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The LOX at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Brook Bobbins

Cypress Hill are playing their mostly annual NYC Halloween show this year on October 30 at Best Buy Theater, and they've got La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique and Vinnie Paz joining them for the occasion. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/8) at noon. Their only other date that we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.

Other NYC hip hop shows were recently announced too, like the previously discussed ones from Black Milk, Wu-Tang w/ Bone Thugs, Diplomats, Lil Kim & more and the recently-expanded AfroPunk Festival. Here's more...

Two days after the legendary Rakim plays Studio 48 (10/2) with Slick Rick, he plays 'The Bbg Presents The Noge 50th Year Benefit Concert' at NYC's Apollo Theater (10/4) with Big Daddy Kane (tickets). Both Rakim and Big Daddy Kane are also billed for the 'Hip Hop Hall Of Fame Jam: Legends of The Fall' happening at Long Island's NYCB Theatre at Westbury (10/4) the same day as the Apollo show, so it's not entirely clear how (or if) that will work out. Also on the Westbury show is Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Biz Markie and Pep & the Soul Explosion Band (tickets).

Veteran New York trio The LOX (Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss) are on board for this year's Fool's Gold Day Off on Labor Day, and exactly a month later they'll play NYC again at BB King's on October 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sooner at BB King's another NYC rapper, Fabolous, takes over the venue on August 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Statik Selektah

Long-running DJ Statik Selektah releases his new album, What Goes Around, on August 19 via Duck Down. It features tons of killer collaborations from Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought, Bun B, POS of De La Soul, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Freddie Gibbs and more. Get a taste of it from three tracks, "Alarm Clock" (ft. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, Logic), "The Imperial" (ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought), and "Carry On" (ft. Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibbs), along with the tracklist, below. Statik Selektah celebrates the new LP with a release show the day before it comes out at SOB's (8/18). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's a '90s vs Naughts party happening on the Luxury Infinity Yacht which loads in on August 16 at 10:30 PM on Pier 40 (353 West St) and sets sail at midnight. NYC hip hop vets Smif N Wessun and Buckshot will perform a brief live set, and music will otherwise be provided by DJs including Stretch Armstrong, DJ Moma, Young Guru, Meka, DJ Soul and DJ Tara. Tickets are on sale now and you can also RSVP for VIP. Flyer with more info, below.

Those are just a few hip hop shows coming up in NYC. You can also browse our 'Hip Hop' tab for more. What else?

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: Cypress Hill Halloween show, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, The LOX, Statik Selektah, Smif N Wessun, more"

by Sean O'Connell

Duck Down BBQ

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.

Continue reading "M.O.P., Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Chelsea Reject, T'Nah Apex & more joined Boot Camp Clik @ the Duck Down BBQ"

Boot Camp Clik

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...

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Action Bronson royalty portrait (by Amar Stewart)
Action Bronson

This Saturday (3/1) from 7 PM to 11 PM, Williamsburg gallery Cotton Candy Machine (S 1st St) will hold its first artist residency with painter Amar Stewart, whose series, "Hip-Hop Royalty," includes 17th century royalty style portraits of rappers like Action Bronson (pictured above), Jay Z, Biggie, Eminem, Tupac, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and more. Preview more of the portraits at Bedford & Bowery.

As mentioned, you can also catch the actual Action Bronson in NYC soon with The Lox at Best Buy Theater on March 26. Tickets for that show are still available.

There's also been some more recently announced hip hop shows in NYC, including Odd Future's The Internet, who play SOB's on March 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Bronx crew B.I.C. (Bitches Is Crazy), who released the free 4/20 album Influence last year, play SOB's on March 20 with CJ Fly of Pro Era, Quincy Vidal and S.I.T.H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Long-running Brooklyn rapper Sean Price plays SOB's on April 24 with special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Slick Rick celebrates the 25th anniversary of his 1988 debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, at BB King's on May 7 with a live backing band. Tickets are on sale now.

Iggy Azalea plays Irving Plaza on May 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today (2/28) at 10 AM.

