Dave East, Show Tufli, Dub, Yung Nate, 1 Shot Dealz Throw It Down In New Harlem Cypher

new harlem cypherNew York Hip-Hop is not going to let any other city have all the attention. Not only does it have the Beast Coast/New New York movement, but it also has New Harlem on the rise. Dave East, Show Tufli, Dub, Yung Nate, and 1 Shot Dealz each spit a verse to get you hyped for their Nu Hop Concert Series Presents: The New Harlem show this Thursday at SOB’s in NYC . Doors open at 8PM.

Bryan Hahn @notupstate

Talib Kweli Self Directs Music Video For “High Life”

Talib-KweliCollecting footage from his visit to South Africa, Talib Kweli directed the newest video off of his upcoming album, Prisoner of Conscious. You get an inside look of practices before shows, candid looks at their artistry, them goofing off, and actual show footage. This song always brings me back to Fela Kuti and his Africa 70 band. I’m sure Talib wouldn’t mind that connection.

Prisoner of Conscious out May 7.

Bryan Hahn @notupstate

Diary of a Music Junkie: Blog #13

music junkieFinding yourself is one of the most important realizations you can come across in your life. Now that I’ve worked in this music industry for a decent amount of time, I’ve learned more about myself than any other time in my life. My patience has grown because I’ve come to realize diligence and patience pays off in this industry. This past Saturday was the last show of the Beast Coastal Tour with Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers. The last show was sold out at Gramercy Theatre and the place was packed. I stood at the back of the stage almost in tears to see how far my friends and colleagues had come from doing underground small shows in Brooklyn, to selling out big venues with fans rapping every single lyric.

The boys didn’t take playing performing in their home town lightly and brought out some of Worlds Fair, Bodega Bamz and the Tanboys, and a few others. The show as full of the some of the biggest names in the industry trying to get a view of the New New York movement. The show went out with a bang and the tour was over after two months of traveling through both coasts. The groups gathered together backstage to celebrate their achievement as cameras surrounded them to capture every moment.

The tour was over and I was able to come back to work. The office had gone through a few changes and as some of you will learn, it only takes one day, maybe even half a day for this industry to make some sudden changes. Some you might be able to adjust to and others you might not be able to stand for. I just know I will continue to make a name for myself in this music industry I’ve come to love and consider myself lucky when I’m being asked to cover some of the biggest shows of the week. My lesson this week, appreciate your blessings and don’t sweat the small stuff….especially the small people that don’t define your career.

-Music Junkie

Alicia Keys & Maxwell Turn It Up On The Video For “Fire We Make”

aliciaAlicia Keys and Maxwell takes us back to a simpler, warmer time in New Orleans in the latest video off of Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire. It’s always nice to see the visuals for a great track mesh so well.

Anybody else think of the ice cube scene in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing after watching this video, though?

Bryan Hahn @notupstate

Source TV: TNGHT’s NYC Experience In 60 Seconds

Hudson Mohawke and Lunice invaded NYC’s Webster Hall this week!

In case you’ve been living under rock Hudson Mohawke and Lunice have been killing it since joining forces as TNGHT. Hudson recently signed with G.O.O.D. Music’s production team, while Lunice was the hands behind Rockie Fresh’s “Panera Bread” featuring Rick Ross. But as the duo took the stage Wednesday night in NYC, everyone was reaching for a “Higher Ground.”

The historic concert venue packed out just after 8 pm. with opener Roc Marciano handling the mic. Just before 11 pm TNGHT would hit the stage and deliver once crazy performance. From the view in VIP the crowd looked like one crazy mosh of various walks of life. In fact… leaning over the banister briefly you could feel a difference in at least 10 degrees of temperature. From “Mercy” to “Bugatti” some Hip-Hop anthems of today were delivered with perfection and a much different approach.

TheSource.com delivers the TNGHT approach in a 60 second recap. Don’t believe us just watch…


– Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)
Video by: Garrett Kafchinski (@Image90) – Alex Tragellis (@AlexTragellis)


The Manhunt Is Over; Second Suspect In Custody Of Boston Police


Just three days removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, the city of Boston is reeling to say the least. Thursday night shots were fired on the Massachusetts campus of M.I.T. Early reports state a university police officer was shot on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Boston Police, which has been on high alert, raced to the scene only to be joined by the FBI a short time later. Officers were reporting to Building 32, where the shooting took place. Sections of the campus have been on lockdown, no shooter has been taken into custody at this time.

It is not known whether or not this shooting has any connection in the on-going investigation from Monday’s bombing.

-Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)

UPDATE 1:20 am.: Officer that was shot has been killed. Officers are on the scene with one suspect in custody on his way to the hospital after multiple gun shot wounds following heavy gunfire. Another suspect is still at large reportedly with automatic weapons and possible grenades. It is unclear if this is in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. Authorities are stating the suspect is at large and residence should stay in doors. Authorities have also reported undetonated explosives… ordering for non-use of cell phones in fear of detonation.

UPDATE 7:00 am.: After robbing a 7-Eleven, shooting a police officer, car-jacking an SUV, and throwing explosives out the window, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed with a bomb strapped to his chest after a crazy firefight. The suspect that was killed at the scene ( was accompanied by his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the individual on the right with the white baseball cap, who is on the run as Boston police intensify their manhunt.

Police are doing a door to door search in the area of Watertown. All colleges, schools and most public transportations are closed in Boston. Watertown and it’s surrounding areas are currently on lockdown and on high alert.

UPDATE 8:00 am.:The governor has now asked the entire city of Boston to stay home for safety purposes. Both brothers are said to be from Chechnya, the suspect on the left hand side of our image was the older brother (26) who got killed last night during the firefight with police. The younger brother with the white cap of our image, is still on the on the run. There is some concern that the younger brother may have explosives on him.

