Last Ones Left, 6 members strong, may be new to the scene but their rapping skillz say otherwise. "Young Till I Die" is a first taste of their vision as the group is developing their sound and looking for likeminded individuals who want to work with them on their first musical release.
Video: Gee Watts "Quiet Place" From Upcoming "Watts Up"
Courtesy Nancy B.
The Kansas City wordsmith, Gee Watts, follows up his Kendrick Lamar assisted "Watts R.I.O.T." with a video for the complex "Quiet Place", both off of his upcoming new project "Watts Up" out on April 7th.
N.O.R.E Featured in Cipha Sounds' First Hip Hop Improv
New York, NY, April 2013- On Friday, March 29, 2013, Rapper Noreaga was featured in the first Hip Hop Improv Show - Take it Personal presented by Hot 97's Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theatre and school in NYC. Improvisers Cipha Sounds, Abra Tabak, Anthony Atamanuik, Chris Gethard, Phil Jackson, and Brandon Gardner reenacted stories originally told by N.O.R.E.
Cipha Sounds quickly noticed the similarities between improv and hip hop. Both have been around for many years and have never combined forces, but that will soon change through Take it Personal. His passion for improv grew as he began to master the art form. He set forth on a path to create a brand new type of show where stories would be told from Hip Hop's notables. "Hip hop and improv are similar because they are both spontaneous, spur of the moment, from the gut, freestyled, and very entertaining. Both have cult like followings and fanatic fans," said Cipha Sounds.
Take it Personal will consist of famous hip hop artists either performing monologues, sharing personal stories, performing their songs, or being interviewed on their lives for source material. A group of talented improvisers will then use that material to create a totally made up show. You will be amazed on how the hip hop artist’s story is brought to life right in front of your eyes. "Watching an improv show is like seeing someone walk over the tight rope without the net… But way funnier," said Cipha Sounds.
Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds - Cipha Sounds is an actor, dj, radio personality, and comedian. He is on the radio Monday through Friday 5am-10am on “The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg” Show with K. Foxx and on Saturdays 5pm-7pm on New York’s number one station HOT 97. Cipha has carved out a distinct voice in music and comedy over the past 15 years. Past work includes official DJ for Lil Kim and Mos Def, host of Sucker Free and TRL on MTV, and resident DJ for Chapelle’s Show. He currently hosts his comedy series Dont Get Gassed every month at New York City’s famous Caroline’s on Broadway. www.dontgetgassed.com | www.hot97.com | @ciphasounds
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Welcome to the new week everyone, and happy April Fools' Day! Don't worry, this edition of Adam's World Weekly is completely prank free. I hope everyone closed out their March with a bang. I hit up NYC to see Lily and The Parlour Tricks, who you'll read more about in this email, and the Nat Osborn Band, on Thursday night, and on Saturday I went to Robin de isles' show in CT. I'm stoked to be attending, and doing a little work at, this Friday's Props to Hip-Hop show in NYC, which is celebrating the year 1993. In fact, I caught up with a bunch of celebs to get their thoughts on the year 1993 for a special feature for RapReviews that's in this week's update. Also in this week's update is a feature on the aforementioned Lily and The Parlour Tricks, as well as a brand new Pop Shots, which takes a look at the charts, and a great Vid Pick from Vinnie Scullo.
If you dig any of these features please feel free to forward this email to a friend. Thanks, and enjoy!
Pop Shots - A Look At The Charts
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with some Billboard singles chart analysis. Right now we have a plethora of great pop music climbing the charts, as well some independent hip-hop, and a little pop-rock, so let’s take a look at what’s working, and why. The chart positions I'm using are from the Billboard Hot 100 as it was listed on Billboard.com this past Friday, and since this is Pop Shots, you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Lily and The Parlour Tricks Will Murder You With Melody
When you describe your music as "murder ballads," you probably don't want life imitating art. That's nearly what happened to Lily and the Parlour Tricks' bassist Brian Kelsey at a recent show, however, with the band performing their unique combination of 50s infused rock and lyrics rife with true crime imagery.
Lead singer Lily Claire remembers the scene, saying, "We were like three songs into our set and I turn around in the middle of a song and Brian has blood streaming down his face, just pouring out of his forehead..."
The year 1993 was a special one for hip-hop. It didn’t really matter which type of hip-hop you preferred, there was a classic album released that year that you still treasure to this day. Wu-Tang Clan, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, Onyx, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, 2Pac, Guru, Naughty By Nature, Ice Cube, Black Moon, Souls of Mischief, De La Soul, Digable Planets, and KRS-ONE all released classic albums in ’93, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
On April 5th, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NYC, Props To Hip-Hop will be putting on a 20th anniversary show celebrating the year 1993, featuring a live band, and two dozen emcees covering some of the year’s most memorable songs.
With Props To Hip-Hop’s celebration in mind, RapReviews caught up with some of our favorite artists and entertainers to get their memories of ’93. Some of the memories are insightful when it comes to finding out more about the music from that era, and some of the memories are just downright hilarious. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.
Vinyl Release - IceRocks Of DXA Presents: Eastkoast - Ghost
Courtesy Blunted Astronaut.
Blunted Astronaut Records present a collaborative effort between IceRocks of DXA and rapper Eastkoast.
Eastkoast has been in and out of New York City’s rap scene for years. He’s no stranger to the art. Most recently Koast has been spotted doing guest appearances, on select Lewis Parker releases. Armed with razor sharp flows and a distinct raspy voice Koast is here once again to prove a point.
Entirely produced by IceRocks, the 12” consists of four precisely crafted head-nodders. Each track has its own dramatic and eerie tone. Hard-hiting drums blend perfectly with atmospheric canvas served by the NYC native. An instrumental to “Ghost” and an acappella of “Laser Beam Profits”, featuring Meyhem Lauren are a bonus for DJs and re-mixers alike.
Below are snippets of the 4 tracks featured on the record for your listening pleasure. Enjoy and grab a copy before they are gone forever.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #215 is entitled The Hip-Hop Shop #215 - 3.1 MPS Average. I tried to cram Binary Star, Bambu, MC Pennywise, Gee Watts and Sankofa into just 30 minutes, but it was worth the overrun! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com. (PS: If you exclude the intro and outro it's probably closer to 3 minutes, but that's not as fun as 3.1!)
* Binary Star - Love Is Love
* Martin Sky - Polaroid
* MC Pennywise - All Mash
* Phraze f/ Jayroctomologist - She's Mine
* Gee Watts f/ Kendrick Lamar - Watts R.I.O.T.
* Kool Keith f/ Big Sche Eastwood - Thunder Cats (Jet Packs)
* Marco Polo f/ Artifacts - Back to Work
* Sean E Depp f/ Citizen - Discoteque
* Bambu & Karman - Incredibe Cred
* Sankofa - !@#! (Cursed)