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"Rip to the greatest hip hop producer of all times.... Larry Smith. Produced my biggest and most significant hits." - Rev Run

Larry Smith RIPLarry Smith RIP

Hip hop producer / musician Larry Smith, the man behind the sound of Run DMC's "It's Like That" and "Sucker MCs" as well as early singles by Whodini, Kurtis Blow (he co-wrote and played bass on "The Breaks" and "Hard Times") and others, has died at age 63. He suffered a dibilitating stroke in 2007 which left him voiceless, partially paralyzed and bedridden since. Last month, Ebony published an "unsung legend" feature on Smith, interviewing Run-DMC's Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Kurtis "Kurtis Blow" Walker and others. Said McDaniels:

He was a musician. Even today, you have beat makers and producers who are musicians. The best producers are musicians and DJs. Anybody can make a beat. I could make a beat and then put lyrics on it and it could become a record, but I'm not a musician. Larry knew music. What separated Larry way back then and what allowed him to make all those hits was the fact he was a musician. Run and I used to tease him because he talked like a musician. The jazz, blues, and rock musicians all call each other "cats." We would use our hip-hop slang, and he would always use his musician slang. Run and I were irresponsible little kids. We would giggle when he would say "other cats." We were like, "What the hell is he talking about?" But he was a musician. He could produce blues, rock, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop.
Read the rest of the feature here. Rest in peace, Larry.

Maybe Run DMC will have some sort of tribute for him at their Barclays Center show tonight (12/19). A few of Larry Smith's productions can be streamed below...

Continue reading "'80s hip hop producer Larry Smith, RIP"

Rakim at West 147 in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Rakim

In addition to the Seaside Summer Concert series, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz also presents the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field (Brooklyn Ave between Rutland Rd and Winthrop St), and that series is also returning this summer with free shows every Monday at 7:30 from July 15 to August 19.

Shows this year include Rakim, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Chubb Rock (7/22), Gladys Knight with the O'Jays (8/19), and more. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series 2013 lineup (free shows at Wingate Field w/ Rakim, Gladys Knight & more)"

Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

Continue reading "A bunch of artists wrote an open letter to Pandora who support the Internet Radio Fairness Act"

Whodini

Von King Park
Tompkins Ave. btwn. Lafayette Ave. & Greene Ave.
Thursday, July 3rd: Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review
Thursday, July 10th: Whodini
Thursday, July 17th: 21:03 / Kurt Carr
All three shows are 7-9pm and FREE (and happening Summer 2008).

There are also three free shows in Red Hook.