Wale, D’Angelo and the Vanguard Rock Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival

Smoke danced in the air. The smell of on-tap beer drifted across Union Park as it transformed into a musical paradise, greeting Midwestern music-heads with popular headliners and must see up-and-comings for the 2015 North Coast Music Festival. Self-dubbed “Chicago’s Last Stand,” a final hoo-rah to the summer before the cooler weather begins it’s unapologetic domination, a myriad of hip-hop, electronic and metal bands took to the stage in ear pleasing sets during Labor Day weekend.

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Fans from every corner of Chicago, home to Kanye West, Twista, R. Kelly, Lupe Fiasco plus dozens more, descended upon the 3-day stint to see their favorite artists. This year’s festival tapped rapper Wale, D’Angelo and The Vanguard, along with one of the most influential hip hop acts ever, The Roots, in addition to The Chemical Brothers, popular electronic music band.

The North Coast Music Festival has always been known for it’s diverse appeal. Attracting everyone from the grunge lovers, to boho-chic flower childs, to hip-hop heads, North Coast had something for everyone.

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Wale was Chi-town chillin’ as he performed his hyped set on Friday, September 4. Blessing the 312-stage, the “Matrimony” rapper put on an impeccable show, interacting with fans; taking selfies with festival goers smart phones and jumping in the crowd on multiple occasions.

Dressed in an army-fatigue top and pinned up dreads with a red and black scarf, the D.C. native chanted, “turn the f*ck up,” as the audience bellowed after him, getting the crowd hype as he performed his most popular hits, including “Bad,” the Miguel-assisted “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “Girls on Drugs.” The 30-year-old songwriter closed his show with the ultra party anthem, “No Hands,” untying his secured do to shake his dreads to the beat as the crowd waved their hands and jumped in rhythm.

See Also: Why You Should Attend Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival


D’Angelo and the Vanguard took to the stage the following day, marking their first performance ever in the Windy City. Despite Saturday morning showers, fans came out in droves to see the R&B legend perform with his band. Although the “How Does it Feel” singer performed most of his new material from his surprise album, Black Messiah, the 41-year-old was a hybrid of old-school, funk and blues. But his die-hard fans, who first fell in love with the R&B crooner from the early nineties, didn’t feel left out, as he performed the sultry hit, “Brown Sugar.” Alternating from the guitar to the keyboard, D’Angelo showcased his unlimited talents, infused with his signature falsetto. – Angela Wilson (@SheisAngela)

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Watch D’Angelo And The Vanguard Perform “Really Love” On SNL

Check out the recent live Saturday Night Live performance of D’Angelo and The Vanguard

D’Angelo is back at it again, after a long hiatus. He recently hit the SNL stage to perform his newly released single “Really Love,” from his Black Messiah album which was released in December. Check out the performance below…

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Apollo Theater Announces A Special Evening With D’Angelo

The Apollo Theater announced that D’Angelo and The Vanguard will grace its legendary stage for an epic one-night-only concert on Saturday, February 7th at 8pm. Continue reading Apollo Theater Announces A Special Evening With D’Angelo

Remembering Dr. Khalid Muhammad: 5 Musical References You Probably Didn’t Know

In celebration of Dr. Khalid’s born day, don’t forget the influence he left in the creative arts as well as the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality

Most of America remembers Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad, the former Nation Of Islam spokesperson under the leadership of Louis Farrakhan, as the passionate, emotion-evoking Black leader that was the last of his kind to stand up in the face of oppression in America and the first U.S. citizen to ever be censured by Congress. The Hip Hop community reveres Dr. Khalid as the articulate voice of the urban masses, appearing on some of the game’s most memorable albums, but it didn’t stop there. Even some rock bands recognized the power in the truth that he spoke and immortalized him in their music.

Here’s a list of the top five appearances from Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad that some may remember, but most won’t.

1. Public Enemy‘s “Night Of The Living Baseheads” from the It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back album

The intro to this 1988 Public Enemy classic became one of the most recognizable audio clips of the founder of the New Black Panther Party.

