Entries tagged with: Statik Selektah
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Carlo Cruz
Herbo and Bada$$
After much anticipation, well-known dj and producer Statik Selektah arrived on stage to claim the turntables. The lights dimmed and I couldn't contain my excitement as Joey Bada$$ approached us, opening up with the ever-so-popular 'Paper Trail$' (as suspected) off his 2015 album B4.DA.$$. Styled to a Snoop T, the twenty-year-old had the crowd wrapped around his finger as he spewed his poetic verses. '90s hip-hop vibes quickly took over the scene as the eery bass bled through the speakers and more and more arms waved swiftly up and down. Any moment of silence was filled with fans chanting his name. The crowd hyped him up as he took a breather and sipped on water.Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days In LA is underway, and like Grimes, last week Joey Bada$$ played one of the shows (at The Belasco Theater) with G Herbo, who up until recently was known as Lil Herb. Freddie Gibbs, who released two new songs today, was a surprise guest during Joey's set on "Carry On." More about the show in the review quoted above. Pictures from the LA show (including opener Warm Brew) continue below.
Herbo and Joey also made a song together, "Lord Knows," which just came out today as part of Red Bull Sound Select's series of collaborative singles. (The previous one was Del The Funky Homosapien with Basecamp.) Metro Boomin, who also produced the Future song that just came out, gives "Lord Knows" a haunting beat that Herbo and Joey basically go buckwild over. Listen below.
Today's Hip Hop climate makes it difficult for anyone within New York eyeing mainstream notoriety to aggressively avoid contemporary trends. Then again, the internet age has given an unprecedented level of creative inspiration. Noisemakers from A$AP Mob and Pro-Era to Action Bronson have become successful exceptions to the rules. It's become even harder for females from the area on both sides of the coin. Nicki Minaj had to forge a long-going southern alliance with Cash Money after spending time in Atlanta while Azealia Banks found her lane in early 90s House. This all makes DonMonique's debut EP, Thirst Trap, such a disjointed refreshing project. The Brooklynite switches between progressive boom bap and modern trap ideas yet, remains hemmed in New York's grimy streets. Stylistically, everything is wrapped in slick post- social media aesthetics; hence the EP's title.You can stream the whole thing below.
DonMonique plays a free show in her hometown Friday (8/14) at Output on the roof with the great Statik Selektah, DJ Clockwork, TJ Mizell, Dylan the Gypsy and a special guest. Though it's free, you do have RSVP.
by Andrew Sacher
Veteran hip hop producer Statik Selektah is following last year's What Goes Around with another solo album, Lucky 7, on Tuesday (7/7) via Showoff/Duck Down. Like its predecessor, it's insanely stacked with impressive guests. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo, Bodega Bamz, Rapsody, A$AP Twelvyy, Royce Da 5'9", comedian Hannibal Buress and more show up on this thing. Check out three unsurprisingly-fire singles -- "All You Need" (ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Elle Varner), "Beautiful Life" (ft. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$) and "Top Tier" (ft. Sean Price, Bun B, Styles P) -- below.
Statik Selektah is celebrating the album in NYC the day before it comes out at Santos Party House (7/6), and he's promising that guests from the album will show up. Maybe it's a stretch to assume that say, Ab-Soul or Big K.R.I.T. will be in town, but it doesn't seem crazy to expect Bronson, Joey, Talib or any of the other locals. Tickets are on sale now.
Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era are doing their big Steez Day show on Tuesday (7/7) at Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA and more, plus Statik Selektah on DJ duties. After that, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers head to Highline Ballroom for a late-night show (11:15 PM doors). Central Park is sold out but tickets for Highline are still available.
Statik Selektah song streams and tracklist below...
One of the hip hop shows happening during the 2015 SummerStage season this year is the annual Duck Down BBQ, which takes place June 11 in Betsy Head Park. Like last year, BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors.
This year's lineup includes Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, Raz Fresco, Young M.A, DJs Statik Selektah and Mr. Green, and host Peter Rosenberg. It's totally FREE, as is food and gear, and the show goes down from 6-9 PM.
Speaking of SummerStage hip hop shows, tonight (6/2) they ahve Scarface in Red Hook Park.
SummerStage has been leaking some of the artists playing their 2015 season, also its 30th year, for the last month and today they've announced the whole lineup and schedule. Free shows, which happen at different city parks, include Caribou, George Clinton, Dr. John, The Felice Brothers, Africa Bambaataa, The Barr Brothers, Roy Ayers, Charles Bradley, Jungle, and more. It's an expanded SummerStage season this year as well, running from May 18 - October 4, with 140 free shows.
