With both of their collosul albums being released this summer, rap gods Kanye West and Jay Z are about to embark on seperate tours to promote these releases. The duo toured together two years ago when they dropped their collaboration album, Watch The Throne, and now have announced their seperate tours on the same day. Some things are just better in twos.
Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail tour will launch in Europe for 15 shows, and then come back to the states for a 33 city tour. Tickets go on sale September 12 on Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Below are the American tour dates.
He is back! Now with another album set to be released on November 5, Eminem is releasing the sequel to his 2000 classic "The Marhall Mathers LP".
If you guys don't remember MMLP was the first album that really brought Eminem into the mainstream light, with tracks like "Stan", "The Real Slim Shady", and "The Way I Am". Since then Eminem has had his personal ups and downs, which have been relative to his musical successes and woes. But nonetheless, Eminem is one of rap's all-stars and there is no doubting his empicable lyricism. "Marshall Mathers LP 2" will be executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, so you can only expect greatness.
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The annual hip-hop festival Rock The Bells is coming through the tri-state area this fall with a top-notch line-up, celebrating its 10-year anniversary in a big way. Stopping in four cities with over 50 acts, the festival means serious business. Serious hip hop business. The festival is saving the best for last (no bias) by stopping in the tri-state on October 4 & 5. The show will take place in New Jersey at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
During this eargasmic experience, fans will get to witness all the different shades of hip hop. There will be the current heavy-hitters such as J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Wale, and Big Sean rolling through to hype the crowd, and old school legends such as Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, KRS-One, Slick Rick, and Doug E Fresh will be performing as well, filling the air with the nostaglic sounds of yesteryear.You’ll also be able to catch some new up-and-comers such as Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, and Hit-Boy. To mix it up just a little bit, a electro hip-hop deejay/producer Pretty Lights and mash-up deejay Girl Talk will be performing as well. However, these are just a couple of the vast amount of artists that will be at Rock the Bells.
Last Thursday, celebrated musician Flo Rida hosted his "Hey Jasmin Experience" concert in Miami. Since his recent release of new smach album Wild Ones, which features hit singles "Whistle," "Good Feeling," and "Wild Ones" featuring Sia, Flo Rida released "Hey Jasmin" as a free track and video in appreciation of his fans. The hip hop star followed up the release with an intimate club performance in celebration of the song, as well as in celebration of his #1 single "Whistle."
The artist was surprised by his management team when they presented him with an incredible cake honoring his hit. There was also a special guest appearance by Interscope recording artist JRand.
Not many people would immediately connect the term Hip Hop artist with Ivy League school, but that's exactly what Upstate New York's Cornell University had in mind when they named music pioneer Afrika Bambaataa as a visiting scholar for the next three years.
Considered by many to be the "Godfather" of Hip Hop, Afrika Bambaataa (whose real name is Kevin Donovan) forever changed music when his 1982 single "Planet Rock" was released. At the time, a new sound was beginning to emerge which he quickly found himself at the forefront of. The song has been sampled by everyone from Paul Oakenfold to Ice Cube and even now, thirty years later, you can still hear it played in clubs everywhere.
If you're familiar with Flo Rida, you're probably familiar with his friend and colleague, hip hop artist J. Dash. Also from Florida, this artist has recently made a huge splash in the music world with his top-of-the-charts single, "WOP." The single comes off his debut album, Tabloid Truth, and has reached the Top 100 on the Billboard charts. The album is sold exclusively through Wal-Mart. J. Dash chats with us about his past musical experience, his new album, and the lovely ladies of his life.
You are a piano prodigy who records hip hop music. Will we hear you playing piano in any of your tracks?
Meet John Hamilton – a 23 year-old DJ making his way through the ever-present dance music scene. He’s opened for the likes of Steve Aoki and TV Rock and most recently turned heads at The Belvedere Music Lounge at the W South Beach during Miami Music Week. Like most, I was there to check out the event and see the heavy hitter lineup that featured Sander Van Doorn, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Tiesto, among others. But it wasn’t Tiesto nor Sander that had everyone talking. Instead, it was Sacramento native John Hamilton that got everyone's attention. He has the stage presence that resembles some of the greats, a talented ear, an ambitious attitude, a humble personality and a great look - a lot of qualities that could potentially result in superstardom. I sat down with the NYU senior to find out how it all began and where it’s going.
Ever been to a house party and ‘vibed’ out the entire time to the music in the background? I’m not talking about the occasional one or two songs everyone’s heard fifty million times on the radio which causes a mass karaoke sing-a-long; but actively or even subconsciously enjoyed an entire play list at a party. I’m talking about a playlist that evolves with the wave like patters that occur during a really good house party. From the “kick the door down and let’s take shots!” to the “it’s time to get the sleeping stranger out of the bathtub before you start cleaning” end of the night moments.
Hip Hop artist, Ne-Yo, will host his annual Compound Foundation Giving Tour this December. The first event kicks off on December 7th in Las Vegas. The four city celebration will then move to Chicago on December 8th, followed by Boston on Friday, December 9th, and ending in Washington D.C. on Sunday, December 11th. The Compound Foundation was founded in 2007 Ne-Yo a.k.a Shaffer Smith and his business partner Reynell Hay to bring awareness and improve quality of life for children in foster homes and group homes. The Foundation’s mission strives to help young people develop healthy relationships, pursue education, and help them achieve their dreams.