Talib Kweli Headlines The 2014 Boston Urban Music Festival
Last weekend (August 24th), Talib Kweli blessed Boston with an excellent performance at the annual Boston Urban Music Festival. Following performances from talented emcees out of the area like Latrell James and Moe Pope, the New York lyricist lit City Park Plaza on fire with a set that consisted of material from different stages of his career. In addition to providing the crowd with good music for a 45 minute set, he also spoke on the current situation in Ferguson and the everyday battle against racism and discrimination.
I’ve always heard good things about his performances specifically his outing at A3C, but I finally got the opportunity to witness it for myself. From beginning to end, he was in his zone, bringing forth a set that was intimate but also very energetic. Watch him perform cuts such as “Arm & Hammer,” “Neon Lights,” “Posed To Be In Love,” “Don’t Know,” and much more below. Stay tuned for some exclusive photos as well.
For the third installment of our interview series with beatmakers in the upcoming Hot Music Pro competition, I sat down with Sonick over at Mass Apparel in Allston, MA. In the exclusive, the DJ/producer speaks on his background in electronic producing, Hot Music Pro inspiring him to keep doing music, playing video games as a child, upcoming bootleg projects, and more.
Watch the interview below and stay tuned for the next one.
Jeezy & Future Hit The Virgin Islands For “No Tears”
Jeezykeeps the promotion for his upcoming album Seen It All going strong with a new video for “No Tears,” which features an excellent hook from Future and production from the incredible Mike Will Made It. The rappers hit the Virgin Islands and mingle with the locals for what is a inspiration cut. Director Elf Rivera handles the camera work.
Seen It All will be released September 2nd via Def Jam. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Game, Lil Boosie, Akon, and more will serve as guest appearances. You can find out more about the album in the ATL rapper’s recent sit down with Combat Jack and Premium Pete on The Combat Jack Show.
Philadelphia’s Ground Up are not new to hip hop by any means. “Daps” is still one of my favorite joints to date and I don’t see that changing any time soon. In the first verse of “Wrath of God,” Malakai shares a story that is all too common for artists trying to express themselves on an industry level nowadays, “Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never done it. Everybody can tell you how to sing it, they never sung it.” This theme lingers throughout the track in a rather calm fashion that exhibits the duo’s (well, trio with Bij Lincs handling the production side of things) laid-back, but still confident, bravado, which is about as cool as the Dos Equis Man casually chatting it up with a couple of monks. “Wrath of God” will be found on Ground Up’s forthcoming project, Mega. Stay tuned. Continue Reading →