SummerStage Presents D.I.T.C

One of the most beloved hip hop crews in rap music, D.I.T.C. (an acronym for “Diggin’ in the Crates”) consists of veteran rappers, DJs, and producers dedicated to the true essence of rap music: original lyrics and strong beat-savvy productions. With their dedication to hip-hop purity, members Showbiz & A.G. (Andre the Giant), Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, O.C., Buckwild, and the late Big L have at least one classic album under their belts. Although they never reached the success of their multiplatinum peers, individually they became successful by maintaining their integrity and earning major respect within the rap community. Lord Finesse (born Robert Hall) is a legendary MC-turned producer who has produced tracks for Notorious B.I.G. and Dr. Dre. He shopped his demo to various record labels and eventually dropped the first of several records, his 1990 classic Funky Technician. One of the oldest members in the D.I.T.C. crew, Diamond got his first whiff of hip hop DJing for Jazzy Jay of the Zulu Nation in 1979. In the mid-’80s, he was turntable scratching at late-night park parties, often competing with area top DJs. In 1992, this DJ, then a producer, showcased New York City’s underground talent and his rap skills on his classic debut Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop. Showbiz & A.G. were the first to adopt the do-it-yourself attitude by releasing their 1992 debut EP, Can I Get a Soul Clap, practically out of the trunk of their cars. Showbiz, a name he stolen from an old Richard Pryor record, pioneered taking an instrumental and looping voices over it. His partner A.G. was known as the Bronx’s “punchline” rapper. In 1999, A.G. restarted his rap career with his solo CD Dirty Version. Meanwhile, another Bronx native named Buckwild, started producing tracks around 1994. He later delivered melodic beats for rap heavyweights like Fat Joe, Notorious B.I.G., Big L, Mic Geronimo, and Big Pun. But it was his first at-bat, producing tracks for O.C.’s Word Life in 1994, that established him as a vital producer in the underground rap scene. O.C., one of hip hop’s most energetic lyricists, was an up-and-coming MC before Word Life. After the album’s release, he made numerous guest appearances on other D.I.T.C. members’ records while maintaining a low profile. The final member of D.I.T.C. was Big L, a lyrically ferocious MC with raps deadlier than a snakebite and mannerisms cooler than the uptown pimp he claimed to be on records. Calling himself the flamboyant (meaning “rich”) MC, he dropped his classic 1994 record Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous on Columbia. He was gearing up for a comeback, with a second CD due for release on Rawkus, when he was slain on February 15, 1999. The crew came together later that year for a memorial concert and recorded a self-titled group record in 2000. Today, their music still stands as a living legacy in hip hop, and will continue to do so for years to come.

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Duck Down Music and Boot Camp Clik Summerstage 2014

On June 10th, 2014, Duck Down Music and Boot Camp Clik kicked off summer with a free neighborhood BBQ featuring special performances by Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Masta Ace, CJ Fly of Pro Era & more!

Duck Down Music is an 18-year old independent music label based in NY, NY, co-founded by Dru Ha & Buckshot. The company has sold over 3.5 million records. Over the last few years they’ve released titles from the likes of Sean Price, Talib Kweli, Statik Selektah, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo & Pharoahe Monch.

On October 8, 2015, Brooklyn’s own, Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah passed away. He is survived by a wife and 3 children. He is also survived by his verbal diversity that gained him fans from all spectrums of the hip-hop world were he is also known as Ruck, Sean P, Scagnetti, TheGrimeyBootMan, DecepticonSean, MegaSean, TallSean, P-Body, MasterP, P , PyrexPotSean, KimboPrice, MicTyson, SeanDaBarbarian, SeanPriceAlpha, ImperiusRex, Niggelitus with 22 album releases, 127 appearances and over 320 artist credits. His lyrical contribution to hip-hop is compared to none.
Support the Duck Down family, his family and the culture of hip-hop by keeping his music and legacy alive. Go get the Sean Price “Planet Apes” Audio + ‘Songs In The Key Of Price’ Mixtape Bundles.

Planet Apes Mixtape

New music from Sean Price off his upcoming mixtape, ‘Songs In The Key Of Price,’ out August 21st. Track produced by PF Cuttin.

Stream the audio: http://bit.ly/seanplanetapes

To help support P!’s family, please make contributions here: crowdrise.com/seanp

Sean_Price_Bundle

Songs In The Key of Price bundle packages available at http://www.duckdown.com/seanprice. The bundle includes: 

Includes Songs In The Key of Price CD + digital MP3 download, Sean Price ‘Key’ bottle opener, P! socks, Songs In The Key of Price T-shirt, and RIP! T-shirt.

The first 100 orders will receive an autographed copy of the Songs in The Key of Price CD.
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The New Era of Hip Hop – Pro Era

The New Era of Hip Hop is upon us. And I feel confident in saying we are in good hands. Pro Era is the New Era! After seeing these emerging artists perform, I knew that moment was hip hop history. It was like hearing the Scenario Remix by the Leaders of the New School and A Tribe Called Quest together for the first time, but in 2014.

