, he'll play a hometown show at SOB's on November 20. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketweb for updates.
A list of all upcoming dates and more pics from Fall Fest are below.
NYC rap crew Ratking (aka Wiki, Hak, Sporting Life, and Ramon) have signed to XL imprint Hot Charity (making them labelmates with Willis Earl Beal) and will release their debut EP, Wiki93, on the label on November 6. The whole thing was produced in-house by Sporting Life. You can get a taste of that EP with the song, "Wikispeaks," which is streaming below.
The band have been playing around NYC on some pretty good bills, including shows with Gunplay, Fat Tony, Smoke DZA, and more. They've got more upcoming shows this month during CMJ including a Yours Tru.ly party at Glasslands on October 19 with Joey Bada$$ (who will be rolling with his crew Pro Era), Jim-E Stack, Isaac Delusion, Evy Jane (who were supposed to make their NYC debut earlier this year but had to cancel), Night Panther and MØ. That show is free with RSVP. Then later that night (10/19), Ratking will play a free show at Mercury Lounge. The next day (10/20), they'll return to Glasslands for a show with Doldrums, Pictureplane (DJ), DJ Dog Dick, Haleek Maul, and Normally Important. $5 tickets for that one are on sale now. Their only other announced date at the moment is Pitchfork Paris.
A list of all dates and that song stream are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Flying Lotus at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flying Lotus is about to welcome his new album, Until the Quiet Comes next week (10/2) via Warp. As the album title implies, it's a "quieter" record than the maximalist Cosmogramma, but it's just as fleshed out and compelling. You can stream the album ahead of its release date at NPR. The video for "Putty Boy Strut" can be watched below.
As mentioned, FlyLo will be supporting the album with a tour that hits NYC on October 7 at Terminal 5 with Thundercat and other Brainfeeder artists. Tickets for that show are still available. That's the first date club date on his tour, but he's since revealed that the tour will kick off with a "take over" of LA and NYC surrounding that date.
In NYC, he'll appear at the Warp booth at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on October 6, where he'll be signing copies of his new album. That's free and the booth will be open from 11 AM to 6 PM. The day after the T5 show, he'll play a Red Bull Music Academy Takeover for Boiler Room NYC (10/8) with a great lineup of Questlove, Flatbush Zombies, Just Blaze, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, and The Underachievers. That show is guest list only but you can watch it live at boilerroom.tv. On October 9 he'll partake in the "Meet the Musician" series at Apple Store SoHo where he'll give a talk and also perform. That show runs from 6-8 PM and is free but space is very limited.
Lastly, he'll do two events on October 10, including the East Village Radio Takeover, where Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder artists Gaslamp Killer, Martyn, Dorian Concept, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, and The Underachievers will take over two hours of air time on East Village Radio from 2-4 PM to preview their showcase which happens later that night at new Brooklyn venue Villain (50 North 3 St). That show is also presented by the Red Bull Music Academy and features the same lineup (UPDATE: FlyLo is not confirmed) as the radio takeover plus "very special guests." No ticket info for this show at the moment.
An updated list of Flying Lotus dates and the video for "Putty Boy Strut" are below.
photos by Julie Schabel
Kendrick Lamar @ T5, 9/15/2012
Kendrick Lamar greeted the sold-out crowd at New York City's Terminal 5 with a heartfelt "it feels good to be home." Kendrick opened hard with a string of Section.80 bangers that included "HiiiPower," "Fuck Your Ethnicity," "Hol' Up" and "A.D.H.D."Three-quarters of Black Hippy -- AKA Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and the show's headliner Kendrick Lamar -- hit Terminal 5 on Saturday (9/15) as part of a showcase for the Top Dawg Entertainment crew. Pictures from the show adorn this post.
The Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) crew has been on the BET Music Matters tour for a week now, but the rigor of the nightly shows was only evident in Kendrick's hoarse voice. He powered through a long set of old and new tracks, letting the on-point audience finish line after line for him as he bounced back and forth across the stage under a banner advertising his upcoming album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. -[XXL]
For Ab-Soul's set, he brought out talented local rapper Joey Bada$$ and Joey's Pro Era crew. A video of Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era joining Ab-Soul, plus a video of Kendrick playing "Cartoons & Cereal" at the show are below. Stalley played an opening set at the show too (unfortunately we didn't get any pics of him).
Meanwhile, the fourth member of Black Hippy, Schoolboy Q, was not present. Q is currently as part of the ongoing A$AP Rocky/Danny Brown trek that comes to NYC on September 27 at Roseland. Tickets for that show are still available.
In other news, Kendrick Lamar is none-too-happy with Amazon right now. The online retailer has been prepping the release of Good Kid, m.A.A.d city but let one slip past the goalie by releasing the artwork for the record which apparently was a no-no. Lamar tweeted:
When u leak my album cover. Know that it's not a price tag. Its my LIFE. & there's alot of serious ppl that care about lil Kendrick's life.The artwork is still up on Amazon, by the way, and you can check out below too where we've also got video of Kendrick discussing the artwork.
All videos and more pics are below...
by Andrew Sacher
17 year old Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ wasn't even born yet when Nas' Illmatic and Biggie's Ready to Die were released, but it's quite clear from his new mixtape, 1999, that records like these are the ones he's been listening to. He's got golden age beats on the album from J Dilla, MF DOOM, Lord Finesse, and Statik Selektah, in addition to in-house beats from his Progressive Era crew (Pro Era for short) that sound about as classic as the borrowed ones. You can stream the entire mixtape and download it for free below.
Joey and his Pro Era comrades Capital STEEZ, Chuck Strangers, CJ Fly, T'nah Apex, and Kirk Knight will be playing a local show in NYC on Thursday (6/28) at SOB's. TIckets for that show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.