Monday, July 27, 2009

Hip Hop & R&B New Releases 7/28: J-Kwon, Fabolous And More

The following new releases are available from Amazon.



Fabolous - Loso’s Way (Regular Version)
Island Def Jam/Desert Storm



Fabolous - Loso’s Way (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD)
Island Def Jam/Desert Storm



J-Kwon - Hood Hop 2.5
HoodHop Music/Gracie Productions

Also available:

Kristinia DeBarge - Exposed
Island Def Jam/SodaPop

Dudley Perkins - Holy Smokes
1 AM Approach

Trillville Presents Lil Atlanta - It'z Me
SMC Recordings

Busta Rhymes ft. Estelle "World Go Round" video and photos



Check out the photos from the video shoot:
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Hip Hop Weekly Video Recap 7/24

I'm currently vacationing in Europe right now and finding time to do some postings. Will be able to do more over the weekend. Meanwhile...

The Hip Hop and R&B weekly video recap week ending 7/24.
Just click the links.

Featured video:

KiD CuDi ft. Kanye West, Common & Lady Gaga "Make Her Say"



Friday, July 24, 2009
Big Sean "Getcha Some"

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Rick Ross ft. Trina "Face"

Zion I ft. K. Flay "Coastin'"

B.A.M. ft. Keith Murray "Go Harder"

dead prez "Summertime"

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
U-N-I "Land of the Kings"

Peter Jackson ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Paper Boy"

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Rich Boy "Country Club"

88 Keys "The Friends Zone"

French Montana ft. Jadakiss "New York Minute"

Monday, July 20, 2009
Twista ft. Do Or Die & Johnny P "Yo Body"

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Mack 10 ft. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross "So Sharp"

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Method Man & Redman at Hip Hop Open Minded Festival 2009 In Germany

Method Man and Redman Mannheim Germany
Saturday July 18.

Quality footage below.

(video courtesy of 0711camiLo & highmighty69)











Snoop Gets 'Blazed and Confused' In the State of Washington Performance Videos And Photos Posted

Snoop on the 'Blazed and Confused' Tour Saturday July 18 in George, WA at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Lady of Rage comes out with Snoop in #3 video.

Quality footage below.

(video courtesy of Bipets2001)









Photos:
Wire Image

Snoop Dogg 'Blazed and Confused' Tour Dates with Slightly Stoopid

July 19 Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheater
July 20 West Valley City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
July 22 Vancouver, British Columbia - Pacific Coliseum
July 24 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 25 Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 30 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park
July 31 St. Petersburg, FL - Vinoy Park
August 5 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 6 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
August 7 Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
August 8 Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center

Cypress Hill Performs In Detroit

Cypress Hill opening for Alice in Chains & Kid Rock at the Comerica Park in Detroit Saturday July 18.

Fan shot footage below.



Photos:
Getty Images

Hip Hop and R&B New Releases For July 21: Trife Diesel, Eyedea & Abilities And More

The following releases are available from Amazon

July 21



Trife Diesel - Better Late Than Never
TDL


Eyedea & Abilities - By The Throat
Rhymesayers


Awol One & Factor - Owl Hours
Fake Four Inc.



Jordin Sparks - Battlefield (Regular Version)
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield (Deluxe CD/DVD)
Jive/Zomba/19 Records



Raphael Saadiq - Live From The Artists Den (DVD)
Columbia



DJ Spinna - Sonic Smash
High Water Music

Beyonce: West Coast 2009 I Am...World Tour Re-Cap With Show Reviews, Videos and Photos

All fan shot video below.

