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

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah announce “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…” 20th anniversary tour

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Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… 20th Anniversary Tour
Scheduled dates: July 7th to August 18th 2015

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of his “Only Built For Cuban Linx…” album, Raekwon will be embarking in a nationwide US tour. Naturally his album collaborator Ghostface Killah will be joining him on the road as well as Brooklyn rapper Dillon Cooper, the tour’s special guest performer.

The show in Chattanooga, Tennessee will mark the official anniversary release date on August 1st.

Check out all the tour dates below:

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Tickets can be ordered via Ticketmaster here

Pharoahe Monch @ Oobleck, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, England. Thursday March 12th 2015

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Pharoahe Monch
Oobleck, The Custard Factory
Birmingham
England
Thursday March 12th 2015

The Problem

A funny thing happened to me when I woke up March 12, 2015. I hit the barber shop to get a trim, my barber is into all sorts of music, when it comes to hip hop, he knows artists like Public Enemy, Nas, Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang, Gangstarr etc. I told him I was going to see Pharoahe Monch live. He asked me: “Who’s he?” I was gob smacked while he was putting the part in my hair.

Later that same day, I arrived at The Oobleck half an hour before doors opened. I can’t remember how the conversation sparked between me and the security, he sounded oblivious to what was even happening, I was like ‘Yeah come to see Pharoahe Monch tonight’. He’s like – “Who’s he?” my jaw dropped again. I asked him… what music he likes, he said ‘rap music’. I said okay, what artists you into? He said ‘Yukmouth’. I’m like WHAT? You heard of Yukmouth but NOT Pharoahe Monch??

On both occasions I had to explain to guys that if they were in an R&B club, surely they must have heard the song – Simon Says Get the F**k Up, throw your hands in the sky – BO! BO! BO! BO! BO! I had to near sing the song out – I’m not a singer, and Simon Cowell would say – ‘it’s a NO from me!’ But they would hear the first verse because that song is deemed ‘violent’ for an R&B club, they’d play it like they would play ‘Hip Hop’ by Dead Prez. They was like – oh yeah I heard that tune… Oh THAT’S Pharoahe Monch???

Seems like I identified a problem. Causal fans, party goers, who go to places like Soul Society, Southport Weekender, places of that nature, have heard certain hip hop songs but don’t know the artist. On this day I learned that particular tune has been out from 1999, and 16 years later people still haven’t heard of Pharoahe Monch? 4 consistently stellar albums plus his Organized Konfusion material in the early 90s and he’s ‘unheard of’??? Something is wrong. DJ Zombies and radio are held accountable here.

The Answer

As I walked into the venue I noticed how compact and intimate it was, Immediately I thought: Something special is gonna happen in here.

Warming up the set was the man putting in the Main Ingredient himself, Dee Jay Kingstun. I’ve known this man a long time, and this man defines ‘Old School’. Not just in the tunes he played, but the way he played them. Kingstun was UNREASONABLE on this night…he put a near capacity crowd in tears when he literally Dug In The Crates for that VINYL…not a laptop in sight, and he held the party down for two hours straight, no rest period, spinning records from the 80s & 90s. Not ONE SCRATCH was heard on those records unless Kingstun was mixing.

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The crowd had no alternative, they had to salute him, Kingstun brought people back to the point where even the supporting act (Redbeard & Kosyne – EatGood) were thinking twice about coming on to perform.

Credits due to EatGood, they held their own in the Oobleck… but then they brought their secret weapon: A new artist that tore the mic up with his vicious flow over Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Rigamortis’ instrumental.

Coming out later than scheduled, but breaking the Oobleck’s curfew without mercy, Pharoahe Monch was introduced on the stage with the Pete Rock ‘Tru Master’ intro. I’m just being picky here, as good as that was, I would have prefered if Monch came out to the intro from Internal Affairs, still up to this date, one of the most banging intros ever heard in Hip Hop.

