Pete Rock’s DJing set, which included timeless hits by A Tribe Called Quest and Mobb Deep, suddenly came to halt. Once in a while, technical issues can mire a live performance. Faulty microphones or speakers blowing out are just some of the difficulties that can cause a lull in the show. Last Thursday night at Hip-Hop History Live, it was the turntables. So while Pete Rock fiddled with the cords to restore any type of sound, owner Marcus Linial of the Canal Room appeared on stage to speak about the significance of bringing together historical MCs.
Younger and older admirers gathered to the Canal Room, which all appreciated the nightclub’s milestone of reaching eight years since its renovation. From the music mecca Shine to the Canal Room, it has become one of Manhattan’s go-to destinations for a sensory overload of music and a lively scene. Performers, Nice & Smooth, Brand Nubian and Pete Rock & CL Smooth, headlined the night and are considered some of hip-hop’s most revered artists.
Speaking to a packed crowd at the Gansevoort Hotel’s penthouse in NYC Wednesday night, Wale held a release party for his Maybach Music Group debut Ambition. It was a big night for the MMG star: Meek Mill, J.Cole, Fabolous Jim Jones, industry tastemakers, media veterans like our editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson and LowKey all stopped by to congratulate him. He’s in a different place now – no major label hits or record sales holding him back –and it’s his music that’ll finally make a lasting impact. Most hip-hop heads know Wale can deliver solid mixtapes, but can he bring the same venomous wordplay and heart in his latest release? Judging by the many daps and pounds Wale received during the night and him returning the love, the Washington D.C. native is living out his ambitions.
At this year’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, in which hundreds of musical performances, afterparties, and few indie film screenings like Michael Rapaport‘s Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest invaded New York City, last Saturday held a major line-up featuring Kendrick Lamar at the Gramercy Theatre. Hosted by Karen Civil and Angela Yee, the performance was tailor-made for the new school and veterans of hip-hop to shine in the limelight. Dawn Richard from Dirty Money, Connecticut’s Rich Hil, New Orlean’s Chase N. Cashe, Taylor Gang affiliate Neako, Brooklyn-bred, cocaine rapper Troy Ave, and Toronto natives The Airplane Boys delivered their music samples to a hungry crowd just waiting to see Kendrick.
Three weeks into Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All’s WOLF GANG National Tour and frontman Tyler, the Creator said the unexpected. “I’m not gonna lie, I’m exhausted as fuck. Bare with me.” For the controversial, provocative and foul-mouthed Tyler, to have him admit his dwindling energy was one small thing. Compared to watching the ringleader and Hodgy Beats jump from the second floor balcony into a sea of fans, then continue with stage dives and aggressive-fueled dancing afterwards was another.
Check out this review on Odd Future. Trust us, we both went to this show (Joesph in Kansas, me in NYC) and it was absolute bananas. We are still talking about it.