Check out the entire schedule, broken down by genre, below...
"FUCKING JOEY CAME OUT AT THE PHONY PPL SHOW, fuck my life brooooo fuck my life" - @tayfo_SHO
photos: Rae Sremmurd @ Webster Hall / Joey Bada$$ @ SOB's
As discussed, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ releases his debut album B4.DA.$$ next week (1/20), and plays a hometown release show on Monday (1/19) at Rough Trade, which you have to buy the album to get into. It turns out that's actually one of three NYC shows he's playing that week.
The following night, he'll play Williamsburg dance club Verboten (1/20) with his Pro Era pals and special guests, Statik Selektah, Relly Rell, Pow P & Kool, DJ Red Alert, and guest FunkFlex. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg is hosting. Tickets are on sale.
Then on Thursday (1/22) at Webster Hall, he'll be the guest at Just Blaze's weekly House Party, along with Statik Selektah. Tickets are on sale for that one too.
Just Blaze has been killing it with his guests lately. He had breakout duo Rae Sremmurd last night (1/15). Anyone catch that? That's a picture from the show above, via Webster Hall's Facebook, where you can browse many more pics of last night.
Joey appeared live in NYC last night too, guesting at the Phony PPL show at SOB's. You can see a picture of that above as well (via). Today, he and producer Statik Selektah dropped another new track from his album, "Run Up On Ya," which features Elle Varner and Action Bronson (who has his own new album and upcoming NYC show on the way). Listen below...
Joey Bada$$ has been talking about his official debut album, B4.DA.$$, for a while now, and today more details were revealed. It's set to come out on January 20, and the brand new Statik Selektah-produced single "No. 99" can be streamed, with the LP tracklist, below. Guest spots are due from Action Bronson, Kiesza, BJ the Chicago Kid, Raury and more.
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...
NYC rap duo The Underachievers already had a couple quality mixtapes out, and earlier this month they finally got around to releasing their debut album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, on RPM / Caroline. The album includes a song sampling New Zealand psych pop band The Ruby Suns, another featuring Portugal. The Man, and production from Statik Selektah, Ryan Hemsworth, Lapalux, Supreme Cuts, Haleek Maul and more. You can stream it in full on NPR and check out a few tracks/videos from it below. Ahead of the album, both UA members also released solo mixtapes which you can download for free HERE and HERE.
The Underachievers will support the new album on a tour with fellow NYC rap group Flatbush Zombies, which hits their hometown on December 5 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed, with the videos/streams, below.
Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ab-Soul will be going on a massive North American tour in support of his latest full-length These Days in the fall. The tour will take him to NYC for a date at Irving Plaza on October 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In other Ab-Soul news, veteran DJ Statik Selektah, whose new album Ab-Soul appears on, has hinted in an interview that Ab-Soul might be the collaborator for his next collaborative album. Statik has done full-length collabs with Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, and Action Bronson, among others, that have yielded some awesome results, so here's hoping that comes to fruition.
You can stream a track from These Days and check out all tour dates for Ab-Soul below...
The LOX at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by 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.
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$$, Freddie Gibbs), along with the tracklist, below. Statik Selektah celebrates the new LP with a release show the day before it comes out at SOB's (8/18). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's a '90s vs Naughts party happening on the Luxury Infinity Yacht which loads in on August 16 at 10:30 PM on Pier 40 (353 West St) and sets sail at midnight. NYC hip hop vets Smif N Wessun and Buckshot will perform a brief live set, and music will otherwise be provided by DJs including Stretch Armstrong, DJ Moma, Young Guru, Meka, DJ Soul and DJ Tara. Tickets are on sale now and you can also RSVP for VIP. Flyer with more info, below.
Those are just a few hip hop shows coming up in NYC. You can also browse our 'Hip Hop' tab for more. What else?
by Sean O'Connell
The Duck Down BBQ may be a bit of a repetitive event in that its headliners are similar every year, but that's the point. Taking place in Betsy Head Park, deep in the heart of Brownsville, the annual event is geared at being a celebration of the neighborhood, with the Boot Camp Clik, a supergroup featuring hip-hop heavyweights Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltah, always coming out in full effect for their neighborhood. Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah pointed out the housing project he grew up in from the stage, and every other performer talked about life in Brownsville and shouted out people in the crowd that they knew. There wasn't much of a line between the rappers and the audience, with Buckshot launching himself into the 2000+ person crowd and fans rushing the barricade as they shouted back lyrics.