But like I said, that’s a minor, when you come out with an assault of ‘Rapid Eye Movement’, ‘Assassins’ and ‘Got You’, to an assisted live band behind you, it was nothing short of EPIC. The drummer, rocking a Wu-Tang skullie and all, smashing the hell out of those drums! DJ Boogie-Blind on the wheels of steel showing off his scratching and mixing skills! To Pharoahe’s right, one man rocking the electric keyboard wrapped round his shoulder, Pharoahe is putting rock bands to shame here!

Highlights of the night include his storytelling on stage when he performed his PTSD cuts ‘Time2′ and ‘Broken Again’ as he talks his battles against drug addiction. In the former, a ‘paranoid Pharoahe’ is walking around frantically with a water pistol but no prizes for guessing what the pistol was supposed to represent. In the latter, a chair is laid out in the middle while Monch sits down and contemplates. Superb.

Pharoahe also addresses the current police brutality situations in the states, before going off on KRS-One’s Sound of the Police, and NWA & Dilla’s renditions of F**k The Police, which leads in to his performance of ‘CLAP’ taken from the W.A.R. We Are Renegades album. The Oobleck crowd clapping in unison and rhythm was amazing.

All this, plus memorable blessings from ‘My Life’ from the Styles P album ‘An Officer & A Gentleman’, his tribute to Nate Dogg in the form of ‘Oh No’, no disrespect to Mos Def at all but everyone knows Pharoahe ran away with that one, and he had the capacity crowd singing along to ‘Agent Orange’. At this point… NO track from Internal Affairs album was dropped and Pharoahe looks like some one threw an ice bucket over him!

Another minor gripe was even after sound check, there were times where either the mic was turned down so you couldn’t hear Pharoahe, or the music was too loud, I’d like to believe it was the former, you had Boogie Blind and the hype man telling Oobleck management to turn Pharoahe’s mic up.

If you were expecting me to record ‘Simon Says’, I’m afraid I’ve got some baaad news! Put it this way, The Oobleck was packed with real hip hop heads who knew the art of mosh pit martial arts, which was endorsed by Pharoahe holding the mic stand high in the air as if to say ‘THIS MEANS WAR!!!’ My friend next to me nearly lost his glasses, it was too late to retreat to the corner, and even when I did take pictures/video, there was one occasion where RePPiN4U’s DJ Miss C Brown deliberately knocked my elbow and the camera nearly met the concrete! There was even a moment where Pharoahe looked like he was gonna jump in the crowd only to fall into the arms of RePPiN4U’s very own J-Law so that made her night considering she was celebrating her birthday.

That track should have ended the show. It didn’t. Pharoahe returned to the stage after a minute and the ironic thing was, as he performed ‘The Light’, he specifically told management to keep the lights off to set the tone. The last track he performed on the night had heads shedding tears into their beers. Monch answered a twitter user’s request to perform an Organized Konfusion track, namely ‘Bring It On’. This is the part where I began to realise how humble this man is.

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This should be trending on twitter worldwide. I say this because promoters show a lack of interest when it comes to artists like Pharoahe coming to Birmingham UK. They will go to London, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Glasgow, but hardly Birmingham. It built frustration for fans in the Midlands who want to see their favourite artist and a lot of the time it’s simply not cost efficient. But Sip The Juice and Heducation got this one right. Think about this: Pharoahe has performed around the world for 20+ years, headlined some of hip hop’s biggest shows, he comes to Birmingham for the first time in 2015 and this is his response on twitter:

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Just seeing that, made me realise not just how humble Pharoahe Monch is but also if promoters send such like-minded artists to Birmingham they would see the overwhelming love they get. After a drought in 2014, and with artists like Jeru The Damaja, Mobb Deep and Nas still to come all in the first half of 2015, Finally promoters will see the light.

He told you on his album: “You WILL feel me, You WILL admire, (my) hustle, (my) struggle, (my) soul, DESIRE!” and boy was he right.

