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Troy Ave

Plenty of rappers make huge claims, but Brooklyn's Troy Ave recently made one that seems, uh, especially far fetched. HipHopDX points to a tweet from the rapper where he claims to be the first Brooklyn rapper talking about drugs in his raps.

"1st nigga outta Brooklyn NYC talkin HEAVY drug talk in his raps ....... think about it! MY STORY CONSISTENT (the truth usually is)," he says. After others on Twitter immediately called him out on it, more tweets defending his claim followed:

would these guys have so much opinions if we met in person? because when I'm at events its smiles and handshakes. INTERNET NIGGAZ are PUSSY

THE STREETS GON ALWAYS REIGN SUPREME, remember it was Mad AFRO CENTRIC raps & digable Planets THEN BIGGIE CAME THRU! then it switched til 50

IF YOU TRYNA DEBATE OR DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THESE FACTS IM SAYING... U Cant Be Real With Me You AInt Even Real Wit Ya Self" #WC3 coning soon

He also posted a longer defense to Instagram:
BEEN TALKIN THAT DOPE BOY $HiT out the Gate! My story been consistent .... Others touch on it and mix it up with street shit like, robberies, killings, clubs, struggle life .... But the only 1 talking bout whole birds, "Heavy" from NYC and I mean HEAVY detailed descriptions not 28grams or 62's or 8 balls the only 1 talkin whole joints was yours truly! Since day 1 my story been the same .... The Real Ones snow the difference the ones who can't relate will debate! MAN U KNOW WHAT like @scstunna said "Fuk what a fake nigga say, it's bout what a real nigga say"
Earlier this year, he confirmed that he's no longer selling drugs thanks to his rap career, and he more recently guaranteed that since he doesn't do drugs himself ("besides light weed smoke") his money will always be straight.

As discussed, you can catch Troy Ave talking about drugs in NYC at Highline Ballroom on November 20. Funk Master Flex is on that show too and tickets are still available.

Troy Ave

T.I. came to NYC last week (10/30) for Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays Center, and brought out local rapper Troy Ave, who played his recent single "All About the Money." Troy and T.I. also both appeared at the Powerhouse afterparty in NJ. Video from the afterparty, and a stream of that single, below.

Troy, who was named an XXL Freshman this year, now has his own hometown show scheduled. He'll play November 20 at Highline Ballroom, a much bigger venue than the SOB's show he played earlier this year. Tickets are on sale now.

Stream and video below...

Continue reading "Troy Ave came out w/ T.I. at Powerhouse, released a single, playing Highline Ballroom (video & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

World's Fair
World's Fair

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.

CyHi The Prynce recently put out the Hystori: Black History Project mixtape (exectuve produced by Kanye West), and he makes his way to NYC for a show on June 16 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

Meyhem

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.

Buckshot

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.

Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Jay Z / Beyonce (two nights), Deltron 3030, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kevin Gates, Rakim / Slick Rick, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, and more.

Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, below...

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XXL

The XXL Freshmen 2014 Class was recently announced and includes Chance the Rapper (who hardly feels like a "freshman" in 2014), Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Jarren Benton and August Alsina. As usual, the class is celebrating by going on a tour, and though all dates haven't been announced we know it hits NYC on June 9 at Best Buy Theater. Not surprisingly, Chance the Rapper isn't on the bill (nor is TDE signee Isaiah Rashad or Lil Durk), but the rest of the class is. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon.

Both Rich Homie Quan and Ty Dolla $ign are on Wiz Khalifa's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour which hits the NYC-area on July 31 at Jones Beach and August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets for those shows are still available. Wiz and Ty also both play Hot 97 Summer Jam (tickets).

Chance the Rapper will be in NYC for Governors Ball and Isaiah Rashad will be in upstate NY for The Hudson Project.

Some videos below...