July 9 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena





Sacramento Bee Review
Beyoncé's Arco Show Leaves Lasting Impression

Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena Photos:
Getty Images

July 10 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena

Previous - Full Report Here
Beyonce: Oakland, CA Show Review, Photos And Videos Posted

July 11 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center





L.A. Times
Review of the Honda Center show

Orange County Register
Beyoncé Dazzles Without Signifying Much In Anaheim

July 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center









Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center Photos:
WENN
Film Magic
Rex Features
Startraks Photo

Bathing Ape London Grand Opening Party Photos Posted Online



The Bathing Ape London Grand Opening Party took place at 24 Nightclub in London's Soho district near Oxford Circus on Friday July 17. Guests included super model Jasmine Leonard, singer Remi Nicole, DJ Mark Ronson and Pharrell Williams. Judging by the pictures, Bathing Ape's Nigo didn't make the event.

Check out the party photos here:
Startraks Photo
Rex Features
Film Magic

Bathing Ape London Store Preview Here:
Hypebeast

Bathing Ape London officially opened Saturday July 18.

Q-Tip at Central Park NYC SummerStage Performance And Photos Posted Online

Q-Tip at SummerStage Saturday July 18 in Central Park. Of note, check out Sean "Diddy" Combs rocking out to Q-Tip on stage in video #4 and the legendary DJ Scratch on the turntables.

Fan shot footage below.











Check out the photos from the Q-Tip performance and more here:
Getty Images

The Game London Performance And Photos Posted Online

The Game Friday July 17 London's Hammersmith Apollo show.

Fan shot footage below.







Check out the show photos here:
Rex Features

Friday, July 17, 2009

Big Boi Leaving Jive Records Signing With Def Jam



After the much delayed 'Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty', Outkast's Big Boi confirms the split with long time label Jive Records. Outkast were originally signed to Laface Records by L.A. Reid in the 90's, then it merged with Jive Records in 2002 and then Reid left the label in 2004 for his current post at Def Jam as Chairman. With this latest news, Big Boi renews his partnership with Reid by signing with Def Jam.

Read more here

What does this mean for Outkast and Andre 3000 who are currently signed to Jive Records? Does it mean Outkast will have 2 label homes? Time will tell.

DJ Spinna: NYC In-Store & Album Release Party Scheduled



DJ Spinna 'Sonic Smash' out July 21 on High Water Music

(via press release)

Renowned super producer DJ Spinna is ready to wreck some eardrums with his latest release, Sonic Smash. After working with legends such as former Temptation Eddie Kendricks, famed jazz artist/vibraphonist Roy Ayers, and prolific Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes, Spinna gets back to his hip-hop roots.

Sonic Smash features a smorgasbord of talented emcees: Little Brother's Phonte, Elzhi of Slum Village, Torae, and others contribute verses. Elzhi gets busy on "More Colors," working in a clever American flag metaphor. South Florida rapper Dynas shows off his mic skills on the spacey "More." If Aldous Huxley was into hip-hop, this would be Brave New World's theme song.

The bulk of the artists on Sonic Smash are relatively unknown. Newbies (and label mates) Fresh Daily, P.Casso, and Homeboy Sandman hold their own on "Get on Down", the thumping cymbals and horns push the verses along with the pomp of a polished marching band. Newcomer and Atlanta native Señor Kaos proves he has chops on "Call me Señor," his lyrics floating effortlessly over Spinna's jazzy piano key melody.

Sonic Smash's 14 well-crafted tracks showcase DJ Spinna's legendary production expertise. The album drops on July 21 on High Water Music.

Check out the first single from Sonic Smash, "New York" featuring Jigmasters.

DJ Spinna feat. Jigmasters "New York"

DJ Spinna In-Store CD Signing at Fat Beats & Release Party at Southpaw BK

FATBEATS NYC IN-STORE:

Monday, July 20th
7pm
406 Avenue of The Americas
NY, NY 1001

DJ SPINNA ALBUM RELEASE PARTY AT SOUTHPAW (BROOKLYN):

Tuesday, July 21st
10pm
125 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Special Guest DJ's Include: DJ Premier :: DJ Scratch

Performing Live: Sadat X :: Jigmasters :: Fresh Daily :: Any Many More

For More Information:

http://www.myspace.com/djspinnafrombrooklyn

Awol One & Factor "Owl Hours" out July 21



(via press release)

