As we mentioned in a previous post about DJ Tony Touch's upcoming project "The Piecemaker 3 (Return Of The 50 Emcees)" due July 9th, the legendary DJ had stated that he'll be releasing classic never-seen-before footage everyday leading up until his new album release. In episode 5 above Tony Toca unlocks the video vault to footage of Big Pun performing "Off The Books" with The Beatnuts at Rocksteady's 20th Anniversary show. In case you missed episode's 1-4 featuring Onyx, Heather, B, KRS-ONE, Boot Camp Clikk, Guru, Inspectah Deck, Busta Rhymes, & a whole host of other significant cats in hip hop check out the videos & links below. CLASSIC!
Late emcee famous for dissing Compton might not be dead at all
Two of hip-hop's most notorious emcees performing from beyond the grave
Timothy Blair better known to the world as rapper Tim Dog became famous at the height of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry for his dis record 'Fuck Compton'. Blair was reported to have died from complications of diabetes back in February, but a woman in Mississippi is claiming that he faked his own death to get away with a scam to swindle her and at least 20 others out of $2 million dollars. Dateline NBC did a story on Tim Dog and the scam allegations last summer after a Mississippi judge ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $19,000 and a Memphis television station launched their own investigation recently and were unable to discover a death certificate for Tim Dog, which adds more legitimacy to the suspicions.
The world famous Rock The Bells music festival is gearing up for its 10th anniversary kick off on September 7th in San Bernardino, CA. The official line up has been announced and just as in year's past, it features some of the best of the new and old school. On the bill: Wu-Tang Clan, Common, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, TechN9ne,Rakim, Dilated Peoples, Too Short, E-40, Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard. Oh yeah, you heard right, Eazy-E and O.D.B. will both be appearing in 'original virtual performances.' You can get the entire line-up below and show dates at rockthebells.net.
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Where are they now? Right where they've always been. In the studio making hits. Several of hip-hop's elite emcees are hard at work giving you music to move to. Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep have reunited to push out a new album, but in the meantime, Prodigy has dropped a cut off of his collaboration album with legendary producer Alchemist. The cut is called 'Dough Pildin.' Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon the Chef just dropped a new cut with esteemed vocalist Estelle from the Funkmaster Flex project called 'All About You,' and Raekwon has been sighted in studio sessions with Brooklyn king Jay-Z clearly working on new projects. Finally, we get our first taste of the new Wu album with the release of their new joint 'Execution in Autumn.' You can hear all these songs below or by visiting our facebook page.
De La Soul with The Roots backing. Think this performance on 'Late Night' with Jimmy Fallon was major? Think... $#%! you KNOW it was dope! Watch and pat yourself on the back for being right. Video of De La doing "Jenifa Taught Me" above, then "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" after the jump.
Public Enemy front man and motivational speaker Chuck D. (born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour) received an honorary doctorate degree today from Adelphi University during the university's 117th Commencement ceremony.
The Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the university in 1984 and in an interview with Ebony magazine, credits his time at the college's radio station, WBAU, for sparking his music career.
"I always used to do a lot of hosting and I was on college radio in the early 80s. So I was always a part of something that wanted to break deejays and parties out," he said. "And that was with Hank Shocklee and Spectrum [City] back on Long Island. What made me want to become a recording artist; I was the first artist that was repeatedly asked by a label to record with them. That label was Def Jam Records."
"So I was the first recruited artist ever by them. I originally told them no, but a year later, I eventually said yes. It wasn't like I sent someone a demo. I was feverishly requested to make records."
Dope! Footage from the Do Not Disturb event at the W Hotel, New York City USA. Video courtesy Boiler Room TV. Watch and listen to the mixing by legendary DJ Pete Rock! Get the audio download for FREE below.
Icon/artist/actor/activist Harry Belafonte did the movie "Beat Street" (that's right). A supporter of the Hip-Hop Culture from way back then! So, listen to the OG speak on PE and more in this vid. Respect!
'In this clip, Harry Belafonte, who helped induct Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shares his views on rock and rap, the growth of Hip-Hop, favorite rock artists and connecting with younger generations.'
- Backstage at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
Belafonte's mission of changing the universe should be OUR mission, too!
A$AP Rocky documents his 2 year journey from the streets of Hustlin' Harlem to world-wide stardom in 'Suddenly'. Check out behind the scenes of studio sessions, video shoots, and fashion photo shoots...
Perhaps no group embodies the spirit of classic eighties Hip-Hop and R&B soul more than the iconic and unstoppable Force MD's. Anyone who has attended a Force MD's show knows that from the first words of "Tender Love" "Here I lay all alone...." The whole crowd is instantly unified, swaying arm in arm, passionately singing the soundtrack of their lives. The first few bars of timeless classified classics like "Love is a House", "Tears," or countless other hits can transform any arena into a nostalgic soul celebration in seconds. In addition to a surge of new tour dates and widespread industry buzz about the forthcoming feature length documentary Force MD's Relived, the group's momentum has also been fueled by a slew of recent celebrity endorsements. These range from President Obama's highly publicized acknowledgement that he keeps the Force MD's in rotation on Air Force One, to the growing roster of entertainers who cover the Force MD's songs in their show (including Wiz Khalifa, Alicia Keys, Marcia Ambrosius, New Edition, and others). As a result, the group is experiencing a new chapter in a long history of success. The group is most known for the overwhelming commercial success from the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-penned classic "Tender Love." The song proved to be huge success, peaking at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, remaining there for 19 weeks, and helping Jam & Lewis garner a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. Incredibly, the group would follow this success in 1987 with their first #1 R&B/Hip-Hop staples including "Tears," "Here I go Again," "Let me Love You," and their continued release of new anthems for all occasions has allowed them to maintain a consistent presence at radio and in the hearts of their fans.
CHECK OUT THE LATEST BY FORCE MDs AS WELL AS THE OFFICIAL VIDEO AND GET READY TO 1-2 STEP!
Beat Society - the Original Showcase for Beatmakers - presents this '7-minute look into the history, working parts and talent that make up the Original Showcase to spotlight the art of Beat making.'
Great video short. We're talking Pete Rock, Oddisee, STS, !llmind, Blu, Statik Selektah, Hezekiah, Marco Polo, Truck North, Dice Raw, Eric G, Reef The Lost Cauze, Skyzoo, and Khrysis speaking on Beat Society, on their art and culture, and more.