Entries tagged with: Sadat X
Masta Ace, who released the collaborative album with MF Doom, earlier this year, will play a hometown show in NYC next week on Monday (8/27) at HIghline Ballroom with Stricklin & Marco Polo, Rahzel & DJ JS-1, Large Professor, OC, Sadat X, and more. The show, dubbed 'Serious as Cancer,' is a benefit for children's cancer research. Tickets for that show are available. The show flier is below. No other Masta Ace dates to report at the moment.
Masta Ace, who is a fan of social media (follow him on twitter), recently spoke to HipHopDX about social media and how it affected his interaction with fans regarding the new album, versus the way it was when he began his career in the early '90s:
I began doing shows shortly after my debut album dropped and for fans outside of New York City it was their first opportunity to meet me in person. Other than live shows the only other way a fan could communicate with an artist back then was through fan-mail. I remember large piles of mail from fans up at the offices of my former label, most of which was for Big Daddy Kane or Biz Markie, but occasionally I would get a letter from some kid in Virginia asking me a random question. The letters were usually postmarked from six months prior so I rarely replied to them. Sometimes the label would send an 8x10 glossy picture to the fan, but that was it. Back then I viewed fans as nameless, faceless supporters of my music. I figured I would never meet or interact with most of them in any meaningful way.Speaking of collaborative albums with MF Doom, JJ DOOM (aka Jneiro Jarel and MF Doom) released their album, Key to the Kuffs, this week and you can stream it in full (via The Guardian) below. The album includes collaborations with Damon Albarn, Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Khujo (Goodie Mob), and a new take on "Retarded Fren" (DOOM's song which features Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood).
In January 2011 I announced via Twitter that I would soon be releasing a new project over MF DOOM beats. Fans from all over the world responded to the news. They asked me direct questions like "...are these new beats or did you take them from MF DOOM Special Herbs [instrumental releases]?", and "...will there be any features on there?" I was able to answer their questions in real time. Through Twitter I was able to keep people in the loop as the album took shape. As deadlines came and went, I keep the fans informed of the new possible release dates. I shared the fact that I was waiting on DOOM to deliver his verse and expressed the possibility of releasing the album without it. Many fans urged me to wait and be patient and I listened to their advice. They helped me though the final four months of the project by encouraging me with words of anticipation.
JJ DOOM also has a new video for the track "GUV'NOR," which you can watch below.
The Jungle Brothers at SOB's last night via MuphoricSounds
As expected, The Jungle Brothers DID bring out members of the Native Tongues (and others) last night at SOB's (2/7), but that did not include many of the "invited guests". The reunion and associated guest appearances were limited to Leaders of The New School (Charlie Brown & Dinco D, but sans the crucial Busta Rhymes), Jarobi (of a Tribe Called Quest), members of the UMC's and Black Sheep, Sadat X, Force MDs and possibly some others. Bum out, but it was sort of expected.
No word on whether members of A Tribe Called Quest will be in attendance at Harlem Stage in March either, but they will be the subject of a three day event:
On the heels of a major Producers Guild Award for the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest -Harlem Stage, in conjunction with Revive Music, will celebrate the impact, importance and influence of the pioneering crew with A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts March 1-3 at Harlem Stage. This four part series features live performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists.More details on each event below.
"A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most important groups in the history of hip-hop, with a legacy that continues to impact generations of artists, musicians and audiences." says Simone Eccleston, Harlem Stage's Assistant Director of Programming, who curated the tribute. "With their signature sound, they created timeless gems, and this series seeks to celebrate their cultural significance, their musicianship and their roles as composers and producers. It is our goal to provide audiences with a multidimensional experience that highlights ATCQ's music, the historical context, and their influence on artists that have come after them."
In the span of three years, starting in 1990, A Tribe Called Quest - made up of rappers Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad - released three albums - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders - widely acknowledged by hip-hop fans to be some of the best recordings ever. The crew became part of a larger community of artists making redemptive, transcendent music: groups like the Black Sheep, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, and Leaders of the New School; solo performers Monie Love and Queen Latifah; and others who formed the collective Native Tongues. They made songs together and often referred to each other in recordings.
Tickets for A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts, range from free to $25 and are available by phone at (212) 281-9240, ext 19 or 20, and online at www.harlemstage.org. Free programs require RSVP at email@example.com.
In other hip hop news, head on over to Public Assembly TONIGHT (2/8) for a FREE show as part of the Red Bull Academy. Kicking off with a conversation with Buckshot (of Black Moon), Dru Ha (of Duck Down), and Skyzoo, the evening will also feature live performances from Smif-N-Wessun, Buckshot and Skyzoo as well. The show kicks off at 7PM and you can RSVP at Yamez@redbullmusicacademy.com (might not be necessary).
Check out a preview of tonight's discussion, as well as a new video for "Still Standing" by Pharaohe Monch and a preview of Sean Price's Mic Tyson (both are on Duck Down), with more Harlem Stage info, below...