2. Ice Cube‘s Death Certificate album

The former NWA frontman let Dr. Khalid dropped his jewels all throughout Ice Cube’s first solo and ironically, most successful album.

3. MC Ren‘s “Muhammad Speaks” from his Villain In Black LP

Another ex “N***a Wit Attitude” sees things Dr. Khalid’s way and lets him spit some science from a well known document called the “William Lynch Letter” on a track titled with the same name as the Nation of Islam newspaper founded by Minister Malcolm X.

4. Rage Against The Machine‘s “Freedom” from their 1994 self titled album

Lead singer Zach de la Rocha quotes the strong bald headed trailblazer in the first verse with;

Brotha, did ya forget ya name?

5. “1000 Deaths” from D’Angelo‘s Black Messiah album

The neo-soul prince resurrects Mr. Muhammad on this abstract track from his latest release, as he speaks candidly about the actual physical appearance and the apparent fallacies of religious doctrine.

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

In Case You Haven’t Heard, D’Angelo Is Back. Stream ‘Black Messiah’

The 14 year wait is over

Until about 12 hours ago, D’Angelo hadn’t released an album since 2014, nearly a decade-and-a-half of scattered appearances, awkward interviews, references in rap songs and snippets. Still, it was fitting that 2000’s Voodoo was and is still hailed as one of the great neo-soul albums the genre has ever experienced, and D’Angelo returns as D’Angelo and The Vanguard for his new record, Black Messiah, which was released to iTunes at midnight, and surprisingly announced just 3 days ago. We won’t say much more, so you can stream the album below.

D’Angelo, Sza & More Take The Stage At This Year’s AFROPUNK Music Festival

In case you missed AFROPUNK this weekend….
Great music, culture, food and of course, beer…yeah, that’s pretty much all you needed to have successfully survived AFROPUNK. This year the festival celebrated its 10th year of live music, art and culture on August 23 and August 24 at Brooklyn’s Barry Commodore Park.
Take a trip with me for a few minutes. It’s about 4 p.m. on Sunday, the weather is perfect, the breeze; to die for, and you can smell just about any and every cuisine from under the sun. From Haalal food to classic grilled cheese sandwiches and deliciously messy Philly cheese steaks, your mouth is watering trying to decide what you’ll try first. But first, you head over to the red stage to see who’s got the crowd so insanely hyped. You indulge in the moment, feeling the crowd out but vibing out the scene as you inhale and absorb everything around you. You made it, now its time to explore! There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Whether you’re interested in getting a free pair of PONY sneakers or heading over to House of Marley to check out which cool headphones and speakers they’ve got on the market, you really couldn’t be disappointed. You’ve explored quite a bit and have even stood on an exaggerated line for a $4.00 Italian icee that was worth all 400 pennies. But 5:15 p.m. was nearing.
The time was now 5:45 p.m. According to scheduling, Sza (Bae) would be making her exit off the red stage and saying her goodbyes to her fans. Instead, a restless crowd vibed to Drake, Juicy J and other artists being played by booths nearby. Heads turned, confused faces were in full affect. Where was bae? Soon enough, movement on stage was visible. Then the moment everyone had been waiting for…”this next artist needs no introduction…” the DJ said, instantaneously igniting the crowd. The free space in the crowd went from 0 to 100, real quick as fans quickly floated toward the stage preparing their hearts and souls for Sza. The crowd blared with applause as big hair and freckles took over the stage. In those moments, Sza captured the entire audience singing favorites like “Hiijack” and “Babylon.”
Now it seemed as thought your day was complete. Sza captivated your entire world within minutes but there was still so much to see. Heading over to beer gardens, good vibes and even more great food consumed you. But that wasn’t enough. You finally made your way over to the gold stage just in time for the Bobby Shmurda turn up. It was a huge house party like no other. Shmoney. Dancing. Everywhere. You couldn’t help but Shmoney dance around the food trucks that supplied everything from empanadas to Thai food to that good ol’ Caribbean food. You Shmoney danced right back over to the food trucks deciding on a simple grilled cheese, still very much curious to see all the new faces that had entered the festival since you first arrived. The crowd grew by the minute. Now that the sun had gone down, the air had cooled and the food truck lines became longer, the real party began. As a tribute to DJ Rashad engaged twerkers and electronic music lovers, something big was about to take place on the green stage; D’Angelo.
Like a moth to a flame, the crowd flocked to the stage minutes before the “Brown Sugar” singer made his way on stage. Unfortunately, those fans looking for the soulful singer to tackle old school R&B songs that warmed our souls like “Lady,” “Cruisin” and of course “Brown Sugar,” were pretty disappointed. Instead, the singer had something way different in mind. D’Angelo did his rendition of Sly and the Family Stone’s 1973 “Thankful n’ Thoughful” as well as Bob Marley’s “Burnin’ and Lootin’.” Ending his segment, D’ Angelo covered Prince’s “She’s Always In My Hair.” His performance was deep and heavy as references to the Mike Brown Shooting in Ferguson pervaded the entire festival.
As always, all good things must come to an end. “You ain’t gotta go home…” the DJ said. And well, you know the rest.
[Photo Credit: Don Wes]

