NEW YORK (AP) — N.W.A. entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday, with the groundbreaking quintet that reflected the rough streets of Los Angeles in a style known as gangster rap defiantly refuting those who suggested rappers didn’t belong in the institution. They joined the rock hall in a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays…
I grew up on hip hop. Older cousins played Run DMC and Rakim; mother was bumping Sugar hill gang. Father lived in the Bronx where I stayed every summer and saw breakdancing on cardboard, graffiti murals, rap battles. I rushed home to watch Video Music Box and as I got older stayed up late to hear Stretch and Bobbito. Hip hop is one of my loves, much like Badu’s “Love of my life” song. Yet like love affairs and like Common’s “I used to love H.E.R” there have been some valleys in my love affair with hip hop that have been revisited with the Straight Outta Compton movie.
Rap doesn’t love me. Hip Hop neither. The me of whom I speak is ladies/women. It’s not rap’s fault. It’s a creation within a system/country/world that doesn’t value women so of course it would have those tendencies. However it is…
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Earlier this week, Yasiin Bey made his standup debut in Montreal, taking jabs at the Meek/Drake spectacle and really, the rap-beef charade at large. And today, a video has surfaced in which the artist formerly known as Mos Def literally challenges the world of rap to a battle with not one, but a three-man wrecking crew, comprised our very own Black Thought, Charm City stunner King Los and himself, of course. In the minute-plus clip, Bey (sorting through a grip of high-fashion eyewear) claims that he and his motley crew would take on any competitor in a battle of words, championing the live and direct approach to oneupmanship, harking back to the days of the cypher instead of the today’s Twittersphere takedowns and half-baked diss-tracks. And, personally, I don’t think I’d mind the show, specially if it were to be broadcast PPV-style across the weird and wild web, putting your boy back on the map and giving some well-earned shine to some of the game’s most underrated MCs. Nothing of that sort has officially been announced just yet, but at least a few microphone fiends have already heeded the call:
Watch as Yasiin Bey challenges the rap game to a duel below.
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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.