ShaBAMMski! Hiyooo!!! So I have alot of cool events cracking this month as well, so here I am again asking you to let down your hair and let me climb in to tell you all about it. I hadn't thought it would be so soon, but here we are...
Community: A Monthly B-Boy Function
This event is going to be ballistic! The last one was super dope and if you missed it, you missed a great time early on a Sunday. This event is ALL AGES so bring that little sibling of yours and show them some real hip-hop culture in a laid back environment. B-Boys, DJs, Live Band, Great performances (Scienz of Life & John Robinson!) all just chilling and haveing a good time. So take a trip out to Brooklyn this Sunday (June 10th) and see what it's all about! For more info check the FB invite HERE...
The homie Nabil and I will be rocking the decks in the front with some great acts cracking off in the back at Legion (790 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn) on Wednesday the 13th and the 20th! Come out and get through hump day into hump night the right way...
Macri Park Thursdays!
The dream team is back at it again doing a bi-weekly at Marci Park, with the deck open now it going to be popping (and locking?) so come down, peep some great music and have some draaanks. We all know nothing gets done on Fridays...just admit it.
Saturday @ Bowery Poetry "Late Night Vibes"
In the works right now to get a mixed bag event together for 12-4a so be on the looks for details on that to get off soon as I get the date locked.
Have a TON of stuff baking in the oven right now, and this summer will see the release of my elusive TIAGA EP along with some other Jimmy jazz I made as well. My collected remixes LP will be up on Bandcamp this week as well; for an idea of what to expect from that, check my soundcloud page...
SUMMER TOUR w/HW and FRIENDS!
Yup my co-pilot for the CannonBRAHrun to TX this year has decided it would be fun to hate life and sleep on floors for a while this summer...more details as they come in, but it's starting end of July till August sometime...Vaugue enough for you?
In addition to coming out to see me spin and get drinks, you can have me serve your drinks to you as well...yup, slanging the sauce two nights a week (Monday & Thursday) as well as Friday days @ Karma Lounge NYC. Come on in and see if I can serve it up drinks as well as I serve up sucker DJs...
Diggin in the Vaults: Podcasts
Subways & Sidewalks: Basserk Edition
A podcast I did for the Electro/Dubstep homies across the pond in Amsterdam on Rapreviews.comthat I feel got a bit lost in the shuffle; click the cover above to DL or Stream on Rapreviews...
Subways & Sidewalks: Live from Portland w/Brzowski
Managed to catch up with the homie last year around his birthday and get this episode done: great music, commentary and it's HI-LA-Rious...can you tell we've know each other for a while and spend hours in a car? Click the cover above to DL or Stream on Rapreviews...
Comedian Eric Rosado and crew branch off from the libelous sports humor of "Shit Knicks Fans Say" and the "Amar'e Stoudemire" music video to deliver another laugh-out-loud sketch aimed at the declining level of talent in today's hip-hop industry. Eric rounds up respected emcees Sha Stimuli, Emilio Rojas, TUGE and Curtains to put his rap skills to the test in an unusual cipher. Are E's bars what the game's been missing?
So here it is friends. We will still accept your images as we lead to the CD and digital release June 26 but please stay tuned. We are grateful that our grass roots attempt to revive good music has not gone unnoticed and neither should your preferences and tastes. Feel free to share these messages to anyone within your inner circle who you think deserves to hear quality music. It will be your forward thinking and efforts that will help bring quality back to an oversaturated music market.
"So recently I was put on to a new video from VA native, Genesis The Greykid, and I've been hearing about him a lot of the past couple of years so with all of the moves he has been making lately, he was the perfect person to feature."
On Thin Ice Records presents Boston emcee Boycott Blues' music video for "iNEED", the new single from iMERICAN BOY: The Hungrrr Games Vol. 1. The song features fellow Massachusetts representative Reks, was produced by NYC beatsmith Potent George, and was shot by Think Forward Media. Blues dropped the Clinton Sparks-hosted R.I.P. City Mixtape in 2009, following up the same year with his solo debut album Irony featuring contributions from Consequence and Insight. iMERICAN BOY marks Blues' third release this year, alongside the DeeJay Nestle Quick-hosted Duck My Sick Mixtape and the Discipline EP. iMERICAN BOY features Edo G, Qupid The Sticky Mama, EzDread, Lucky Dice and Beantown Bricks. Blues describes "iNEED" as "a social commentary on the vices that influence the urban community and the culture of Hip Hop."
