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Joey Bada$$ / Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers / crowd
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015

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.

...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]

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.

More pictures of Underachievers' set here, and more pictures from the rest of Steez Day, below...

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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...

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Summer in NYC means SummerStage, mostly-free concerts in Central Park and many other parks around NYC. Who caught Mastodon and Clutch? The Felice Brothers + The Barr Brothers? Charles Bradley?

The series continues TONIGHT (6/11) with the BrooklynVegan-sponsored, annual Duck Down BBQ in Betsy Head Park. It's FREE and runs 6-9pm. Don't be late!

Other upcoming SummerStage shows we're excited about include:

* Basement Jaxx on July 1st in Central Park ($$$)

* Steez Day on July 7 in Central Park featuring Joey BadA$$ and Pro Era with Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers, Phony PPL, Smoke DZA, Dyme a Duzin, 22 Love, and SMTH ($$$)

* George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on July 15 in Queensbridge Park (FREE!)

* Father John Misty with Angel Olsen & Summer Moon on August 5 in Central Park (sold out).

* Caribou and Sinkane on August 6 in East River Park (FREE!)

Check out the full schedule for muchhhhh more.

And check out a great interview with Joey BadA$$ over at Gothamist.

Watch a video SummerStage made recapping opening night this year with Tedeschi Trucks Band, below. The Duck Down BBQ flyer is down there too.

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Tickets for tonight's BrooklynVegan-presented Chastity Belt show at Rough Trade with Mega Bog and Nail Polish are still available.

If you missed out on the BV presale, you can get tickets for the Cold Cave show at The Wick starting today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Godflesh show at Warsaw with Prurient and Regis go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the From Autumn To Ashes show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Destroyer show at Webster Hall are on sale now.

Tickets for this summer's Warm Up shows at MoMA PS1 are on sale.

Tickets for the Billy Idol and Cayetana show on Pier 97 are on sale now and we're also giving away a pair.

Tickets are still available for Hudson Mohawke at Irving Plaza on 5/28.

PC Worship is opening for New Orleans guitarist and singer Benjamin Booker at Irving Plaza on 6/4. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets to both Irving Plaza RIDE shows (9/21-9/22) are on sale, and we're giving away a pair.

Both Growlers Irving Plaza shows (10/8-10/9) go on sale at 1 PM.

Get your tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented The Dillinger Escape Plan & Mutoid Man show at Irving Plaza.

Get your tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented High on Fire & Pallbearer show at Irving Plaza (8/15), and your tickets for their show at MHOW (8/18).

Pete Rock & Friends, Smoke DZA, Smif n Wessun & more are playing Brooklyn Bowl on June 24. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins is playing two NY shows and one CT show in June. Tickets for all three are on sale.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Bodega Bamz

As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...

Prolific local rapper Smoke DZA recently dropped the third installment of his Ringside EPs with R.F.C. producer 183rd, which you can stream or download for free below. His next hometown show happens Monday (4/6) at SOB's with J.Y. and Tray Pizzy. Tickets are on sale.

DZA is also playing producer Harry Fraud's FREE party TONIGHT (4/2) at Westway with Jesse Marco, Daytona, Adrian Lau, Al-Doe and Gloss Gang. Doors are at 9, and special guests are promised. Flyer below.

One of DZA's past collaborators, Bodega Bamz, is set to release his official debut album, Sidewalk Exec, on April 14 via 100 Keep It / Duck Down, produced entirely by V. Don. So far three songs from the album are out, "El-Rey," "Billy Bats," and "Bring Em Out" which features Flatbush Zombies. You can stream those below. The album also reportedly will feature the late A$AP Yams.

Bodega Bamz plays a release show for Sidewalk Exec on release day at SOB's (4/14). Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds are hosting. Tickets are on sale.

Joey Fatts and A$ton Matthews, who have toured and collaborated with several A$AP Mob members, are signed to A$AP Yams' Yamborghini Records, and are 2/3 of the group Cutthroat Boyz with Vince Staples, are playing together on April 23 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Also on that bill is The Koolest, WavThang and Chase Manson. Tickets are on sale. Joey dropped the Ill Street Blues EP about a month ago, which you can stream below. All tour dates here.

Speaking of Vince Staples, his tour with Earl Sweatshirt hits NYC on April 18 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are still available.

Vince and Earl's "Hive" partner Casey Veggies was recently added as an opener to Big Sean's NJ show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom (tickets). Sean also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 7 (tickets); and his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits NYC on August 4 at MSG (tickets).