The YG and DJ Mustard show at Irving Plaza also goes on sale today at 10 AM.

Other previously discussed upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Schoolboy Q, A-Trak & Cam'ron, Danny Brown, The Underachievers, Freddie Gibbs & Madlid, Juicy J, Mobb Deep and more.

A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
ASAP Rocky

As mentioned a few times, Rock the Bells is returning to a few cities this year, including East Rutherford, NJ's Meadlowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. The two-day hip hop festival has just announced its final additions, including A$AP Rocky (and his A$AP Mob), Joey Bada$$ (and Pro Era), Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Stalley, Young Dirty Bastard, and Odd Future's The Internet.

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean and more.

Rock the Bells have also announced the day-by-day lineups and put single day tickets on sale. 2-day passes are still available as well.

A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and Trinidad Jame$ just swung through the NYC-area when their tour with Wiz Khalifa hit PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2 and Jones Beach last night (8/6).

Danny Brown and Action Bronson just announced a tour leading up to their Rock the Bells NJ appearances.

We also just mentioned that The Internet play NYC this month.

Full Rock the Bells NJ lineups, day-by-day, are listed below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells finalizes NJ lineup (A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ & more added); single day tickets on sale"

Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Big Sean

Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells, which hits a few cities this year, has expanded its lineup once again. The NYC-area stop, which happens in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5 will now also include Big Sean and Chief Keef. Other stops on the tour now include A-Trak (LA, DC) and Iamsu (LA, San Francisco).

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated NJ lineup below...

Continue reading "Rock The Bells adds Big Sean and Chief Keef to NJ lineup"

Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030

As mentioned, hip hop festival Rock the Bells is returning in 2013 to a few different cities including East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. In addition to previously announced names like Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Common, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thuz N Harmony, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies and more, the lineup has been expanded to include even more.

Joining the artists mentioned above will be the reunited Deltron 3030 (though they only play the LA and San Francisco stops), Big Daddy Kane, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Rapsody & 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, KRS-One, RIff Raff, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Sean P, Smoke DZA, Wale, YG, and weirdly enough, Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells expands lineup (Deltron 3030, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Wale, Big Daddy Kane, Girl Talk, Pretty Lights & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sean Price
Sean Price

The third show in the year-long Red Bull Sound Select Series, which so far included East Village Radio's Hunters show at Bowery Electric and Afropunk's Danny Brown/Le1f show at Knitting Factory, will go down on April 16 at Glasslands. This one's being presented by Brooklyn Bodega and includes a lineup of all NYC rappers, including scene veteran Sean Price as a headliner with opening sets from some newer artists -- Children of the Night (we also just posted about their related project, World's Fair), F. Stokes and the young Bishop Nehru, who I recently saw win over crowds at Ab-Soul's SOB's show and Schoolboy Q's SOB's show. It's an all around great bill and $3 tickets are on sale now. The show's being hosted by Sucio Smash and DJ duties will be handled by Rawbeatz.

This is the third show in the 12-part Red Bull Sound Select Series and the next nine shows (including three curated by BrooklynVegan and two more by Brooklyn Bodega) will be announced in the coming months. BrooklynVegan's first RBSS show will take place this May, so stay tuned for that.

Flyer for the Glasslands show and song streams below...

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Smif-N-Wessun at MHOW in 2012 (more)
Smif-N-Wessun

Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 11 with F. Stokes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Big Daddy Kane is playing with a live band at BB King's on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

M.O.P., Smif-N-Wessun, and Ka are playing Highline Ballroom on February 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A stacked Lo-End Theory show with Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Buckshot, Meyhem Lauren, and more is going down at Highline Ballroom on January 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Rockie Fresh, who hails from the fertile Chicago scene is making his way to NYC for a show at SOB's on January 23 with production great Lunice. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Freddie Gibbs is playing Santos Party House on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Trinidad James and Vinny Cha$e are playing SOB's on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Shabazz Palaces collaborators THEESatisfaction are playing SOB's on January 31 with Njena Redd Foxx (who we heard on the track "Ima Read" with Zebra Katz). Tickets for that show are on sale.

