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Saul Williams at Afropunk 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saul Williams

NYC invented HIP HOP, so CMJ would be nowhere if it didn't rep the art form to the fullest. Over five packed days, our fair city will be set ablaze by the likes of Raekwon, Saul Williams, Souls of Mischief, and a host of others, as well as smaller, buzzier names that you can look forward to name checking in the future. So with all these great events going down, we figured we'd make it easy for you with the BV Guide to Hip Hop at CMJ 2009!

Speaking of Souls of Mischief, we have A PAIR OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR GIVEAWAY for that Audible Treats showcase that will feature them along side Tanya Morgan, Trinity, Finale and many more. Details on how to win those at the bottom of this post.


PICK: Frankradio hosts a lineup at Southpaw that splits the greats with the could-be's, as Wu-Tang-erU-God, Brand Nubian Grand Puba, the buzzy Wiz Kalifa, Trouble Andrew, Mr. Move, Stalley, Jasmine Solano, DJ Souljah plus special guests that "rock crowds the-world-over" with one being "a star of the big screen, and the other is the king of the club" (Mos Def?). Tickets are on sale.


High Water Music hits Public Assembly (Front Room) featuring the always-awesome DJ Spinna with Sucio Smash, performances from Fresh Daily feat. AOK Collective, Marco Polo & Torae, INVINCIBLE (emergence music), Daniel Joseph, & Sene, and appearances from Jigmastas (Spinna's hip hop group) and Shabaam Sahdeeq. No advance tix, but it is $10 at the door.

Show and Prove 'Something for the Ladies' showcase featuring an all female lineup: Zarinah, Kallae All Day, G.N.U., and Gypsy Flesh with DJ Brina Payne on the turntables. Public Assembly (Back Room) 8PM, $5.



PICK: and Nah Right host an unmissable night featuring the great Raekwon, Styles P with OJ Da Juiceman, Kidz In The Hall, Curren$y, Donnis, Pill, Stalley, and Emilio Rojas at BB King's. Tickets are on sale, and only $10!


AfroPunk Presents Saul Williams, Krak Attack, Activator, Rough Francis at Gramercy (moved down from Irving Plaza). Tickets are still available.

Vtech and PlugResearch Present Bilal (with a 6 Piece Band), Exile featuring Blu, and Shafiq Husayn (of Sa-Ra Creative Partners) featuring Miguel At-Wood Ferguson and Thundercat. Hosted by Pharoah Monch with DJ sets from J-Rocc, Spinna, Large Professor, and Blu Jemz. Tickets are on sale.




PICK: I think it goes without saying that we endorse the Audible Treats lineup featuring Souls of Mischief, Tanya Morgan, the debut of Trinity (featuring AG and Sadat X), Kam Moye, Oddisee, Finale, Jern Eye, and Truthlive. Featuring Keelay of Keelay & Zaire on the 1s and 2s, its going to ge a killer night of independent hip hop at Southpaw! Tickets are available here and just $5 in advance (or win tix below).


In honor of one of the greatest turntablists ever, BB King's will present a star-studded lineup to pay tribute to the fallen Grandmaster Roc Raida. Besides an absolutely jaw-dropping crew of DJs including the rest of the X-ecutioners, Beat Junkies (Babu, J-Rocc, Rhettmatic, Shortkut), the Allies reunion (including Craze and A-Trak), Z-Trip, DJ Scratch, local favorite Roli Rho, among (many) others, the night will feature a performance from the great underground hip hop crew D.I.T.C.! No word on who will be on hand for the D.I.T.C. show (members include Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, OC, AG, as well as the late great Big L), but you can expect the show to be hosted by the king of "Alcoholic Vibes", Lord Sear. The night sounds like a fitting tribute to a giant and a pioneer, and besides that, an absolutely killer event. Tickets are still available.

Homeland Hip Hop II: Invincible, Audiopharmacy (U Forgot About Us NYC Album release), the Narcicyst, PEP Youth performers & DJ OJA on the 1's & 2's at Public Assembly. Tickets are still available.

Puma Presents The Elitaste x Nue Agency showcase featuring Mike Posner, Big Sean, Theophilus London, 2am Club, Camp Lo, Brandon Hines, Pill, Freddie Gibbs, and Shawn Chrystopher, with DJ Jesse Marco, Hosted by Jabari at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

Global Hip Hop Throwdown featuring Coolooloosh, Phat Phillie, La Melodia, Nomadic Massive, Alfaress, At Versaris, Boo, Hosted by Blitz The Ambassador at 92YTribeca



The Foreign Exchange featuring Phonte of Little Brother + Nicolay, headlines a night featuring YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand, Zo! & The Els. Tickets are on sale and the show starts at 11:30 (Bobby Brown plays the early show?).



PICK: As previously discussed, 9th Wonder, Buckshot, Smif 'n Wessun, Skyzoo, kidz in the hall, Sean Price, Marco Polo & Torae, Team Facelift, Da Beatminerz, Ruste Juxx, and Blue Scholars will team up for the Duck Down Records showcase at Gramercy. Tickets are still available.

Duck Down

okayplayer and Modiba present OKAY AFRICA with Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Blitz the Ambassador, Jahdan Blakkamoore and Matt Shadetek. IyaDedEa late night Afro-dubstep /electro hip-hop set with secret special guests (The Roots?), "a special performance by the spirit of the late, great Fela Kuti" and DJ Zakee Kuduro at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale.

Gold Dust Media and Off The Menu Entertainment present: Vic D, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Junior Sanchez, Andy Rourke, DJ Jess, Push! Montana, Bashan, Brooklyn Girls Sound System and special guests at Public Assembly. No advance tickets, $10 gets you in.


Want to go to see the Brooklyn Vegan sponsored Audible Treats showcase? Email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with a subject line of "Souls of Tanya Morgan", and include your first and last name. Two winners will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday (10/21).


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