Category Archives: Events

The RD Crew’s coverage at shows, performances, etc.

Nile Rodgers’ FOLD Festival

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Martha Clara vineyards on the north fork of Long Island was the recent host of the FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival. Grammy-winning artist Nile Rodgers produced and performed at this unique two-day event. You’d be hard pressed to find Chuck D, Keith Urban, Beck, Pharrell Williams Duran Duran, Chaka Khan and Chic on the same stage unless it was at an award show. This was an outdoor festival with the beauty of Long Island as the backdrop.   Read the rest of this entry

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Cassidy vs. Dizaster: The Rematch Battle (Video)

After the first attempt got broken up prematurely, the long-awaited rematch between Mr. Chicken and Dizaster took place. Was this a body?

PRhyme – ‘PRhyme’ (Album Stream)

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Bars and beats. Today we hear nine new songs from Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier with features from Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller and more. Keep reading to hear the joints.   Read the rest of this entry

Big K.R.I.T. – ‘Cadillactica’ (Album Stream)

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NPR music is giving fans a chance to listen to Big K.R.I.T.’s anticipated Cadillactica” album early. You can also order it here before it hits stores next week.

Run The Jewels – ‘Run The Jewels 2’ (Album Stream)

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Killer Mike and El-P are back at it with their sophomore long-player. Need progressive lyrics and beats in your life? Zack De La Rocha, Gangsta Boo, Travis Barker and more make guest appearances on this one. Keep reading and check the new joints.   Read the rest of this entry

Tracey Lee On Music, The Notorious B.I.G. & His New ‘ESQ. The Revelation’ Album

ESQ_The_RevelationWe caught up with rapper, attorney and Howard University grad, Tracey Lee. Recognize the name? If not, the sounds of 1997’s “The Theme (It’s Party Time)” probably will ring a bell.  We got Tracey’s thoughts on the trials and tribulations of learning the ever-changing music business, a vintage Notorious B.I.G. story and his long-awaited new album. Peep the story.

words by Will Loiseau

How did you make the transition from an emcee who was active in the game to your current career in entertainment law?
It was a natural progression…it was the business itself.  I went into the game just being an artist that wanted his music heard.  I didn’t really think about the business aspect…that was the furthest thing from my mind which in hindsight should’ve ever happened. After the first album [Many Facez] I experienced things I never imagined.  I thought everything would be all roses but I
started to learn the game.  I started to understand publishing and the politics of the game.  I began to see things that I really didn’t like.  My natural feeling was anger but then I got wise and said let me learn the jargon of the contract I’m about to sign. I did some soul-searching for a couple of years and moved down to Atlanta.  It hit me that I had to go to law school to give me a foundation of what the contractual aspect was all about.  I graduated and passed the Bar exam and kept going from there. My motivation was about wanting to understand what I had gotten myself into and also to be able to be the eyes and ears for cats coming in the game behind me.  I knew my mentality as an artist was pretty much the same as everybody else…I just wanted to get on.

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Diamond D – ‘Diam Piece’ (Album Stream)

DiamondDDiamPieceRDD.I.T.C.’s Diamond D lets fans listen to his new Diam Piece album before they purchase.  This long-player features appearances from Talib Kweli, Fat Joe, Pharoahe Monch, Skyzoo, Pharcyde, Masta Ace and more.  Keep reading to check the stream. Read the rest of this entry

Centri – ‘Headless Nobody’ (Album Stream)

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Today, Centri releases his latest album Headless Nobody.  With an honest voice and solid production, the album features appearances from Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Blaq Poet, The Lenzmen and more.  Keep reading to check the tracklist and new joints.

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Jay Electronica & Jay Z @ BK Hip Hop Festival ’14 (Video)

Jay Z came home and stepped on the Brooklyn stage to rip verses with Jay Electronica.  Surrounded by Nation of Islam and Fruit of Islam security members, the pair rocked gold fronts and performed “We Made It”, “Young, Gifted & Black” and more.  Jay Z ended his set by presenting his controversial 5% Nation gold chain to Jay Elect.  What’s the meaning?

The Roots ‘- …and then you shoot your cousin’ – (Album Stream)

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Listen to The Roots’ new album before it hits the fan next Tuesday.  Keep reading for the tracklist and album stream.  Read the rest of this entry