Paisley Park’s annual celebration kicks off in memory of Prince on June 8 and will continue through the June 11. There will be plenty of programming throughout the four-event, including presentations of unreleased music from the Prince Vault and special appearances by and conversations with Grammy-winning artist Chaka Khan and Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Doug E. Fresh. Guests will be treated to special live performances from Sounds of Blackness, Stokley of Mint Condition, members of Prince’s band New Power Generation (NPG), Prince protegé Shelby J and Minneapolis youth choir Known MPLS. Prince’s longtime DJ and collaborator DJ Rashida is set to pay tribute to both Prince and Tina Turner. The celebration will also include a special Prince Legacy Tribute to one of the foRead more
The Hip Hop community suffered a devastating blow in February when Dave Jolicoeur—better known as De La Soul MC Trugoy The Dove or simply, Dave—unexpectedly died at the age of 54. The timing was particularly cruel considering the New York City-bred trio had been fighting tirelessly for years to regain control of their music catalog. And finally, on March 3, De La Soul's first six albums—3 Ft. High & Rising, De La Soul is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, AOI: Bionix and AOI: Mosaic Thump—were made available on streaming platforms for the first time ever. But Trugoy wasn't there to see it. Instead, the other members of the group—Posdnuos and Maseo—gathered with friends and family at Webster Hall in NYC to celebrate the bitRead more
Digable Planets—the legendary Hip Hop trio comprised of Butterfly, Ladybug Mecca and Doodlebug—have announced an upcoming tour in honor of the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space). The run kicks off on September 8 in Raleigh, North Carolina and wraps up on September 24 in Austin, Texas.
Reachin' arrived in February 1993 via Pendulum/Elektra Records and was ultimately certified gold by the RIAA. Produced by Butterfly, the sound leans heavily on jazz samples As he explained at the time, "It was all about resources, really...I just went and got the records that I had around me. And a lot of those were my dad's shit, which was lots of jazz. The whole concept of 'We're a jazz group' didn't go down like that. ExceptRead more
Tupac Shakur was killed in September 1996, but his legacy lives on nearly 30 years later. On June 7, the late Hip Hop legend will receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California.
According to a press release from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Shakur is set to receive the 2,758th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording. iHeart Media Radio Personality Big Boy will emcee the event, while director John Hughes (Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur) and Jamal Jospeh will serve as guest speakers. Shakur's sister, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, will accept the honor on his behalf.
"Tupac Shakur was a rapper, actor, activist, poet, and revolutionary," Hollywood Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez. "Read more
MC Lyte is bringing back her I Am Woman: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop event to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on June 4 at 8 p.m. local time. Similar to last year's inaugural event, the trailblazing MC has booked several special guests, including Bahamadia, Rapsody, Kash Doll and Mama Sol.
The Kennedy Center expounded in an Instagram post: "After a highly successful inaugural year, hip hop icon and founding Kennedy Center Hip Hop Culture Council Member MC Lyte presents I Am Woman: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop for a second year featuring special guests Rapsody, Kash Doll, Bahamadia, Mama Sol and MC Lyte herself. Uplifting the creative contributions of women across generations, I Am Woman honors the genius, diversity and power of female emceRead more
Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, passed away in Brooklyn on Wednesday (May 24) at the age of 94. Spike confirmed his death with an Instagram post, writing, "My father Bill Lee Played Bass On Bob Dylan's Classic Song 'It's All Over Now Baby Blue' on his album, Bringing It All Home. This morning May 24, my father made his transition.
"Today Is also the birthdate Of Bob Dylan. Today is also the birthdate of Jackson Lewis Lee, who is the son of Tonya Lewis Lee and me, brother of Satchel Lee and the grandson of Daddy. Also must give love to our sista Tina Turner, who left us today on this May 24, 2023. Whew lawd. What a day. Da Lee family appreciations all da love. Your heartfelt condolences."
Bill Lee composed music for several of his son's films, including Do The RRead more