Tickets for the Talib Kweli show at SOB's are on sale now.

Tickets for the Aesop Rock show at Irving Plaza are on sale now.

As mentioned, Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday (1/7). Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Continue reading "Slick Rick, Roc Marciano, Rockie Fresh, Freddie Gibbs, THEESatisfaction, Smif-N-Wessun & more upcoming rap shows"

The crowd @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 12/18/12
Duck Down party

Pharoahe Monch, formerly of Organized Konfusion and a relatively recent Duck Down signing, showed the crowd how it's done. His brief but powerful set touched upon new songs (joined by the inimitable Jean Grae at one point) and classic material like "Simon Says," including a "Fuck The Police" medley somewhere in the middle. Monch is a consummate performer, but his OG Duck Down labelmates who followed him were up to the task as well. Sean Price took the stage next - the most grizzled, most rotund, and perhaps most fascinating member of the Boot Camp Clik. An animated Grinch parody video began his set. From there, Price simply ripped it, helped out at times by his Heltah Skeltah partner Rock. Price barely moves when he raps, gripping the mic in its stand - and he doesn't need jump around, his presence is engaging enough. [Illiot Gould]
Indie hip hop label Duck Down Music threw a pretty stacked holiday party at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Javotti Media, which BrooklynVegan proudly co-sponsored. The show went down on December 18 with sets from Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, Flatbush Zombies, Skyzoo, and Dyme-A-Duzin, (of Phony PPL). A few pictures from that show are in this post.

Talib Kweli will play another NYC show next month/year at SOB's on January 20. Tickets for that show, which is a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and Gil Scott Heron, are still avaialble.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Sean Price, Flatbush Zombies & more played the Duck Down holiday party (pics)"

Curren$y
Curren$y

Curren$y has a few shows scheduled this January, including one in NYC happening on January 3 at SOB's. No openers for this show have been announced at the moment. Tickets are on sale now. All Curren$y dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, four days earlier, Curren$y collaborator/Smokers Club tourmate Smoke DZA will be at the same venue. You can catch DZA at SOB's on December 30 with Vinny Cha$e, Slim Dollars and Kris Kasanova. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, you can catch Vinny Cha$e in NYC this week when he plays Santos Party House on Thursday (12/20) with Chief Keef collaborator Lil Reese, The Underachievers, and Asaad. Meka (2DBZ) and OG Cha$e B are Djing. No advance tickets for this one but doors are at 10 PM and admission is $15.

Another (potentially more) solid hip hop show you can catch on Thursday is Sean Price, Meyhem Lauren, Dyme-A-Duzin, Spit Gemz, and Statik Selektah at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of upcoming SOB's shows, Robert Glasper & friends are playing two shows at the venue (early and late) on January 10. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

As mentioned, Talib Kweli plays a full band show at SOB's on January 20 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and Gil Scott Heron. Tickets for that show are still available.

In more hip hop news, Ratking are playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Naughty by Nature are playing Gramercy Theatre on February 24 with Master Shortie. Tickets for that show go on Hot 97 presale today at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/21) at 10 AM.

Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are playing a Sneaker Pimps NYC party at Webster Hall tonight (12/19). Tickets for tonight's show are available.

A stream of Smoke DZA and Curren$y's track, "Baleedat," off DZA's recent Rugby Thompson EP and a list of all Curren$y dates, below...

Continue reading "Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Sean Price, Meyhem Lauren, Robert Glasper, Ratking, Wale & more upcoming hip hop shows"

Duck Down

As mentioned, Duck Down Music is throwing a holiday party with Javotti Media in Brooklyn on December 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, of which BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors. When we first mentioned the show, the lineup was not announced, but as hinted, Talib Kweli will be headlining it. And the rest of the lineup is pretty great too. In addition to Talib, it's got some other NYC rap legends on there like Pharoahe Monch, plus Buckshot, Sean Price, and Smif-N-Wessun, all three of who are part of the Boot Camp Clik group. It also features some newcomers like Flatbush Zombies (who play SOB's two days later [12/20]), Skyzoo, and Dyme-A-Duzin of Phony PPL. Tickets for the show are still available. The first 50 fans inside will get a free Sean Price/Rocksmith t-shirt. That's the flyer above.