Also on Summer Jam is Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ (who has a NYC show at Terminal 5 on 4/19), Meek Mill & Dej Loaf (who both play NYC on their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe), and more.

Atlanta rapper Zach Farlow, who's been getting some buzz, partially thanks to his work with Rich Homie Quan and others, comes to NYC on April 8 at Santos Party House. That show's with Earlly Mac, and tickets are on sale now. Listen to his Rich Homie Quan collab, "Low," below.

For something more old school, Masta Ace's group eMC (with Wordsworth and Stricklin) are releasing their first full length since their 2008 debut this year. It's called The Tonite Show, and will be out May 5 via M3/Penalty Entertainment/Sony Red. You can watch the video for one of its singles, "Fly Thoughts" (ft. Pearl Gates), below. eMC play a release show for that album on 4/20 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale. Masta Ace also plays a SummerStage show, but details are still TBA.

Mobb Deep

Fellow NYC vets Mobb Deep will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic The Infamous with a show on April 26 at BB King's with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif N Wessun. Tickets are on sale.

Smif N Wessun also play DJ Mike Nice's 40th Birthday Bash on May 20 at Stage 48 with Kool G Rap, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, The Faculty, Royal Flush, Miilkbone, Odoub & Sean Strange, Persia, Kent Lucas, ThaRegime, D.C., J. Rebel, and Dayshawn Losey. Tickets are on sale.

One more old school New York group: Salt N Pepa play BB King's on July 16. Tickets are on sale.

There's also two hip hop shows happening in NYC tonight (4/2): Fetty Wap at Webster Hall for the one-year anniversary of Just Blaze's House Party, and The Lox at The Wick. Like Masta Ace, The Lox also have a TBA SummerStage show.

As for the rest of this weekend, you can catch rapper Cakes Da Killa opening for kitschy synth pop group AVAN LAVA at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (4/3) (tickets), and that same night hip hop producer The Gaslamp Killer headlines a big lineup at Capitale with Kidnap Kid, Vashtie and many others (tickets). Cakes recently put out the new song "Serve It Up," which you can stream below.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows happening in NYC include Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with Common, Shabazz Palaces, Azealia Banks, The Game (The Documentary 10th anniversary), Migos / OG Maco, Jedi Mind Tricks, Yelawolf, Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson (NJ), Kool AD, iLoveMakonnen, Black Milk, Talib Kweli / Immortal Technique, Death Grips? and more.

What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Meek Mill at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Meek Mill

There's never a lack of great hip hop shows happening in NYC. Today alone, we posted about Ratking (with Trash Talk), Dipset and Action Bronson so far. Here's a roundup of a few more:

Meek Mill, whose 2013 appearance at Power 105.1 Powerhouse saw him bring out Nicki Minaj, whose new album he appears on and who he might be dating, will return to NYC for a Power 105.1-presented show on February 12 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

Smoke DZA, who already has a Studio at Webster Hall show (1/25) coming up, plays NYC two days earlier than that as well with DARK and Sonnie Carson at The Wick (1/23). Tickets are on sale.

An all-female lineup of Nitty Scott MC, Celeste and Chelsea Reject takes place that same weekend on January 24 at Acheron. Tickets are on sale. Nitty appears on the new single by LoVel, "College," which just got the video treatment today (dir. Llama). You can watch that below.

Another NYC female rapper, Junglepussy, was added to the previously-discussed Father show happening January 22 at Baby's All Right. That show is also with Glass Gang, and tickets are still available.

And one more: Awkwafina plays SOB's on February 16 with Lyricks, Rekstizzy, Decipher aka Danny Chung, Mike B and DJ Zo. Tickets are on sale.

The always-great Curren$y returns to NYC on March 5 at BB King's. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16).

Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz teams up with past collaborator Akon to honor the tenth anniversary of the murder of Akon's manager, Robert 'Screw' Montanez, on January 30 at Stage 48. Tickets for that are on sale.

California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune are heading out on a tour this spring which hits NYC on April 24 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates here.

Wiz Khalifa's been making an annual thing out of going on summer amphitheater tours, and 2015 will be no exception. But while these tours are usually with cool rappers like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Smoke DZA or Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan, this year it's with, uh, Fall Out Boy. If you're into that sort of thing, you have a few chances to see it in the NYC-area including Susquehanna Bank Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach. Tickets go on sale at noon on January 23.