The night was a mix of the old school and new school, with the hardcore legends of the Boot Camp Clik being joined by up-and-comers from the Beast Coast movement. CJ Fly of Pro Era had a tight set, that was joined by fellow Pro, the very popular Joey Bada$$, during the call and response "do it for the love" of "Loco Motives". Raz Fresco, another 19 year old from Toronto, showing the Beast Coast's stylistic northern reach, hearkened back to the boom bap slaughter of people like Big L. He pulled off an ambitious move by rapping over a medley of classic New York beats, slaying each one in a city known to be very arrogant about its own style's superiority.
Chelsea Reject and T'Nah Apex (who works with Pro Era often) put on a very noteworthy set that started with a hyper political a cappella by Chelsea, about being a young emcee in an age of Stop and Frisk. The duo touched on the detrimental effect of technology saturation in modern times, railing against obsession with YouTube views and "blue checks" (verified Twitter accounts). T'Nah Apex transitioned smoothly between her matter-of-fact rapping and ethereal singing, while maintaining a serious demeanor that added to her presence.
The prolific Statik Selektah was spinning in-between sets, scratching vinyl in a 90s fashion that many are unable to replicate anymore. It was fitting that Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 hosted the event, given that he labels himself a "hip hop purist" and has been integral in ushering in New York rappers recently.
The highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Brownsville's own M.O.P. for their gangsta rap anthem "Ante Up". By that time, more than forty people were onstage, nieces and nephews on the shoulders of some of the old-timers, keeping up with the celebration of the neighborhood. Buckshot closed out by calling on the audience to reach out to DuckDown saying "I want to see one of you up here next year".
BrooklynVegan was a proud sponsor of this year's Brooklyn Summerstage event, as you can see on the flyer below.
One of the many free Summerstage shows this year is the Duck Down BBQ with Boot Camp Clik and friends happening June 10 in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park. We proud to announce that BrooklynVegan is one of the sponsors of the show, and that since we last spoke there's been some updates.
In addition to the Boot Camp Clik (aka Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah), there will be sets by CJ Fly, T'Nah Apex (both of Pro Era), Raz Fresco and Chelsea Reject. There's also a DJ set by Statik Selektah and Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg. The free show goes from 6-9 PM. Flyer below.
In honor of this event which Monster is also sponsoring, we're giving away a pair of Monster DNA Pro Headphones (retail value of $280), a Duck Down x Rocksmith Collaborative BBQ T-Shirt and a signed Buckshot & P-Money BackPack Travels CD. Details on how to enter to win those contests, below. Prizes can be picked up at the show.
As mentioned, Buckshot & P-Money celebrate BackPack Travels with a release show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Statik Selektah.
Pro Era also play a free Summerstage show in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/5).
Contest details below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, there's tons of hip hop shows coming up in NYC and tours passing through here. Here's a roundup of a few of the great ones happening this month...
The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9 with rapper IAMSU! and rap group Phony PPL. Like all Rubber Tracks shows, the show is FREE but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today (6/4) at noon.
Queens rap crew World's Fair are teaming up with Atlanta rap crew Two-9 for a tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday (6/8) and hits NYC on June 10 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. World's Fair also just put out a new jam, "Uh Huh," which features Cody B. Ware and Prince Samo, and was produced by Jansport J. Check that out, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below.
50 Cent, who just put out his fifth studio album Animal Ambition this week (6/3), will celebrate that album with a record release show in NYC on June 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Just don't ask him to throw any baseballs, and leave your chains at home.
NYC rapper Ka, still going strong of 2013's The Night's Gambit, will play a Noisey-presented hometown show during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.
Golden era-inspired NYC rapper Meyhem Lauren teamed up with actual golden era producer Buckwild for a collaborative album, Silk Pyramids, which came out last week (5/27). The album features Action Bronson, Heems, Troy Ave and more, and as you may imagine it sounds straight out of the '90s. Stream the whole thing below and catch Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild celebrating it live in NYC on Saturday (6/7) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
LA duo People Under the Stairs are touring the US which includes a return to NYC on June 11 at LPR and June 12 at Littlefield with local great Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, plus Fresh Daily and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets for Littlefield and tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Oddisee plays Glasslands on June 26 with a live band and support from louis logic and E.M.S.. Tickets are on sale now.
Black Moon/Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot teams up with Pro Era member Kirk Knight and production great Statik Selektah for a show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tickets). That show's the record release for Buckshot & P-Money's new album, BackPack Travels, which comes out two days earlier (6/24) via Duck Down. The album's single "Flute," features two other Pro Era members, Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, whose '90s-inspired styles fit right in with Buckshot's classic rhymes. Watch the video for that below.