Sean Price and Buckshot recently teamed up for a show at Santos. You can watch a video from that show spliced with some footage of Buckshot and 9th Wonder on Sway's Morning Show with DJ Premier, below.

Continue reading "Duck Down holiday party lineup revealed (Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun & more)"

de la soul

Legendary Long Island hip hop trio De La Soul have a lone upcoming North American live date and it happens upstate in Clifton Park, NY at the Upstate Concert Hall on November 23. The date was rescheduled after initially being booked for tonight (11/9) and all tickets will be honored. (Nas plays that venue tonight instead.) De La Soul's only other upcoming show at the moment is New Zealand festival Coromandel Gold on New Year's Eve.

As mentioned, Prince Paul, who produced the first three De La Soul albums, is DJing at Santos Party House on Saturday (11/10) and Knitting Factory on Sunday (11/11), both of which are with comedian Hannibal Buress. The Knitting Factory show happens after the BrooklynVegan-presented screening of The Comedy, which doors open for at 5 PM.

De La Soul's Plug 1 and Plug 2 created the "fictional" rap group First Serve with DJ duo Chokolate and Khalid, who put out their first album this year via Duck Down. If you've yet to hear it, you can listen to the whole thing below via Spotify.

Speaking of Duck Down, we recently mentioned the upcoming show at Santos Party House on November 13 with Sean Price, Buckshot, 9th Wonder, and Murs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sean Price is working on a new music video and he's looking for people in the NYC area with beards to be in the video this Monday (11/12) at 2 PM. All interested bearded folk can email mailto:todd1@duckdown.com. A couple interesting related videos. Check out Sean as "Seanwuar" (click here if you don't get it) interviewing Pharoahe Monch; and Sean also filmed a news reporter style video of himself on the scene during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, which you can watch below.

Continue reading "De La Soul playing upstate NY; Prince Paul DJing w/ Hannibal Buress; Sean Price wants bearded dudes for his new video"

by Andrew Sacher

Sean Price
Sean Price

NYC rapper Sean Price released his new album, Mic Tyson, on October 30 via Duck Down Records and was supposed to play a hometown record release show that day at SOB's, but Hurricane Sandy had other plans and the show never happened. Still no word on a new date for that show (or if there'll be one) but he'll play a different NYC show with fellow Duck Down labelmates/affiliates Buckshot, 9th Wonder, and Murs at Santos Party House on November 13 with opening sets from Young Guru and DJ Meka (2dopeboyz). Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flyer is below.

November 13 is also the day that 9th Wonder will release two collaborative albums: The Final Adventure with Murs via It's A Wonderful World/Traffic Entertainment/KGMG and The Solution with Buckshot via Duck Down. The cover art, tracklists, and song streams from both albums are below.

Both 9th Wonder and Buckshot contributed to Sean Price's Mic Tyson, as did The Alchemist, whose upcoming album with Action Bronson features Sean Price. Hardcore hip hop has been enjoying somewhat of a resurgence this year with great albums getting the attention they deserve (Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs, etc) and Mic Tyson fits right in with that. You can stream it in its entirety below via spotify.

All streams, a list of all dates, and more are below.

Continue reading "Sean Price, 9th Wonder, Buckshot & Murs have new albums and playing a show together in NYC (dates, streams)"

CMJ

The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2012 initial lineup announced"

Big K.R.I.T. at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Big KRIT

June is Black Music Month, and Apple is celebrating with a series of intimate live shows at Apple Stores across the country. And for the fan who wants to get closer, we'll also be hosting Meet the Musician events -- your opportunity to ask questions and speak with select artists right in our store.* Browse store locations on the right to see who's appearing in your neighborhood. To hear more from this amazing and diverse group
of artists, visit Black Music Month Live on iTunes today.
As quoted above, Apple Stores nationwide are hosting in-stores in celebration of Black Music Month this month and NYC will be getting theirs at Apple Store SoHo, Apple Store Upper West Side, and Apple Store West 14th Street. The first one is TONIGHT (6/5) at the SoHo location with Apollo the Great, Freeway, and Sean Price. Others include Beanie Sigel in the SoHo store on 6/19, Ziggy Marley in the Upper West Side store on 6/18, and the West 14th Street store will get Big K.R.I.T. on Thursday (6/7), Robert Glasper on 6/21 and Slaughterhouse on 6/30.