Salute the man call Troy Jamerson… he knows he is welcomed back anytime.
(Michael Grant of RePPiN 4U)

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Photograph courtesy of Dee Jay Kingstun

Ghostface Killah @ Scala, London, England. Sunday July 13th 2014

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SJM Concerts presents:
Ghostface Killah
With guests: Sheek Louch & Dope D.O.D.
Scala
London
England
Sunday July 13th 2014

“I’m a One-man-army – ASON, I’ve never been tooken out, I got MCs looking out…” (Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Brooklyn Zoo, 1995)

One this night July 13, 2014, those words had a brand new meaning to me. It was a night where I had to expect the unexpected. When it comes to Wu gigs, whether group or solo, I usually travel with the Wu-nited Kingdom street team. On this day my crew had transportation problems, leaving me to go out and represent alone. Admittedly, I felt on edge, but I had faith and said to my cousin who I stayed with some words that were said by the man himself:

“GOD IS MY BODYGUARD…” (Ghostface Killah, The Pretty Toney Album Intro, 2004)

The first time I saw the Wallabee Champ he was accompanied by his Theodore Unit, Killah Priest and MF DOOM. When they were all on stage performing ‘Triumph’ it was a surreal experience (particularly in the case of MF DOOM. He also paid homage to Amy Winehouse who passed away in that year. (Side note – Ghost appeared on the remix of Winehouse’s hit ‘You Know I’m No Good’).

This time around he would be accompanied by his D-Block partner – Sheek Louch of The LOX. The pair released the Wu-Block album last year and there are already rumblings of a sequel in the works, unfortunately none of those tracks were performed on this night. Disappointing? Maybe, but can you forgive them? A resounding YES.

Massive props go out to the supporting act Dope D.O.D. who performed like they WERE the main event and could have went an extra half an hour with their set. It was a great feeling to see these guys appreciated by the audience instead of them taking group selfies and uploading them to instagram.

Watching Dope D.O.D. on stage reminded me of Onyx and their demeanor. These guys have worked with the Snowgoons, ASAP Mob, Sean Price and Redman to name a few. Their new video ‘Ridiculous is out now. Great booking by the promoters, the crowd found themselves sweating well before the main event. Special shout out to the DJ who catered for the ‘trapped in the 90s ninjas’ hitting them with the head nod ‘ish to make the crowd break their neck!

At 2130 hours I maintained my position and did what I do best: RePPiN4U!!!! It’s not just a slogan, it’s not just a Black Milk track I named this brand after, it’s my way of life. The way Tony Starks entered the Scala validated my debates with my fellow Wu family: Supreme Clientele is simply the finest Ghostface solo album. He did it the first time and he does it again here, using the Ironman intro skit used in the album and Ghost bursting on the stage performing ‘Nutmeg’. It’s not long before Starks introduces his co-host – Sheek Louch and the pair go on a back to back plethora of hits from ‘All about the Benjamins’ to ‘Ice Cream’, from ‘Mighty D-Block’ to ‘Mighty Healthy’, supporting each other as hype men. I didn’t know whether to film, or go crazy! So I decided to do both!

Highlights included the ‘Proteck Ya Neck’ performance. Ghost & Sheek asked for brave volunteers to go up and stage and perform Method Man & ODB’s verse. I will hold my hands up and brand myself a coward because I didn’t have the grapefruits to live the dream and perform among greatness…on the flip side, if I did, where’s the evidence? Considering I was all alone, and Ghostface claiming that if the guys mess up their lines, the crowd are entitled to BOO them off the stage!!! So yes I could have went up, god forbid I messed up my lines and get booed without anyone seeing but it would be on the off-chance that you would find the video on YouTube uploaded by somebody else entirely.

I give mad props to the two volunteers who did what I couldn’t do… and even adopting the characters of Method Man & ODB respectively. They gave it 110% in all that!! I bet the adrenaline rush they had been off the scale. Looking back, if the track was ‘Triumph’, and my Wu-nited Kingdom brethren were there, I would have definitely done it.