Lastly, though he has no NYC date announced at the moment, Australian rapper REMI has announced he'll make his US debut at SXSW this year. You can get a taste of his quality avant-rap from the video for "Tyson," below. Hopefully he decides to hit NYC too while he's here.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include Rae Sreummurd (tonight, 1/15), Joey Bada$$, Snoop Dogg / Puff Daddy, Lauryn Hill, Fetty Wap, PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce da 5'9"), and still more. What else?

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by Andrew Sacher


As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...

NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.

The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.

There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).

Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.

Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).

Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.

Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.

To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.

The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...

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by Sean O'Connell


During a week where it seems anyone with a guitar is playing a show, the 7th annual CMJ Takeover brought hip hop heads from across the region to bask in a late-night showcase at Highline Ballroom on Thursday (10/23) featuring a different genre's hottest up-and-comers. In true hip hop fashion, the already late show (billed as 11pm) had trouble getting people into the venue, and festivities only began around 12. An otherwise jovial crowd struggled with the Sandman, and after standing in line upwards of three hours to get into the free show, they were hard to rouse. Still, the host Low Key didn't miss a beat during interludes, handing out anything - including weed and half-drunk beer - to get the crowd involved. The usual roll call of boroughs occurred multiple times throughout the night, and Bobby Shmurda viral hits spun between sets were shown more love by the young crowd than Biggie classics.

As for performances, the majority of the crowd was there to see 19-year-old Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, but that didn't stop the other performers from winning the crowd over. Raz Fresco, another youngblood from Toronto, brought his '90s revival style to the stage, quick-fire rapping over a medley of beats with a lyrical prowess that the crowd certainly appreciated. Sporting an oversized jacket and accompanied by slapping boom bap instrumentals, Raz fit in nicely with the Beast Coast caliber artists that value pure lyricism as he showcased some tracks from his upcoming debut "Pablo Frescobar".

An underwhelming set by Chicago drill rapper SD proved that trap anthems do not translate well to live settings when the crowd doesn't know the lyrics. At one point the ex-GBE rapper even said "I guess New York don't fuck with Chiraq" due to the lackluster response of the already tired crowd. The bass was overpowering on an otherwise crystal clear sound system and the lyrically sparse songs seemed to drag on. The set felt out of place in a lineup of lyrical rappers.

Following was Cozz who was just signed to J Cole's Dreamville label back in May. With his debut Cozz and Effect freshly released, Cozz brought the high energy of a hungry rookie for a short set that was the most refreshing of the night. Even after experiencing technical difficulties with his DJ and slipping up on some lyrics, Cozz remained upbeat, getting the crowd to chant along to "Knock the Hustle", the song that J Cole discovered and later remixed.

Smoke DZA, the self-proclamed "Kushed God" piggybacked Cozz's set with his crowd-friendly smoker anthems that filled the room with smoke within minutes. The towering rapper came out blunt-in-hand and wasted no time tearing through ethereal beats, going off on meandering a capella verses, and saying his catchphrase "Riiiiiiight" about 100 times. It was a communion by shared weed as he threw a lit blunt into the crowd and proclaimed "It's 2 am and I'm high as fuck". Songs of note were his remixes of Schoolboy Q's hit "Hands on the Wheel" and "Hearses", his collab with TDE's Ab-Soul.

It was 3am by the time DJ Statik Selektah took over, immediately putting on the instrumental to Joey Bada$$' "95 til Infinity". Joey and his Pro Era conglomerate had a polished set, with up-and-comers Nyck Caution and CJ Fly each getting their own segment of the show and the burgeoning producer of the crew Kirk Knight joined in for his hard-hitting track "Extortion" with Dyemond Lewis. Nyck Caution hit the crowd with a new track, and overall had the strongest stage presence of the Era. The highlights of the set were Joey's singles from his highly anticipated debut B4.DA.$$. Kirk Knight's gritty production on "Big Dusty" sounded great over the PA, and Joey's Method Man-esque rapping on "Christ Conscious" was theatrical and had the crowd bouncing still at 4am.

Notably absent from the lineup was Vince Staples, who was on the bill and is currently on tour with Joey Bada$$. The B4.DA.$$ tour with Vince Staples, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution comes to NYC's Irving Plaza on November 8 and 11. Tickets for those shows are still available.

A few more pictures from the show below...

