Listen To Action Bronson’s First Single From His Album Mr. Wonderful, “Easy Rider”

Ride off into the sunset.

Action Bronson’s long talked about major label release through Vice/Atlantic records may finally be on the way.  After previewing the song at Peter Palooza 3 two weeks ago, we now have the first song that will appear on the Mr. Wonderful album, “Easy Rider”.

The track is produced by frequent collaborator and auteur of the Blue Chips mixtape series, Party Supplies.  Bronson has smartly chosen  to stick to what he does best; drop unique and creative lines over a great sample.

Listen to the track below and tell us what you think on Facebook & Twitter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT0NQAM0xWw


To say Spencer is anticipating the release of Mr. Wonderful is like saying people smoke SOME weed at Curren$y concerts. Follow him on Twitter – @sjeezs

 

We Went To Peter Rosenberg’s Peter Palooza 3 & It Was Awesome: Schoolboy Q, Bronson, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul + More

What a night

On Wednesday night at the best buy amphitheater in the heart of time square – Hot 97 radio personality / DJ/one of the last people left with a real platform that puts on for hip hop- Peter Rosenberg  let the poppers pop and the breakers break. By that I mean he put on a concert – PeterPalooza 3 -in celebration of his birthday, that top to bottom was one of the best rap shows I’ve ever been to.  The show featured a lineup of Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul. Retchy p and Chris rivers (son of the late great Big Pun).

In one major way this years show was in contrast to last years Peter Palooza 2. Last years event- held outdoors at Brooklyn’s Williamsburg park  – featured a lineup that was intentionally dichotomous.  It featured Meek Mill, Odd Future (all of Odd Future, sans Frank Ocean ) & a then-next to blow, but not yet fully there –Schoolboy Q.  A diverse lineup is dope, but sometimes it can cause a bit of uncertainty from concert going fans. This seemed most evident at last year’s Palooza when Meek Mill performed “dreams and nightmares”  known to many as just ‘intro”. The song

was at the time was SCORCHING hot ,and after wearing out ever car radio/ night club sound system in New York seemed primed for a live performance.  Yet when he did it, it didn’t quote ring of like one might think. When you considered that the majority of the crowd was tied die shirt, cat sock rocking Odd Future fans it shouldn’t really of been a surprise.

I say all that to highlight that this years Peter Palooza by no means suffered the same fate. In fact the concert which featured artist who are genuine friends and had collaborated so many times together  that it may just have been the most synergetic lineup ever put together.   You haven’t seen this much one degree of separations since the last redneck family reunion you attended (sorry for the corny analogy but it seemed fitting).  Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul are both TDE members and literally came in the game together, Action Bronson & Danny Brown are both managed by Eminem‘s long time partner, Paul (not to be confused with Peter) Rosenberg under his Goliath brand, and although there is no song with all 4 together there are so manny collaborations between them that I didn’t even have the patience to list all of them, its easily upwards of 25/30.  Even opener Retchy P has worked with Action Bronson & Ab-Soul.

The first to rock the stage was Chris Rivers, who did a great job, including a nice rendition of his pop’s classic “Twinz” verse, dead in the middle of little… you know the rest.  Next up was Retchy P, who with the incomparable Thelonious Martin on the 1’s & 2’s put on an incredibly energetic and dope performance.  The highlights were definitely his NBA Combine worthy leap into the crowd, as well as when his entire crew came out of nowhere to douse the crowd in water and Henny, to their delight.

Next up was Ab-Soul, who was actually a somewhat surprise addition to the bill, having only been announced (first exclusively through TheSource.com) a week earlier, after most tickets had already been bought.  One of my favorite parts of the entire show was seeing Soul-0, standing solo, in the cut to the right of the stage as he was being introduced to the crowd.  We posted an Instagram clip that nigh, which starts with that exact moment, watch it HERE.

After hitting the stage to TDE executive Punch’s verse on the second part of  “Dub Sa” (random), he ran through a bunch of new tracks from the album These Days, including the standout, but yet not really an actual song “These Days”.  The crowd ate it up.  The other two highlights were easily when he brought out Danny Brown to do “Terrorist Threats” and when the crowd lit up the room with cell phones and lighters for the aptly titled “Illuminate” (originally featuring Kendrick Lamar).

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Danny Brown hit the stage next, and it came as no surprise, but nonetheless was very compelling to witness how unique his appeal is.  The guy can rap, and he makes hip hop obviously, but the feel, especially at a live show like this is just different.  Could I truly make out a single word of his high pitched , fast paced quasi edm music backed verses? Not really, but did it matter one bit.  I could definitely make out the words when he performed “Blunt after Blunt” and had the DJ drop the beat out for the crowd, as well as Schoolboy Q – who was in the cut on the side of the stage during most of Brown’s performance- to continually repeat.  Rap fan, EDM fan, polka enthusist, whatever, a Danny Brown set is a must see before you hang up your concert going shoes.

Speaking of going to concerts at a later age, and shoes (swear that wasn’t on purpose); amidst all the celebrities backstage – performers, as well as others like Smoke DZA, Joell Ortiz, Hot 97’s Ebro (who recently defended the shit out of Rosenberg in a HILARIOUS clip), SZA, DJ A-Trak, others and even Peter himself – easily the star of the show was the 2$ bill man Steve Resiman rocking a suit and a pair of Red October Air Yeezy’s, it was truly a sight to see.

