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The Floetry reunion came to the Pageant Friday night for a sold-out show with Marsha Ambrosius (the singer) and Natalie Stewart (the poet).

The women didn't address why they broke up or why they've been gone so long, only that "we're here for you," which seemed good enough for the fans.

...Whatever happened to kill the group's vibe a decade ago, the magic was still there as the harmonious duo brilliantly played off of each other's strengths (while mostly not standing side by side).

Floetry's main formula -- Ambrosius either singing behind Stewart's poems delivered in a raplike cadence or Stewart providing spoken breaks to Ambrosius' often impressive wailing -- was intact.

"If you know these songs, you need to sing along," Stewart said early on as Floetry and the four-piece band delivered on "Big Ben," "Ms. Stress," "Headache" and "Mr. Messed Up." [STL Today]

British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Earlier this year, they finally got back together and have been on a reunion tour that sounds like it's going over pretty well (that's a review of the St. Louis stop above).

The tour hits NYC on July 19 & 20 at BB King's, the former of which will be opened by Janine & the Mixtape. The day before that, they'll be right outside of NYC opening for R. Kelly at Newark's Prudential Center (7/18). Tickets for all three of those shows are available. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Floacist collaborator and fellow Roots/Robert Glasper/Bilal/etc collaborator Musiq Soulchild is also touring this year, and playing two nights at that same NYC venue. Musiq hits BB King's on October 21 & 22. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Musiq also teams up with Common, Slum VIllage and more for the 10th annual DC Loves Dilla tribute/fundraiser in honor of the late J Dilla which happens in DC this Friday (7/10) (tickets). The next day, Common headlines the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

All of Musiq's dates and Floetry's dates are listed, with some videos, below...

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Plus, listen to Pete Rock's new Panda Bear remix

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Talib Kweli at Brooklyn Bowl - 6/24/15 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Talib Kweli

On Thursday (6/24), hip hop legend Pete Rock celebrated his new Petestrumentals 2 album with a star-studded release show at Brooklyn Bowl. He brought out advertised guests, including Sean Price (who host Pharaohe Monch also rapped with), Slum VIllage, Large Professor, Das EFX and more. Plus there were some surprises like DJ Premier, who held down the DJ booth for Pete to end the night on the mic, and Talib Kweli, who came out early on to play his hit "Get By."

Talib will be back at Brooklyn Bowl twice in the next week, with live full-band shows on Wednesday (7/1) and Thursday (7/2). Both will be opened by Rapsody, Niko Is and K Valentine. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Pete Rock grabbing the mic as DJ Premier handles the boards #peterock #djpremier #brooklynbowl

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Pete Rock also has other NYC appearances coming up, including one TONIGHT (6/26). It's the "Masters of Ceremony" show at Radio City with fellow legends Rakim, The LOX, DMX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Brand Nubian and Das EFX. Pete's playing as a duo with longtime collaborator CL Smooth. Tickets are still available. After that show, Rakim, The LOX and other surprise guests head to the Blue Note for a 12:30 AM jam with The Soul Rebels, Slick Rick and surprise guests (tickets).

Pete also performs at the screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic on July 19 in Queensbridge Park. That's a free SummerStage show.

Pete's also one of the five remixers on Panda Bear's upcoming remix EP. Listen to his taken on "Crosswords" and check out the tracklist for the EP, below...

Continue reading "Talib Kweli was a surprise guest at Pete Rock's Brooklyn Bowl show, playing two full-band shows there soon"

Pete Rock

Hip hop legend Pete Rock, known among other things for his classic 1992 collaboration with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, put out a new instrumental album this week. It's called Petestrumentals 2, and it's the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Petestrumentals. You can stream the whole thing below.

Pete is celebrating the album with a release show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/24), and he's promising a ton of exciting special guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Slum Village, Termanology, Camp Lo, Sean Price, Das EFX, Large Professor and Royal Flush. DJ Natasha Diggs is opening the night, and Pharoahe Monch is hosting. Tickets are available.

Pete's next live appearance is a SummerStage show on July 19 in Queensbridge Park, where he'll be performing alongside a screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. That goes from 7-9 PM and is totally free.

Petestrumentals 2 album stream below...

Continue reading "stream Pete Rock's new album, see the release show tonight with Sean Price, Smoke DZA, Camp Lo, Slum Village & more"

Jill Scott

Earlier this year, neo-soul great Jill Scott put out two singles, "Fools Gold" and "You Don't Know." It's since been revealed that both of those songs will appear on her fifth album, Woman, which is due July 24 via Atlantic. It's her first for that label (2011's The Light of the Sun was on Warner). She executive produced the album with longtime collaborator Andre Harris and Aaron Pearce. If you haven't heard the singles yet, you can listen below. That's the album artwork above.