What better way can you celebrate Brooklyn / Queens Day in Brooklyn? Summerstage and the Lyricist Lounge decided to build a stage, put up some speakers and held a Free Live Concert in RedHook Park featuring BK’s own – Pro Era! Sür Niles and Statik Selektah were on the 1s and 2s.

Although many of them are barely out of their teens, they performed like they’ve been doing it for years. Organically hip-hop bred in Flatbush, Brooklyn. They bring a variety of raw lyrical skills, a rooted comradery and they deliver one of the best stage shows I’ve seen in a long time. And just when I thought to show was at its zenith, they bring The Underachievers to the stage!

Most hip-hop heads know the work of Jozif Badmon aka Joey BadA$$, but the true hip-hop heads know that he is one part of an greater conglomerate of emcees. Pro Era is a collective of new age verbal X-Men. All bringing their own unique power and skillz to the Pro Era movement; Kirk Knight, CJ Fly, Deesy Hinds, A La $ole, Dyemond Lewis, Nyck Caution, Rokumouth, Ali and Dirty Sanchez. That’s just to name a few. Get the Full Roster here.

The latest projects from the Pro Era camp include  Knight Time by Kirk Knight, The Powers Pleasant Experience by Power Pleasant,

CJ Fly’s Thee Way Eye See It, Joey BadA$$’s Summer Knight and from Pro Era – Peep The Aprocalypse. Stay tuned for upcoming projects from Nyck Caution, Dirty Sanchez and Kirk Knight.

 

 

The New Era of Hip Hop – Pro Era

The New Era of Hip Hop is upon us. And I feel confident in saying we are in good hands. Pro Era is the New Era! After seeing these emerging artists perform, I knew that moment was hip hop history. It was like hearing the Scenario Remix by the Leaders of the New School and A Tribe Called Quest together for the first time, but in 2014.

What better way can you celebrate Brooklyn / Queens Day in Brooklyn? Summerstage and the Lyricist Lounge decided to build a stage, put up some speakers and held a Free Live Concert in RedHook Park featuring BK’s own – Pro Era!

Although many of them are barely out of their teens, they performed like they’ve been doing it for years. Organically hip-hop bred in Flatbush, Brooklyn. They bring a variety of raw lyrical skills, a rooted comradery and they deliver one of the best stage shows I’ve seen in a long time. And just when I thought to show was at its zenith, they bring The Underachievers to the stage!

Most hip-hop heads know the work of Jozif Badmon aka Joey BadA$$, but the true hip-hop heads know that he is one part of an greater conglomerate of Mcees. Pro Era is a collective of new age verbal X-Men. All bringing their own unique power and skillz to the Pro Era movement; Kirk Knight, CJ Fly, Deesy Hinds, A La $ole, Dyemond Lewis, Nick Caution, Rokumouth, Ali and Dirty Sanchez. That’s just to name a few.

The latest projects from the Pro Era camp is CJ Fly’s Thee Way Eye See It, Joey BadA$$’s Summer Knight and from Pro Era – Peep The Aprocalypse. Stay tuned for upcoming projects from Nyck Caution, Dirty Sanchez and Kirk Knight.

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The God Emcee – Rakim moves the crowd in Red Hook, Brooklyn

The City Parks Foundation, in associated with MoCADA’s Soul of Brooklyn Initiative. Rakim and The Lyricist Lounge @ Summerstage Red Hook Brooklyn

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Phife Dawg’s Diabetes Benefit Concert

I got an email about a diabetes awareness concert hosted by Phife Dawg at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Not knowing if it was really happening, but being a true hip-hop head, I grabbed my camera and bounced. Wow, I am glad I went. The performers who blessed the stage were Tribe Called Quest, Lost Boyz, Consequence, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. The co-host of the evening was Michael Rapaport. The show was closed out by your boy, Jay Electronica… Whoa. It was strong up in there. This was the dopest hip hop concert I’ve been to in years.

Phife Dawg of the hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, has been fighting with diabetes since the early 1990’s. After being placed on dialysis and hospitalized in 2002, he began to spread the awareness about his illness. In 2008, he was blessed to have a successful kidney transplant, since then, he has made a full recovery.

Rumor has it, that this was his first performance since his surgery, and this was the beginning of the Come Back!!! Personally, I was hype to see him perform one of my all-time favorites A Tribe Called Quest joints “Butter” I lost my voice that night.

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Video by Scott Buckets

K Salaam’s and BeatNick Record Release Party

Dj K-Salaam’s and BeatNick Record Release party held at the Crash Mansion in Manhattan. New York on July 31, 2008

Ksalaam who world is this

Let's take it back to the roots.