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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.”