Brooklyn emcee, BEKAY, has appeared on THE ZRO HOUR podcast as a guest and has long been supported on the blog. I previously dropped "Brooklyn Bridge" (feat. Masta Ace) and "I Am" (feat. DJ Revolution) on recent episodes of THE ZRO HOUR podcast. This week, Coalmine Records released his follow up to "The Horror Flick LP"- "HUNGER PAINS". With gritty lyrics and classic boom-bap, the album features production from the likes of Alchemist, Marco Polo, Shuko, Illmind, DJ Babu, BeanOne, Street Orchestra and includes features from R.A. the Rugged Man, Masta Ace, Heltah Skeltah, Wordsworth, Saigon, Dilated Peoples and more. Be on the look out for his current single, "Bloodsport", with the video coming soon. I was in the house for Bekay's album release party last night at Brooklyn's Sputnik and had a chance to celebrate with the big homie. Bekay always brings the same energy that you hear on record to the stage. If you have the stomach for venomous lyrics from the mind of one of BK's illest, go out and satisfy your "HUNGER PAINS"-


01. Intro (prod. by The Returners)
02. I Am feat. DJ Revolution (prod. by The Alchemist)
03. Pipe Dreams feat. R.A. The Rugged Man (prod. by Marco Polo)
04. Bloodsport (prod. by Shuko)
05. Young (prod. by Shuko)
06. Rapstar [Hunger Pains] (prod. by Alkota)
07. Crazy feat. Heltah Skeltah (prod. by Illmind)
08. Brooklyn Bridge feat. Masta Ace (prod. by DJ Babu)
09. That's Brooklyn (Skit)
10. Skemers feat. Wordsworth (prod. by Shuko)
11. Realest That Run It (prod. by Contagious)
12. Pops (prod. by BeanOne)
13. The Raw feat. Saigon & Inspectah Deck (prod. by Street Orchestra)
14. Visions (prod. by J.R. Rotem)
15. I Am [Remix] feat. Dilated Peoples


Grand Master Roc Raida Hip Hop Tribute Benefit Concert @ S.O.B.'s November 17, 2009

Thanks to TOOLS OF WAR for the info:

Performances by DITC, Brand Nubian, Large Professor, The Beatnuts, Immortal Technique and more special guests tba.

Host: Lord Sear. Music by DJ Boogie Blind + Da Beatminerz

$18 in advance. $22 day of. Buy tickets at http://sobs.com

Doors at 7pm. Show at 9pm - 2am.
SOBs 204 Varick St. at West Houston NYC
1 train to Houston

100% of Proceeds will be donated to Roc Raida's Family

No Video Cameras, Please.


NEW! THE ZRO HOUR Podcast S06E05

THE ZRO HOUR returns with a great show featuring new music by SHEEK LOUCH, BEKAY, GRAND PUBA, CYMARSHALL LAW, MASTA ACE & ED OG and JASIRI X. I have a new heater by Six Zro's own SAFARI, this week's "Blast It! or Smash It!" featuring CAUSE and classics by BIZ MARKIE and EPMD.

The show also features an interview with Arizona based rapper, THAAHUM. Thaahum has created an inspirational mixtape series, INSPIRATION ON FIRE, that serves as a tool for self-help and personal development. Download and enjoy the show!



EVERYDAY- Sheek Louch (Produced by Pete Rock)
PASS THE MIC- Masta Ace & Ed OG feat. KRS One
I AM- Bekay feat. DJ Revolution
I SEE DEAD PEOPLE- Grand Puba feat. Lord Jamar & Rell
SOGGY CEREAL- Safari (Produced by Batsauce)
RUDEBOY GUTTER SHIT- Cymarshall Law feat. E-Ness & Block McCloud
DEAR DEBRA (A Letter To BET)- Jasiri X
BREATHE EASY- Thaahum feat. Juice & Amil

Macy's welcomes Queen Latifah!

Queen Latifah continues doing big things. She is now preparing to launch her new fragrance, QUEEN.