Welcome to the new week everyone. Last week really strange for me as it was filled with some incredible highs and lows that happened in quick succession. On Thursday night Kevin Pereira, who I've interviewed and have a great deal of respect for, left G4 and his position as host of Attack of the Show. I wish him nothing but the best, but turning my TV on at 7pm will never be the same. On the flipside, Johan Santana pitched the Mets' first no hitter in team history on Friday night, and it truly doesn't get much better than that.
Hopefully you'll consider everything I have for you in this week's update as a Johan Santana-esque high. I have three interviews for your reading pleasure starting w/ my Q&A w/ former Antigone Rising lead singer Cassidy, who now goes by the stage name Bohème. I also have a fun interview with Cobi Mike of the Boston based band Gentlemen Hall, and a discussion about party oriented rap music with Miami's FYAH. Pop Shots is all new and especially snarky, and this week's Vid Pick is something very Christian Slater oriented from Bubble Geese.
If you dig any of these features please feel free to forward this email to a friend. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, and enjoy!
Bohème’s Got A Brand New Bag - Soulful Pop Singer Blazes Her Own Path
What’s in a name? For Bohème (pronounced bo-em), a heck of a lot.
The former lead singer for the band Antigone Rising can’t go by her real name, Cassidy, because a certain “I’m a Hustla” rapper has already made it famous, so when she decided to leave her band in 2008 she had to come up with something new. It’s actually kind of appropriate being that she entered a new stage in her career, has a new soulful musical vision, and a fresh outlook on life.
So Bohème it was, and still is, and big things are happening for her. The video for her new single, “Blind Spot,” hit VH1.com, and throughout June she has a Tuesday night residency at The Mint in LA. Before she hit the stage there, however, she sat down with me and revealed some of the craziness sharing her name with a rapper brought on, how her solo effort, Follow The Freedom, differs from the music she made as a member of Antigone Rising, and the unique aspect of old school rock n roll she misses the most.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from the plethora of American Idol news that includes happenings involving their new winner, two old winners, a judge, and two former contestants, to an attempt at a unique musical milestone, to an artist that totally wants to get you into bed, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Partying is universal. Everyone likes to do it, even if we don’t all define “party” in the same way. The Miami duo FYAH recognized this, and when they released their single “Party,” the video for it became an instant hit, racking up over 200,000 views on YouTube.
FYAH consists of lifelong friends B-Wick and Krispy Keem (pictured Left to Right), and over the Memorial Day weekend they were all over Miami helping people have fun, performing at numerous clubs, a car show, and as a part of a large radio station event at Sun Life Stadium. Currently, FYAH are prepping their next mixtape, as well as an official album, and they’re booking shows for a trip to Canada. Somehow, in the midst of this busy schedule of performing and recording, B-Wick and Krispy Keem found the time to sit down with me to discuss their decision to embrace a more pop oriented version of hip-hop rather than one of hip-hop’s other subgenres, how a contest radically altered their career, and what the nightlife in Miami is like in even the most unassuming of bars.
Guitars, synths, and even a flute all play a part in the unique sound of the Boston based band Gentlemen Hall. Armed with two lead vocalists, the group has the ability to keep a crowd energized for hours, which is exactly what they did on their recent US tour. In the midst of that tour, I caught up with one of the group’s lead singers/guitarists, Cobi Mike, to find out more about the band, why they loved rocking MIT frat parties, and how they continue to find new ways to incorporate so many instruments and sounds into each of their songs. Cobi also filled me in on what people can expect from their latest effort, the six song EP When We All Disappear, and why people should rush to their site to download it for free.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #176 is New Ish I Like (Commercial Free Show). Host Steve 'Flash' Juon kicks off the summer season with a commercial free episode PACKED with music from V!rtu, Kool Keith, Illmaculate, J.Rhodes and more! Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.