’Yo! MTV Raps’ is being reinvented for " for a new generation" and the 30th anniversary show at Barclays on June 1 includes Big Daddy Kane, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Young Black Teenagers, and many more.
Summerstage offers more than 100 free shows at NYC parks in all five boroughs. This year's lineup includes Broken Social Scene, Big Daddy Kane, Kool & the Gang, San Fermin, The Weather Station, Secret Circle (Lil Ugly Mane, Antwon, and Wiki ), Talib Kweli, Oshun, the Jungle Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Porches, Crumb, Dej Loaf, Alice Smith, Mura Masa, Jessy Lanza, Rapsody, The Bad Plus, Angelique Kidjo and tons more.
The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.
This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scr...