Brand Nubian with Grand Puba at BHHF 2009 (more here)
A Grand Puba-less Brand Nubian will play Knitting Factory on September 1st (tickets) in honor of their classic, yet controversial In God We Trust LP:
[The lead single] "Punks Jump up to Get Beat Down"... was met with controversy over blatant homophobic content, referencing the Sadat X line "I can freak, fly, flow, fuck up a faggot/I don't understand their ways, I ain't down with gays." Despite the controversy, the single charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 77. Later versions omitted the line, including the version on the greatest hits compilation The Very Best of Brand Nubian. -[Wikipedia]In a 2009 interview, Sadat X revisited his ideas on the lyric. That interview, some video, and more, below...
Raekwon @ Irving Plaza (SANCHO PANZAA)
Backed only by DJ Symphony on turntables and Raekwon's brother Don P on vocals, the set could have used the energy of the other rappers who invade the album. Raekwon's set ran to 90 minutes, but it felt here and gone. It included the appearance of a huge cake in the shape of a purple cassette -- the original "Cuban Linx" album, from 1995, is commonly called the Purple Tape -- and an assortment of friends and business associates, either texting or appearing to smoke weed onstage. Two notable things happened, neither musical.That review come from Raekwon's show at Irving Plaza on Wednesday (12/16)
The songs came fast, one after another, without stagecraft or pacing. The set went back to early tracks by his old collective, the Wu-Tang Clan, touched on "Cuban Linx" Part 1 and settled in for stretches of the new album, including the scabrous, seedy "Gihad" and the imagistic, violent "Surgical Gloves."
There weren't as many Wu-Tang Clan cameos as might have been expected, aside from Cappadonna, who rapped verses on "Ice Cream." But halfway through, another member of the extended Wu family appeared: Cherry Jones, the mother of the Wu-Tang rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004. She and Raekwon hugged, without speaking, for nearly a minute. Raekwon praised Dirty and his mother and then performed "Ason Jones," a tribute to Dirty on the new CD, with some emotional difficulty, his movements creaky, as if he needed oil. (He stopped the song at one point, shaking his head in sorrow, swearing and then collecting himself.)
Near the end -- after the duo Capone-N-Noreaga briefly hijacked the set -- Busta Rhymes, a longtime Raekwon booster, came onstage to congratulate his friend. Busta Rhymes likes to talk. Ten minutes later he was still there, praising Raekwon's rhymes and metaphors. Raekwon slumped against the opposite wall, looking humble, grateful and worn out. [NY Times]
Speaking of Highline Ballroom, Clipse has been added an opener for for the previously-mentioned Jadakiss and Melanie Fiona show happening at the venue on Tuesday (12/22) ("Concert starts @ 10PM"). Tickets are on sale.
Also Tuesday (12/22), is a show at Southpaw in Brooklyn:
Masta Ace & Edo. G "A&E" Album Release PartyTickets are on sale.
**SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST!!** / Sadat X / Jean Grae / Doitall (Lords of the Underground) / Torae w/ DJ E. Holla / Sha Stimuli
doors 8PM DOORS / 9PM SHOW 21+ with ID
$12 advance / $15 day of show
A video from Raekwon's show (including the CNN appearance) below...
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "LaLaLa" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "Tour Stories" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "So Damn Down" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "Bang N Boogie" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "Never Enough" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "So Damn Down" Keelay & Zaire Remix (MP3)
Prince Paul & Hiero, I know, they're fly bro.
We are proud to announce that BrooklynVegan is an official sponsor for the Audible Treats official CMJ Showcase featuring a killer lineup of independent hip hop including west coast Hieroglyphics greats Souls of Mischief, recent faves Tanya Morgan, Trinity, Kam Moye, Oddisee, Finale, Jern Eye, and Truthlive! DJ Keelay, half of the production team Keelay & Zaire will be on the wheels. The show goes down on 10/22 at Southpaw in Brooklyn. Tickets are only $5 in advance, or $10 on the day of the show (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge).
The Southpaw show will be Souls of Mischief's ONLY CMJ appearance, which will be in celebration of their new LP, Montezuma's Revenge. The album, which is produced by evil genius Prince Paul, is due on Dec 2nd via the crew's label Hiero Imperium.
Trinity, a group made up of AG of Show & AG, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and DJ Jab, will make their debut at the show. Meanwhile, a solo AG is scheduled to team up with fellow DITC-er (and part time Organized Konfusion-er) OC for a show with RA The Rugged Man at Southpaw on 10/15. Tickets are here.
Kam Moye drops his new LP, Splitting Image, on October 27 via MYX Music Label. Samples from LP by the man formerly known as Supastition are above.
Jern Eye's Vision is set for release on October 13th, but as a teaser, he dropped The Eye Exam Mixtape here.
The Southpaw show on 10/22 is now one of THREE official CMJ showcases we're involved with this year.
- on 10/20 it's indie rock/pop/singer-songwriter @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
- on 10/22 it's hip hop @ Southpaw (this post)
- on 10/23 it's metal @ Fontana's
Full Souls of Mischief tour dates, a whole bunch more MP3's, a flyer and some videos are below...