Wes’ Weekly Hip Hop News Roundup (August 3, 2007)
DOWNLOAD The Gift of Gab - Way of the Light (feat VURSATYL of Lifesavas) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD Guru ft Common - Clarity (MP3)
DOWNLOAD Atmosphere - Sunshine (MP3)
The Atmosphere song is from the latest installment in their limited edition "Sad Clown" series: "Sad Clown Bad Summer Accompanied by Piano". Common's new Finding Forever is an interesting album. It's getting really mixed reviews from really great, to mediocre, to worst album of his career. What do you think?
Gift of Gab and Z-Trip are playing Highline Ballroom on Sunday (Aug 5, 2007). To win a pair of tickets, email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Gift Of Gab). Include your first and last name for guestlist. One winner will be picked at random, and notified by Saturday morning.
- No new Eminem album coming for a while. Maybe he's too busy suing Apple for copyright infringement.
- AboutRap lists their 10 Most Underrated MCs.
- TSC continues to provide excellent articles like this great write up on Gang Starr's Moment Of Truth. While BGDBoom looks back on 2Pac's Me Against The World.
- I mentioned Cause last week and offered up some MP3s. This week he performed at Pianos during Cross-Pollination.
- El-P and Aesop Rock will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Friday August 10th.
- NY Magazing reviews El-P's Urban Outfitters show, as does Entertainment Weekly. Never thought I'd even say that.
- Disco D passed away a year ago. The Voice looks back.
- Ghostface will be making an acting appearance in the.....Iron Man movie.
- Raekwon shares his thoughts on the recent Ghostface ghostwriting rumors, the new Wu album, and more.
- The Lox are allegedly moving to Def Jam.
- Metal Lungies interviews Royce 5'9".
- Industry legend Steve Rifkin reassures us that Pharoah Monche will not be dropped.
Downloads, tour dates, videos, and more below....
Cause @ Cross Pollination, NYC - July 31, 2007 (CRED)
- Download alleged demo tapes by 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. here.
- Listen to the decent but overrated Lil'Wayne do pretty well over a mediocre Dr. Dre beat.
- JesusPiece shares a bunch of lesser known Clipse tracks, and a track by Havoc and one by Termanology.
- The seemingly permanently shelved M.O.P. is still awesome. Check out some tracks.
- Recommended: the surprisingly good Mally album, made available for free. I hadn't ever heard of him but it's worth the download.
- Finally, Coffee - Aesop Rock (ft. John Darnielle).
- Ol' Dirty Bastard brother made a documentary about him. Check out the trailer.
- Common performed The People live on Jay Leno.
- Finally a current Hip Hop artist aside from Kanye West going outside the standard Hip Hop video format. I'm not a huge Chamillionaire fan, but these videos are pretty great. Cham plays several different characters, including a Bill O'Reilly clone and a police officer with a Sabotage-like moustache. And a Slick Rick guest spot! With a mini-fro! Check them out over at NahRight
MF Doom @ Rock the Bells, NYC (CRED)
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)
08/10 Keith Murray @ BB Kings, tix
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)
08/30 Kid Koala @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series, 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