Produced by Saskatoon's FACTOR with Executive Producer XZIBIT

July 16th, 2009 - After the underground 2007 classic Only Death Can Kill You, emcee Awol and producer Factor are releasing their latest LP, Owl Hours. Out on July 21st Owl Hours is a self-professed party album. Topics range from curious celebrations, to nostalgic odes to former loves to straight up drunken party anthems all told through the eccentric eyes of Walrus One (Awol One = Awolrus). The instrumentals move from electronic pop to folk hop with guest vocalists including Aesop Rock, Myka 9, Tha Alkaholiks and Xzibit.

"Awol's latest collaboration with producer Factor is a gorgeous synthesis on par with the Deltron 3030 of Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator." - The Phoenix

Over his nearly 15 year career Awol One has built a strong grassroots fan base from touring extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe by himself and as a member of the legendary Shape Shifters crew. He's collaborated on tracks with artists including KRS One, Kool Keith and Atmosphere and been featured in outlets including URB, Spin, Thrasher, and Vice.

Producer/DJ Factor has worked with the likes of Busdriver, Moka Only, and Sadat X (Brand Nubian) with over 20 albums under his belt. Born and raised in Saskatoon, he consistently combines smooth melodic samples and live instruments over one of kind beats with precisely crafted production.

Together, Awol One and Factor have toured with Montreal's Islands, released a previous album, and now with Owl Hours come off as strong as ever with catchy, hard hitting tracks that never fail to keep the art and music completely real and completely original.

OWL HOURS Track Listing:

1. "Glamorous Drunk"
2. "Celebrate"
3. "Official"
4. "Stand Up" (feat. Aesop Rock & Myka 9)
5. "Up Downtown"
6. "Waste the Wine" (feat. Tash & E-Swift from Tha Liks)
7. "Back Then" (feat. Gregory Pepper and Ceschi)
8. "Destination"
9. "Darkness" (feat. Sunspot Jonz, Gel Roc & Jizzm)
10. "Brains Out" (feat. Xzibit)
11. "Sunset Sandwich"

For music and more info on Awol One & Factor please visit: www.myspace.com/awolone

Wu-Tang Clan: RZA talks Chamber Music with French TV

Le Wu-Tang Clan, Le RZA, Oui, oui!



(video courtesy of kazados.tv)

Young Jeezy: ESPY Awards pre-show arrival interview talks new album

75% done with 'Thug Motivation 103', tracks with Kanye, it's looking good that we'll see some new Young Jeezy product out before the close of 2009.

Also according to IMDb, 'Janky Promoters' the comedy movie starting Young Jeezy, Ice Cube and Mike Epps is complete and ready for release in 2009.



(video courtesy of Hip Hollywood)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mariah Carey arrives in stores August 25 countdown widget available

Hurricane Chris latest activities, studio session with Rick Ross, Beenie Man and photo shoot in Miami

Hurricane Chris is defying the term 'one-hit wonder' by working with the best and brightest in the hip hop/urban world. Seen here in a NYC studio, Hurricane Chris hangs with Rick Ross and Dancehall superstar Beenie Man working on the 'Halle Berry' remix which is jumping in all the clubs across this land. We also have a photo shoot that Chris did in Miami for one of the upcoming covers for Ozone Magazine.





Hurricane Chris 'Unleashed' is currently scheduled August 18 on Polo Grounds/J Records.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Little Brother at Montreux Jazz Festival 2009 video posted



plus bonus prep-show footage of AB who is Black Milk's keyboardist with Black Milk, Little Brother and Daru, Black Milk's drummer backstage before the show. Black Milk and Little Brother played a back to back set at the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on Saturday July 4. Talib Kweli closed out the show that night.

Black Milk: Michael Jackson tribute in Paris

Black Milk raps over 'Rock With You' and his live band does an improvisation as well at La Nouveau Casino in Paris France Wednesday July 15.



