World’s Fair x The AV Club at the Bowery Electric for a private brunch/film screening of their new video series, “Pioneering,”. At the brunch screaming, “FCK YR BRNCH!” Video recap and photos included.
Last night, The J. Dilla Foundation hosted its first annual tribute concerts to the late J. Dilla at Webster Hall. Featuring hip-hop’s highly respected and endearing pioneers like Jarobi from A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Pharaoh Monch, 88 Keys to young and promising artists like YC the Cynic and eclectic soul-hop band, Phone Ppl.
Anthony Flammia held his Love Day album release party for his latest record, Ups & Downs, last night at Pink Elephant Club; featured guest appearances by Eleven11, Tess, John Dep, and Remy.
“This past Tuesday, the self-identified gangster rapper invited me over to his humble abode up in Harlem to preview his album before it hit the Internet, and also to converse on general topics ranging from Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, the military and prison-industrial complexes, death of black-owned businesses, the falsehood of nationalism, and corny conscious rap in between our listening to his album. From our private listening session, I discerned a list of my top 10 favorites from a 20 hour-long listen through of this monster 20-track project. Below is a neat fragment from my afternoon with Luck.
“Proclaimed as “King of the Northwest”, Luck-One Conscious from Portland recently put out his 7th independent release at 12AM EST yesterday morning and shattered the ears of the Hip-Hop Interwebs. Titled “K.O.T.N.W. II: Curse Of The Pharaoh”, Luck’s album serves listeners with a palate of prolific sound that is crafted with committed and furious detail, providing a careful balance between conscious and party rap. Between incorporating the elements of nostalgic hip-hop of the mid-90’s – conscious rap of industry favorites like Black Star and Nas as well as classic party rap of Biggie and Pac at their peak – this body of work proves to be diverse and eclectic in taste, giving listeners a continent of choice and endless opportunity for discovery in a fresh-water of sound.”