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Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$

As discussed, Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples are on tour together which hits NYC on Nov. 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza (tickets), but they've since added a show happening much sooner. They'll be here this week for the 7th annual CMJ Takeover which happens Thursday (10/23) at Highline Ballroom with Smoke DZA, Cozz, SD, Raz Fresco and DP on the bill too. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and admission is free with RSVP. You also have to follow @FILAUSA on Instagram and RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Updated Joey Bada$$/Vince Staples dates are listed below.

Speaking of hip hop at CMJ, Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd (pronounced Ray-Shrim-er"), who you may know for their Makonnen-ish hit "No Flex Zone," play their first headlining NYC show tonight (10/21) at SOB's with OG Maco and Father. Tickets for the Electric Circus/Rock Smith-presented show are on sale. You can watch the "No Flex Zone" video below.

Another CMJ hip hop show tonight is Dertoit rapper Dej Loaf, who (like Makonnen) was co-signed by Drake. She plays the Noisey/Beats by Dre/Burn It Down Group show at Santos tonight (10/21). It's her NYC debut, and support comes from Key! and Mike Zombie. Tickets are on sale now. The video for "Try Me" can be watched below.

And last but definitely not least, Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry are currently on a co-headlining tour which hits NYC for a CMJ show on Friday (10/24) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Remy Banks, D.R.A.M., Kevin Abstract and JK the Reaper. Tickets for that show are available.

We also highlighted NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa in our list of local artists to catch at CMJ.

Lists of Deniro/Denzel dates and Joey/Vince dates, and those videos, below...

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Mobb Deep

Veteran rap duo Mobb Deep have already had a busy year, and they're about to head out on a lengthy Canadian tour. Upon returning home, they'll play what they're saying is their first-ever Brooklyn show (the members have played their own Brooklyn shows though) on November 19 at Knitting Factory. The show, which also celebrates the Knit's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn, has a great support lineup of Smoke DZA and Fat Tony. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/10) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with the Knitting Factory show flyer, below.

Fat Tony is also opening one of two RJD2 shows happening at Brooklyn Bowl on January 13 & 14. Tony's on night 2 and DVS is on night 1. Tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday (10/11) at 10 AM. RJD2 has a few other dates too, all of which are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Ab-Soul in Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

There's never a lack of great hip hop shows going on in NYC. Here's a roundup of a few of the good ones coming up, plus a handful of new tracks and videos from artists who will be here soon...

NYC rapper Smoke DZA recently made a video for "Hearses" which features Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and appeared on DZA's recent Dream.Zone.Achieve album. Check that out below. Ab-Soul, who put out his own new album recently, will be here this weekend for the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for that show are still available.

Ab-Soul's TDE labelmate SZA, who dropped the track "Moodring" earlier this week, is now back with a Jill Scott collaboration, "Divinity," produced by Channel Orange contributor Om'Mas Keith. Jill's powerhouse soul mixed with SZA's airy indie/R&B tendencies works out really well, as you can hear below. SZA plays the AfroPunk-curated RBSS show at Rough Trade this month with Cakes Da Killa and more ($3 with RSVP). And both Cakes and SZA are playing the free AfroPunk Festival in August with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk and more.

This weekend is also the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival which includes a show on Saturday (7/12) at 50 Kent with Raekwon, Jay Electronica, CJ Fly, Cyhi The Prynce and more (tickets). Rae just rapped over a remix of Teena Marie's "Ohh La La" yesterday (7/10) for his #TBT series, and you can stream that below. CyHi also just put out a remix of "Good Night" off this year's Hystori: Black History Project mixtape. He brings Scotty ATL, Marian Mereba and Andrew "GC" Fennell along for the remix, which is streaming below.

Speaking of rap shows at 50 Kent, that's where Fool's Gold Day Off happens this year (Labor Day, 9/1) with Danny Brown, French Montana, The LOX and more (tix on sale 7/15). French Montana just put out a new single, "R&B Bitches" featuring Fabolous and Wale which is an unsubtle ode to the female R&B singers they dreamt of sleeping with (Mary J Blige, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, and Rihanna to name a few). You can stream that one below.

Danny Brown also plays NYC sooner at Peter Rosenberg's birthday party on July 23 at Best Buy Theater with Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson (tickets). Schoolboy Q also plays NYC with The Weeknd and Jhene Aiko on September 19 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show went on sale earlier today.

