Kool Keith has announced his next album, Black Elvis 2, will arrive June 16 via Mello Music Group. The 16-track project includes a song called "The Formula" featuring Ice-T and Marc Live who happen to be members of The Analog Brothers. Needless to say, it's at least a partial reunion of the experimental Hip Hop group. Formed in 2000, the lineup initially consisted of Black Silver, Ice-T, Kool Keith, Marc Live and Pimp Rex. They released two early projects together, including 2000's Pimp To Eat.
As for Black Elvis 2, additional guests include Raaddrr Van, Dynamite, L’Orange, J. Stylez and Agallah. Speaking to RAPstation's Kyle Eustice in 2017, Kool Keith talked about why he keeps his collaborators limited.
“Features kill an album,” he sRead more
Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator and Kid Koala—collectively known as Deltron 3030—will reunite for a show featuring the Wu-Tang Clan and Run The Jewels later this fall. Produced by AEG Presents, the show takes place at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado on September 8. In a recent interview with Rock The Bells, Del The Funky Homosapien teased the possibility of new Deltron 3030 music and revealed what he’d do differently.
“I'm thinking about it,” he said of the next Deltron 3030 album. “We’re basically living in the future. I would just try to work on making it more whimsical this time, not as heavy. ‘Cause I think I kinda stepped away from that with the second one a bit. I would go back to it being a little bit more whimsical, aRead more
LL COOL J has announced The F.O.R.C.E. Live, a 24-date arena run co-produced by Rock The Bells and Live Nation Urban. Special guests include DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Roots and LL COOL J's longtime tour DJ, Z-Trip. Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Rakim, Common, MC Lyte, Method Man & Redman, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Ice-T, Juvenile, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Goodie Mob, Jadakiss and Rick Ross will join the rotating bill in select cities.
The run kicks off on June 25 in Boston, hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn two days later, then continues to Newark, Toronto, Baltimore and several other key markets. The tour wraps up at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 3. Unlike the traditional “opening act—headliner” format, the show will be a non-stop musical mashRead more
KRS-One has announced he's taking over the official birthplace of Hip Hop—1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx—the same building Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell threw their iconic Back To School jam on August 11, 1973. He's also launched a new website, BirthplaceofHipHop.NYC, that will keep fans up to date on the celebratory events.
Beginning later this year, the veteran MC will lead a series of community-based programs at The 1520 Community Center, including a masterclass in Hip Hop. An official press conference takes place at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue on April 25, where KRS-One will join community leaders, tenants and the building's owners to officially launch the celebration. An exhibit dedicated to Hip Hop's origins will evRead more
Killer Mike Announces First Solo Album In More Than A Decade With "Don't Let The Devil" Featuring El-P
Killer Mike has announced his first new solo album in more than 10 years, Michael. The project serves as the follow-up to 2012's R.A.P. Music, which loosely served as the introduction to Run The Jewels, Mike's longtime duo with Company Flow MC/producer El-P. Coinciding with the announcement is the release of the album's inaugural single, "Don't Let The Devil" featuring El-P and Thankyougoodsir. Production duties are handled by El-P, No I.D. and Little Shalimar.
“RTJ is the X-Men, this is my Logan," Mike said. "My favorite group (US) with my favorite producers! It’s our 10 year anniversary and MICHAEL is an origin story so I wanted to start with El."
RTJ will embark on a 10 -year anniversary run this fall but are currently celebrating the release ofRead more
Erykah Badu and Mos Def (also known as Yasiin Bey) have announced a joint tour they're calling the Unfollow Me Tour. Badu made the announcement via Instagram on Monday night (April 17).
"Badu Summer Tour 2023," she wrote in the caption. "(((UNFOLLOW ME ))) w/ @yasiinbey and other EXTRAORDINARY GUESTS!!! Tickets go up 4/20 … coming to your city .. link in bio …. Vid created by e.badu on this phone with a layering of 4 apps."
As noted, tickets go on sale beginning Thursday (April 20). The 24-date run kicks off on June 11 in San Antonio and wraps up on July 23 in Badu's hometown of Dallas. Other stops include Boston, New York, Nashville, Detroit, Los Angeles and Denver. Find tickets here.
Badu has released fRead more