Category Archives: New York

Listen: Lil Fame (M.O.P.) & Termanology – “Too Tough For TV (Produced By Fizzy Womack)

Lil Fame & Termanology are Fizzyology; album in stores & iTunes 11-6-2012, which will feature Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Bun B, Freeway, M.O.P., DJ Premier, Statik Selektah & more.

Listen: Gatekeeper- “Tree Drum (Total Freedom Debt Stalking Version)”

If you killed a man by filling his body parts with a zillion bullets and the brutal murder made a pleasant sound then it would resemble this version of Gatekeeper‘s “Tree Drum”.

Gatekeeper has an album release party at the Public Assembly in New York Friday for their new LP EXO. More release party info on the Facebook invite here

Download: Theophilus London – “Rose Island Vol. 1” Mixtape

MP3: Theophilus London – “Rose Island Volume 1”

When I interviewed Theophilus London for the Other Paper last week the Brooklyn rapper described his new tape “Rose Island Volume 1”  like this:

What can we expect from Rose Island?
You know how kids from the ’80’s love shit from the ’50s? I am getting back to my Marvin Gaye influence. I am shutting out this whole world that exists today. It’s not inspired by any artists from this past decade or anything. It’s me back to my pure essence. It is not MP3-type music or commercialized music. I called it Rose Island because it’s an island far away from what’s going on with this Internet shit.

Rose Island Volume 1 guests include Marvin Gaye, A$ap Rocky, Big Boi, Sade, and Lunice

Read the full The Other Paper interview with Theophilus here.

MP3: Indians – “I Am Haunted”

MP3: I Am Haunted

A few months ago, we posted a track from Copenhagen-based Indians, the moniker of one seemingly singularly-named man, Soren. This second (self-recorded, released) single, “I Am Haunted” was described to his mailing list as “Every thing is possible, or maybe too late? A stream of haunted words is floating in a universe of hope…. This is a story about a man haunted by his own thoughts, and a message to the girl that left him…but does she get the message?”

Soft and forlorn, it’s a dreamy haze of a tune with some pleasant tones that does seem to be channeling some inner turmoil, love lost or the like.

Indians will be making his way stateside again this month to play a show in NYC at Glasslands on 7/26.

MP3: Fat Tony “Bad Habits” ft. Bun B & Nick Diamonds


Young One Records is a new Brooklyn Hip Hop label whose goal is to highlight the new new.  It’s started by the same people that brought you Main Attractionz and Fat Tony. Above is a song off Fat Tony’s upcoming Double Dragon album out June 1st.

To celebrate it’s label launch, Young One is offering up a limited edition  cassette of a mixtape with new songs by Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Cities Aviv, Main Attrakionz, and Fat Tony . The tapes were hand-dubbed by NNA. For more info and to download this tape please head over to Complex.

Vice @ Internet Week Schedule

I read and look at the internet sometimes. I also read and look at Vice. I actually read Vice before there was an internet so I am happy they know each other. Vice is having an Internet Week this week in NY.  Vice’s founder Shane Smith is going to give a Keynote address. DJ Q-tip and Tim Sweeney will deejay an afterparty. that Action Bronson is performing at. There will be panels on lots of net stuff from the 5 verticals of Vice. If you are like me and only on the internet and not in NY; you can stream it here. If you are in New York; then experience internet week in person. Itinerary after the jump:

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Fela Kuti’s “Live in Detroit 1986” Art Work Decoded

I reviewed the latest Fela Kuti release this week in the Other Paper. The funny thing is that the artwork was done by a Columbus ex-pat and CCAD Grad Zach Jaeger. I grew up with Zach and he told me that he was working on this when I ran into him at SXSW. He has lived in New York for awhile so this fact slipped my mind until he posted this on his tumblr today.


This just came out last Tuesday and is a really phenomenal album! I’ve been working on Fela art for over 3 years now, reviving all of the album art for re-release. This however is the first “new” record I was able to work on. We manage to get a scan of the actual poster and ticket stub for this show and used it in the packaging. The inside of the digi-pack is an adjusted version of the actual TDK tap used to record this show (I just so happened to have one of these tapes with the jacket). Although this is a pretty simple package and layout it’s one of my favorites I’ve done to date.
You can pick up a copy of this amazing album here!

listen to a song off Live in Detroit 1986 after the jump.

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Video: Large Professor – “M.A.R.S” ft. Cormega, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Saigon


One of the ill things about the Nas “Behind the Music was how he talked about Large Professor editing his rhymes on Illmatic.   Well, above is track 15 on Large Pro’s upcoming album that drops June 26th, And Extra P is still kicking it with New York’s elite.

Racist Jay-Z article via the New York Post

According to The Guardian, the New York Post‘s Phil Mushnick is in the hot seat after posting the following article on May 4. It is in response to Jay-Z’s hand in designing the new Brooklyn Nets uniforms:

Nets on Jay-Z track
“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?

Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s?  The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes.  Team logo?  A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath.  Wanna be Jay-Z hip?  Then go all the way!”

Mushnick defended the statement, saying, “Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’m the racist?  Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.”

MP3: Showbiz & A.G. “The Bond”

Seems like it was just yesterday, Showbiz & A.G. were hanging out in abandoned warehouses trafficking soulclaps from money  in front of fellow D.I.T.C. member Fat Joe’s graffiti like in the video below:

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MP3: Showbiz & AG – The Bond (okayplayer)

Now here are Show & A, 23 years later, with the Bond which goes through the various break-ups of other historic crews like Tribe Called Quest, NWA and Public Enemy

The Bond is off the Bronx duo’s upcoming album Mugshot Music:Reloaded.