Her Source | Happy Birthday Lauryn Hill! A Look At The Songs That We Could Relate To

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Red Bull Takes Over NYC

Music Lovers & Residents of New York City will be happy to know that Red Bull is bringing a fun filled festival to their backyards the month of May. For the entire month, the academy will have a host of art shows, performances and music lectures curated for eclectic music fans.  Red Bull Music Academy - London

Popular acts like D’Angelo (lecture-sold out) and Hudson Mohawke will be making appearances and the best part is that most of the events are super cheap. Festival goers can catch concerts for as low as $15 but you better hurry before they all sell out!

The Red Bull Academy has a total of 15 events planned, mostly taking place in Brooklyn.

For a list of events and prices check out their twitter (@RBMA) ! Also catch Quest Love’s Red Bull Music Academy Lecture from last year below.


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A Look At Some Of The Greatest Reunion Moments In Hip-Hop and R&B


All good things must come to an end, but for rap groups, the end maybe an invitation for a reunion. Artists are notoriously known for having egos, which can leads to rifts in their organization. Unfortunately, fans are left out in the cold, grasping for any unreleased material, begging for reconciliation, and anxiously waiting to see their favorite performers on stage together one more time.

Luckily, time heals all. As the years pass by, regret begins to build, while the dust collects on all of the markers of past success, rappers and singers come to acknowledge their prior mistakes—often caused by stress and ego. At this point, artists reach out to one another to bury the hatchet. And what follows, is the fulfillment of the dreams of fans everywhere: Reunion Concerts or Tours.

Hip-Hop and R&B has seen a surge in the number of reunion concerts as of late. From the turbulent A Tribe Called Quest reconciliation in 2004, to Ma$e and Diddy sharing the stage at this year’s OVO Fest, great artists have found some common ground to remind scores of people why they were famous to begin with.

It’s hard to be unhappy while all of this is taking place. So in celebration of this harmonious mood, the Source has compiled a list of our favorite reunion concert moments. Some are sure to surprise you.

Busta Rhymes Brings Out Leaders of the New School-Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2012

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Leaders of the New School were a pioneering rap group formed in 1989. They are most famous for their insane feature on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario”, which also served to introduce the world to Busta Rhymes. Their debut album—A Future Without A Past—is considered a classic in many circles. Unfortunately, the group—which also included members Charlie Brown and Dinco D—succumbed to infighting and jealousy, straining their relationship to the point that they disbanded five years after they began.

From 1996-2011, the group rarely collaborated and were barely seen together, let alone performing together. However, when Busta Rhymes was invited to the Brooklyn Hip Hop festival, the group reconvened. For the first time in a long time, LONS was on stage together, performing some of their biggest hits. It was a magical moment, and one that fans were not expecting.