88-Keys interview in Boston

Under The Gun Review interviews 88-Keys backstage at the House of Blues in Boston July 14 .





(interview video courtesy of under the gun review)

88 Keys THE GREAT HANGOVER TOUR W/ KID CUDI & ASHER ROTH

July 15 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre Times Square
July 16 - Mariaville, NY - Indian Lookout Country Club
July 17 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
July 18 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
July 20 - North Kansas City, MO - VooDoo Lounge
July 21 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
July 22 - Park City, UT - Harry O's
July 23 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
July 24 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
July 26 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
July 27 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
July 29 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
July 30 - Austin, TX Stubb's Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amph.
July 31 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
August 2 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
August 3 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
August 4 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
August 5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

The Game performance in Leeds UK

July 14 in O2 Academy Leeds, UK









E1 Music Names Alan Grunblatt President



(via press release)

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 13, 2009) - E1 Music today announced that Alan Grunblatt, long-time General Manager and Executive Vice President of E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records), has been promoted to President, Rock and Urban. Grunblatt replaces Bob Frank, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

"We thank Bob for his many contributions over ten years of dedicated service," said E1 Music Chief Executive Officer Michael Koch.

"We also congratulate Alan on his new role. He has been a loyal executive and a true rainmaker for us for ten years, and I am very pleased to announce his promotion to President," added Koch.

Grunblatt will report directly to Koch. His responsibilities have also been expanded to include oversight of the rock genre for E1 Music. As such, Scott Givens, VP of Metal, will now report to Grunblatt.

E1 also announced today the promotion of Michael Healy to Executive VP and General Manager of E1 Music. He was formerly EVP for Finance and Operations.

"Michael Healy has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for running things smoothly in the face of the stormiest conditions, and we are pleased to have his steady hand helping to guide the E1 Music ship," said Koch.

Chuck Mitchell, VP of Jazz and Adult Music, will now oversee Susan DelGiorno, GM of E1 Classics, and Hugh Fordin, President of DRG Records. Chuck Mitchell will report to Koch as well.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Michael Jackson: One week sales Absolutely Staggering

According to Billboard based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Michael Jackson sells 1.1 Million Albums In One Week.



Read the Billboard article here

Whitney Houston: Clive Davis talks about upcoming 'I Look to You' release



On the eve of the Whitney Houston 'I Look To You' listening session in London for the international media, Clive Davis, the record business impresario who has guided the superstar's career, spoke with ABC News and declared that 'You Won't Forget' Whitney Houston's New Album.

Read more of the article here

Check out the photos from the 'I Look To You' July 14 listening session at London's Mandarin Oriental Hotel here:
Rex Features

**Here's the review of the listening session via Billboard**

Whitney Houston 'I Look To You' is currently scheduled for September 1

Q-Tip interviewed on Japanese TV



Also for people in NYC and the metropolitan area, Q-Tip will be headlining Central Park SummerStage this Saturday July 18.

Q-Tip "The Renaissance" in stores now.

Grandmaster Flash interviewed at DJ DAY 2009 in Paris, France

Grandmaster Flash expels his wisdom about the art of being a DJ and how he learned the craft early on at the "DJ Day 2009" conference in Paris, France July 5.

Since we're on the subject of France, Happy Bastille Day!





Monday, July 13, 2009

Rakim announces "This Is Me Live From New York City" with long awaited-The Seventh Seal



Rakim has been out of the limelight for quite some time, but he is still highly revered from the golden age of hip hop and up to 2009 as a pioneer.

In this interview with Billboard's Gail King, Rakim sheds some light on how spirituality plays a role with the much anticipated "The Seventh Seal".

BB: What's the story behind the title, "The Seventh Seal"?

