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Rakim Performs at CityParks Brooklyn SummerStage 2013 (Video)

Somebody will sneak a camera into a live performance venue and bring footage out to the masses. That’s just how we do. Well, they did; and here it is just for you: Rakim rocking live at CityParks Brooklyn SummerStage 2013, presented by Lyricist Lounge and the NYC Parks Department. Extra special bonus footage after the jump.

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J. Cole Explains Events Leading Up To Recording ‘Let Nas Down’ Song (Video)

Footage (part 1 above) from J. Cole’s listening session for his “Born Sinner” album in New York. Before pushing play, Cole gave the background story behind one of the tracks on the album, “Let Nas Down.” Part 2 after the jump.

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Red Bull Music Academy Guest Lecturer: Q-Tip (Video)

Above: Q-Tip (of the famed Golden Era group A Tribe Called Quest) speaking at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York. This episode of the Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture series gives us two hours of content featuring Leader Quest / emcee / producer / DJ.

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6th Annual Roots Picnic Mixtape By DJ Cosmo Baker


“Official 2013 Roots Picnic Mixtape” is a helluva stamp of approval for a mix. Cosmo Baker’s “Picnic Mix” starts with “Full Clip” from the late great Guru and DJ Premier (Big L rest in peace’)… and peppers in audio cameos (Vin & Treach of Naughty By Nature, Robert Glasper, and others) throughout. By the way, the 6th Annual Roots Picnic goes down June 1, 2013 in Philadelphia (PA, USA).
Check for more info. Go get the track list and FREE download below.

Wisdom From Harry Belafonte at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction for Public Enemy (Video)

Icon/artist/actor/activist Harry Belafonte did the movie “Beat Street” (that’s right). A supporter of the Hip-Hop Culture from way back then! So, listen to the OG speak on PE and more in this vid. Respect!

‘In this clip, Harry Belafonte, who helped induct Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shares his views on rock and rap, the growth of Hip-Hop, favorite rock artists and connecting with younger generations.’

- Backstage at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

Belafonte’s mission of changing the universe should be OUR mission, too!

(The 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on HBO Saturday, May 18.)

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Pete Rock – 60 Minute Boiler Room Mix at The W Hotel NYC (Video)

Dope! Footage from the Do Not Disturb event at the W Hotel, New York City USA. Video courtesy Boiler Room TV. Watch and listen to the mixing by legendary DJ Pete Rock! Get the audio download for FREE below.


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Free Event: One Love Wednesday


Young Guru Speaks On Piracy vs. Invention in Hip-Hop (Video)

Young Guru has mixed most of Jay-Z’s albums over the years. He has been Jay-Z’s tour D.J. for years. Safe to say he knows a thing or two about Hip-Hop. Well, the NY Hip-Hop aficionado goes in-depth on the thin line between piracy and invention in the genre.

“When we study hip-hop we are actually studying the history of piracy. If we go back and study all piracy, we see that most things that were created in the world are a remix of something else.”

- Young Guru

Now, don’t let that quote make you defensive Hip-Hop heads. Watch as Young Guru takes us on a journey of modern human history referencing the history of Hip-Hop to show how our ‘remixing’ things in industry over time is good for all overall… we just have to address some tough questions of who owns what, who should should get paid, what we consider ‘piracy’ (versus ‘new creation’) and more. Very interesting.

It has been said that ‘there is nothing new under the sun.’ Play the video clip above, and watch more after the jump, to get Young Guru’s application of that in the study of Hip-Hop.

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Raekwon “Lost Jewelry” EP Listening Party In NYC (Video)

The above clip is video captures Raekwon’s Listening Party for “The Lost Jewlry” EP held at PNC Radio. Saw some things: Several sponsors recognized at the end (money). Chef received well among the crowd of well-wishers gathered (power) and on the mic where he admonished the up-and-coming emcees to NOT to think too highly of themselves (respect). Check it out.
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KarmaLoop TV Covers First Ever Global Spin Awards (Video)

Carissa Rossi, of KarmaLoop TV, goes to the first ever Global Spin Awards. She interviews Sway (who hopes this event blows up to be the Grammys for DJs), DJ Drama, Karen Civil, DJ Premier, DJ Statik Selektah, Fred the Godson, and more. The video captures chit-chat about life as a DJ and what the awards show means to those interviewed.
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Gods’Illa – 2012 A3C Performance (Video)

Nice. Gods’Illa sent in the above video and interview from A3C 2012 this past weekend in a hurry. Much appreciated. Above is an abbreviated version… Full-length version is waiting for you after the jump.
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Current TV: Jon Stewart Crushes Bill O’Reilly In Political Debate (Video)

Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks on Current TV) covers the Bill O’Reilly – Jon Stewart face-off last Saturday night. The “Rumble In The Air-Conditioned Auditorium” was not the first time the two men have debated, but this time discussion was long enough to be called a debate. With lots of humor woven in, the two made points in their signature spirited (but not mean-spirited) manner. Cenk, in the video above, recaps the event held at a university in Washington, DC.