Juicy J at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Samantha Marble)
Juicy J

The Weeknd's pal Drake will also be in NYC when his tour with Lil Wayne hits Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on August 19 (tickets). Wayne and Drake's collaborative song "Believe Me" was just revamped by Juicy J who released a version with his own verses that you can stream below. This comes a day after Juicy did the same to Drake's song "0 to 100," which you can also stream below. Juicy's tour hits NYC on July 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

Back to this weekend, the Jay Z / Beyonce tour rolls through the NYC-area for shows at MetLife Stadium tonight (7/11) and Saturday (7/12). Tickets for those shows are still available. Jay also plays Global Citizen Fest. Beyonce and Jay Z will also be filming part of their tour for an HBO special, as Billboard reports.

Another rap/R&B double bill hits MetLife Stadium for a 2-night stand in August when Eminem and Rihanna take over the venue (tickets).

For something much smaller, local rap group Ratking play another hometown show on August 4 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale now.

Krayzie Bone

For something more old school at SOB's, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Krayzie Bone will celebrate the release of his new album, Chasing The Devil, there on July 22. Tickets are on sale.

For something even more old school, Biz Markie celebrates the 25th anniversary of "Just A Friend" with a live performance and DJ set on September 12 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sooner at BB King's, you can catch Fat Joe with Smoove Ski, La Luv and Famous on July 18. Tickets are on sale.

Internet-famous rap group Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with Oxymorrons and SABA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

And while we're not sure who will show up, The Soul Rebels play Brooklyn Bowl on August 15 with special guests and a Google search shows Joey Bada$$ was initially announced. Even if it's no longer him, they've collaborated with other rappers including Slick Rick, members of Mobb Depp, The Lox and more, so it should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.

There's plenty of other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC too, including Deltron 3030, Hieroglyphics, De La Soul, and still more. What else?

All streams and videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Scarface of the legendary Geto Boys (who are still active) returns to NYC for a show with Stalley on June 18 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon have been back in action lately (they played the Duck Down CMJ 2013 showcase), and they'll be joining fellow Brooklyn hip hop vets Smif-n-Wessun (who also played that showcase) for another show on April 16 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale. Smif-N-Wessun are also on the upcoming Mobb Deep show.

The similarly named Black Milk is a bit newer than Black Moon, but stays true to that old school sound, and he'll be joining fellow throwback rappers Roc Marciano and Final Outlaw on April 17 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are available.

The Studio at Webster Hall hosts another hip hop show on April 24 with Das Racist's Kool A.D. along with Rebelmatic, Prop Anon, Sarcasmo, Sunny Gang and host Ricky Powell. Tickets are on sale.

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana, who made his NYC debut at Santos this past December, returns for a much larger show on May 14 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Juelz Santana (who has collaborated with Fredo, but doesn't appear to be related though Fredo is related to Chief Keef) plays a NYC show on May 18 at Stage 48 with Trial and Era & A.L.I., Status and Don Dada. You can get tickets to that one.

Pharoahe MOnch

Pharoahe Monch is releasing a new album, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), on April 15 via W.A.R. Media/Duck Down, and he will celebrate with a release show the day it comes out at SOB's (4/15). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Stream "Bad MF" from the new album, below.

Smoke DZA just released a new album this week, titled Dream.Zone.Achieve (stream it on Rdio), and he also celebrates that with a release show at SOB's on May 7. Tickets are on sale. Listen to "Fhvt BVsturd" featuring Joey Bada$$ from the new album, below.

SOB's also hosts Bronx hip hop veteran KRS-One on April 20. Tickets for that one are on sale too.

There's also two good neo-soul shows coming up, including Bilal at Stage 48 on May 9 (tickets) and Jose James at Highline Ballroom on June 12 with Kris Bowers (tickets).

Also at Highline Ballroom is '90s era Queens trio Salt N Pepa on June 6 (tickets).

Two upcoming shows that aren't exactly in NYC but nearby: Big Sean teams up with his R&B collaborator Jhene Aiko for a Long Island show on April 25 at Tilles Center Concert Hall in Greenvale (tickets), and Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko team up with Freddie Gibbs (who just released an album and toured with Madlib) for a NJ show on April 26 at Starland Ballroom (tickets).

Miguel and 2 Chainz also just announced a show, and multiple hip hop shows at new Brooklyn venue The Wick were announced.

Other previously announced upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Jeremiah Jae TONIGHT (4/2), Grieves, Jurassic 5, Eminem & Rihanna, YG & DJ Mustard, Joey Bada$$, The Underachievers, Danny Brown, A-Trak & Cam'ron and more.

What else?

