San Diego skater/emcee Ryan Bowers gets a jewel from DJ Premier in the form of the appropriately titled song “The Premier.” Check it out and keep an eye on the kid.
DJ Booth and Joell Ortiz joined forces for this unique cypher that brought together the art of rhyming with the ultimate urban gathering hole, the barber shop. The series — dubbed as “Fade To Famous” finds Ortiz bringing together emcees in New York for a barber shop cypher. Check out the mini documentary on what went into the cypher and the actual cypher itself.
The barber shop is the heart of the neighborhood, so when Joell Ortiz wanted to give back to the streets via the pure art of rhyming, it was the natural place to hold the first ever Fade to Famous and DJBooth cypher. We invited every willing rhyme spitter in the Big Apple to show and prove their skills, then selected the top six to get down in the cypher, closed out by Mr. Yaowa himself.
In the meantime, be sure to pick up Ortiz’ latest album House Slippers here, which debuted at #5 on Billboard’s rap albums list and features Slaughterhouse, Mally Stakz, B.o.B. and Maino as well as production from The Heatmakerz, Frequency and Illmind.
With the theatrical release of the documentary “Nas: Time is Illmatic” looming, the good folks at Hennessy put together this remarkable infographic that breaks down the connections between who and what inspired Nas classic album and how that album influenced the people around him.
Action Bronson and his appetite head down to New Orleans for the latest episode of “F*ck, that’s delicious.” In between touring and recording his new album, Bronson hit the Big Easy to chow down on some good food and soak in the southern blues scene. Bam Bam zeroed in on the finest fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, the best sandwiches at Coquette, late night fare at Mimi’s and a cooking lesson from the most dynamic chef in the city, Isaac Toups, of Toups’ Meatery.
With the release of Diamond D’s 7th studio album The Diam Piece (which you can cop here), the legendary Diggin’ In The Crates producer/emcee drops a jewel that features Talib Kweli, Skyzoo and elZHi. Give it a listen and then pick up the album that also features Pete Rock, Kurupt, Black Rob, Fat Joe, Chino XL, Pharoahe Monch, Hi Tek and more.
Filmmakers One9 and Erik Parker give some insight on their 10-year-journey to create the documentary on one of the greatest hip hop albums of all-time. Presented by Hennessy, “A LOOK INSIDE OF NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC” is the perfect precursor to the film.
Vintage footage from Video Music Box with the legendary Branford Marsalis in 1990. Classic members of the Gang Starr Foundation are in the clip including Jeru The Damaja, Lil Dap & Melachi The Nutcracker from Group Home, Mike Rone of F.A.B.I.D., Phat Gary, DJ Vic Black and many others posted up with the team.
My Gold teeth were in full effect and this brings me back to incredible memories of our great history. Long Live Keith “GURU” Elam and the Gang Starr Legacy
Congrats to Dilated Peoples on their new release “Directors Of Photogtaphy” AVAILABLE NOW!!! Glad to be a part of the LP… What up DJ Babu, Evidence, Rakaa Iriscience and the Rhymesayers Staff.