- @ojones1
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Alicia Keys iTunes Festival Concert (Video)

That’s right! We got the whole concert from the 2012 iTunes Festival embedded in this post. Hookups like this is why you stay down with us…we know! Alicia Keys came through with the talent and sex appeal on 10! Very nice. Okay, enough reading. Click and watch. Thank us later!

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R&B/Soul: Bilal Performing Live at Le Poisson Rouge In NYC (Video)

Sam Wilson Photography gave us a good look on this one, y’all. Bilal did the damn thing on stage at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge (live performance shot September 6, 2012)! Nice video and cool pictures at the end make for a nice (very nice) presentation. Enjoy.
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A3C Hip Hop Festival 2012 Coming To Atlanta October 11-13th

Rising stars in Hip-Hop from across the United States and abroad will take the stage, alongside Hip-Hop legends, at the 2012 A3C Hip-Hop Festival. The event will be held October 11th, 12th, and 13th in Atlanta, GA, USA. Among the more than 300 artists to be featured, A3C will have live performances from Raekwon, Twista, Tech N9ne, GZA, Devin The Dude, Slum Village, Hopsin, Ab-Soul, Gunplay, Killer Mike, Chip Tha Ripper, Freeway, Cyhi The Prynce, Nipsey Hussle, Chris Webby, CunninLynguists, 9th Wonder, Young Guru, Dungeon Family (Backbone, Witchdoctor, Sleepy Brown, Slimm Calhoun, Big Rube and Rico Wade), Dizzy Wright, Clear Soul Forces, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Roach Gigz, Oddisee and Yelawolf.

A3C 2012 will also feature a film festival; emcee, producer, turntable and breakdance competitions; a streetwear expo; lots panel discussions; LOTS of after parties and more. Definitely the place to be this Fall. For more information, check the A3C Festival website,

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2012 London Paralympics Promo: “Meet the Superhumans” (Video)

“Meet the Superhumans” is an awesome and awe-inspiring TV commercial promoting the 2012 London Paralympics going on now. The promo uses Public Enemy’s “Harder Than You Think” as the chosen theme music & there couldn’t have been any other appropriate musical choice. Watch the action at

- @ojones1
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Rock The Bells Festival: Live From San Bernadino, California [LIVESTREAM]

The first day of the Rock The Bells Festival is currently taking place outside of Los Angeles in San Bernadino, California. The people over at Hot 97 NY/POWER 106 LA Guerilla Union made the livestream available so fans don’t have to book a last minute flight to L.A. Check out the full & complete list of performers & showtimes for today & tomorrow below & watch it live here.


Miss Philippines Beat Boxing at the Miss World Pageant 2012 (Video)

Yes! Just what the headline says! Shout out to TaimurNaziri at for the scoop on this one. Now, that’s a talent competition performance at a beauty pageant if I ever saw one! Queenierich Rehman (Miss Philippines) separated herself from the crowd of Miss World Pageant 2012 competitors – not by dancing, playing an instrument, or just singing some verse – but by leading with her smooth singing voice then breaking out into a beat box medley of tunes from various artists such as 50 cent, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, and Cali Swag District! What!
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How To Survive A Plague (Documentary Trailer)

I can already tell this is going to be good!

Directed by David France, “How to Survive a Plague” is a stirring documentary that captures the battle against AIDS. Told in the words of a fierce and determined band of activists, the documentary acts as an emotional we-were-there video, detailing the struggles of a staunch few who took on legislators and law makers to take on the resilient, notorious virus. –

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RZA Directs and Stars In ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ (Movie Trailer)

Quentin Tarantino presents “The Man With The Iron Fists,” an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA [of Hip-Hop's Wu-Tang Clan] and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA – alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu – tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.’ – Official Webiste

Question: Is that pro wrestler Dave Batista from WWE in the trailer, too? So that’s where he went!


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