We are back with a new show full of some of the strongest music ever! We got joints from the new Bone Thugs In Harmony, "The Magnificent" Jazzy Jeff w/Jean Grae, DIVISION X( a group who had me open at their live show as one of the opening acts during the Large Professor tribute last month), and rare gems from Grand Puba, Akinyele, Organized Konfusion and the Fushinickens. I open the show with a hot breakbeat mix by SOULBROTHA, a DJ/production team from Germany. Their sound is strictly dusty grooves and classic samplers-NO synths. One emcee in particular had my ears on fire this week and that was BEKAY. Bekay is one of the Rawkus 50 for 2007. I was checking his Rawkus page and I came across his incredible flip of Xzibit's "Paparrazzi" beat. He calls it Acts Of Shame and we got it on the show. Bekay has documented his crazy journey in this great short film, "Bekay Blowing Up?!?"
Mother's day is this Sunday so I dug up YoYo's "Mama Don't Take No Mess" in tribute. I also dedicated another hot track by TRAEDONYA-"Beloved". Traedonya has a full, rich voice and the song is reminiscent of an 80's Grace Jones vibe. Check the video:
The next few shows are going to be crazy and look for our unsigned and independent showcase due Memorial Day weekend.
THE ZRO HOUR 05.12.07
SOULFLAVA IN THE MIX- Soulbrotha
FLOWMOTION- Bone Thugs
TOP SHOTTA-Killer Mike
I AM- Division X
SUPA JEAN- Jazzy Jeff feat. Jean Grae
ACTS OF SHAME- Bekay
A LITTLE OF THIS A LITTLE OF THAT- Grand Puba
BEET DROP- Redman
NOBODYDOITBETTER- Keith Murray & Tyrese
P-BODY- Sean Price
INVETRO- Organized Konfusion
MR. LARGE- Chubb Rock & Biz Markie
B-BOYS THEME- Black Sheep
La SCHMOOVE- Fushnickens
THE OVERLY DRAMATIC TRUTH- El-P
C-TOWN- Bone Thugs & Twista
MAMA DON'T TAKE NO MESS- YoYo
**album cover comparisons originally found here
RAWKUS RECORDS presents the Rawkus 50 for 2007. Its a new initiative that places the focus on 50 of the hottest, most consistent rising talents in the world of Hip Hop. Not that commercial shit either. One of the groups I featured on the last show and met through myspace.com, THE SMILE RAYS, is one of the official 50. This is the description straight from Rawkus:
THE RAWKUS 50 IS AN ARTIST DRIVEN REVOLUTION! THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS HERE NOW...
The RAWKUS 50 is the 50 Next important hip hop artists. Those artists selected will recieve the consistent marketing efforts of the founders of RAWKUS RECORDS.
Non-prolific artists need not apply. IF YOU CANNOT REGULARLY CHURN OUT DOPE MUSIC THE RAWKUS 50 IS NOT FOR YOU! Artists chosen for one of the 50 coveted spots must have developed myspace communities and sufficient youtube links.
RAWKUS RECORDS will consolidate the cumulative fanbases in the interests the co-operative. As one of hip hop’s most trusted brands, RAWKUS, will select 50 members ideally suited represent our logo and to work together.
In addition to the RAWKUS 50's comprehensive myspace marketing strategy, RAWKUS RECORDS will provide the following opportunities:
--National Full Page Print Campaigns Trusted Hip Hop Magazines
--National INTERNET marketing and promotion
--Sponsored NY and LA SHOW for the RAWKUS 50 to perform
--Blog and Podcast hosting, marketing and promotion
ARTIST Creative REQUIREMENT:
Artists must submit and deliver a minimum 10 master Album and RAWKUS will market you into HIP HOP HISTORY. Artists will remain fully independent and be free to sign with any label of their choosing (or RAWKUS if we approach you and you accept)
Rawkus along with NING has also created a social network in the vein of myspace.com but focusing squarely on Hip Hop. Check out MY.RAWKUS.COM to join and connect with the artists and mutual fans alike. THE ZRO HOUR has a page there which you can visit @ MY.RAWKUS.COM/PROFILE/THEZROHOUR
DYNAMIC PRODUCER, an organization devoted towards educating, nuturing and creating a community of Hip Hop music producers, is hosting its 6th annual conference in NYC at the Park Central Hotel this year. Attendees will be able to network with industry professionals, learn about proper business practices, attend beat battles and possibly have their music directly heard by A&R's of various record labels. The fees range from $250 -$375 for tickets. The higher prices are slated for late registrants so get your tix early as possible...
REMIX magazine presents REMIX HOTEL NYC 2007 May 18th-20th. This three day event is being held at my alma mater SAE Institute of Technology and is sponsored by Microsoft. I have been to these events for the last 3 years and it is well worth the time for the networking opportunity, the technology demonstrations, and panels. Best of all it is FREE! Guests are still being announced so log on to the above links and register.
UNDERGROUND EXP presents a tribute to the one and only PHAROAHE MONCH at the GALAPAGOS ART SPACE in Brooklyn, NY. Featured performances include Beatboxer Entertainment, Silent Knight, Rugged N Raw, Division X and Eternia. This is THE show for me. Pharoahe Monch is one of my personal greatest emcees and has been doin' it since the very early 90's. He and Prince Poetry, formerly of Organized Konfusion, were way ahead of their time for their production, rhyme skills and content. Pharoahe is due to release his second solo album titled DESIRE. The show will be bananas indeed! I came through the last "Golden" jump off where Large Professor was saluted. Extra P gave the crowd mad energy and when his set suffered from the pitfalls of "2007 technology", he commanded the DJ to spin some vinyl and freestyled for the rest of his performance. Beatboxer Entertainment were also incredible and both Silent Knight and Division X represented that true Hip Hop that I live for. All were extremely talented and creative with their flows and content. I will be in the house for this one....
Props to BROOKLYN VEGAN for this post. WUTANG CORP has an online collection of 215 rare singles and projects (all in mp3 format) from the archives of WU-TANG and their stable of artists. ITS CHRISTMAS IN MAYYY!!! Grab 'em HERE and expand your collection..
I don't know how I missed this...Yes I do. Its because Hot 97 in NYC is one of the main sponsors and I don't listen to terrestrial radio much (especially Hot 97). This Saturday, May 12th 2007, Hot 97 and the Global Artists Coalition is hosting the world's first ever 24 hour "Rapathon". This benefit and fundraiser is for the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem located on the second floor of the Magic Johnson Theater, 2309 Fredrick Douglass Boulevard. Here they will attempt a new Guinness World Record for the longest ongoing rhyme session. Today was the last day for tryouts which is unfortunate. Only 500 tickets are made available and I am not sure if they are all sold. Check HERE for more info.