As previously mentioned, Jill has a tour coming up, and since we last spoke, BJ the Chicago Kid was added as an opener to several dates. He'll be at both NYC shows, which happen July 22 & 23 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for both are still available.

BJ the Chicago Kid also discussed a Jill Scott collaboration in a HipHopWired interview earlier this year, and he appears on Slum Village's single "Expressive" off their album, Yes!, which came out yesterday. Watch the videos for that song and the interview, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Jill Scott announces new album, 'Woman'; BJ the Chicago Kid opening her tour, made a song with Slum Village (listen)"

Pete Rock
Pete Rock

Two hip hop legends, New York producer/rapper Pete Rock and Detroit group Slum Village (which included the late J Dilla as a member) are going on a tour together that begins in early March. The tour hits NYC on March 9 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Dilla would have turned 41 last week, and in honor of that, Slum Village spoke about him in a new video with M-1, Ski Beatz and Camp Lo. Watch that, with some classic Slum Village and Pete Rock songs, below...

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J Dilla

Slum Village, the group which once counted the late J Dilla as a member, are set to to release a new album, Evolution, this June, and they'll be kicking off an international tour this week in support of it. That tour hits NYC on April 30 at Santos Party House. The show is looking pretty solid, with music by Mick Boogie and DJ Martin, and performances by Tanya Morgan and Skyzoo, in addition to The Action Figures, Citi Lightz, and Singapore Kane. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, two previously unreleased J Dilla songs have surfaced on a new 12": "Trucks" (which prominently samples Gary Numan's "Cars") and "Anthem." Both feature Dilla rapping, in addition to producing. Stream them below.

Continue reading "Slum Village touring, J Dilla has a "new" single (dates/stream)"


Attention eBay-ers, prepare to get busy. J.Dilla's record collection has been returned from the record store to the Yancey family and now is available to the entire world for purchase...:

Now with the verification from Ma Dukes, a limited amount of J Dilla's personal record collection is being offered for sale with a signed and numbered certificate from Ma Dukes!

These records come from the storage unit that Dilla and Ma Dukes moved his records and personal recordings in after his Detroit basement flooded. Then shortly thereafter he moved to Los Angeles. The storage unit was left by Dilla and taken care of by Ma Dukes but lost once Dilla fell ill and priorities changed. After 5 years it was recently found again. The back payments and fees were paid and Ma Dukes was reunited with the contents she last saw just before leaving to L.A. to take care of Dilla. A planned 2 week trip that turned into years.

All the J Dilla (Slum Village...etc.) test pressings, personal recordings, personal items, tapes, along with a large portion of the record collection are being held by Ma Dukes for inclusion in a possible future Hip Hop museum and upcoming record release projects.

$29.99 gets you a record, Ma Dukes choice (no requests), from James Yancey's personal collection. Buy it now at eBay, it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Afghan Whigs back in the '90s
Afghan Whigs

today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Jenny Lin @ The Stone
* Slum Village @ BB King's
* PROJECT Trio @ Joe's Pub
* Luciano Chessa @ The Stone
* Dave Hill, Ira Glass in SoHo
* Burlap To Cashmere @ Maxwell's
* Steve Winwood @ Beacon Theatre
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Employee of the Month @ UCB
* Filligar, The Rassle @ Mercury Lounge
* Ghoul, Nashgul, Occultist @ Saint Vitus
* Sannhet, The Netherlands @ Union Pool
* YOB, Cough, Mike Sheidt @ The Bell House
* Brad, Happy Chichester @ Gramercy Theatre
* Great Elk, Niall Connolly @ Mercury Lounge
* Babasonicos, Contramano @ Highline Ballroom
* The Donkeys, Catbirds, Cathy @ Knitting Factory
* Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated @ Terminal 5
* Zambri, Caged Animals, AIMES @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Bronx, Two Gallants @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* The Afghan Whigs, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Palimpsestic Series w/ Noah Garabedian @ Barbes
* Magmana, Sam Jayne, Jake Zavracky @ The Rock Shop
* The Polyphonic Spree, Sweet Lee Morrow @ Webster Hall
* Ketamines, Xray Eyeballs, Quiet Loudly @ Death By Audio
* Rocky Votolato, CALLmeKAT @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Statik Selektah & Termanology listening party @ Tammany Hall
* Denzil Porter, Deena Jonez, R.O.B., Fedel @ Public Assembly
* Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Cave Bears @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Dog Bite, OFFICERBLUE, Clinical Trials, Rumors @ Glasslands
* Justin Miller, Prince Language, DJ Dreamcatcher @ Tribeca Grand
* Bomb the Music Industry, Good Luck, Spoonboy, Swearin' @ Europa
* Ancient Sky, Megafortress, Blood Revenge, Daniel Klag @ Cake Shop
* Crystal Fighters, Is Tropical, Icky Blossoms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Outerhope, Baby Teardrops, Cosmonaut, Moon Furies, Jinja Safari @ Pianos
* No $mall Money Brass Band, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality @ Cameo Gallery
* Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title), Ariane Moffat, Leif Vollebekk @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Jonathan Goldberger, Briggan Krauss, Satoshi Takeishi, Congs For Brums, Tim Berne @ Zebulon
* Godspell Sings Stephen Schwartz: A Concert For Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS @ Joe's Pub
* Lyricist Lounge 20 Year Reunion Party w/ Black Thought, J. Period, Just Blaze, Rich Medina @ Le Poisson Rouge

