DJ Krush 20th Anniversary Tour with Mr. Lif

The Master of the Beat, legendary turntablist and producer DJ Krush celebrates 20 years in the business with a special DJ set for his Hawaii fans. To add to this special night Boston-bred MC Mr. Lif will fly in and perform. DJ Krush has seen hip-hop culture transform on a global scale. In his native Japan, he’s witnessed and greatly affected its growth from the ground up. His imitable style helped forge the early identity of James Lavelle’s influential Mo’Wax label, and collaborations with Gang Starr’s Guru, the Roots’ Black Thought, and a host of other MCs have cemented his celebrity status among the Hip-Hop elite. DJ Krush’s importance as a music producer cannot be underestimated. Without him some of the biggest artists in the scene would simply not exist. To commemorat

Read more

Missy Elliott & Timaland releasing new solo albums

One of the great duos in music, producer Timbaland and singer-rapper-producer Missy Elliott, are getting ready to return, albeit with separate solo albums. In an interview with MTV, Timbo has revealed that he and Missy will end their long hiatuses and drop new records in June. "Right now, we're preparing to get both our videos, our first singles, shot kinda at the same time," Tim said. "We want to do it as a movement and spontaneously." Missy's album will be her first since 2005's 'The Cookbook.' In the interim years, she's worked as a songwriter and producer for other artists, and last year, she told People magazine that she'd been diagnosed with Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder. "I'm 30 pounds lighter because I've been exercising." the MC told People last year. "My thyroi

Read more

Too $hort filming 10 videos for upcoming album

Bay Area rapper Too $hort has announced that he will be featured in 10 new videos from famed filmmaker and documentarian Joslyn Rose Lyons. The video series is directed and produced by Lyons’ company Jog9 Productions and is meant to promote Too $hort’s upcoming album, No Trespassing, due out February 28th on EMI, Lyons’ company has developed quite a resume since releasing her first feature documentary “Soundz of Spirit” (SOS) in 2002. The first in the series is the song “Double Header” featuring Wallpaper. “I wanted to showcase another side of Too $hort. I wanted to explore a more story-driven and cinematic theme to his songs,” Lyons told AllHipHop.com. “I hope these videos will be inspiring, something different from what we might expect to see.” In 200

Read more

Raekwon & La The Darkman heading to Canada on tour

Wu-Tang Clan emcee Raekwon and longtime Wu-Tang affiliate La The Darkman are hitting the road later this month for a cross-country Canadian tour. They'll start up in Whistler on February 20th, make their way down to Victoria and Vancouver and then head east, ending the tour in Quebec City on March 4th. The tour dates can be found below: February 20th Whistler Canada at Garfinkles February 21st Victoria Canada at Club 9one9 February 22nd Vancouver Canada at Fortune Sound Club February 23rd Castlegar Canada at Element February 24th Calgary Canada at Desperados February 25th Edmonton Canada at Chrome Lounge February 26th Regina Canada at Distrikt February 27th Winnipeg Canada at Marquee Event Centre February 28th Thunder Bay Canada at Crocks March 1st Ottawa Canada at Ritual

Read more

Sophomore effort by Pete Rock & CL Smooth is re-released

After the success of 2010's deluxe reissue of Pete Rock & CL Smooth "Mecca and the Soul Brother", Traffic Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Pete Rock and CL Smooth's 1994 classic, "The Main Ingredient" in the same deluxe packaging and expanded content concept. The album never gained the traction as the pairing's full length debut, which followed the 1991 EP, "All Souled Out," and yielded the biggest hit of their con-joined career, "They Reminisce Over You." But "The Main Ingredient" is nonetheless Pete and CL's most critically applauded work, a definitive symbol of the tempered consciousness and roughneck rhythm that defined the era. Pete Rock laid these backdrops in Rockland County, where he moved and built a studio after leaving Mount Vernon in 1993 (the cover shot

Read more

J Dilla honored 6 years after his passing with Dilla Day Detroit

Six years ago today, the late, great J Dilla passed away after losing his battle to Lupus at the age of 32, after he was hospitalized with pneumonia. Dilla produced and remixed tracks for everyone, including A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Common, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Janet Jackson, The Roots, and his own group, Slum Village. In honor and in celebration of his mark on music, J Dilla will be remembered this Friday (February 10) with a concert at The Fillmore in Detroit. Branded as “Dilla Day Detroit,” the celebration seeks to recognize J Dilla's musical legacy and will feature Busta Rhymes, Jay Electronica, Phife of A Tribe Called Quest, Guilty Simpson, along with Phat Kat, Danny Brown, and the Nick Speed Orchestra. While those are the confirmed

Read more