35th anniversary concert planned for Video Music Box!

Concert Preview

Video Music Box
35th Anniversary Concert
Coney Art Walls
3050 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Scheduled date: July 7th 2018

Hot on the heels of the Yo! MTV Raps 30th anniversary concert, the creator of the legendary ‘Video Music Box’ show Ralph McDaniels is following suit. It’s now 35 years since the show was created by McDaniels and Lionel C. Martin. As well as this they also host the program which still runs to this day, the longest running of its kind. Video Music Box was the first TV show to predominantly feature Hip Hop videos. It aired on the New York City owned public television station WNYC-TV (renamed WPXN-TV) from 1983 to 1996. The program moved to WNYE-TV in 1996 after WNYC-TV was sold on.

You can expect appearances from the likes of: DJ Chuck Chillout, Brand Nubian, DJ Scratch, Funkmaster Flex, MC Shan, Large Professor, Lords Of The Underground, Edo. G, Special Ed, Nice & Smooth, M.O.P., Craig G, Blahzay Blahzay, Smooth The Hustler & Trigger Tha Gambler, Das EFX, Fat Joe, The UMC’s, Twin Hype & numerous others.

The event will take place at the Coney Island Art Walls outdoor venue in Brooklyn, New York from from 1pm to 9pm on Saturday July 7th.

Tickets are available now @ Eventbrite here

Yo! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary to be honored with celebratory concert!

Concert Preview

Yo! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary Experience
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
New York
Scheduled date: June 1st 2018

From 1988 to 1995 ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ was essential viewing for Hip Hop fans worldwide. Every week day & Saturday morning rap fans tuned in to see Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money & Fab Five Freddy present the latest videos & interview rap acts. Then in ’95 MTV decided to downscale the show. From ’96 to’99 MTV renamed it ‘Yo!’. It was very basic in delivery & had weekly special guest hosts. By 1998 ‘Yo!’ had become a 1 hour program aired on Friday nights. Later on the show was rebranded ‘Sucker Free’, but there was brief revival of ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ in 2008 for their 20th Anniversary. Sucker Free then went on to become ‘The Week In Jams’ & that show itself was short lived, ending in 2013.

30 years on & great news! Plans for a revival of the show are reportedly in the works for the future. As of yet there are no specified details of the show’s resurrection, but a stellar line-up of legendary Hip Hop artists are to perform a special show. Entitled the ‘Yo! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary Experience’ & set to be hosted by (as you would expect) Ed, Dré & Freddy, acts such as: Big Daddy Kane. The Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, The Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Melle Mel, Kid Capri, Kool DJ Red Alert, Chuck Chillout & many more.

The show will take place @ the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Friday June 1st.

Kool G Rap @ 2Funky Music Cafe, Leicester, England. June 28, 2017

Show Review

Kool G Rap
2Funky Music Cafe
23A New Park Street
Leicester
England
June 28th 2017

1992: I was but a 12-year-old. Missed an entire year of secondary education. The stories about my cousin’s cassette tapes, are legendary. To my knowledge he still has them. A lot of tunes I used to rock to but never knew who the artists were and it wasn’t all the time I was exposed to Yo! MTV Raps. Ill Street Blues was one of those tunes. The man responsible was in the UK in 1992, rocked every crowd possible, left, and was not seen in the UK again….

UNTIL NOW.

2017: ‘Mumble Rap’ reigned supreme. Grime is misunderstood in America as UK Hip Hop, some fans just couldn’t give a DAMN despite Kendrick’s continuous effects to push boundaries, while others were stuck in 2001 playing Ether while sleeping at 4:44am. This has called for the Don himself to return, your rapper’s favourite rapper, the man who Nas said wrote the Hip Hop bible. The people of Leicester and surrounding areas came together to witness history. Kool G Rap, new album in tow, rocking the UK for the first time in 25 years.

The 2Funky Music Cafe’s strategy of exposing as much local talent as possible are a bit hit & miss. The show started with a Polish Hip Hop group whose name I didn’t quite catch unfortunately, A lot of what they performed was in their respective language and whatever they were saying in their lyrics – they meant it. Massive props go out to them as the UK continues to become more multi cultural and those who support Brexit for the wrong reasons cannot stop the power of Hip Hop.

Trademark Blud followed alongside DJ Tricksta and dropped an impressive 20 minute set. His ferocious delivery over tongue in cheek like beats and political subject matter left the crowd wishing he could have been on a little longer. If an opening act gives you that feeling, you are going places.

Leicester’s own Shakezpeare & DJ Roll Blunt were determined to top Trademark Blud’s performance, and They did. Even with sound check problems which Shakezpeare easily overcame by dropping hot freestyles like a professional, and that is what Hip Hop is about, to be able to adapt in any situation. His mission was a simple one – make sure his performance was so on point that no one apart from G Rap could follow him. Were Galaxy High from Sweden up for the challenge?