Some of the events, including tonight's show, the Beanie Sigel show, and the Big K.R.I.T. show require wristbands. "Pick up yours early on the day of the event, as space is limited and wristbands are given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the host Apple Store." The full schedule of in-stores is below.

Speaking of Big K.R.I.T., he finally released his first official album after a long onslaught of mixtapes. It's called Live From the Underground, and its out today (6/5) via Def Jam. It features guest appearances from Bun B, Devin the Dude, Big Sant, B.B. King, 2 Chainz, and others. Stream it in full at NPR.

The flyer for tonight's in-store and the entire Apple Store Black Music Month schedule are below.

Continue reading "Apple Stores hosting 'Black Music Month'; Apollo the Great, Freeway, & Sean Price in SoHo tonight"

Betsy Head Park Pool
Betsy Head Park

The first venue to kick off SummerStage 2012 shows is Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. Artists include Buckshot, Smif n Wessun, and a few more. Check out the short schedule below.

Continue reading "Summerstage shows in Betsy Head Park this summer"

Smif N Wessun at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Smif N Wessun

Sean Price will team with his Duck Down associates Smif-N-Wessun, as well as Maffew Ragazino and Phony Ppl for a show at Highline Ballroom TONIGHT (1/18). Tickets are still available.

Phony Ppl recently made their new LP Phonyland available for free download. Get a copy at Mediafire. As previously mentioned, you can also catch them opening for Theophilus London at Webster Hall.

In related news, Skyzoo (of Duck Down Records) recently released his new video for "Could've Struck the Lotto" from his recent The Great Debater mixtape (downloadable here). Check that out below, alongside some other videos including a video trailer for tonight.

Continue reading "a Sean Price & Smif N Wessun show tonight (and related stuff)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Blu - "Amnesia" (MP3)

Blu
Blu

Jazzy West Coast rapper Blu plays Public Assembly on September 23 with Ari Why & The Invisible College and Voli. Blu released the Amnesia EP earlier this year, which included the track of the same name. You can download that track above and watch the video below. He is set to release his major label debut LP, NoYork! at some point this year, though no official date has been set yet. The album features production by frequent collaborator Exile, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Madlib, and Daedelus and guest vocals by J*Davey, Edan, and others. Blu & Exile also play Rock the Bells in NYC this weekend with Fashawn.

Sean Price will also play the Brooklyn venue on September 30 with Natural Elements, Maffew Ragazino, Rasheed Chappell, Johnny 3 Rounds, Stark the Dutch, Zeps, and Ugly Brains. The flier for this show is below. Sean Price will also be at Rock the Bells this weekend as part of the supergroup Random Axe with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson.

Video and show flier below...

Continue reading "Blu & Sean Price playing Rock the Bells & Public Assembly (dates, MP3 & video)"

by BBG

Sean Price at Southpaw (more by BBG)
Sean Price

"I like no female rappers. Not like I don't like them personally; they don't hold my interest. Except MC Lyte," he told Vlad TV. "I haven't bought a female rap album since MC Lyte, Lyte as a Rock. That album? I haven't bought one since, straight up. I like none of 'em."

P was quick to clarify, explaining that he holds a soft spot for Digga. "Let me take that back. Rah Digga. She get busy too. But other than that, none of 'em. I'm not buying none of they albums. All of 'em. That's just me. I be fooled. You have a nice single. If the single is good, I'll buy the album. I got a fooled a few times. Who did I get fooled by? I was so pissed. Boss. Remember Boss? I was so pissed, b. I fell for a few, but I like no female rappers. None." -[Hip Hop DX]

I guess we won't expect to see any female MCs as special guests when Sean Price's not-supergroup Random Axe (with Black Milk & Guilty Simpson) supports Smif N Wessun with Maino TONIGHT at Highline Ballroom (6/21). DJ Envy will be on the wheels of steel in between/before the show with Angela Yee hosting. Tickets are still available.