Lyricist Lounge celebrates 20 years at LPR tonight, and they'll do the same in Prospect Park this summer.

Hip hop also happens at BB King's tonight with Slum Village.

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The Afghan Whigs play their first show in 13 years tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Last night they appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Filipino duo Outerhope are still in NYC after their NYC Popfest performance on Saturday and play Pianos tonight.

Sham 69 would have played Warsaw tonight but had to cancel their dates.

What else?

by BBG

Evidence of Dilated Peoples. One of the illest rollercoaster MCs of all time

Evidence is prepping his second solo disc away from Dilated Peoples. Cats & Dogs will be released via Rhymesayers on 9/27. The LP will see him team with names like Slug of Atmosphere, Raekwon, Aloe Blacc (who plays NYC soon), Prodigy, Aesop Rock, Roc Marciano, and others, and features "To Be Continued..." which appears in (awesome) video form below. That's a still of it above, shot almost entirely DIY on a rollercoaster. Evidence will also hit the road for a string of US dates, hitting Rock The Bells in NYC on September 3rd. Tickets are still available. All dates are below.

Check out a new Roc Marciano track with Oh No (aka Gangrene) and Alchemist called "Jet Luggage" below. Roc Marciano will also appear at Rock The Bells 2011.

After many long years in label limbo, it was starting to seem like Saigon would be best known as "that rapper from Entourage". The MC's long-shelved LP The Greatest Story Never Told was a step away from being a fairy tale with the almost incredulous guests and producers reportedly making appearances. After four years of anticipation and frankly almost as much doubt that the project would ever come out, The Greatest Story Never Told FINALLY dropped earlier this year with appearances from Jay-Z, Q-Tip, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Bun B and others, and production from Just Blaze, Kanye West, or Buckwild on virtually every track. FreeOnSmash will release his follow-up this month, War Music. Stream a track from that below.

Catch Saigon on August 5th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, tickets are on sale.

Knitting Factory will also host Slum Village on July 21st. Tickets are on sale. Slum Village are down to one original member, T3, who released the 3ILLER EP yesterday (7/5). Stream a sampler from that EP below.

D12 is scheduled to play BB King's on July 19th, and though the bio/and picture shows the contrary, I am guessing that Proof won't be on hand for the show. No word on if Eminem will make an appearance either. Tickets are on sale for the show which includes appearances fron King Gordy and Lethillweapon.

Pharoahe Monch has multiple appearances coming up over the next week. He was recently spotted backstage at Best Buy Theater's Salute to Hip Hop. Pictures from that HERE.

All streams/videos and Evidence tour dates are below. While you're there, check out a video of Michael Rapaport and Peanut Butter Wolf shopping at Amoeba.

Continue reading "Evidence, Saigon, Slum Village, D12 & other hip hop news"

by BBG

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...

Continue reading "Black Milk will celebrate 'Album of the Year' at Southpaw (w/ Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, Elzhi & more) "

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Tim Griffin and Chris La Putt

Organized Konfusion @ APW

"Hip-hop gets odd treatment at festivals like All Points West, where most of the lineup leans toward indie-rock. The rock acts, beyond the name-brand headliners, are current: darlings of the club and college circuit and the blogs that support it. But the hip-hop is retro: representatives of past eras alongside younger acts who have chosen old-school styles." [NY Times]
Now that APW and it's associated parties are in the rear view, we're beginning to get a picture of hip hop this fall as those artists lay out shows of their own!
"Forget about whether Brooklyn was in the house; "Where all my trigonometry majors at?" Pharoahe Monch asked the audience. O.C., a rapper associated on and off with Organized Konfusion, also showed up during the [APW] set. Prince Po took pains to deny Internet reports of dissension between group members. And true to the luck that ran through Organized Konfusion's career, the set took place during the afternoon's rain squall; there were only a handful of listeners." [NY Times]
First up, Organized Konfusion, with APW behind them, is back on the train having scheduled a new date in NYC at BB King's on 9/25 with Poor Righteous Teachers. Rock dis funky joint! Tickets are on sale.

Secondly, The Wallabee Champ was recently in NYC to kick off APW at Nokia Theatre with Red & Meth. Video from the Michael Jackson tribute portion of the night below. And Ghostface will be in the building AGAIN on 11/11, as he gets set to tear down BB King's! Tickets are on sale.

