CauseStrong Arm Steady played Rock The Bells in NYC this past weekend, and are preparing a new full length. Gabriel Teodros just visited NYC. Cause is one of my personal favorite new discoveries of late, and so I invited him to play a show this Tuesday (July 31, 2007) at Pianos (Upstairs Lounge) in NYC as part of the weekly Cross-Pollination concert series I co-founded. It's free, starts at 8pm, and pairs Cause up with electro-singer/songwriter Elijah B. Torn.

In what Eskay calls the Hip Hop Jam Session of the Year Talib Kweli, Kanye, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Swizz Beats, Queen Latifah and Common gathered at SOBs for an impromptu surprise performance, to everyone including themselves (July 18, 2007). Check out a bunch of videos and pictures. More videos here and here.

Mos Def & Talib Kweli @ SOB's - July 18, 2007
Blackstar @ SOBS

Mos Def & Talib Kweli @ Rock the Bells - July 28, 2007 (CRED)
Blackstar @ SOBS

A few days after the SOB's show, Kanye surfaced again at the Lil' Wayne show up at Beacon Theatre. A few days after that Kanye became the talk of the Internet thanks to the video he posted starring comedian Zach Galifinakis and indie musician (and sometimes-comedian) Bonnie Prince Billy (also known as Will Oldham).

if you missed Mos Def & Talib Kweli perform together at SOB's, and then again this past weekend @ Rock the Bells, you now have one more NYC chance this summer - on stage @ Nokia Theatre on August 26th. More Rock the Bells coverage coming in a separate upcoming post.

More HH news, pics, videos, tour dates, and stuff, below.....

Swizz Beatz, Kanye West and Just Blaze @ SOB's - July 18, 2007
Swizz Beatz, Kanye West and Just Blaze @ SOBs

Mos Def & Q-Tip @ SOB's - July 18, 2007
Mos Def & Q-Tip @ SOBs




Joell Ortiz & Queen Latifah backstage @ SOB's - July 18, 2007
Joell Ortiz & Queen Latifah backstage @ SOBS


07/31 Cause @ Pianos as part of Cross-Pollination, 8pm, free!

07/31 Whodini @ Queensbridge Park (Manhattan)

08/03 Lyricist Lounge With KRS-One, Ladybug Mecca, and more @ Prospect Park Bandshell. (info)

08/03 Bilal @ Highline Ballroom, tix

08/03 Monster Maker featuring C Rayz Walz & Sharkey / the Drugstore Cowboys @ Southpaw, tix

08/05 DJ Z-Trip with Special Guest MCS : Gift of Gab, Aceyalone, & King Hero @ Highline Ballroom, tix

08/08 Biz Markie/DJ Lovebug starski @ Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan)

08/08 Beastie Boys @ Central Park Summerstage, tix

08/09 Beastie Boys @ McCarren Pool Park, tix

08/09 Slick Rick/DJ Red Alert @ Marcus Garvy Park (Manhattan)

08/09 Kottonmouth Kings @ Manhattan Grand Center Ball room, tix

08/10 Beastie Boys @ Hammerstein Ballroom

08/10 Keith Murray @ BB Kings, tix

08/10 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Tribute To Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five @ Paradise Theater, Bronx, NY

08/14 Boot Camp Clik @ SOBs, tix

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

09/01 Fat Joe @ BB King's

09/09 Aesop Rock @ Irving Plaza

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

11/02 Lyrics Born @ Bowery Ballroom


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