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Action Bronson at Irving Plaza in January (more by Lukas Hodge)
Action Bronson

One-day NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 1 this year. The two-stage lineup was just announced and the main stage includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and more, plus Nicki Minaj (joining Lil Wayne and Young Money), following her guest appearance at last year's Summer Jam, which followed her canceling her set at 2012's. Meanwhile, the Festival Stage includes Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko, Nipsey Hussle and more.

Tickets are currently on presale (password: "SJ2014"), and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/4) at noon. Full lineup below.

MetLife Stadium is also where you can catch the Eminem / Rihanna tour in August. We also just posted many other hip hop shows in NYC earlier today too.

Full Summer Jam lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Action Bronson, YG, Jhene Aiko, Troy Ave & more playing 2014 Hot 97 Summer Jam (lineup & tix)"

Snow Tha Product
Snow

I fuck with her. I like gangsta bitches. We met at South by Southwest and may do a song together. She's thick, she's pretty, but she's not showing her ass. She wants people to hear her lyrics and not that other mess. If she wanted to take off her clothes, men would just die. But they have to respect her for what she's saying--having a nice body and being pretty is just a plus.
The above quote is about Mexican-American rapper Snow Tha Product by Three Six Mafia's Gangsta Boo who reviewed her for VICE alongside other fellow female rappers Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea, Brooke Candy, Angel Haze, Kilo Kish, Kitty Pryde, and more. Not long ago Snow released the Good NIghts & Bad Mornings 2 mixtape which featured guest spots from Ty Dolla $ihn, Cyhi The Prynce and others and incudes standout single "Cookie Cutter Bitches." You can watch the video for that one below. A full length is set to follow sometime this year.

Snow just announced the 'F#*K Your Plans, Come Kick It Tour' tour which brings her to NYC for a show on March 5 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.

In other rap news, Chicago rapper Lil Durk, who has gotten some internet love lately, will make his way to NYC for a show on Thursday (1/30) at BB King's. Local fave Troy Ave is on the bill too, as is Chinx. Tickets are on sale now. Watch Lil Durk's video for "Dis Ain't What U Want" below.

A bunch of great local rappers, Kool A.D., Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Meyhem Lauren and Lakutis, will all team up for a hometown show on February 9 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

And Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), who postponed his December Highline Ballroom show, is now set to play the venue on February 27 (tickets).

Other previously discussed hip hop shows include Kanye, J. Cole, 2 Chainz/Pusha T and more. Browse our 'Hip Hop' category for even more. What else?

Videos below...

Continue reading "Snow Tha Product tour dates & video; upcoming Lil Durk & Mos Def shows, and more hip hop news"

by Andrew Sacher

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

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...

Continue reading "Curren$y on tour, playing BB King's; Smoke DZA playing SOB's w/ Bodega Bamz & Troy Ave (dates & EP stream)"

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...

Continue reading "Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave, Smoke DZA & more playing Summer Jam Festival Village"

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

today in NYC
* Hag @ The Stone
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* 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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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.

What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

Troy Ave

Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave pals around with another NYC rappers like Action Bronson and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and like those guys, Troy is keeping alive the spirit of old school rap (he's also got a song with Prodigy). It's not straight throwback rap (which is a good thing), but it's the kind of rap that makes you wonder why we so often forgive slow flow and lazy rhymes. And he does have some of the golden-era sound, but also often reminds me of Get Rich or Die Tryin'-era 50 Cent and Diplomatic Immunity-era Dipset, both of which turn(ed) ten this year, so even that sound is venturing towards old-school. (DON'T YOU FEEL OLD?)

He's got a few mixtapes under his belt, including 2012's Bricks In My Backpack 3, which you can download for free HERE and watch some videos/stream some tracks below. He also appears on Fool's Gold's Loosies compilation, and his contribution to that, "Viking," can be streamed below as well.

Troy Ave will be playing a Hot 97-presented show in NYC on March 7 at SOB's with fellow Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren. Leikeli47 and YFame are on the bill too and tickets are on sale now. Rosenberg and Shani Kulture Music host and DJ Juanyto is on the boards for the night.