This is the part where I shed sympathy for Galaxy High, what I saw were two talented emcees who struggled to keep the crowd rocking which brings me to my point earlier: Too many opening acts may have been hit or miss, or maybe Galaxy High were positioned wrong in the line up sequence, or maybe the crowd were just ready for G Rap, it was the middle of the week, some may have had to commute the following morning, maybe 4 opening acts might be overkill. It is understandable in one aspect, keeping the crowd waiting for the main event for too long can also be a disadvantage.

15 minutes before G Rap took the stage, it was up to DJ Anthony Mace to set it, and it doesn’t start any better with a series of Mobb Deep tracks to remember Prodigy. The time when G Rap finally jumped on stage was the time the show was scheduled to finish according to Facebook which proves when it comes to gigs you cannot believe what Facebook says by gospel.

Performing the biggest tracks like ‘Take Em to War’, ‘Ill Street Blues’, ‘Streets Of New York’ & ‘Fast Life,’ the Don showed he never lost it. He takes time out to remember Prodigy in his own way by performing ‘The Realest’, in which Prodigy featured, and G Rap reveals a true story on stage of how Prodigy impacted him.

An interesting moment was when G Rap performed ‘First N!&&@’. Many of us know the DJ Premier produced version but on this night the Dr.Dre version was blasting through 2Funky Music Cafe’s airwaves before a capacity crowd.

The Don closes out his 45 minute set with one of his newest singles from the Return Of the Don album – Wise Guys which features Freeway and Lil Fame of M.O.P. The crowd response was greater than I imagined, as usually a predominately 90s Hip Hop orientated crowd look a bit confused and unfamiliar, but that was not the case here.

Admittedly Kool G Rap was not on my essential ‘see live’ list but looking at it in retrospect, I’m glad I did see him live. Leicester saw history before their very eyes on this night, and G Rap’s time was yours – he embraced his fans and engaged in full conversation after the show, taking pictures and signing memorabilia, even with Prodigy’s memorial service which took place the following day.

Massive respect and salutations to The NGE (New Golden Era) massive and crew for looking out for a brother. They are some good dudes right there, just don’t front on them! Last person who did that got BLAOW! In their mouth corner! Others talk about it while they live it and that’s the Hip Hop we support over here.

Take a bow Kool G Rap! He’s Out For That Life!
(Michael Grant of RePPiN4U)

Photo images courtesy of @Kip1979_kipp

30 years on, Eric B. & Rakim get “Paid In Full” again

Eric B. & Rakim
30th Anniversary Of The Paid In Full Album
Apollo Theater
Harlem
New York
July 7 2017

Not so much an Eric B. & Rakim concert, but a tribute celebration of the duo’s debut album release “Paid In Full” took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York yesterday. July 7th, was the 30th anniversary of the initial event.

With Eric B. as DJ, numerous artists attended on stage, or performed on the night including: EPMD, Fat Joe, B-Fats, Lovebug Starski, Joeski Love, Sweet Tee, Roxanne Shante, Ice-T, Flava Flav, T La Rock, Peter Gunz, Main Source, Maino, Mr. Cheeks, Special Ed & Ma$e. Also present at the Apollo were: DJ Kool Herc, Michael Bivins of New Edition/Bell Biv DeVoe, Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box, Bumpy Knuckles & DJ Chuck Chillout amongst many others.

Rakim limited his appearances on stage to only 2. He did 5 tracks from the album: “My Melody”, “I Ain’t No Joke” I Know You Got Soul”, “Eric B. Is President” & of course “Paid In Full”.

Whether or not a recording re-union will take place between Eric B. & Rakim is unsure, but for now check out some footage of the show below:

Live in the UK, Kasim for Change! Kasim Allah announces tour fundraising campaign

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Live in the UK, Kasim for Change!
R & E Entertainment & Sandy’s House Entertainment presents:
Kasim Allah
ROTGE:
Return Of The God Emcee UK Tour
Scheduled dates: April 2016

With his impending UK tour “ROTGE: Return Of The God Emcee” scheduled for next Spring, rapper & Street poet Kasim Allah along with Clay Borne aka 13Five (of Right & Exact Entertainment) have opted for a popular move, using a fundraising donation site to finance the tour.

The duo have opted for the popular “Go Fund Me” fund raising website to oversee proceedings. Depending upon the amount donated by individuals, a set thank you package will be issued, ranging from a thank you video (for a $5 donation) to a multi-item gift pack & opportunity to appear on the next project in some capacity (for a $500 or more donation).

