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DJ Premier to Debut His New Live Band in Tokyo

DJ Premier Live Band Photo (2)DJ Premier is scheduled to unveil his new live band for the first time in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan for six shows (Jan. 28-31.)

“I put a live band together because I’ve always dreamed of being in one ever since I was a kid. I have a funky group of players assembled to play my classics and perform new things” DJ Premier states.   Read the rest of this entry

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah – Purple Tape Files (Documentary Trailer)

At the Sundance Film Festival, Rae and Ghost announced an upcoming documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of the classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album.   Read the rest of this entry

Big Bank Hank from The Sugarhill Gang Dead


Big Bank Hank died last night in Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. Hank was a member of The Sugarhill Gang along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee.  The group is world-renowned for their 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” the first rap single to chart the Top 40, selling over 10 million copies. Hank was manager for The Cold Crush Brothers’ Grandmaster Caz and working at a pizzeria when Sylvia Robinson’s son Joey heard him rap. Hank created controversy when he used a verse written by Caz in “Rapper’s Delight” and kept the writing credit. Hank, born Henry Jackson, was suffering from cancer. He was 57.


Pete Rock Honors Jazz Legend Roy Ayers with Tribute Mixtape


Roy Ayers is arguably the most sampled jazz artist of all time alongside James Brown. Many of Ayers’ songs including: “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”, ”Searchin,” & “Running Away” have been repeatedly sampled and remixed by producers and DJ’s worldwide!

When Pete Rock was first asked to perform in a tribute for Roy Ayers backed by Robert Glasper in 2009 he was beyond honored. They tore down the house in NYC and it was here they met for the very first time at this Roy Ayers tribute performance. The exchange and dialogue between each other regarding music history and its continuum was quite remarkable. In the summer of 2011 the duo decided to tour Europe together performing jazz, soul and hip-hop in venues like London’s famed Jazz Café toRotterdam’s beloved North Sea Jazz Festival. In support of their touring efforts the Roy Ayers & Pete Rock tee was born.

In honor of Black History Month, they pay homage with an exclusive T-Shirt which is now being sold only at   Keep reading to check the new mix.  Read the rest of this entry

De La Soul Releases Entire Catalog For Free Today

DeLaSoulRDIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of their debut 3 Feet High and Rising, the trio from Long Island are putting their whole catalog online.  From 11am to noon tomorrow go to their official site and download historical recordings.  Sample clearance issues have long prevented the group from getting their music out on iTunes and other online retailers.   Read the rest of this entry

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Announce Reunion Tour


15 years after they last toured together, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, the critically acclaimed Hip-Hop duo have announced their plans for a 25-city US & Canadian Tour. The group who emerged onto the music scene in the early 90’s with their debut EP, “All Souled Out” released three studio projects together; their later work included the release of their classic LP “Mecca and the Soul Brother” and “The Main Ingredient”.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth on what their upcoming tour means to them and to Hip-Hop: 

“People will finally get to hear good music and see a good show, they get to come out, have a good time and enjoy the music they loved for years.” ~ Pete Rock

“It means a lot because music is the foundation of the world. It gives you an opportunity to know what we contributed and how inspired we were as very young men to get the opportunity to make good music.” ~ CL Smooth  Read the rest of this entry

Kendrick Lamar Fires @ Drake During BET Cypher (Video)


This year’s BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher has just heated up as Kendrick Lamar spits some choice words towards Drake.  Taped in Atlanta this past weekend, the TDE crew of Kendrick, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and newest signee Isaiah Rashad joined the cypher.

Kendrick says:

“Yeah, and nothing’s been the same since they dropped “Control”/ And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes/ Ha-ha jokes on you, high-five, I’m bulletproof/ Your sh*ts a never penetrate, pin the tail on the donkey boy you been a fake.”

In recent interviews Drake seemed to be unamused with Kendrick’s verse on “Control.”  The award show and cypher can be seen in its entirety on October 15th at 8pm EST.  Keep reading to check the preview clip.  Read the rest of this entry

Summer Hip Hop & Film @ Marcus Garvey Park NYC


Maysles Cinema’s Summer of Music, The
Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival, Tedsmooth’s Old School Jam and Harlem Hip-Hop Tours Present:
I Want My Name Back
Wednesday, July 10th, 5:30pm
Marcus Garvey Park
Lawn A (Mount Morris Park West between 122nd and 124th Streets)
100% Free
Lawn Chairs Permitted!
Featuring a special performance of “Rapper’s Delight” with Legendary MCs Wonder Mike, Master Gee and Grandmaster Caz (The Cold Crush Brothers) and special guests Melle Mel (Grandmaster Flash), Dana Dane, DJ Wiz (Kid N’ Play) and Grandmaster Dee (Whodini), Keith LeBlanc, Vernon Reid and Doug Winbish (Living Colour).  Read the rest of this entry

Cappadonna’s New Skateboard Collection


 Cappadonna from the legendary Wu Tang Clan collaborates with Outbreak Boards to release a limited edition skate line. Outbreak’s “The Killa Bee” line will showcase skateboards with Cappadonna’s iconic “Killa Bee” in various designs that many professional skaters will respect. The skate decks will be made with Canadian Maple wood and also will include sticker decals, custom designed clothing, hats and accessories. “I wanted to give an alternative for young people to do besides drugs and guns, especially in hoods across the nation. I believe skating and Hip-Hop go hand in hand, as both are independently free.” stated Cappadonna.  Read the rest of this entry

Notorious B.I.G.’s Autopsy Report & Photos Revealed


TMZ recently obtained an autopsy report on the gunned down rapper.  It reports that the 24 year old Christopher Wallace, who was listed at 6’1″, 395 lbs, was shot 4 times in a 1997 drive-by shooting as a passenger in a Chevy Suburban.  The attack took place on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.  The killer has still not been identified.  Read the rest of this entry