UPDATE 8:30 am.The suspect killed last night during the gunfight with police has now been identified as Tamerian Tsarnaev, 26, he attended Bunker Hill Community College for engineering. Both suspects originally from Russian Caucasus. Authorities have now shut down all flights coming in and out of Boston.

UPDATE 9:45 am.Police have a sense of where the victim is. Residents in Boston are still being told by police and officials to not leave their homes. The FBI is asking all individuals who may know of anything to call the FBI Hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Update 10:00. MyFoxBoston.com has a live-stream featuring up-to-date coverage on the situation in Watertown. Tune in to follow the situation as it happens.

UPDATE 11:00PM. At around 8:44, the most wanted man in the US and second suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was finally captured after a 27 hour manhunt. Police seized the 19 year old after he was found hiding in a boat in the backyard of a residence. Police were notified by the owner of the residence after he noticed the tarp of his boat cut in half and the suspects bloody body laying inside of the boat. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is now in the hospital and under the custody of Boston officials. He is seriously injured by gunshot wounds to the neck and leg. Boston residents and students cheered the police after they left the scene of the crime with the suspect in custody.

Roger Krastz @walldoe


Throwback Thursday: Pharoahe Monch “Simon Says”


Wicked like Exorcist, this is the joint
You holding up the wall then you missing the point

Today we give you Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says” as our Throwback Thursday song! Pharoahe Monch is known for his complex lyrics and delivery and was introduced to the Hip-Hop game in 1987. Take a listen below as we bring it back for you for Throwback Thursday!

The Tupac Hologram: One Year Later

The 2Pac hologram that made its debut at the Coachella festival one year ago. It still begs the question: Is it okay to recreate an artists’ likeness for our own benefit?

In issue 253 we looked at one of the hottest stories of 2012… the Tupac Hologram. One year later we remember the infamous “What the f$#k is up Coachellaaaaaa!!!!” line.

—From Issue 253—

Those were the first words the world heard from deceased rapper Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival since his untimely death in 1996. The legendary MC left behind millions of fans that turned to pre-recorded songs and posthumous guest appearances to keep his legacy alive over the years. Though Rick Ross had declared ‘2Pac Back’ in 2011, Coachella really brought him back. Despite the fact that the hologram has been used numerous times before, it was Tupac Shakur’s HD virtual reflection that became the talk of the town. In 2001, Hollywood used holography to impose a then lifeless John Coltrane in the movie ‘Vanilla Sky’ portraying the jazz saxophonist as entertainment for a room full of preoccupied partygoers. The pop band Gorillaz sent their holograms to perform ‘live’ at the Grammy Awards in 2006. And Mariah Carey, Elvis Presley, Black Eye Peas, among others, have all had holograms created in their absence. In Japan, where anime graphics are light years ahead of the U.S., there is even a fictional hologram performer Hatsume Miku, whose party music and penciled-in looks sell out venues housing 20,000 people.

In the case of Hologram 2Pac (who even surfaced on Twitter a day later), a trick called “Peppers Ghost” (the reflection of an image that is projected on a Mylar screen which has also been used in countless movies) was used. The price of these projections are currently anywhere from $100,000 to $400,000, but with the rapid change and advance in technology, consumers could soon have 3D projections in their own living rooms for a much lower price tag.

“I think they honored him. I thought it was amazing and showed where technology is going,” says fashion specialist and longtime Tupac fan, Kiahnni Frierson. “Some people say let the dead rest, but at the end of the day most of these young artists look up to him. Internationally. I thought whether it was real or not, it felt good to see him onstage, because I miss him.”

Eclectic artists such as jazz musician Miles Davis, Prince, Andre 3000 and even DOOM often implicate their own rules when creating and deciding when and how they will share their music. Most musicians mature over the course of their career span. Is it fair to screenshot someone from the era you see fit? Or, do we give the fans what they want even when the musician is passed on?

“I had mixed emotions when I was watching it,” says West Coast-based MC Crooked I. “It was kind of dope because it reminds of Pac…but it’s not him. It was dope and sad at the same time. You know why? [Because] it was a hologram. It was good to see Pac onstage, but it wasn’t Pac.”

Although some people were pleasantly surprised by the Tupac projection, there are others who felt it tainted the artistry, or some who were just plain ol’ creeped out by it. This raises the ultimate question, Who can do what with the artists’ image in the event of their death?

Graphic companies who plan on re-enacting their own holograms should seek

permission from the estate, right of copyright, and information on right of publicity and false sponsorship and false endorsement.

“I wouldn’t mind it happening to me because that only means I left a dent in the game enough for them to want to bring me back. But if I’m still living, I’m against it. I don’t want to see a younger version of me up there,” Crooked I laughs. “It might be that way soon. What happens when the whole crowd is a hologram? What happens when nobody is going to crowds physically?”

– From Issue 253.
Words By Courtney Brown

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Debut “Can’t Hold Us” Visual Featuring Ray Dalton.

Unsigned Hype alum, Macklemore is poised to make yet another assault on the charts.

Unsigned Hype alum, Macklemore is poised to make yet another assault on the charts.

Following up the success of their “Thrift Shop” video, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis debut their “Can’t Hold Us” visual Ray Dalton.

By no means is this your cliche rap video. The Seattle duo is ready and poised to snag your attention with camels, pirate ships and sleds… you read that right the first time no need to re-read.

It has been one hell of a year for these North-West representers following the success of their Gold certified studio-debut, The Heist. Which landed at number 2 on the Billboard charts with roughly 77,000 copies moved in its first week. Not bad for two independent cats huh?

Hit the jump to watch the visual!

– Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)
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