BAPE Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary with Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, Vashtie & More

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photos: Denisse Hernandez

Last night was a night to remember

BATHING APE set the bar high for Spring/ Summer. We attended of the iconic streetwear brand BAPE’s celebration of their 10-year anniversary at Up & Down in NYC, which also served as an introduction to their limited-edition capsule collection, Bape honored guests and collaborators such as Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, Flatbush Zombies, Futura, Stash and RSVP Gallery. Guests enjoyed the amazing sound waves by Flat White (Virgil Abloh), Cipha Sounds, Va$htie, and Sky Gellatly, & great performances by Travis Scott and Pusha.

Not to mention, an open Hennessy bar. Check out some flicks from the night’s festivities.

Watch Maino, Mack Wilds, Troy Ave, Chinx, Bodega BAMZ & City Boy Dee In “Banned From Radio”

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NY State Of Mind

Late last year, Hot 97 & New York radio staples Cipha Sounds & Drewski put together a remix of N.O.R.E.‘s classic “Banned From T.V.” involving some of our favorite movers and shakers of the hip-hop scene, and finally we have a video for the gritty posse cut. Maino‘s got the crown on (of course), Bodega‘s spitting rapid fire and even Mack Wild, whose New York: A Love Story was nominated for an R&B Grammy, got in on the rappity rap. Catch the Itchy House-directed video below.

Recap| Mack Wilds Performs At HighLine Ballroom

mack 3Having Cipha Sounds get the crowd growing, what type of show would you expect? Mack Wilds had all his ‘wild things’ literally going wild as he performed at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. Last night he showed emotion connecting with his audience, performing his Grammy nominated album.  So much has happen for the actor/singer in the last year, Mack toasted with the crowd. He stated “It’s only right to celebrate at home” as he thanked his fans.

Everyone got wilder when he brought out Jada Kiss, Troy Ave, Maino, and Dj Khali. Excuse us? Mack said, “NY is coming back”, and he’s definitely proving his point. Performing Own It- Remix with Jada was just what NY needed to crown him the prince of New York. He even bought it there with his version of D’Angelo’s How does it feel? Was that a subliminal message to us? Near his closing he had everyone’s favorite throwback Remember the times by the late great Micheal Jackson.

Wherever Mack goes, we shall. Keep things ‘Wild” for your town.

Tiy Hampton, @_tiy_

Watch The First Episode Of ‘This Is Hot 97’ A Week Early

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NY radio will never be the same

Ebro, Peter Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds, Funkmaster Flex and Angie Martinez, among others, will anchor VH1’s newest reality show endeavor, This Is Hot 97, which will give viewers an inside look at the undoubtedly hilarious goings on of the radio station, which include behind the scenes looks at the interviews, intense conversations, and the mastermind that is Funkmaster Flex.

The official premiere isn’t until next week, but courtesy of MTV, here you go. Enjoy.

Vado Says Cam’Ron Is Traumatized Over Relationship With Juelz Santana

VadoIn an interview with New York’s Hot 97 radio personalities Perter Rosenburg and Cipha Sounds, Harlem MC Vado says Cam’ron is traumatized over his fallout with fellow Dipset member Juelz Santana. During the interview, Cipha Sounds said that there seems to be a “weird business, personal relationship” between the Harlem MCs Killa Cam and Santana.

Cam’s past experience with Santana kept Cam’ron from getting too close with Vado, Vado said during the interview.

Despite Vado’s claims, there’s been talk of a Dipset reunion.

Vado,who recently released his Sinatra EP, was once signed to Diplomats Records. Now the Harlem rapper is signed to DJ Khaleds We The Best Record Label.

Watch the video here and let us know what you think.

ScHoolboy Q Stops By Hot 97 And Speaks About ‘Oxymoron’

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In preparation for his upcoming album, OxymoronScHoolboy Q stopped by the Hot 97 station, to speak with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds about a variety of topics. After releasing the artwork and the explosive single, “Break the Bank”, Q has definitely stolen our attention and has everyone excited what he has in store.. When speaking with the Morning radio duo, he explained that the entire TDE camp are excited for the new project and may put in the same category as Good Kid…Maad City. He states that it might bring back that Doggystyle feel to hip hop. Q goes on to mention that the real Oxymoron is the fact that he has been doing all of these negative things, which he describes in his music, to pay for the good. It is a twisted idea of justice and protection that imbues itself in his life and his words.

He also goes back and drops some knowledge on gang life in Los Angeles; explaining how he came to be a part of a set and how beef can arsises, sometimes over things that are unforgivable. While he does reflect on that lifestyle, Q now looks back on those days with shame and embarrassment, in the same way as his time addicted to Lean. He is candid throughout the interview, and if you are a fan of the rapper, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Jimi (@Nativejimi)

MC Serch Tells His Hip Hop History on Juan Epstein

juan-epstein-serch-630x472Legendary figure in the Hip Hop game and new daytime talk show host MC Serch stopped by Hot 97 the other day to speak with Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg for an episode of their Juan Epstein Podcast.