Both Boot Camp Clik and Pro Era also play free Summerstage shows this month. Pro Era play Red Hook Park on Thursday (6/5) and Boot Camp Clik play Betsy Head Park on June 10.
Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
It's the new year, and like every year, there's a ton of great hip hop shows coming up in NYC, especially a lot this month (and of course a few announced for the months after that). So while you're trying to stay warm during the coldest winter, here's some of those shows you might want to check out:
As discussed, Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to his stomping grounds of Barclays Center on Sunday (1/12) and Monday (1/13). If you can't make the Brooklyn dates, or just still need more Hov in your life, there's other nearby dates happening at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22). Tickets for those shows are still available.
A bunch of golden-age rappers are joining forces for the Masters of Ceremony show at Radio City Music Hall on January 24 with DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, and Black Sheep. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another long-running NYC rapper, Talib Kweli will play the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's on January 19, and this one also honors the late Nelson Mandela. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Also at SOB's on January 27, producer 9th Wonder will celebrate the release of his label Jamla Records' Jamla is the Squad compilation album. Statik Selektah hosts for the night, and the show will also feature ADD-2, Rapsody and the entire Jamla team -- Actual Proof, HaLo, GQ, Heather V and more -- with special guests. Not sure whose those guests will be, but the album features appearances from Jadakiss, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, and more. Stream a 9th Wonder-produced Rapsody track from the compilation, below. Tickets are on sale now.
Dom Kennedy, who's notably collaborated with Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and others, plays NYC on January 28 at Irving Plaza with Skeme. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another Dom Kennedy collaborator, Nipsey Hussle, plays NYC on January 24 at Highline Ballroom with Erk the Jerk and The Kid Daytona. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Nipsey recently released a new track, "6in Heels," which you can stream below.
Waka Flocka Flame plays NYC on January 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other upcoming hip hop shows happening a bit later in the year include Cam'ron at Stage 48 on 2/20 (tickets), Shaggy at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/25 (tickets), and Slaughterhouse at Best Buy Theater on 4/26 (tickets).
And Kanye West just announced a tour.
These are just a few of the upcoming hip hop shows in NYC. What else?
by Andrew Sacher
Austin rap collective League of Extraordinary G'z are a relatively new group, but they harken back to a past era of southern hip hop, at times recalling classic groups like Outkast, Goodie Mob, Geto Boys, and the early trap rap of T.I. They just released their debut LP, #LeagueShit (it's on iTunes), which featured from a few actual vets, including Dead Prez and GZA collaborators Grupo Fantasma.
LOEGz are now revealing a non-album track, "Grind," which was produced by Statik Selektah, who has provided old school-style beats for other recent '90s devotees like Action Bronson and Freddie Gibbs. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can listen to it below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Joey Bada$$ - "Word Is Bond" (MP3)
Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has been talking about releasing his debut album, B4DA$$, this year, and while we're still waiting for more details on that, he's announced that it will be preceded by a new EP/mixtape, Summer Knights, which is due out on June 12. Joey just revealed the first taste of that EP with a new track called "Word Is Bond." Like his early mixtapes, it's a throwback to the '90s rap era, complete with turntable scratches on beat, which was provided by Statik Selektah. You can download that track above or stream it below. The EP artwork is above too.
Joey will be celebrating the EP with a hometown release party the day it comes out at 285 Kent (6/12) with "special guests" and his Pro Era crew. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It happens about a week after he plays the Roots Picnic in Philly and the Summer Jam side stage at MetLife Stadium.
Song stream below...
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 $15.
Another (potentially more) solid hip hop show you can catch on Thursday is Sean Price, Meyhem Lauren, Dyme-A-Duzin, Spit Gemz, and Statik Selektah at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of upcoming SOB's shows, Robert Glasper & friends are playing two shows at the venue (early and late) on January 10. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
In more hip hop news, Ratking are playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Naughty by Nature are playing Gramercy Theatre on February 24 with Master Shortie. Tickets for that show go on Hot 97 presale today at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/21) at 10 AM.
Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are playing a Sneaker Pimps NYC party at Webster Hall tonight (12/19). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A stream of Smoke DZA and Curren$y's track, "Baleedat," off DZA's recent Rugby Thompson EP and a list of all Curren$y dates, below...
Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
The 2012 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival runs from Monday, 7/9 (tonight) through Saturday (7/14). As mentioned, Busta Rhymes is headlining, but since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. The fest kicks off tonight at Brooklyn Bowl with a stacked lineup of Freeway, Young Guru, Evitan, 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology), REKS, and more. Tickets for that show are still available. Festival passes will only be accepted between 8 PM - 10 PM.
On Thursday (7/12), Public Assembly will host "Salute the DJ," with sets from DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Sucio Smash, Ralph McDaniels, M. Will, KJ, and DP One. Tickets for that are available.
The final day, July 14, includes 'Family Day' at Pier 3 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Busta-headlined show at the Brooklyn waterfront with Ka, Clear Soul Forces, Chuuwee, Fat Tony and more TBA. There's also an after party at the Knitting Factory with an early show by Ana Tijoux, Rebel Diaz, and Javiera Mena (tickets) and a late show by Jasmine Solano, Melo-X, CSC Funk Band, DJ Evil Dee, and "special invited guests." (tickets).
There will also be film screenings, symposiums, and more. Check out the full schedule.
A video of Busta talking about his plans for this year's BHF is below...
The old '80s new wavey NMS logo / Reks
It's beginning to feel like this summer is just one never ending music festival. In addition to the Northside Festival, which begins in Brooklyn tonight, NYC will get another multi-venue festival next week with the recently revived New Music Seminar which runs from June 17-20 this year. Some of you out there may have lived (and gone to see shows) long enough in New York City to remember the fest's original incarnation which existed for a week every summer from 1980 to 1995. It was a little like CMJ, but more focused on live music, though there were industry panel discussions and the like too.
For the new version (which actually existed last year too in a very small form), badgeholders will have access to a number of industry talks and also a selection of live shows. Those shows include a free show at Tammany Hall on Tuesday (6/19), presented by eMusic, with Anamanaguchi, Hooray for Earth and Yellow Dogs. They also include the previously discussed Deer Tracks show at Pianos on Wednesday (6/20) with Mon Khmer, Nouela, and Crux.
Another notable one is REKS, Soul Khan, Maffew Ragazino, and The Doppelgangaz at Public Assembly on Tuesday (6/19). REKS released an album this year called Straight No Chaser, which was produced by Statik Selektah and features guest appearances from Action Bronson, Termanology, Slaine, and others. You can stream the whole thing below via spotify along with a video for album track, "Chasin'."
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Freddie Gibbs - "Pull Up" w/ Young Jeezy & T.I. (MP3)
Freddie Gibbs has a new DJ Drama 'Gangsta Grillz' mixtape titled Baby Face Killa on the way which was tentatively scheduled for a Memorial Day release. It looks like that release has been pushed back a bit, but Freddie did just drop a new track to his soundcloud page which will appear on the tape. The song's called "Pull Up" and features help from trap rap greats Young Jeezy and T.I. and production from Lil C. The track flies by at just under three minutes, but that's just enough time for all three rappers to go HAM all over the king of krump's beats. Download an MP3 of the track above or stream it below.
Freddie GIbbs, who appears on Statik Seletak & Termanology's 2012 LP, was just added as an opener to their NYC show which happens on Tuesday (5/29) at SOB's. As mentioned, the show is one of their few release shows for 2012, and will also feature "surprise guests." Tickets for that show are still available. An updated flier, which now includes Freddie GIbbs, is pictured below, along with the "Pull Up" stream and a list of all dates.
by Andrew Sacher
Statik Selektah & Termanology (aka 1982) released their second album together this week (5/22) via Showoff/ST. Records. It's the followup to their 2010 LP, which was simply titled 1982, and this one's aptly titled 2012. The album features guest spots from Bun B, Freddie Gibbs, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), Roc Marciano, Lil Fame (of M.O.P.), and more. Statik Selektah's been on a roll with collaborative albums lately (just last year he dropped joint releases with Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Freeway, and Bumpy Knuckles to name a few) and this one's no different. Termanology's conscious raps feel right at home on top of Statik Selektah's beats, which as always, are well grounded in a long history of underground hip hop with an eye on the future. Stream the entire album below, along with the brand new video for "Too Long."
Statik Selektah and Termanology will be celebrating the album with a few release shows, including one in NYC on May 29 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Bun B (who is featured on the album) will be throwing a listening party for the album in NYC at Tammany Hall TONIGHT (5/23). The party features music by Statik Selektah and Sammy Needlz, surprise guest performances, and open vodka bar until midnight. Admission is free but RSVP (SHOWOFFRSVP@GMAIL.COM) is required. Doors are at 11 PM. The flier for this show is below.
Album stream, video, show flier, and a list of all dates below...