Can't make it tomoight? Tomorrow (Wedneday, 6/22) Random Axe to play a ANOTHER NYC show, this time a headlining date at Southpaw with labelmates Black Moon and SkyZoo. Tickets are still available. The pair of shows are in addition to the crew's upcoming appearances at Rock The Bells and Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest. Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest's lineup recently expanded with the additions of Shad, Homeboy Sandman, Nitty Scott MC, Eternia, and Twilite Tone.

Random Axe is celebrating the release of their new and self-titled LP out NOW via Duck Down Records while Smif N Wessun will release their new collaborative LP with Pete Rock, Monumental, via the label on 6/28. Stream the entire Random Axe LP at Complex, and check out two recent Random Axe videos, "Random Call" and "The Hex", below.

And while we're on the subject of Duck Down Records, Black Moon, and Smif N Wessun, look for the two crews to join fellow Duck Down affiliates Heltah Skeltah, OGC, Pharoahe Monch, and Black Rob for a "Hip Hop Legends" night at BB King's on July 12th (Black Rob & OGC... hip hop legends?). Tickets are still available.

Reminder: Duck Down signee and collaborator Talib Kweli will play a free show at Red Hook Park TONIGHT, a day before he hits The Colbert Report.

A bunch of videos and song streams are below.

Continue reading "Random Axe released LP on Duck Down (stream it), playing shows w/ Smif N Wessun & Black Moon & more"

by BBG

Black Milk

Black Milk celebrated Album of The Year (stream it) with a headlining show at a packed out Southpaw on Tuesday (9/14). In addition to a Besides a bouncy and big-bang performance from Black Milk (one of the few hip hoppers that understands the art of the live show), there was a killer lineup of supporting characters that included the pure hilarity/unstoppable rhymes of Sean Price, a super energetic Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, and a surprise appearance from Roc Marciano (his first since the release of his incredible LP Marcberg on Fat Beats in April).

More pictures from the show below...

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Black Milk at SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
Black Milk

BrooklynVegan is proud to announce the release party for one of 2010's most highly anticipated underground hip hop albums, Black Milk's Album of The Year. Brooklyn's Southpaw will be the venue and September 14th is the date (also the album's release date). The show will feature appearances from the man himself along with Sean Price, Elzhi of Slum Village, and Guilty Simpson among other special guests still to be announced. Tickets are on sale.

UPDATE: DJ Spinna, who is also spinning the Michael Jackson birthday party in Prospect Park this Sunday, has been added to the Southpaw show.

Individually, Sean Price, Black Milk, and Guilty Simpson is an incredible lineup, but in addition, the threesome combine to form Random Axe. Ramdom Axe have completed an LP that, according to a recent interview, will see a release in "October/November". Keep on the look out for that one.

Elzhi is 1/2 of the current Slum Village, who recently released their new album Villa Manifesto via E1 Music, the first since the passing of Slum Village founding member Baatin and ex-SV member J.Dilla. Elzhi released his (almost entirely) Black Milk-produced solo album The Preface in 2008.

The rest of Random Axe has been busy with their own projects, as well. Sean Price released the Kimbo Price mixtape in the tail end of last year, and is prepping to release Mic Tyson on Duck Down. Guilty Simpson's new LP, um, OJ Simpson hit stores in middle May via Stones Throw. The LP features production by Madlib on all tracks.

Some video, including the recently released Black Milk clip "Deadly Medley" is below...

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De La Soul at Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
De La Soul

Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest 2009 was a blast (with one notable exception) and so far 2010 is turning out to be similarly interesting with the addition of the great De La Soul to headline the shindig on July 10th alongside Buckshot, Evil Dee and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets are on sale.