By donating & also attending the events at the UK venues (if you are in that region of the world at the time) you are making a positive, important contribution to “Help Kasim Save the Music!”
(Rashad Unique)

Fundraiser mission statement:
For the first time ever, R & E Entertainment & Sandy’s House Entertainment invites you to join us for the “Return of the God Emcee Uk Tour”; an energetic, boombap rooted performance showcase spearheaded by Kasim Allah; New York emcee and longtime affiliate of Brand Nubian. The purpose of this tour is to initiate a much needed shift in hip hop by advocating a message of creativity & independence, eliminate cultural barriers; all while restoring artistry & ethics to an urban based genre of music that has lost its way. In short, we want to bring quality performance arts to quality alluring people; and Kasim Allah in the UK is just that.

We need your help to bring this vision of hip hop restoration into fruition. If you think a balance in the music played on the radio is needed, we need you. If you believe that music can change lives, we need you. Most importantly, if you want to see a father, community leader, and activist for cultural awareness take a message of peace overseas, we need you.
(Mission statement reproduced with kind permission of the author Demetrius Clayborne)

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To donate to “Live in the UK, Kasim for Change!” visit gofundme.com here

Kasim Allah set to bring his “Living Mathematics” to the UK next Spring!

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R & E Entertainment & Sandy’s House Entertainment presents:
Kasim Allah
ROTGE:
Return Of The God Emcee UK Tour
Scheduled dates: April 2016

Kasim Allah, a rapper & street poet that I have personally had the pleasure of artist profiling, interviewing & working on 2 music projects with, “Unique Heat: Global Warming” & “Unique Heat 2: True & Living”, is preparing to bring his brand of vocal “Living Mathematics” to the United Kingdom in April of 2016.

Various venues across the United Kingdom will play host to Kasim as headline artist. Support will be provided by acts from both sides of the Atlantic, with the list still being added to.

This is truly the “Return Of The God Emcee” to the UK as he has previously appeared at The Drum Arts Center in Birmingham, West Midlands. The tour itself has been arranged by Clay Borne aka 13Five of Right & Exact Entertainment, a former recording artist himself now acting in a management capacity.

This scheduled set of appearances will allow Kasim Allah to spread his music to a wider audience, as well as aid in promoting his latest album “Living Mathematics” which has just been reissued & remastered.

More details, along with full confirmation of venues & support acts will be announced when available.
(Rashad Unique)

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Kasim Allah artist profile @ Unique Heat here
Kasim Allah interview @ Unique Heat here
Listen to Kasim Allah @ Reverbnation here
Follow Kasim Allah @ Twitter here
Like the Kasim Allah fan page @ Facebook here

For booking contact: rightexactent@gmail.com

GA40 Birthday Bash & Release Party

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GA40 Birthday Bash & Release Party
Voltage Lounge
421 N. 7th St. (Next door to The Electric Factory)
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Saturday May 16th 2015

Philadelphia Hip-Hop Legend Grand Agent brings out CAMP LO and DJ JAY SKI to celebrate his 40th Birthday and the release of a new album, AC HIP-HOP. Special guests performers are THE WURXS and LAST EMPEROR.

Philadelphia, PA. – On May 16th, 2015 – INTERWORLD and STONE PERSPECTIVE MEDIA will host The GA40 BIRTHDAY BASH & Release Party at Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St. (Next door to The Electric Factory). Doors will open at 9pm with an open bar until 10, and $5 Drink Specials all night, courtesy of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum . Rock Star Energy Drink will also be in the building with free giveaways. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

The Show:

CAMP LO of “Luchini” fame will headline, performing that classic plus others and previewing music from their new album, Ragtimes Hightimes due out this summer on Nature Sounds. Don’t miss the 2009 collab “Minivan” alongside the man of the hour, Grand Agent.

GRAND AGENT will also debut music from his forthcoming free album AC Hip-Hop, a political tour de force cloaked in a slyly disarming soundscape.

Up and coming in a major way, Legendary Roots Crew underlings, THE WURXS are putting West Philly on the map all over again. The production, pen game, and work ethic of the duo, cousins Gee and Trons, has them on the fast track. They have a sound which Co-manager Spon Vicious describes as Slum Village meets Camp Lo. So for several reasons, it’s only right they be on the bill as well.

To experience the established sound of the LAST EMPEROR is a rare treat. He’s promised to do his ode-to-Hip-Hop saga “Secret Wars” in it’s entirety a capella.

If that isn’t enough, BOOM 107.9’s DJ JAY SKI and his partner DJ TACTICS, collectively known as PureElementz will be house DJs for the evening. Partygoers can expect to be treated to the best of Throwback and Contemporary Hip-Hop before and after the actual concert. And, everybody goes home with a GA40 Exclusive Mixtape put together by the duo.

In addition to being a star studded event, the upcoming web and TV series ONE LAST SHOT will be capturing footage for upcoming episodes.

There will be streaming audio of the event live at this link here