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Concerts, Live Music and Showcases

Sir Mix-A-Lot, Tha Dogg Pound, and Biz Markie are Coming to Phoenix AZ!

The Arizona Oldschool Block Party is coming to Rawhide Event Center on October 7 with many your favorite hip-hop artists from back in the day such as Sir Mix-A-Lot, Tha Dogg Pound, Biz Markie, Digital Underground and more!

Lineup:

• SIR MIX-A-LOT
• Tha Dogg Pound
• Biz Markie
• 2 Live Crew
• Digital Underground
• Planet Patrol
• JJ FAD
• The Original Mary Jane Girls
• 2nd II None
• Rodney O & Joe Cooley
• Baby Bash
• Newcleus
• Trinere
• Candy Man
• Nu Shooz

Buy your tickets online here:

https://www.seetickets.us/event/Arizona-Oldschool-Block-Party/351671

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RECAP: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Summer 2014

BY SENORKAOS – THURS, JULY 24, 2014 

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DJ Rob Swift on the 1s and 2s at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

2 weekends ago I was honored with the chance to attend the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Tickets were provided, so I had to make the pilgrimage to NYC to check it out.

The festival similar to the A3C Fest in ATL is celebrating it’s 10th year in operation this year.

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The Legendary Brand Nubian at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

Hosted in a vacant lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (right off the East River) it was a beautiful sunny day for an outside concert for sure. When I arrived Tanya Morgan joined by Spec Boogie were getting on stage. I dipped out and missed a few acts including Brand Nubian, Beatnuts, and who knows who else. Luckily I looked at the BKHHF website that morning, and noticed that Jay Electronica’s set time had been moved up to an earlier time. The post mentioned his set would be epic, and there would be special guests you didn’t want to miss. 

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Video Music Box, VJ Ralph McDaniels at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

30 minutes after his initial set time though, his DJ was still spinning his actual songs to the crowd. The host Uncle Ralph McDaniels and other staff looked like they were stalling, the sound engineer kept checking mics (as if the mics weren’t crispy already from the last performance). I started thinking to myself did this just turn into a Jay Elec listening party? Is he here? Will their be a show? 

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Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

And FINALLY… Jay graced the stage flanked by a crew of brothers dressed in F.O.I (Fruit Of Islam) garb. Once he appeared, I must say he definitely gave the crowd a show.

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Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Jay Electronica, Talib Kwali and Mac Miller perform at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Jay Electronica and Mac Miller at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Talib Kwali, Jay Cole and Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

The hour long set featured all the joints you would probably expect to hear in a Jay Elect set: “Eternal Sunshine,” “Exhibit A (Transformations)”, “Exhibit C,” etc. Special guests included Mac Miller (who straight forgot whatever verse he was supposed to be spitting) which turned into freestyle session between the two. There was also Talib Kweli, and J-Cole who seemed to appear and disappear rather quickly. The show was going great and had no one else appeared on stage with Jay, I would of been perfectly fine with that.   But being the magician Jay Elect is, or course he had a trick up his sleeve and that was none other than Jay-Z himself.

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“It Feels Good To Be Home!” Jay-Z says to the crowd at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

Hov didn’t just pop up to rock the couple cuts he has with Jay Elect, he set it off by his rendition of “Young, Gifted, and Black,” and even gave the crowd a treat of “P.S.A.” as well as his joints with Jay Elect including the latest “We Made It.”

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Jay Electronica and Jay-Z perform live at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Spike Lee talks to the community at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

I took a bunch of camera phone pics, and even got some video. Then I saw all these fly pictures and HD video, and put my stuff in the archives. HA. 
Oh… and before you see these videos, I must mention I ran into Spike Lee who had a 40 Acres Pop Up Shop set up at the fest. I treated myself to a T-shirt and a “Do The Right Thing” behind the scenes book which Spike actually signed… Not too bad considering where we were a few years back! HA.

Jay Z Joins Jay Electronica For “Young Gifted… by BKHipHopFestival

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Raekwon The Chef performs live at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

After this.. CJ Pro Era rocked, and Raekwon did his thing with a few brooklyn guest including AZ, Masta Killa, Troy Ave, and Papoose. But too be honest nothing quite surpassed the energy of the moment seen above.

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Masta Killa joins the stage with Raekwon The Chef at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

Pics courtesy of Tyrone Z. McCants of Zire Photography. See Full Gallery Here

Shouts to the homie Navani, Suce, Dillon, E Holla, and everybody else I got a chance to connect with during my brief stay in NYC.

