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Wes’ Weekly Hip Hop News Roundup (August 23, 2007)

DOWNLOAD Dry Yai – Ease Di Tension (MP3)

Sierra Leone’s OkayPlayer-approved star Hip Hop artist, Dry-Yai, will be performing at Joe’s Pub August 29th at 11.30pm We’re giving away a pair of tickets. To win please email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Dry Yai). Include your first and last name. One winner will be picked at random and contacted.

I guess everyone made up and decided to play nice?

Kanye West, Diddy, 50 Cent @ Screamfest @ MSG, NYC – 8/22 (CRED)
Screamfest @ MSG

There were close to 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, and it’s pretty much a given that none of them believe what they saw. Just imagine how much they’ve been calling, texting and MySpacing since the show. Heck, you might not even believe this when you read it, but as wrestling legend Kurt Angle would say, “It’s true. It’s damn true.”

T.I. orchestrated a mammoth hip-hop moment, a piece of history in the form of an onstage party featuring the cream of the crop in hip-hop: T.I., Jay-Z, Diddy, Swizz Beatz, Ciara, Kanye West and 50 Cent. They were all onstage performing and partying together … as in, everybody was onstage at the same time. [MTV]

Hov, Kanye West, Diddy, 50 Cent @ MSG, NYC – 8/22
Screamfest @ MSG

NEWS

  • Speaking of international hip hop (Dry Yai), Soulico (from Isreal) is playing the blogger-curated After The Jump Fest this weekend.
  • MF Doom sends a poser to perform in his mask?
  • Blender interviews RZA, who also shares his top 10 list of hottest MC’s out right now here. I think you’ll be surprised at his list. What is your list?
  • GZA is performing ‘Liquid Swords’ in Brooklyn
  • With all this Hip Hop beef abound, lets look at how even The Beatles released diss songs targeting each other.
  • Cormega will be releasing two projects from his Legal Hustle imprint this year, with one of them being a producer instrumental series titled Legal Hustle Presents Got Beats?. The disc will feature beats from DJ Premier, Alchemist, Ayatollah, Buckwild, Ski Beats, Heatmakerz and more.
  • KRS One is to sign with Duck Down Records while The Dogg Pound signs with Cash Money Records.
  • TSS reminisces and relives the Up In Smoke tour.
  • Go here to read my summary of all the recent 50 Cent drama.
  • Hi Tek is set to release his third solo album.

More news, downloads, videos, and tour dates below…

MORE NEWS

MUSIC

VIDEO

  • Common speaks on working with Lily Allen on ‘Driving Me Wild’. Also includes videos for his latest two singles ‘The People’ and ‘The Game’.
  • 50 Cent + Kanye West as portrayed by some people that don’t anything like them.
  • Watch Joell Ortiz bring the heat at Rap City. Such hunger.
  • If you’re smart enough, you too can figure out how to watch a Aesop Rock video.
  • Hip Hop History: Jay-Z + Jaz-O.
  • Kanye West performs his stellar new song Big Brother, dedicated to Jay-Z.
  • Method Man is releasing a live DVD. Check out the trailer.

SHOWS

08/25 Soulico @ After The Jump Fest

08/26 Black August Hip Hop Project 10th Anniversary with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Saigon, Evil D & D Nice @ Nokia Theatre (tix

08/29 DRY YAI – A Night for Sierra Leone @ Joe’s Pub

08/29 Soulico @ Milk & Honey

08/30 Kid Koala & Soulico @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series, tix.

09/01 Fat Joe @ BB King’s

09/03 Soulico @ JDub BBQ @ The Yard

09/09 Aesop Rock @ Irving Plaza, tix

09/15 GZA performing ‘Liquid Swords’ @ McCarren Pool in Brooklyn (tix)

9/19 Prodigy of Mobb Deep and guests @ Spiegeltent (?!), info

09/21 Fat Joe @ BB King’s CANCELLED

10/05 VH1 Hip Hop Honors Tour Featuring The Roots @ Nokia Theatre (early) (late)

10/07 Common @ Nokia Theatre

10/16 Fresh Press CMJ Showcase w/ Panacea, John Robinson / Lil Sci (Shaman) Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers (Shaman) K Banger (Shaman) Panacea (Rawkus / Glow-in-the-Dark) The Project (Glow-in-the-Dark) Zimbabwe Legit (pH MUSIC) Marshal Law (thisish) Dooley O (SOD Records / Lewis Recordings) Y-Society (Insight and Damu) (Tres Records) and The Smile Rays (Rawkus 50) @ The Knitting Factory (CMJ)

10/17 A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs & Kid Sister @ Hiro Ballroom (Fool’s Gold CMJ showcase)

10/19 Devin The Dude, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Serendipity Project, and Bukue One @ BB King’s (CMJ)

10/20 Brother Ali, Evidence & Little Brother @ Highline Ballroom (CMJ) (tix)

10/24 Queen Latifah @ Highline Ballroom (early) (late)

10/30 Cypress Hill @ Nokia Theatre

11/02 Lyrics Born @ Bowery Ballroom

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