Boricua Pride! 2008 Puerto Rican Day Parade In NY

Its that time again! Come out and celebrate the culture of Puerto Rico this Sunday, June 8. Crowds in excess of two million are expected to line Fifth Avenue. The parade will start at 11 am at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and proceed uptown along Fifth Avenue to 86th Street. The festivities will be jumping off all weekend long throughout New York City, home to the largest population of Puerto Ricans outside of the island of Puerto Rico. We're celebrating also and if you need a soundtrack to get your party on- check out our BORICUA PRIDE episode of THE ZRO HOUR. Its one of our craziest, most energetic shows. Alexie F. spazzes out while we get our drink on and vibe out to some of the boriquen pioneers of hip hop...




PUERTO RICO-Frankie Cutlass
100%-Big Pun
LEATHERFACE-Big Pun (remixed by PopularB & AC)
MUSIKA-KRS One & Marley Marl feat. Magic Juan
PUERTO RICO ALLSTARS-Tony Touch feat. Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen, Mexicano, Rey Pirin & Don Chezina
WE FLY HIGH (REGGAETON REMIX)-Jim Jones feat. Tego Calderon & Don Omar
PLANE TO PR-Daddy Yankee feat. will.i.am
BROOKLYN-Joell Ortiz
WE RUN NY-Tony Touch feat. Tru Life, Lumidee & Joell Ortiz
ROCKIN' IT-Fearless Four
WOPBOBALUBOP (REMIX)-Funkdoobiest feat. B-Real
HIP HOP-Joell Ortiz
AL NATURAL-Tego Calderon
WHAT'S THAT (QUE ESO?)-TonyTouch feat Mos Def & De La Soul
TRIBUTE TO BIG PUN & HECTOR LAVOE-Cuban Link & Willie Colon (produced by PopularB & AC)
REP MY PEOPLE-Tony Touch feat. N.O.R.E. & AC (produced by PopularB & AC)

***APOLOGIES to the posting of the earlier pic- I had the wrong flag (cuban) draped cutie posted-

NEW SINGLES: Tame One, NES, Little Vic, Peedi Crakk

Amalgam Digital is set to release Tame One’s “Da Ol Jersey Bastard” and will hit stores on July 29, 2008. The album will be entirely produced by Drum and Knowledge of Parallel Thought, and will feature just two guest rappers, Sean Price and Del The Funky Homosapien. In the 90’s, Tame One was one half of the critically acclaimed underground hip hop duo, The Artifacts along with collaborator El Da Sensai. Over the years Tame has become an eccentric, rapping less about graffiti and more about the mind expansion qualities of drugs. Check out the first single "CATCH ME" featuring Del The Funky Homosapien-

CATCH ME-Tame One feat. Del The Funky Homosapien

Amalgam Digital is on fire once again with the recent signing of Peedi Crakk! Peedi Crakk joins a roster made up of both commercially successful artists and underground hip hop icons, including Grammy-nominee Joe Budden, Kurious, Tash (of Tha Alkaholiks), and the Juggaknots. His highly anticipated debut album “Camel Face Hunting Season,” will be released in September 2008. We have an exclusive freestyle here direct from Amalgam Digital-

DEY KNOW-Peedi Crakk

NES, an artist that we premiered on this site a couple of months ago, has dropped a remix to his heater "CARIBBEAN GANGSTER". This remix features Terror Squad's Tony Sunshine, Johny Law (pictured above left), Erick Right & Dynasy The Dance Hall Prince. Check it here-

CARIBBEAN GANGSTER-NES feat. Tony Sunshine, Johny Law, Erick Right & Dynasty

Also check out these new tracks from Little Vic (produced by DJ Premier) and a preview off the SHYNE REGARDLESS mixtape featuring Kid Novice, Corey Gunz, Infamillz & Sha Boogey-

THE EXORCIST-Little Vic (produced by DJ Premier)

TRIANGLE OFFENSE-Infamillz, Kid Novice, Corey Gunz & Sha Boogey


Rhymefest Opens Up About Fatherhood

Thank you and props to DAVEY D for presenting this intimate, insightful and compelling Q&A between Rhymefest and his 10 year old son. We celebrate Father's Day this month and although many issues are present within father/son relationships, there are many great benefits of what strong fatherhood can provide both parent and child. Alexie F. is a great father. My Dad is a great father. I am not yet a father but these issues are dear to me.

Two days ago, June 2nd, Rhymefest appeared at a townhall/book release event in Brooklyn for "BE A FATHER". "BE A FATHER" was written by April Silver Lauren Harris of the Ford Foundation and featured contributions from Hip Hop scholars, activists and artists. These essays and poems deal with fatherhood and manhood within the African American community. Rhymefest, a contributor, was on hand to kick a freestyle about fatherhood but instead did a Q&A freestyle with his son. They each prepared 5 questions and neither knew in advance what they would be. The profound exchange between father and son, so publicly, impacted all those in attendance. When I listened to the audio below, I am not ashamed to say it bought tears to my eyes. Whether you are a father or a son, their conversation will cause you to reflect on similar emotions that you may have held...

Original article HERE

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F*#@ political correctness- this is some funny sh!t. Thanks to MC LYTE for hippin' me to this video. Youtube never ceases to amaze me. Some of you may have seen these videos and I am a bit late checking for these but it is classic hip hop humor. "Looking Ass Nigga" was originally dropped last year by HOTSTYLZ from Chicago, Illinois. This year, CORNBREADD threw his hand in the mix with a response video/song. Both are hilarious...check 'em below-

CORNBREADD- Looking Ass Nigga

HOTSTYLZ- Looking Ass Nigga (Original Version)

Jean Grae & 9th Wonder JEANIUS Promo Pics

I am loving these promotional pics depicting classic hip hop album covers. They are spot on and reflect the love and appreciation for some of the most influential artists in the culture. Pictured from above: Jean and 9th's take on Raekwon's ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINKS, Black Sheep's A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, Public Enemy's IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS and Das EFX's DEAD SERIOUS. Thanks to BLACKSMITH MUSIC for the pics.


Jean Grae "Love Thirst" Official Music Video

We dropped this on the Valentine's Day show "Hip Hop Love" and now here is the first video from the highly anticipated album Jeanius starring Jean Grae & 9th Wonder. If you thought the song was sexy..Damn Jean!
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