Until next time… 

via: http://www.thekaoseffect.com/recap-brooklyn-hip-hop-festival-summer-2014

Hip-Hop History when Marley, Kane, Kool G, Craig G and Masta Ace performed the Symphony Live at RSC38

The great Big Daddy Kane also headlined the 38th Annual Rock Steady Crew concert at Summerstage Central Park. The smooth operator emcee, whose rich baritone ensures you pay attention to his unique rap lyrics, nearly caused a stampede when he brought out his fellow pioneers and artists Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Craig G and legendary producer Marley Marl to perform the ‘Symphony’ which is a classic hip-hop hit.

Kane had more surprise guests for the hip-hop fans, he invited Hip-Hop Pioneers Rodney Stone of Funky Four Plus One and Easy A.D. from the Cold Crush Brothers.

Remembering the Late PH – Tribute to Pumpkinhead

The excitement was toned down a bit when time was set aside to solemnly pay tribute to Robert Diaz, or Pumpkinhead. This great rapper from New York City passed on at 39 years on June 9th. He released numerous solo albums and his most outstanding was ‘Orange Moon over Brooklyn’ and ‘Dymanic’

Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration pays tribute to Pumpkinhead on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration pays tribute to Pumpkinhead on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

In his remembrance, his wife, sons and family and fellow emcees put on a honorable show. Featured artists included Pack FM, Mr. Metaphor of the Brooklyn Academy,  Jean Grae, Blitzkrieg, GMS, Tonedeff, Bad Seed, WildChild and DP One gave a performance with Pumpkinhead’s son, Raiden. There was a surprise tribute performance by Immortal Technique, Poison Pen and Diabolic.

If you are a fan of his music and contribution to hip-hop, you can support his wife and children and Legacy here

– http://www.youcaring.com/shawntay-ocasio-366664

RSC38 was the Best Live Hip-Hop Concert of the Year

I was excited to attend the widely anticipated Annual Rock Steady concert at Summer Stage Central Park, on July 26th.  The best part about this wonderful event was that entry was free, like the block parties back in the days! Some of the greatest names in Hip-Hop came out to celebrate the elements of Hip-Hop.

There was a Whole Lot of Stars Who Blessed the Stage Sunday Night!

Hip-Hop Legends Whodini and UTFO give a Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
Hip-Hop Legends Whodini and UTFO give a Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

Whodini, the world renowned hip-hop brick layers, brought their veteran stage show to the annual hip-hop event. The group consisting of Jalil Hutchings and John Fletcher “Ecstasy” and Grandmaster Dee really lived up to their fame of being great hip-hop & rap legends.

Originally from Brooklyn, the R & B Rap group put on a polished and masterful performance while giving tribute to the late great DJ Mister Magic. They even shared the stage with hip-hop’s first back-up dancers known as the Keystone dancers, later known as U.T.F.O. They had the crowd dancing energetically to their hip-hop classics.

The great Big Daddy Kane also headlined the show. The smooth operator emcee, whose rich baritone ensures you pay attention to his unique rap lyrics, nearly caused a stampede when he brought out his fellow pioneers and artists Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Craig G and legendary producer Marley Marl to perform the ‘Symphony’ which is a classic hip-hop hit.

Big Daddy Kane invites Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap, and Dj Polo to perform Marley Marl's hip-hop classic the Symphony live at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
Big Daddy Kane invites Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap, and Dj Polo to perform Marley Marl’s hip-hop classic the Symphony live at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

Kane had more surprise guests for the hip-hop fans, he invited the original members Funky 4 + 1 and the Cold Crush Crew.

The event also features artists such as EMC, Your Old Droog, The  Queen Herawin and Ea$y Money.  The element of Deejayin was in full effect when DJ Scratch, DJ JS-1, Evil Dee got on the 1s and 2s.

One of the main highlights of this memorable event was the marking of 38 successful years of boyism and breakin by the Rock Steady Crew. This group was first set up in New York City in the Bronx by Jimmy Dee and Jimmy Lee. Crazy Legs and numerous members of the RSC carry on the traditions of the culture.

Atsushi Ats Kono Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
Atsushi Ats Kono Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

They are renowned for their innovative break-dancing moves which leave one gasping in wonder! In this event, they provided us with a taste of their great moves which left each of us in breathtaking awe!

Big congratulations to them on their great achievement!