The show is part of a week long celebration:

The calendar for the 6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival kicks off with Show & Prove on Monday, July 5th. This Hip-Hop showcase of independent and local talent is the final event of Brooklyn Bodega's three month Show & Prove competition,
Tuesday, July 6th will feature the Bodega Education Initiative, a day of panel discussions and seminars about the legendary producer, J Dilla. Speakers include Q-Tip, Ma Dukes Yancey, DJ Spinna and more.
Wednesday, July 7th is a mini Film Festival that features a variety of Hip-Hop films and a Q&A with established and burgeoning filmmakers.
Thursday, July 8th is a night dedicated to the backbone of Hip-Hop: the DJ. It will feature performances by the best DJs, from NYC to LA.
Friday, July 9th is the kick-off party to formally welcome Festival goers, past and current artists and community leaders to the 6th Annual BHF.
Saturday, July 10th is the culmination of the 2010 Festival. De La Soul, just ahead of a new album to be released this year, will headline on the DUMBO waterfront. Earlier in the day, we set it off with Family Day - a block party for families and children that celebrates the core message of Hip-Hop - social change and individual empowerment.
De La Soul recently played Coachella, are scheduled for NXNE, and recently announced that they will provide a remix for the forthcoming Here To Fall Remixes EP by Yo La Tengo!
YO LA TENGO have worked with a huge variety of artists from different genres over the years.... In 2010, the band presents an EP of remixes of "Here To Fall," the lead track from last year's "Popular Songs," by De La Soul, RJD2 and Pete Rock.
"Here To Fall" is the most popular track from "Popular Songs," a couple having a tense conversation about the future over the background of menacing, descending chords and distorted wa-wa guitar. Each of these legendary hip hop performers has taken the track and the story and made it their own.
De La and Yo La? Quite the fascinating collaboration...

Buckshot, Evil Dee, and Smif N-Wessun will be celebrating 15 years of Duck Down Records at the BHHF show, a milestone they'll also celebrate at BB King's on July 13th with the addition of Sean Price and Pharoahe Monch (who headlined the Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest last year). Tickets for that NYC show are on sale.

Pharoahe Monch also plays a free show in Queensbridge Park on July 21st.

Duck Down also partied for their 15th down at SXSW, during which time Buckshot and Smif-N-Wessun both made appearances at our Attitude Adjustment party at Red 7.

While we're on the subject of classic hip hop artists playing NYC, Slick Rick has scheduled a show at Knitting Factory on June 13th. Tickets are on sale.

Tons of classic video below...

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DOWNLOAD: Random Axe - "Monster Babies"

Sean Price aka Ruck of Heltah Skeltah
Sean Price

Congrats to the clown prince of Duck Down Records and the king of Ruck Down Records, Sean Price, who is celebrating a major milestone.... the birth of his daughter! In celebration, the Heltah Skeltah representative will play (I am not making this up) a "Performance/Baby Shower" on March 2nd at Santos Party House. No tickets, the only way to get in is to by bringing a baby gift or purchasing one on his Babies R Us registry (# 44767770) and bringing your receipt. Roffle.

Besides creating online gift registries, dropping mixtapes (like last year's Kimbo Price), preparing solo records (like his upcoming Mic Tyson), and preparing for the birth of his new daughter, Sean P is also involved in indie hip hop supergroup Random Axe. Featuring three underground illuminaries in Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Price, the new album is due later this year on Duck Down Records, but you can check out one of those tracks, for download above.

Sean Price, Black Milk, Buckshot, Kidz In The Hall, Oh No, B-Real, and many others contributed to the recent Duck Down mixtape Download The Right Thing. Download that for free.

Check out some videos below, including Sean Price's newest video for "Figure 4" which uses one of my favorite samples of all time... Lee Mason & His Orchestra's "Shady Blues" (also used by Lootpack and Pacewon among others). In addition, don't miss the video for Sean Price shopping in the grocery store, also below.

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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)

Black Milk

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.
The track features J-Live, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), as well as Ma Dukes herself.
Pick up that single here.

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.