Show flyer and videos/streams below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave playing show with Meyhem Lauren (watch some videos, download his mixtape)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

"If you aren't already at the Williamsbsurg Music Hall for the free Fool's Gold show, don't bother now. You will never get in. 500+ line up" - Brian Doc Holidae

Fools Gold 5 Year Anniversary
Fools Gold 5 Year Anniversary
Ghostface Killah

A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' label Fool's Gold turned five and they decided to celebrate, with the help of Converse Rubber Tracks, in a big but but small way on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (a Brooklyn venue much smaller than ones A-Trak has charged people to see him in). The free, first-come, first served, during-CMJ show ended up going something this:

09:00 - Ryan Hemsworth
10:00 - Nick Catchdubs
10:45 - Troy Ave (bringing out Chase N Cashe)
11:15 - World's Fair (bringing out Tanboyz + Flatbush Zombies)
12:00 - Donnis
12:30 - Ghostface Killah
01:00 - A-Trak (Chromeo hanging out)
02:00 - Flosstradamus
Those who got on line early experienced this...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold celebrated 5 years in fashion (A-Trak, Ghostface, Flosstradamus, Donnis & more) --- pics & video"

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is set to release the Power & Passion EP on November 6 via his new home at Universal Republic Records. That EP includes lead single, "Telephuck," which features El-P (who eXquire recently toured with) on the beat and Gucci Mane with a guest verse. You can stream that track below. The EP also features production by SpaceGhostPurrp, Harry Fraud, and others.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will be playing some local shows during CMJ including the previously discussed Leaders of the New Cool CMJ party at SOB's on October 18 with Casey Veggies and others (tickets). That same day (10/18), he'll play an MTV-presented show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Big K.R.I.T., LE1F, and special guests. And on October 20, he'll play the Tumblr CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory with Doldrums, Troy Ave, Prince Rama, and The So So Glos. Tickets for the Studio show and the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

eXquire also plays a free Mass Appeal party at Gramercy Theater on October 19 with The Alchemist, Prodigy, Roc Marciano, Ninjasonik, Bodega Bamz, Angel Haze, and more. You can get in with your CMJ badge or if you don't have one, just RSVP to rsvp@massappeal.com. The flier for this show is below.

As mentioned, Big K.R.I.T. also plays the Cinematic Music Group, Ecko Unltd & XXL Mag showcase at SOB's (10/18), the night of the Studio show, with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and others. K.R.I.T. also produced and is featured on the new Big SANT song, "Say That Shit," which you can stream below.

All lists of dates and song streams are below.

Continue reading "Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire releasing new EP, playing CMJ shows (1 w/ Big K.R.I.T.) (dates & streams)"

photos by Julie Schabel

Flosstradamus @ 285 Kent, 10/5/2012
Flosstradamus

Fools Gold is turning five years old and Converse Rubber Tracks is helping celebrate with a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, October 20 which is the last night of CMJ. Performers include Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and the ever-popular "special guests." Doors are at 9 PM, first come first served, no RSVP. If you'd like to party in style, however, we are giving away a pair of VIP passes to the show and details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post, along with a flyer for the show.

The next night (10/21), A-Trak and Flosstradamus will bring their "House Party Tour" to Asbury Park, NJ at an undisclosed residence. To receive info on the secret locations, sign up HERE. Meanwhile, Flosstradamus played a packed and sweaty show at 285 Kent this past Friday (10/5)and a few pictures from that show are in this post.

Speaking of Converse, the shoe folks are offering up a live version of Green Day's "Oh Love" from their new album ¡UNO! which you can stream below. There are also ¡UNO! Chuck Taylors (green of course)

Continue reading "Converse Rubber Tracks Celebrates Fool's Gold Five Year Anniversary ++ pics from Flosstradamus @ 285 Kent"