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

Rakim performs new track ‘King’s Paradise’ for season 2 of Luke Cage


King’s Paradise
Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2
Marvel & ABC Studios

As expected, to coincide with the release of the 2nd season of Marvel action hero ‘Luke Cage’, a soundtrack for the television series has also dropped. The legendary Rakim has recorded a track especially for the show entitled ‘King’s Paradise’. Filmed at the fictional ‘Harlem’s Paradise’ nightclub, the rapper actually performs the track in the season finale (Episode 13).

‘King’s Paradise’ was produced by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Together they composed the entire music score for the season 2 soundtrack, just as they did for season 1.

This visual is for promotional purposes & is only a short preview. A full version of the audio can be found on the soundtrack. The new season of Luke Cage is available for streaming on Netflix as of today (June 22nd).

Nas’ forthcoming album ‘Nasir’ cover art revealed!

Instagram is where it’s at these days for breaking news. Yesterday (June 13th), the executive producer of the at the time untitled project Kanye West revealed the tracklist. It’s a continuation of his new marketing scheme of 7 track albums, all produced by himself:

Nas then took to Instagram today announce the album title ‘Nasir’. He also revealed the album cover. It shows 5 Black male children lined up against a wall, almost as if being apprehended by the police.

As for the album, ‘Nasir’ will be publicly debuted in full tonight at a listening party in Queensbridge, New York. For those unable to attend it will be live streamed on Mass Appeal’s YouTube channel @ 9pm EDT.

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

Concert Preview

Yo! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary Experience
Barclays Center
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.

TV One ‘Unsung’: Brand Nubian

TV Documentary Preview

Brand Nubian
TV One
Produced by: A. Smith & Co. Productions.
Season 12, Episode 8
Scheduled airing time: April 15 2018. 21:00 EDT

TV One show description:
“Brand Nubian combined soulful samples and hip hop beats with socially conscious lyrics on Top 5 songs like “Wake Up” and “Slow Down”. But internal battles and controversy plagued the group. In this episode, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X keep it real about the rise and fall of Brand Nubian.”
(TV One)

‘Unsung’ is an 1 hour-long music documentary program that airs on TV One, highlighting R&B & Hip Hop artists & groups who had success, but are generally unappreciated by the masses. The show documents the background & rise to fame of the acts, as well as the behind the scenes issues that affected their careers. It usually ends with the current status of the profiled artist or group.

The show is in season 12 now & they’ve decided to honor the Hip Hop group from New Rochelle, New York ‘Brand Nubian’. The group comprises of three emcees: Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar, and alternatingly, two DJs: DJ Alamo and DJ Sincere. There main vibe was political & socially conscious lyrics inspired by the teachings of Allah’s Five Percent (generally known to outsiders as The Nation Of Gods & Earths).

Brand Nubian began their music career in 1989 when they signed to Elektra Records, dropping their debut album ‘One For All’ in 1990. Internal problems saw Grand Puba leave to pursue a solo career, but Sadat & Jamar continued the group with the addition of Sincere as Alamo left with Puba. External problems came due to some of the group’s videos & lyrics and saw them accused of prejudice & homophobia.
The group reunited around 1997 & the rappers have all released numerous solo projects. Lord Jamar has found fame in acting, appearing in various tv series. He himself has become a controversial figure with his outspoken social commentary.

Brand Nubian still make regular live show appearances, but there’s been no indication that they’ll release any new music. Tonight’s documentary should cover most of the story & we’ll know whether it was always ‘One For All’, or not.
(Rashad Unique)

The premiere of ‘Unsung’: Brand Nubian is tonight @ 9pm, repeated later @ 11pm.
Visit the TV One website here

Brand Nubian
Premiere Party
Five Spot Soul Food
459 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
5pm – 11pm EDT

To celebrate tonight’s ‘Unsung’ of Brand Nubian a premiere party is being held at Five Spot Soul Food restaurant & lounge. It’s located at 459 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn & begins at 5pm until 11pm. To be hosted by Mic Hanz, the Music will be provided by DJ Alamo, Just Blaze & DJ Tahliem. Day party drinks specials will be available.

Visit the Five Spot Soul Food website here


Sean Price’s ‘Imperius Rex’ album art & tracklist

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Sean Price
Imperius Rex
Ruck Down Records/Duck Down Music Inc.
Scheduled release date: August 8th

On August 8th 2015, the death of Sean Price sadly took place. This year the 2nd anniversary of the event will be marked by the release of a collection of tracks by him entitled ‘Imperius Rex’.

The album will feature guest appearances from Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Junior Reid, Buckshot, Ruste Juxx, DOOM, Prodigy, Styles P, Smif N Wessun, Rock & more. Amongst those who handled production duties are Marco Polo, Nottz & Alchemist.