RAKIM: The seals are from the Bible- Revelations and the coming of the Apocalypse. But Islam, Judaism, Christianity: all have a version of the same events. The Lion of Judah breaks the seven seals one by one, each imparting knowledge and inflicting catastrophe, ending with seven trumpets announcing the end of Times. After the Apocalypse, God rises from the ashes to recreate the Kingdom, taking only the greatest elements from the past with them.

When you look at Hip-Hop, I want to do that: to spit fire and take our best from the ashes to build our kingdom; to recognize all the regional styles, conscious lyrics, the tracks, underground, mainstream, the way we treat each other. Lose the garbage and rebuild our scene. I've always tried to insert consciousness and spirituality in my records, interpreting the writings of all cultures and religions and how they apply to life in modern times.

BB: Does this album contain any material from the unreleased album you did with Dr. Dre or is it all new music?

RAKIM: No, that's locked down in the lab for now. This is me live from New York City, everything brand new.

Read more of the article here

Rakim "The Seventh Seal" is tentatively set for September 15

Bobby Brown runs through the hits at DJ Cassidy's Birthday Party NYC



DJ Cassidy's Birthday party held at the New York's Public Library Tuesday July 7.
Besides the Bobby Brown performance, Rakim performed as well. Khloe Kardasian, Nas, video director Little X enjoyed the festivities and Jay-Z slipped in later.

Check out the photos:
Getty Images
Wire Image
Film Magic
Patrick McMullan

(video courtesy on Ms Drama TV)

Hip Hop and R&B new releases for July 14: Twista, Joe and more

The following new releases are available from Amazon

July 14


Twista - Category 5
EMI/Get Money Gang


Joe - Signature
Kedar Entertainment Group


Beastie Boys - Ill Communication (2 Disc Remastered)
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication (Vinyl Remastered)
Capitol Records


CunninLyguists - Strange Journey v.1
Bad Taste Records/APOS/Sidecho


Krizz Kaliko - Genius
Strange Music


La Coka Nostra - A Brand You Can Trust
Suburban Noize

Also available:

Chico Debarge - Addiction
Kedar Entertainment Group

The Dallas Austin Experience - 8 Daze A Weakend
Universal/Motown/Rowdy

Tha Realest - Witness Tha Realest
RBC Records

Lisa Lisa - Love N Life
Mass Appeal

Jay-Z new book deal in the works?



**update**

According to The New York Observer, Jay-Z plans to release a book commenting on and telling the stories behind his lyrics plus two other books one traditional memoir and another a business book.

3 total. First (lyric) book is called Decoded.

This will be the first book by Jay-Z, who famously claims never to write down his lyrics on paper. When it will be published is unknown. The multiplatinum-selling rapper's next album, The Blueprint III, is scheduled for release on Sept. 11, 2009.

Read more of the article here

Snoop performs live at OC skateboard competition photos and video posted

Snoop performing here in Costa Mesa, CA at the 2nd Annual 2009 Maloof Money Cup skateboard competition Sunday, July 12.



Click here for photos of Snoop and the skateboarders:
Getty Images
Wire Image

Jay-Z and Ciara: Atlanta concert canceled due to severe weather conditions



According to Allhiphop, the Jay-z and Ciara show in Atlanta scheduled for Sunday July 12, was canceled due to severe thunderstorms in the area.

The show will be rescheduled at a later date.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Omarion: Recent Frankfurt Germany performance video posted

From Omarion's June 27 performance at the Union Halle in Frankfurt, Germany. Marques Houston was also on the bill.

Fan shot footage below.



With Omarion supposedly signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money label, we should see some new material out this year or in 2010.

Heltah Skeltah performs in the Netherlands

Heltah Skeltah performed at Hip Hop In Duke Town 2009 music festival in the Netherlands Saturday, July 11.

Fan shot footage below.



Ghostface Killiah takes over Australia performance videos posted

On Ghostface Killah's recent June 2009 Australian Tour trek.