The episode, which many have dubbed one of the best ever has Serch talking about a number of different topics including going to high school with Slick Rick, his involvement in the early stages of Nas‘s career, and the revelation that he has never in his life kissed a white woman.

Listen to the podcast below, and make sure to subscribe to it on iTunes,  we will update this post with video as soon as it’s put up.


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Spencer @Sjeezs

Love And Hip Hop’s Tara Tells All At Take It Personal

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Cipha Sounds invites Tara to “Take It Personal”

2014’s inaugural edition of hip hop’s favorite comedy show went down Friday Jan 10 at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater on New York’s Lower East Side hosted by one of your favorite voices on the FM airwaves, Cipha Sounds.

Per usual, Cipha and his comedic clan of improvisers dubbed A Tribe Called Yes packed the house out within minutes of doors opening to the public.

“It’s my favorite night of the week,” Cipha announced to the audience upon the show’s commencement. He elaborated on the origins of his newfound passion, explaining that after taking classes at the UCB, he fell in love, deciding to “Diddy this shit and take it over.”

He proceeded to introduce his atypical yet very special guest of the week, Tara Wallace of Love And Hip Hop.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of Cipha’s show, each week he invites a prominent figure in the hip hop community to the UCB theater to divulge true stories about their private lives based on topics suggested by the audience.

“I didn’t know what to expect so I was very nervous, not because of what they may ask or do, but to make sure that I delivered,” Tara admitted.

If you had to come up with a story based on the crowd’s incredibly varied and outlandish suggestions you’d probably be too.

When the floor was open for them to chime in, shouts of “Obama” “rice and beans” “high school” “dick” –  followed by a perturbed Cipha’s remark of “That’s disgusting” – “jalapeno peppers,” “Spanish crime,” and early onset of Alzheimer’s all rang throughout the theater.

For Tara’s first narrative, she recounted a story of agreeing to sleep with a beau of her affection during a high school pep rally. While the rest of her schoolmates were rallying on the home team (or at least that’s what we’d assume was happening) Tara and her crush had a date beneath a baby grand piano…which unfortunately – or arguably so – ended prematurely. Things pretty much finished between the two teens before they even really got started. “All I thought was oh my God, my vagina is so good!”

From that tale alone, A Tribe Called Yes introduced us to the powers of the pussy force field, which went so far as to become a national threat…what “Obama” dubbed “the pussy vortex.”  It may or may not have been everyone’s favorite joke of the night, including Tara herself.

During Tara’s second round of story-telling, we learned of her use of Tequila and jalapeno peppers as cold remedies, her childhood infatuation with the “Cocaine Godmother” Griselda Blanco – whom she admired for being strong and independent – her grandfather who was stricken with Alzheimer’s and would pee in corners, and of her children’s take on the whole “Love And Hip Hop thing.” From this we got skits of fame-obsessed killer kids on cocaine, a pregnant tequila-drinking Tara who asserted for us not to worry…since she’s naming her son Jameson instead, a cameo of Peter Gunz as a male nurse, and so much more.

As an actress herself, Tara mentioned being incredibly impressed by how all of the improvisers brought her stories to life.

“In whatever field we choose in life, there’s always a weakness that we have. Improv has always been my weakness. Even when I was getting my MFA when we had to improv I would freeze up, but you know, now I just kind of let go in everything I do, whatever it is, I’ll respond accordingly and truthfully and just go from there.“

Tara also disclosed that she’s booked her first Broadway play entitled Vixens which is set to launch in March of this year.

Follow Tara and all of her moves @Taranashaw, and the next time you’re in New York City on a Friday night, make sure to hit up the UCB theater, and Take It Personal.

The Lox Talk New Album, Claim Jadakiss’ New Album Is Complete

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New York street rap is back, so to speak

It seems as though, despite there being some serious validity to the controversial statements Trinidad James made at a NYC concert a month or so back, the timing of those comments was a bit off kilter. Since James’ claimed that the south runs New York radio, Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes, Mack Wilds, Troy Ave and Action Bronson all released new projects (Troy Ave actually just released his second project in as many months), and The Lox, determined to join the party, let loose with The Trinity EP on iTunes last week.

Yesterday morning, after what was hopefully a wonderful Christmas for everyone, the trio stopped by the Hot 97 morning show to go over a few topics with Ebro and Cipha Sounds. They talked about the DJs that really support New York rap, the inspiration behind dropping the EP, a new full album to come soon from them, and the ever-elusive fourth Jadakiss solo album, Top 5, Dead Or Alive (and that’s just off one LP). Check out the video below.

-Khari Nixon (@KingVanGogh)