Pharoahe Monch and Smoke DZA streams below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Curren$y at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)

New Orleans rapper Curren$y always seems to be up to something. He released a live EP with Wiz Khalifa earlier this year, and more recently released a free EP with Smoke DZA (prod. Harry Fraud) that features Big K.R.I.T. and French Montana on one track, and can be streamed below. He's also been talking about teaming back up with Ski Beatz for Pilot Talk III.

Curren$y just kicked off a short December tour in Austin last night (12/11), which hits Dallas for a Red Bull Sound Select show tonight (12/12), and comes to NYC for a show on December 21 at BB King's, where also played in May. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Smoke DZA, he also has an upcoming show in his hometown of NYC happening on December 18 at SOB's for the Hot 97 holiday party with A$AP associate Bodega Bamz, thrilling Brooklyn rhymer Troy Ave, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Curren$y dates are listed, along with that EP stream, below...

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Kurt Braunohler @ Williamsburg Park, 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Kurt Braunohler

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Kurt Braunohler, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Ted Leo (musical guest) @ The Bell House
Kurt Braunohler just released his first comedy album -- on indie rock label Kill Rock Stars -- and is hosting a release party tonight featuring a cavalcade of comedy talent, plus indie rock's friend-to-funny, Ted Leo. Sold out.

Pete Rock Vs. DJ Premier @ East River Park (FREE)
Producer, rapper and DJ Pete Rock will be at East River Park for a Lyricist Lounge-sponsored turntable battle against Gang Starr's DJ Premier.

Skibeatz & The Sensei's, Nitty Scott, Smoke DZA, DJ Bice @ Mercury Lounge
Famed hip hop producer Ski Beatz is doing another of his Mercury Lounge shows tonight, and this one includes two of NYC's better local rappers, Nitty Scott and Smoke DZA. If you're into local hip hop, there's no better option than this one tonight.

Low Fat Getting High, The Can't Tells, The Teen Age, Realtions, Samsel & The Skirt @ Pianos
The Can't Tells' August residency at Pianos wraps up today, and among other bands, it includes promising Brooklyn punk band Low Fat Getting High, who are always worth catching.

Boyfrndz, Celestial Shore, Zula, Weekend Money @ Knitting Factory
Groove-oriented Austin trio Boyfrndz aren't too far, sonically, from Bear in Heaven, making spacy rock that you can dance to, too. You can stream their new EP, Natures, below.

Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Guerilla Toss, Advaeta, Bambara @ 285 Kent Avenue
Noir-tinged postpunks Advaeta are about to hit the road and are playing a kickoff show tonight. Things start loud with Bambara and end on a somber note with experimental/ambient Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk.

The Detroit Cobras, The A-Bones @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Vets of the modern garage rock scene, The Detroit Cobras are one of the few bands to work almost exclusively with covers and still retain cool cred. They're also vets of Rocks Off parties, and partying with them on a boat sounds like a fun late summer night.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ The Paramount
Late '70s/'80s pop/rock star Pat Benatar and her longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo bring the hits to Long Island for a show at The Paramount tonight.

Fred Frith, Laurie Anderson @ The Stone
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith (the man behind 1974's legendary Guitar Solos) is beginning his residency at The Stone tonight, which runs through September 1. For both the early and late shows tonight (8 PM and 10 PM), Fred will be joined by art pop mastermind Laurie Anderson on violin and keyboards.

Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
Matthew Sweet went from being a college-radio cult favorite in the '80s to being a genuine alt-rock hitmaker in the '90s and gun-for-hire songwriter and guitarist in the '00s. His melodic skills and and catalog of great songs will be on display tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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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...

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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

Smoke DZA - 'Ringside' EP

Riiiiiiiiight. Prolific Harlem rapper Smoke DZA has put out a number of solid releases in the last few years, and he returned last month with another free release, the Ringside EP. Ringside was produced entirely by 183rd and intentionally came out on the same day as Wrestlemania (4/8), hence its title. It's a short release (5 songs), and a solid addition to his long list of material. Stream the entire thing below and download it HERE. That's the cover art above.

DZA has some shows coming up this month and next too. First, he'll play a Scion A/V show on May 22 at Coco 66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) with Stalley and Riff Raff, which you have to enter Scion's contest to gain admission to, and right after that show, he'll head out on a West Coast tour with Big K.R.I.T., in support of KRIT's also-solid new mixtape, King Remembered In Time, which includes DZA guesting on the track "Only One." You can stream that mixtape in full below and download it for free HERE.