Fan shot footage at HQ in Adelaide Australia, June 23


Fan shot footage at The Forum in Sydney, Australia June 24




Fan shot footage at the Espy Hotel in Melbourne Australia June 25

Tash of Tha Alkaholiks performs at Hip Hop Jam 2009 in Czech Republic video posted

All fan shot footage below July 10-11.

Tash








Tash "Control Freek" out now on Amalgam Digital

Xzibit at Hip Hop Jam 2009 Czech Republic video footage posted

All fan shot footage below July 10-11.

Xzibit






Black Violin brings their classical form of hip hop to Switzerland live performance video posted

Miami's Black Violin, the duo featuring Kev Marcus and Wil-B, played at the Open Air Fraunfeld 2009 Music Festival Saturday July 11 provided one of the more interesting live sets of the day.



Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland Tour Show Poster.

N.E.R.D.: Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland video posted

Open Air Frauenfled 2009 Music Festival Switzerland Sunday, July 12.

Fan film footage below.





Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland Tour Show Poster.

Kanye West: Open Air Frauenfled 2009 Music Festival Switzerland videos posted

Open Air Frauenfled 2009 Music Festival Switzerland Friday, July 10 performance, in which Kanye closed out the night.

Fan shot video posted below.

Kanye West












Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland Tour Show Poster.

Ludacris, Game and more: First glimpses of Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland videos posted

All fan shot footage below.

Ludacris Sunday, July 12


The Game Friday, July 10




Jedi Mind Tricks Saturday, July 11


Hilltop Hoods Saturday, July 11




If I find better footage, I'll post it up.

Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland Tour Show Poster.

50 Cent vs. Jedi Mind Tricks at Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland

What appears to be some friendly competition sparked by 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew against Jedi Mind Tricks. While on stage 50 Cent engages his side of the audience into a screaming/power match to blow out Philly's own, Jedi Mind Tricks who were performing on the opposite stage at the Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival in Switzerland Saturday, July 11. What really takes place is a strange Euro 50 Cent vs. Jedi Mind Tricks mash-up over some ones camera phone. In the end, 50 says tells the crowd "They (Jedi Mind Tricks) Ain't F**king With Us Over There."



Open Air Frauenfeld 2009 Music Festival Switzerland Tour Show Poster.

Marsha Ambrosius performs Michael Jackson tribute in London and more show video footage

Floetry's Marsha Ambrosius performed a one off show at London's Jazz Cafe Sunday July 5.

During the MJ tribute, you can hear a pin drop.

Pro-shot footage below (courtesy of Soul Culture Media).





Fan shot footage MJ tribute below.



Beyonce: Oakland, CA show review, photos and videos posted

Silicon Valley Mercury News blogger Jim Harrington had this to say about the Friday, July 10, Beyonce Oakland California Oracle Arena show:

The 13-piece all-female band was roaring at full throttle. The nine dancers were moving through some crazy bump-and-grind routines. And the capacity crowd was up on its feet and singing along at full volume.

The colorful light show was on overdrive and the sound system was cranked so high that it was hard to hear one’s own thoughts. The swirl of activity onstage, as well as seemingly in every nook of the arena, was almost too much for the senses to fully absorb.

It was a moment of pure triumph, and one that would’ve served as a fitting encore. Yet, it was only the first song _ and Beyonce was just getting started.

In all, the 27-year-old R&B/pop star’s show at the Oracle Arena in Oakland _ part of her North American “I Am . . . Tour” _ was the finest pop music spectacle that local fans are likely to witness in 2009. Indeed, it was the best one to grace a Bay Area stage since the singer’s previous trek, “The Beyonce Experience,” touched down at the same venue back in 2007.

Read more of the show review here

Fan shot video below.








Check out the photos here:
Film Magic
Getty Images

Beyonce I Am...North America Tour Dates:
July 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
July 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
July 17 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 18 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
July 30 - Las Vegas, NV- Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
July 31 - Las Vegas, NV- Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
August 1 - Las Vegas, NV - Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
August 2 - Las Vegas, NV - Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas

Michael Jackson gets his own 'Milli'



Well, sort of...as I was looking on Ebay, and saw this. It reminds me of the commemorative Obama dollar bills floating around awhile back.

