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RAS KASS – SO O.G.

Ras Kass continues to prove why he’s one of the most underrated lyricists in hip hop with “So O.G.” that finds the Carson emcee spitting over some smooth production.

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RHYTHM ROULETTE – KIRK KNIGHT

Pro Era producer and emcee Kirk Knight gets down with the good folks at Mass Appeal for a little Rhythm Roulette.

For this episode of Rhythm Roulette, we got up with Pro Era producer and emcee Kirk Knight at Generation Records. Kirk’s three random record selections: John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together, the soundtrack for the movie Exodus, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. Kirk chose Exodus and a bit of Flower Drum Song to work with and created something for y’all to listen to.

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DJ PREMIER TO BRING LIVE BAND TO NYC ON JUNE 13

Back in January, DJ Premier announced that he was forming a live band and took to Osaka and Japan for their debut performances. Finally, the band comprised of DJ Premier (Turntables), Brady Watt (Bass), Lenny “The Ox” Reece (Drums), Takuya Kuroda (Horns and Keys) & Corey King (Trombone and Keys) are taking their talents stateside with a performance at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on June 13th.

Premier explained his desire to bring live instrumentation to his show.

“I’ve always wanted to put a band together because I come from the 70’s when bands were everywhere in all genres,” DJ Premier said. “The only addition is turntables and my voice as the only lead.”

After the success overseas, Preemo said it was pretty much a no-brainer to bring the show to the state that is recognized as the birthplace of hip hop.

“We tested it out for Billboard Live in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and it went very well so this is another dart on the scoreboard,” he said.

So what is there to expect when the legendary producer hits the stage with a live band? Obviously, it will put a new spin on DJ Premier’s classics. But Preemo says that you can expect more than just DJ Premier classics from the live band.

“We get busy and have so many songs to choose from,” he said. “Not just DJ Premier Productions, all kinds so it’s gonna be a long ride of more greatness.”

Pick up your tickets to the show here.

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FASHAWN – HIGHER

Fashawn’s Exile-produced ode to his daughter Hannah get the visual treatment off of his critically acclaimed album The Ecology.

“The video brings the song to life in an organic and beautiful way. There isn’t enough positive images of young black men out there being fathers to their kids to begin with, especially in rap videos. I believe it’s a break from the norm and a side of me of that my audience doesn’t get to see everyday.”

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WATCH A SPECIAL DJ PREMIER SET ON THE BOILER ROOM AT 5PM EST!

Tune in to “The Boiler Room” in the YouTube video above at 5pm EST (2pm PST) for a special DJ set courtesy of the one and only DJ Premier.

We continue on our global Stay True Journey with Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky in Moscow, Russia, where we’ll be diving into the world of instrumental hip-hop as we showcase the rise of the local beats scene. Joining us on the trip is a fine selection of US artists who will be representing a movement born half a world away that helped inspire Russia’s own interpretation of the beat-led hip hop.

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NAS’ DOCUMENTARY ON BREAKERS AND RAPPERS IN UGANDA DEBUTS ONLINE

Back in 2013, Nas signed on to executive produce the documentary on hip hop’s global influence titled “Shake the Dust.” Director Adam Sjöberg chronicles the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across Uganda, Yemen, Colombia and Cambodia. The 85-minute documentary is narrated by Ugandan b-boy Karim as he takes us through hip hop’s powerful influence across the world.

“What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet,” Nas previously said about the project. “After hearing Adam’s vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear this surprising message of empowerment.”

The documentary is now available on Vimeo on Demand and will begin a limited theatrical rollout in on American soil starting on May 15 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Check out the trailer and below are the dates and locations for the theatrical run.

5/15-5/21 – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood CA
5/23 – 5/2 – Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland OR
6/11 & 6/14 – Film Bar Phoenix AZ Theatrical
6/18 Only – SIFF Film Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA
7/18 Only – Julydoscope Houston TX