Ghostface's partner in rhyme, Raekwon is FINALLY going to release Only Built For Cuban Linx II (9/8!!!) and the cover features Tony Starks, much like the first Cuban Linx. Dig on that below too.

Also coming up at BB King's is the previously mentioned Slum Village show with Reflection Eternal on 8/28. After the shocking passing of Slum Village's Baatin settled in, I wondered if the crew would carry on? Slum Village (which also counted J Dilla as a member) was T3 and Elzhi until Baatin recently rejoined the crew, and now it looks more and more like that is how they will be again:

Slum Village will remain on the bill despite the July 31 death of group member Titus "Baatin" Glover.... A cause of death has not been determined pending the results of toxicology reports, according to local authorities.

"Baatin will be missed," Slum Village's T3 said in a press statement. "I'm glad we got a chance to work together before he passed. We lost another Slum soldier, a dear friend and a brother. He touched many lives." [livedaily]

Slum Village 2009, now exactly the same as Slum Village 2007. Tickets are still available for BB Kings, and more dates have been announced (below).

Full Raekwon, Ghostface, and Reflection Eternal tour details, cover art, videos, and all pictures of Organized Konfusion at All Points West (including some that weren't posted before), below...

Continue reading "Organized Konfusion (apw pics), Ghostface, Slum Village (Baatin RIP) & Reflection Eternal (dates) playing BB King's"

Sad news to report from the Detroit hip hop scene....

Slum Village

Titus (Baatin) Glover, the Detroit rapper who co-founded the much-acclaimed Slum Village, has died.

The circumstances of his death remain unknown, [but] ...Baatin's body was found [Saturday] morning in the 14000 block of Anglin Street, said family friend Ty Townson, who was at the scene as Baatin's body was taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.

Glover's mother, Alberta Glover, said she didn't know anything about how her son died. She said she's waiting for the medical examiner to tell the family something either Sunday or Monday.... Funeral arrangements are not yet set.

Baatin, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling the Free Press he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning to the Slum fold for the group's upcoming album, Villa Manifesto, due Sept. 22. -[Detroit Free Press]

Baatin recently performed with Slum Village in NY at Rock The Bells and was scheduled to perform at BB Kings with the reunited Reflection Eternal.

A memorial tribute was held Sunday night at 5 Elements Gallery in Detroit.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Baatin of Slum Village (recently reunited), RIP "

by Black Bubblegum

Talib Kweli + Hi-Tek = Reflection Eternal
Refelction Eternal

Rock The Bells 2009 is SUNDAY (7/19, tix still avail). Reflection Eternal is among those scheduled to play the NY date @ Jones Beach, and they are scheduled to make their NYC return on August 28th at BB King's with three others on the Rock The Bells bill: the reunion of Slum Village (sans J.Dilla of course), Slaughterhouse (aka Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9, Joell Ortiz & Crooked I), and freestyle kingpin Supernatural. No word on whether the show, billed as "The Rock The Bells Club Tour" is part of a larger tour (sure f'n sounds like it) or when tickets go on sale.

Reflection Eternal recently dropped a new single via iTunes, "Back Again", accompanied with a video that is viewable below. No word on the status of their new LP, tentatively titled Trainspotting, or if "Back Again" will appear on it.

Meanwhile, Rock The Bells 2009 has posted the set times for Jones Beach, with one suspicious hole slotted for "Special Guest" at 5:20 on the main stage. Hmmmm..... Set times for the show are below.

Slaughterhouse recently dropped a video for "The One" from their upcoming self-titled LP due on 8/11 via E1. Check that out below.

The other half of Black Star with Talib Kweli, aka Mos Def, has released the absolutely sick new record The Ecstatic. Mighty Mos is scheduled to play Governor's Island on 9/12. Tickets are on sale.

Videos and Rock The Bells set times below...

Continue reading "Reflection Eternal 'Back Again' - playing BB King's w/ Slum Village, and ROCK THE BELLS NY on SUNDAY (set times)"

by Black Bubblegum

Nas @ Rock The Bells 2008 in Jones Beach (more by villageslum.com)

OK, so it's not as much a big bang as last year (A Tribe Called Quest reunion) or the one before (Rage Against The Machine reunion), but Rock The Bells 2009 does have some interesting artists on the lineup. Besides a welcome reunion (Reflection Eternal) (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), one suspect one (House of Pain) and some great repeat offenders (Nas, RZA, Raekwon, MOP, Sage Francis, Slum Village), this year's Rock The Bells also boasts an Outkast (Big Boi), a windy city fave (Common), and a true sicko (Necro). The full lineup is:

Continue reading "Rock The Bells announces 2009 hip hop fest/tour lineup"