Finally, the album name? ‘Imperious’ means: befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments, commanding & dominant with arrogant assurance. ‘Rex’ means: ‘King’ in Latin. Does that define Sean Price? His fans would certainly say so!

The project is scheduled to drop next week, August 8th 2017 & will be released through Ruck Down Records & Duck Down Music Inc.
(Rashad Unique)

Check out the full tracklist below:

1. Imperius Rex
2. Dead or Alive (feat. Bernadette Price)
3. Definition Of God
4. Ape In His Apex feat. Ruste Juxx
5. Apartheid (feat. Buckshot & Steele)
6. Lord Have Mercy (feat. Rim P & Vic Spencer)
7. Negus (feat. DOOM & Ike Eyez)
8. Church Bells (feat. Junior Reid)
9. The 3 Lyrical Ps (feat. Prodigy & Styles P)
10. Not97 Skit
11. Refrigerator P!
12. Prisoner (feat. Freeway)
13. Resident Evil
14. Clans & Cliks (feat. Smif N Wessun, Rock, Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck & Foul Monday)
15. Rap Professor
16. Price Family (feat. Bernadette Price)

Preview, buy & download ‘Imperius Rex’ @ iTunes here

J-Live wants us to swim 9000 miles to reach his fundraising project

Fundraising Campaign

The 9000 Miles Project

The rapper J-Live has announced a fundraising project to finance his teaching campaign. In order to do this more effectively he needs to upgrade his studio. He aims to teach those of all ages, utilizing the art form of Hip Hop, all in order to enable people to empower themselves for the better. Those who donate to this fund will be rewarded with a gift. The more donated then the greater the reward.

Project details:
Peace! My name is J-Live. I’m an emcee, producer, DJ, and an educator. Born and raised in New York City. Currently residing here in Atlanta Georgia.

9000 Miles is my very first crowdfunding project. The purpose of this campaign is to enable and empower me to serve not just an artist, but as an educator.

My vision is to not only teach through my lyrical content and performances, but also through lectures, classes and hands on workshops for aspiring artists of all ages. The title “9000 Miles” and the concept, is actually an old song of mine.

It actually refers to the lessons of the 5% Nation and the N.O.I. The lesson is a poetic conversation about the [Trans] Atlantic Slave Trade. This notion of a captured people that want to return to their home but can’t swim 9000 miles across the ocean. This question of; Why didn’t their people come and get them? And this answer that, their people just didn’t know where they were. Metaphorically for me, it represents struggle, not just artistically but financially as well.

A lot of us, artists and otherwise, are treading water and surviving in sink or swim situations. So this 9000 Miles gofundme is my way of saying, “I’m here, and I’m asking for help.”

I’ve actually developed a curriculum to teach everything that I’ve learned through my experiences and travels as a hip hop artist; Writing, recording performing, cutting and scratching, blending, mixing, producing, beat making and then some.

The goal of this campaign is raise money to take this knowledge from my little home studio here, to the hip hop ed community around the world. Upgrading this studio will empower me to not only better produce and perform my own music, but help me to enable others to get the best of themselves creatively through hip hop.

The money will go towards repairing gear, updating and improving software, hardware, learning new technologies, so that I can apply them to my own music and have more to teach others, and of course some day to day living expenses. It will also allow me to outsource things I’ve been doing myself out of necessity and pay other creatives for their time energy and skill. Things like art direction, photography, videography, engineering, marketing, promotion, publicity, you name it.

And for fans of my music, a lot of whom affectionately refer to me as underrated, I can’t begin to express how much this help will enable me with the head space, the time, the resources, to not just make more music but to expose more people to my music.

For advocates and allies, these funds will help me to become not just a more successful independent hip hop artist, but to actually serve the community as a social entrepreneur.

I am thankful for any all support you’re willing to give. Be it monetary or social by sharing this with other people. I’ve set up rewards and incentives for various levels of support. From music in my digital catalogue, to signed CDs, to T shirts, to posters to online experiences and even some in person experiences for people here in Atlanta. But to show and prove the value of this project, I’ve actually begun producing a series of videos speaking on different points in the curriculum. I’ll be rolling them out as things progress.

One of the things I liked about gofunme is that projects don’t have expirations or time limits. Having said that, I’m actually setting a goal of 2 weeks for the 9000 Miles Project to reach the benchmark of $9000. As an added incentive to reach this goal in time, I’m pledging from the onset that monies exceeding $9000 will be split between this project and other like minded crowd funding campaigns from other people. Consider this my way of paying it forward. I’ll be back here frequently keeping you posted as things progress. I want to thank you in advance for your support. PEACE!
(J-Live/Justice Allah)

Rewarded donations start at $65.00 & upwards.

Donate to J-Live’s 9000 Miles Project here