Press release:

Join us as we roll out the red carpet for Queen Latifah! She will be visiting our stores to promote her fragrance, QUEEN.

Be one of the first 350 customers to make a $134 purchase of her three piece set, 3.4 oz large spray; 5 oz body butter and 6.7 oz body lotion, and have your photo taken with the queen herself! One photo per customer and only Macy’s provided photos will be allowed.

Almeda; Houston, TX
11/13 3-5:00pm

Southlake; Atlanta, GA
11/20 6-8:00pm

Herald Square; NY, NY
11/24 12-2:00pm

State Street; Chicago, IL
11/28 3-5:00pm


Late Night with RUGGED N RAW

Former Co-Host of THE ZRO HOUR, Alexie F., caught up with one of the hardest working emcees/producers on the NYC underground scene- RUGGED N RAW. Check out the interview HERE


Thanks to TOOLS OF WAR for the info

November 13 -15, 2009 - New York City
36th Universal Zulu Nation Anniversary
35 Years of Hip Hop Culture

PEACE! Afrika Bambaataa, The Universal Zulu Nation and The Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture want to personally invite you to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of UZN and the 35th Anniversary of Hip Hop Culture in the birthplace of Hip Hop: New York City from Nov. 13th through the 15th, 2009!

Friday, November 13th, 2009: UZN 36 - Uptown NYC

8pm-3am. All Ages. Battles begin at 10pm. Host: GrandMaster Caz. Performances by King Kamonzi, Stik-E & The Hoods, MC K-Swift, Product and Billy Ray, Unknown The Universal Element, Maroon Society, DJ Mark Luv, DJ Lazy K, DJ Jazzy G, DJ Flawless and more tba.

UZN B-Boy/B-Girl Battles (1-on-1 & 3-on-3) + UZN DJ Battle (head to head: 90 seconds)

DJ Battle Prizes from Rane and Serato include:
1st prize: Rane SL 3 2nd prize: Rane SL 1 3rd prize: UDG/Serato/Rane Bag + Record Wallet
* Plus the Top 3 will each win a Rane/Serato 8 Gig Memory Watch!
Guest judges The Original Jazzy Jay, DJ EZ Rock, DJ Johnny Juice, DJ Mark Luv more tba.

$30 cover or $25 w/ flyer or print out of flyer. $10 off w/ Zulu Nation or Moorish Nationality Card.
No guest list. No video cameras @ Hip Hop Cultural Center @ Magic Johnson Theatre 2309 Fredrick Douglass Blvd at 124th St. 2nd Fl. Harlem NYC. Trains: 2, 3, A, B, C, or D to 125th St. http://www.zulunation.com

Saturday, November 14th, 2009: UZN 36 - Uptown NYC

8pm-3am. All Ages. Host: GrandMaster Caz. Performances by Trouble Funk, KRS ONE, DJ Jazzy Jay, Immortal Technique, Donald D, Hasan Salaam, Camp Lo, Brothers Fantastic, Lakim Shabazz, Paula Perry, Chip Fu, The Chase Band, DJ Tony Tone, Cutman LG +

$30 cover or $25 w/ flyer or print out of flyer. $10 off w/ Zulu Nation or Moorish Nationality Card. No guest list. No video cameras. Hip Hop Cultural Center @ Magic Johnson Theatre 2309 Fredrick Douglass Blvd at 124th St. 2nd Fl. Harlem NYC. Trains: 2, 3, A, B, C, or D to 125th. http://www.zulunation.com

Sunday, November 15th, 2009: UZN 36 - Downtown NYC

Performances by Grand Master Melle Mel, Naughty By Nature, Large Professor, Rebel Diaz, DJ Rockin' Rob, Dana Dane, DJ Chuck Chillout, Positive K, Blahzay Blahzay, Shahiem, Craig G, DJ DP One and more. Host: GrandMaster Caz

Doors open at 7pm. 21+ with proper ID. SOBs 204 Varick St. at West Houston Manhattan NYC.
1 train to Houston. Info: sobs.com. Only $25 in advance at http://www.ticketweb.com. $30 day of or $25 with flyer $10 off w/ Zulu Nation or Moorish Nationality Card. No Guest List. No Video Cameras. http://www.zulunation.com

Pics From KRS ONE's Book Signing @ Barnes and Noble NYC Last Night

KRS One & Beth The Superfan


"WILD STYLE" Director Charlie Ahearn

Beth The Superfan stopped by KRS One's first book signing last night and worked to secure an interview for THE ZRO HOUR. Details are being worked out so stay tuned...