After the tour with KRIT, DZA will play two hometown-area shows in June. The first is a previously discussed appearance at the Summer Jam (6/2) side stage (tickets) and the second is at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 26 with Vinny Cha$e, BBA, H Squared, and Caspa Narkz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

DZA is also heading out as a support act on the previously discussed A$AP Rocky/Wiz Khalifa co-headlining tour, which hits the NYC-area for three big shows in August: PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2, Jones Beach on 8/6, and Comcast Theatre on 8/8. Joey Bada$$ and a bunch of others are on the tour too, and tickets for all three NYC-area shows are still available.

All dates are listed, along with those mixtape/EP streams, below...

Continue reading "Smoke DZA released a free EP, going on tour (dates & stream)"

A$AP Rocky at Public Assembly in February (more by Dylan Johnson)
A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky is currently on his arena tour with Rihanna which hits the NYC area on April 28 at Prudential Center and May 4 and 5 at Barclays Center, and after recently scheduling a smaller Highline Ballroom show during it which he quickly cancelled, Rocky has announced another huge tour to go down this summer. It's a co-headlining tour with Wiz Khalifa and support comes from Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Rockie Fresh, Trinidad Jame$, B.o.B. and Berner. Smoke DZA opens some dates in select cities (but not the NYC-area dates) too.

That tour, dubbed the "Under the Influence of Music Tour" hits the NYC area for big amiphitheater shows at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 2 in Holmdel, NJ, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 6 in Wantagh, NY and Comcast Theatre on August 8 in Hartford, CT. Those shows happen about a month before A$AP Rocky plays the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly. Tickets for all shows on the tour go on sale Saturday (4/27) at 10 AM. Citi Cardmember presales start on Tuesday (4/23) at 10 AM and Live Nation presales start Friday (4/26) at 10 AM for the Jones Beach and Comcast Theatre shows. A four-ticket promotional offer for the PNC Bank Arts Center show starts Monday, April 29 at 10 AM.

Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$ just brought his tour with Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers through NYC for shows at Highline Ballroom (4/18) at Gramercy Theater (4/20), and he also has upcoming dates at The Roots Picnic (6/1) in Philly (tickets) and Hot 97 Summer Jam's Festival Village (6/2) in NJ (tickets). Check out a video of Joey rapping his verse on A$AP Rocky's "1 Train" at yesterday's Gramercy Theater show.

Wiz Khalifa's new live EP with Curren$y is also available on iTunes now.

All dates are listed, along with the tour trailer video, tour flyer, and A$AP Rocky's video for "Fuckin' Problems," below...

Continue reading "A$AP Rocky announces big summer tour w/ Wiz Khalifa, Joey Bada$$, Trinidad Jame$ and more (dates)"

A$AP Ferg at Brooklyn Bowlin 2012 (more by Brook Bobbins)
A$AP Ferg

Hot 97 Summer Jam is returning to MetLife Stadium on June 2, and as usual, there will be a show in the parking lot (Festival Village) with smaller rappers. The lineup for the main show hasn't been announced yet (though hopefully it will have a headliner who doesn't cancel day of the show) but the Festival Village lineup has been announced, and it includes Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA, Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave, Kid Ink, and Radamiz. The only way into that show is with a Summer Jam ticket, and those go on sale Friday (4/12) at 10 AM.

Action Bronson (who plays Coachella this weekend) and Joey Bada$$ also play the XXL Freshmen show at Best Buy Theater on May 21 with Schoolboy Q, Trinidad Jame$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, and Angel Haze. Tickets for that show are still available.

Joey Bada$$ is currently on tour with Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. That tour hits NYC on April 18 at Highline Ballroom and April 20 at Gramercy Theater, and both are sold out. He also plays the Roots Picnic in Philly the day before Summer Jam with Grimes, Solange, Araabmuzik, Hit-Boy, How to Dress Well, and more. Tickets for that are still available.

All Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

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Savoir Adore at Knitting Factory in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Savoir Adore

today in NYC
* Hag @ The Stone
* Fukimaki Miura @ Barbes
* Gael Rouillhac @ Barbes
* Justin Veloso @ The Stone
* Sophia Knapp @ Ace Hotel
* Black Guard, Valor @ Saint Vitus
* Creaghead & Company @ Union Hall
* Milo Greene, Savoir Adore @ Maxwell's
* Hannibal Buress @ The Knitting Factory
* Joey Arias, Kristian Hoffman @ Joe's Pub
* Polyenso, Author, Walking Tree @ Paper Box
* Deftones, Periphery @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Kestrels, Soccer Mom, Relations @ Cake Shop
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel @ Mercury Lounge
* Wooden Wand, Steve Gunn, Zachary Cale @ Union Pool
* Girls Names, Lazyeyes, Sapphire Mansions @ Cameo Gallery
* Cigarette, Cloud Become Your Hand, Richie Quake @ Silent Barn
* His Clancyness, Tweens, LODRO, Basement Batman @ Glasslands
* Horrible Present, Juan Wauters (of the Beets), Brothers In Law, Missing Doucments @ Death By Audio

There's a few good foreign bands playing NYC tonight on their way to SXSW. Belfast's Girls Names are at Cameo, Italy's His Clancyness are at Glasslands, and another Italian band, Brothers In Law, is at Death by Audio.

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If you're going to the Milo Greene show at Maxwell's tonight, get there early for Savoir Adore.

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Hip hop producer Harry Fraud put out a new mixtape, Adrift, which features tracks with Action Bronson, Juicy J, Smoke DZA, A$AP Twelvyy, Curren$y, Pusha T, Troy Ave, Danny Brown, and more. Stream it below and download it for free at DatPiff.

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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...

Continue reading "Ab-Soul played SOB's with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Bishop Nehru & more (review, video)"


Tickets for the Beyonce show at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ go on Live Nation presale today at 10 AM (password: "DAZZLE").

Tickets for the Iron & Wine show at Beacon Theatre go on presale today at 11 AM (password: "GHOST"). Still no word on tickets for the Capitol Theatre show.

Get Up Kids members Matt Pryor and James Dewees, who played Knitting Factory together in January, are playing solo acoustic sets at Maxwell's on April 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

O'Death are playing Le Poisson Rouge on April 23 with Hungry March Band. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Oberhofer are playing Glasslands on May 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Alkaline Trio are playing Best Buy Theater on May 24 with Bayside. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. An AEG LIve presale starts today at noon and general sale starts Friday (2/22) at noon.

Swedish pop singer Elliphant is playing Glasslands on June 11. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Hip hop duo FKi, who made the gorgeous beat for Jeremih's "Fuck U All The Time", recently put out their own free mixtape, Transformers N The Hood, on Mad Decent with help from Diplo, Smoke DZA, Natasha Mosley (who sings on "Fuck U All The Time"), Iggy Azalea, and others. They're going on the Certified Trap Tour with DJ Sliink, Loudpvck, and Dirty South Joe, which hits NYC on March 2 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

DOWNLOAD: Joey Baa$$ - "Unorthodox" (prod. DJ Premier) (MP3)

Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has announced the international "Beast Coast Tour" with fellow Beast Coast associates Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers, which kicks off in Austin at SXSW and continues into early May. The tour hits NYC on April 20 at Gramercy Theater (note: the date has been announced as 4/21 in other places, but as you can see on Live Nation, the venue is hosting Paganfest USA that day) (UPDATE: The show has been moved to 4/18.)

Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates. You may remember that all three artists on the tour previously teamed up in NYC for a Red Bull Music Academy/Boiler Room show in October during Flying Lotus' NYC takeover.

Before SXSW, Joey's crew Pro Era is playing a NYC show billed as CJ Fly & Pro Era at Public Assembly on March 6 with Wordspit, Dyme-A-Duzin, and many others. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No official word on whether or not Joey will be there, but he hates when people say "Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era", so maybe the CJ Fly (another Pro Era member) billing is meant as a play on that? The flyer for this show is below.

When the tour ends, Joey has a few festival dates scheduled, including The Roots Picnic in Philly. All dates are listed below.

Joey Bada$$ has been dropping tracks and videos left and right lately. Back in January, he released his single for Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound, which was a collaboration with DJ Premier called "Unorthodox." Then he followed that with a video with Smoke DZA for "Gotham Fucking City" off DZA's K.O.N.Y. tape, a diss track aimed at Lil B (in response to Lil B's diss to him), and another video with Smoke DZA, which also features Big K.R.I.T., for "Underground Airplay" off the Ecko Unlimited mixtape of the same name. You can stream/watch all of those songs/videos below.


Meanwhile, The Underachievers just released the free Indiogism mixtape on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. You can download the mixtape for free at DatPiff and stream it in its entirety below.

All streams the list of all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ and The Underachievers released stuff, announce tour with Flatbush Zombies (dates, streams)"


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"