“Shoulda Woulda Coulda…” (Brian McKnight, 2003)

This would be followed by the traditional tributes of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and The Notorious B.I.G. by Wu-Block respectively. Since both fallen soldiers were very soulful and Motown influenced, this would be Wu-Block’s moment to call on the ladies to jump on stage and partake in a little dance and make the music tell the story. At this point I knew what was coming up next as did most Wu fans who attend many Wu shows. Since I’m in the mood of clarity, I admit that I didn’t like ‘Cherchez LaGhost’ at first… but I never saw the 360! Why did some women run off the stage though? They should know by now that Ghost will always say ‘shake that @$$ girl, make that pu$$y wet’? Or was it because they feared they were gonna become the latest groupies?

Special shout out going out to Sun God who made an impact. Ghostface’s son’s performance showed that when Wu-Tang said they are forever they meant it.

“I’m raw, I’m rugged and raw, I repeat, if I die
My seed’ll be ill like me…” (Ghostface Killah, Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber, 1993)

Mosh Pit moment of the night was one that the crowd can take credit for. Ghost continues his interaction when he asks the fans what tune they wanna hear. He got a unanimous response when the crowd screamed – RUN!!!!! Shout out to a real head in the building when he shouted – ‘BATMAN’!!!!! That caught Ghost and Sheek’s attention while the DJ was searching for that vinyl! Another fan shouted ‘Triumph’ and Ghost ribbed him: “Triumph? Nah we ain’t got that n!**@!”

When the DJ dropped that ‘RUN!’ track…. Scala became a full-scale riot. That frantic RZA production had a capacity crowd fighting like a shot at the title at WrestleMania was on the line! Bouncers would be damned fools to break that up!

My personal highlights were when Sheek drew for tracks like ‘Money, Power Respect’, ‘Wild Out’ and the DJ Premier banger ‘Recognize’… Sheek reminded me that I got that ‘We Are The Streets’ album in my collection. Ghost had me going insane when he performed ‘One’, ‘Fish’ and ‘Holla’… on those tracks, particularly Holla and ‘I Can’t Go To Sleep’, Ghost’s emotions were spilled out on stage like the oil in the Gulf War in ’91. These moments had shown that this show was radically different from the show I saw two years ago. It also showed that Sheek & Ghost have hits for decades… just like Method Man, Redman & Busta Rhymes in November, a 90 minute set is simply NOT ENOUGH. Heads hoping for selection from 12 Reasons to Die would also be disappointed as no tracks were performed from that album. In the last 5 minutes Ghost & Sheek were teasing the fans with 15 second clips of tracks they didn’t perform, yes it was frustrating but understanding.

But what would follow after the show was something I wasn’t prepared for. The story of how Ghostface Killah became my all time favourite MC is well documented, and it comes to a shock to those who don’t know me well, scratching their heads and probably thinking ‘Why not Nas, Jay, Pac, BIG or Eminem’? While those guys are a favourite to many, and I like em all, they don’t impact my life personally like Ghostface did. The Supreme Clientele album came at a time when people tried to tell me to STOP listening to Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang have fell off, that type of thing, touching a nerve so to speak but then the Apollo Kids video came out and it had Ghost & Raekwon with Championship belts, claiming that Wu-Tang are the TRUE champions. That video, along with the album had the same people who doubted the Wu start believing again.

It’s one thing to be star struck when I discovered Ghostface was following me on twitter but to have a photo taken with the Supreme Clientele Champion himself was an outer body experience. That picture of him with the belt was in my head when I referred him as ‘MY CHAMPION…Big up yourself Ghostface, A Better Tomorrow!’ and his reply was ‘Thanks a lot B, that’s appreciated’. That moment, PRICELESS.
(Michael Grant of RePPiN 4U)

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Photograph courtesy of Reppin 4U

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Rakim @ SOB’s (Sounds Of Brazil), Manhattan, NYC. Thursday March 27th 2014

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SOB’s (Sounds Of Brazil)
204 Varick St,
Manhattan
New York,
NY 10014
Thursday March 27th 2014

Rakim returned to his native New York City on March 27th to do what he does the best, perform classic material.

Check out visual footage of his show at the SOB’s (Sounds Of Brazil) club in Manhattan below:










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Visit the Sounds Of Brazil (SOB’s) website here