Read more about the Michael Jackson commemorative bank note here

Kool Keith releasing Lost Masters Vol.3 collection August 4



(via press release)

3 Disc Set, 50 Songs From The Vaults Including The All New Volume 3

Kool Keith "Lost Masters Collection" Volume 3 on August 4th through DMAFT Records/Oglio Records. A 3 disc set, 50 songs from the vaults including the all new . Full album official ring tones are also available for the first time for Kool Keith.

Los Angeles CA (Vocus/PRWEB ) July 10, 2009 -- Kool Keith is set to launch the epic Lost Masters Collection on August 4th through DMAFT Records/Oglio Records, a Fontana/Universal distributed label. The legend, the cult icon, the genius, the enigma, the spankmaster, the doctors, the man with 1,000 personalities celebrates his on-going Lost Masters series with a special three CD set. The all new Lost Masters Volume 3 combined with the re-issues Lost Masters Volume 1 and Volume 2 as special bonus discs in collectable DigiPak packaging. Kool Keith is releasing three discs of music, 50 tracks, for a single disc price to give back to his fans for years of support.

The first single and video from the Lost Masters Collection is "Laid Back In The Sun" (video directed by GrandFather Greenbacks). Kool Keith ring tones are available for all three Lost Masters releases (and all his DMAFT Records releases). DMAFT Records, an Oglio Entertainment Group Inc. label, has been a consistent home base for Kool Keith, releasing his Lost Masters series, the Diesel Truckers project, his return with the legendary Ultramagnetic MC's and a related project, the Siamese Sex Show.

Volume 1 Track Listing
1) Tess Sh*t
2) Baby Baby
3) You Can't Go Outside
4) Robert Perry
5) Freaks
6) Girls Want You
7) New York City
8) Sh*t Expands
9) Cleavage
10) Girl You Know
11) Telephone Girlfriend
12) Everybody Playin' Here
13) Taking Pictures
14) Gina Called
15) Same Sound
16) Trying To Talk To You

Volume 2 Track Listing
1) Move
2) Women Turn On your T.V.
3) She Likes Your Sex
4) Varoom
5) Can't F@#K Wit This
6) The Voo Doo
7) Feel About You
8) Kiss My Ass
9) Two Steps
10) Star Struck
11) No Stress
12) Tell 'em B*tch
13) I Want You To Be
14) 14th Song On The Album
15) Think You're Sexy
16) Iraqi Verse
17) Keep On Jumpin'
18) Dark Thought (outro)

Volume 3 Track Listing
1) I'm Nice
2) Dance For You
3) Real Gold
4) Laid Back In The Sun
5) I Am Computer
6) Botswana
7) California Fly
8) Dunk On Them
9) No Sucker
10) Magician
11) Space Center
12) Motel 6 Super 8
13) Your Phone
14) Maxithong
15) Tell Them How
16) Future Galaxy

For more Kool Keith info visit:
http://www.myspace.com/koolkeith

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Monica fine tunes songs in the studio with Jermaine Dupri for upcoming release

Monica is currently finalizing tracks for her next album "Still Standing" in Atlanta. Seen here with music producers Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Micheal Cox and with a Michael Jackson dance routine by Monica's son Lil Rocko, Monica keeps us abreast of her latest activities as the cameras are rolling. Songwriter Johnta Austin rolls into the session on a motorbike, too.



Monica "Still Standing" is currently slated for November 2009.

La Coka Nostra: Roskilde Festival 2009 performance posted

Everlast, Danny Boy, DJ Lethal, Ill Bill, Slaine and Big Left, are the super rap group known as La Coka Nostra and here's their performance at the Rokskilde Festival 2009 in Denmark Friday July 3











La Coka Nostra debut album "A Brand You Can Trust" out July 14 on Suburban Noize Records