The excitement was toned down a bit when time was set aside to solemnly pay tribute to Robert Diaz, or Pumpkinhead. This great rapper from New York City passed on at 39 years on June 9th. He released numerous solo albums and his most outstanding was ‘Orange Moon over Brooklyn’ and ‘Dymanic’

PH’s wife and two sons thank the crowd and fans at the Pumpkinhead Tribute performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
PH’s wife and two sons thank the crowd and fans at the Pumpkinhead Tribute performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

In his remembrance, his family and fellow put on a honorable show. Featured artists included Pack FM, Mr. Metaphor of the Brooklyn Academy,  Jean Grae, Blitzkrieg, Wilechild gave a performance with Pumpkinhead’s son, Raiden. There was a surprise tribute performance by Immortal Technique, Poison Pen and Diabolic.

If you are a fan of his music and contribution to hip-hop, you can support his wife and children and Legacy here  – http://www.youcaring.com/shawntay-ocasio-366664

All in all, this was the most well organized musical event I have attended all year! The greatest part was getting to listen to my most favorite artists do what they do best!

I surely look forward the next concert!

11 Years Running! The Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2015

Last week marked the 11th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival—a celebration of not only music, but the progress of the culture in entirety. I had the honor of being present at the event, which for me is another box checked on the list. The festival was birthed in 2005, integrating some of the most revered names with a background in hip-hop.  It is vital to understand that this gathering is not merely artists gracing a stage.  This year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival include the first Hip-Hop Institution conference, the Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition, the Dummy Clap Film Festival, Beats and Eats and the Big Show. The number of attendees increases every years, and the energy of the events reaches immense levels.

For those of you who have never had the privilege of attending BHF, allow me to recreate the scene.  If ever you have dreamt of a fantastical realm in which conscious hip-hop rules, let it be known that this dream exists in BHF.  The headliner was none other than Common—the renaissance man himself.  Other appearances on the set list included Mobb Deep, Freeway, John Robinson, Brooklyn natives Stro, Skyzoo, Rob Swift, and video pioneer Ralph McDaniels.  You simply cannot err with such a cast of greats.  Each performer contributed to the colorful atmosphere of the occasion. From Torae freestylin about What is Hip-Hop, to Lion Babe kicking it with the crowd, to live instrumental by the PVD band and Sean Taylor, every time the stage was blessed, the festival goers showed nothing but admiration and respect. It was a love fest to the fullest.

The highlight of the 2015 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, for me, was Foxy Brown as a surprise performer.  Foxy remains to be one of the most respected contenders in the game. Common brought out the reigning rapper himself, which he explained to AllHipHop:

“I feel like its fly to bring her [Foxy] out, because she’s fly. You can picture certain people that Common may bring out but, Foxy Brown is no another level, it’s like something unique and fresh and different.”

I concur, Common.  Known for her great panache, Fox Boogie put it down for us with “Oh yeah”, a favorite of mine.  Imagine the tide of nostalgia that descended the crowd (definitely over myself) at the commencement of that unforseen bestowal.

Besides Foxy Brown, other surprise happenings included Consequence, large professor (another favorite of mine), and Sean Taylor taking the stage.  BHF 2015 embodied the true essence of “Hip-Hop’s Birthday in July”.  Overall, the event has become a benchmark for the continuation of striving for cultural celebration.

The founder, Wes Jackson, received a proclamation from the Borough President of Brooklyn, Eric Adams presented by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.  What better testament to progression? I’d give this year’s gathering a solid “Starquake” on the Richter scale.

Boogie Mics in the Bx

I was amongst royalty last Friday Night when I visited my old stomping grounds in the Bronx. If you are a upcoming emcee in the Bx, you may know of an open mic series in hunts Point, BX called the Boogie Mics. This month event is presented by a new generation of hip-hop pioneers named The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, grand master emcee was John Mega of G.T.P. and Warren Britt and features DJ Illanoiz and DJ Charlie Hustle.

A wide collective young and aspiring emcees artists hit the stage with natural and radiant energy performing their original songs to a crowd of hip-hop heads and fellow artists. For some artists it was a first time experience performing in front a live audience. “We’re just gonna have fun and do what we love…” said a new upcoming duo.

The night was closed out by Bx’s lyrical Mike Tyson, Chris Rivers. The heir to the Hip-Hop’s P.R. Ambassador, Big Pun.

The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDAC-BX) is a group of Bronx based Hip-Hop artists and educators. Running a performance and multimedia space that aims to utilize Hip-Hop culture as a means for education and self-empowerment in our community. Check them and support!

Photos by Tyrone Z. McCants / Zire Photography

 

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