Check out the dates and locations for his appearances through the week in the NY/NJ area in the previous post.


BOOKS: KRS ONE signed edition of THE GOSPEL OF HIP HOP available now!


The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument, the first book from the I Am Hip Hop imprint, is the philosophical masterwork of KRS ONE. Set in the format of a self-help holy book, this 800-plus-page opus is a spiritual manual for citizens of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and practical knowledge, for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life path. Known as "the Teacha," KRS ONE developed his unique outlook as a homeless teen in Brooklyn, New York, engaging his philosophy of self-creation to become one of the most respected emcees in Hip Hop history. As Hip Hop's true steward, KRS ONE painstakingly details the development of the culture and the ways in which we, as "Hiphoppas," can and should preserve its future.



Meet KRS One in person at these book signings/lectures this week:

11/10/2009 · Barnes & Noble · Livingston, NJ · 112 Eisenhower Parkway · 7 p.m. Reading/Signing
11/11/2009 · Hue-Man Bookstore · Harlem, NYC · 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd · 6 p.m. Reading/Signing
11/12/2009 · Barnes & Noble · Clifton, NJ · 395 Route 3 East · 7:30 p.m. Reading/Signing

Blackalicious MC GIFT OF GAB’s Highly Anticipated Album "Escape 2 Mars" In Stores

Press Release:

Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab’s sophomore solo album, Escape 2 Mars, is now available for purchase in stores. The 11-track album features such artists as Lateef the Truthspeaker, Bart Davenport from Honeycut as well as Brother Ali and Del the Funky Homosapian, who are featured in the hot single “Dreamin”. The album’s artwork gives just a small dose of what to expect from the record’s highly energetic and spacey representation of indie hip hop, which earned Escape 2 Mars 4 out of 5 stars from Urb Magazine. “Gab’s gift, which (unlike most rap veterans) remains strong and consistent as it’s been since the early 90s,” the magazine wrote.

Download: Gift of Gab – Dreamin’ Feat. Del the Funky Homosapien & Brother Ali

Listen to the album on the Escape 2 Mars Mini-Site:

Gift of Gab The Deadliest Catch Tour with Chali 2na, Mr. Lif, and Lyrics Born

11/06 - San Jose, CA - The Voodoo Lounge
11/07 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11/10 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
11/11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
11/12 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Tavern
11/13 - Park City, CO - Harry O's
11/14 - Bozeman, MT - Gallatin County Fairgrounds
11/15 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
11/17 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
11/18 - Bellingham, WA - The Nightlight
11/19 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11/20 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
11/21 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11/23 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s


Chubb Rock & Wordsmith Bridging The Gap" hits stores on November 17th, 2009

"Bridging The Gap" hits stores on November 17th, 2009 via Nu Revolution Entertainment LLC / Unruly Records . Support real hip hop music and pick that up!

Wordsmith drops a new mixtape, OVERDUE and UNDERRATED, in December. The new Overdue & Underrated mixtape is set for release on December 7th, 2009 online for free download and hosts a huge feature list including Chubb Rock, Soulstice, Fred Knuxx, Ruste Juxx,V-Stylez, Junclassic, Kontact & Black Knight, RAtheMC, Laelo Hood and more. Along with production from the likes of Strada, Judah, DJ King Assassin, Capish, Professa, Street Level, Rafpak and many more.

Here is an exclusive download:

Wordsmith- "Braggin' Rights" produced by Rafpak

Thanks to Dub MD for the heads up!
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