What’s a birthday without a few nice surprise.  Vic Mensa & G-EAZY, both wearing leather jackets, separately hit the stage to perform some cuts including Vics “I feel that” & Eazy’s “I Mean It”.  It seemed like, to a lot of the audience, based off their apprehensive response, G-Eazy’s presence may have felt possibly a little out of place at a concert that seemed so rooted in what many of those same concert goers would consider “relevant but real hip hop” .  This is mainly due to his non self imposed association with someone like a Macklemore , who to many has become almost a scapegoat and quasi poster child for the other side of that “real hip hop” spectrum.  The drawing of lines becomes extra murky when you consider that Macklemore had more TDE artists on his 2012 album The Heist then Kendrick Lamar did on his lauded good kid m.A.A.D city album which dropped the same day, Q & Soul vs just Jay Rock.  But then again, maybe G-Eazy’s “I Mean It” – the beat for which sounded incredible live – just hasn’t hit on the east coast yet.

Next to perform was arguably the greatest entertainer in the world, Action “Mother Fucking” Bronson.  Before the show even started the Flushing Queens, NY native, along with his partner in crime, the quotable killer, Big Body Bes got rolled up on by TMZ cameras outside of the venue to discuss his recent porta-potty incident.

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The simplest way to put it is this:

Action Bronson live > god

He performed song after song- shirt ripped open to reveal his ridiculously awesome chest tattoo – with the kind of intense yet laissez-faire faire demeanor that has made him who he is today.  In case you were wondering, from what I witnessed back stage, Big Body is EXACTLY who he is on record, exactly.  The craziest part of the performance was when Bronson during his record “Slow Down” , went into the crowd.  From my vantage point I couldn’t see what happened, fellow Source Senior Writer James Elliot fills in the gaps

The already hyped atmosphere reached new levels, when the large framed emcee hopped in the crowd, nearly breaking the gaurdrail. The venue staff and enthusiastic fans chauffeured him to the side of the pit, where on a raised platform the emcee addressed his eager followers. Then , without warning, he  swung his body full horizontal over the last railing separating himself from the crowd. It was a feat of pure strength and flexibility, reserved for those with grace, and furthermore lets you know that he is indeed bout that “tripple backflipped into a cartwheel” life that he so often refers to on record.

After returning to the stage and replaying the track he delivered one of his most memorable bars and chorus, that now seemed to resonate that much stronger, “In New York Im Like Jeter” & “I’m a hero in my home town baby

He closed things out by having his DJ for the night, the legendary Alchemist, play over the speakers a new, never before heard track.  Rosenberg clarified after that this was in fact the first thing anyone had yet heard from Bronson’s upcoming Vice/Warner debut album Mr. Wonderful.

You gotta love the “certified rosenberg banger” radio drop peter snuck in at the beginning.

Last up was Schoolboy Q.  I alluded to the idea that last year, watching Q perform was cool but I couldn’t help but feel like everyone needed some more familiarity with his music to reach the level he could be at.  Sure “Hands On The Wheel” & “Yay Yay knocked but to keep the crowd involved  I felt he needed a bit more.  This year put a military grade silencer on that notion.  The crowd was so god damn turnt for Q’s performance that I nearly shed an emoji tear.  Now watching from a different vantage point,seeing his performance and the crowds reaction to “Gangsta Gangsta” literally gave me chills for a good 30 seconds.

Although they didn’t do a song together he brought out his TDE brethren SZA and Ab-Soul to rock along with him, closing out the show with “Break The Bank” & “Man Of The Year”, the energy of which was pretty epic.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unYq5Vmf7dc&list=UU2bV_oeeiH7B-kRYkcmP4Kg
Overall Peter Rosenberg really out did himself putting together and helping execute this show, if you love hip hop then you  loved this show, end of story.

Come back to this post in the coming days for  more great material from Peter Palooza 3.

Feature Image via Daniel Vasquez @_dvasquez, Gallery Images via Don Wes

In case you haven’t figured it out, Spencer had a great time at Peter Palooza, follow him on twitter – @sjeezs
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Exclusive Announcment: Ab-Soul, Retch & Chris Rivers Added to Peter Rosenberg’s ‘Peter Palooza 3’

The Gang’s all here

Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg is having his 3rd annual ‘Peterpalooza’ concert next week July 23rd at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City.  Scheduled to perform are Danny Brown, Acton Bronson, & Schoolboy Q.  Q was actually a performer at last years Peterpalooza along with Odd Future & Meek Mill but now returns this year as a headliner.

As if those 3 artists weren’t enough, we now have the announcement adding Schoolboy’s TDE brother Ab-Soul, as well as upcoming New Jersey rapper Retch and Chris Rivers, the son of Big Pun.

What makes this concert so interesting is that Brown, Bronson, Q & Soul between them have numerous collaborations like Soul’s “Terrorist Threats” ft Danny Brown or Bronson’s “Demolition Man”ft Q ;the potential for them to perform some of these songs  together is pretty epic.

When we spoke to Peter he had this to say regarding the collaborative nature of the artists picked for this yeas show.

One of the things that makes PeterPalooza special is that it’s for artists that I have connections to and it just so happens that many of these artists have connections with each other. It’s funny that we just added Soulo and Retch because they’re super close as well. You can expect to see a lot of collaboration and guest spots throughout the night. This is hands down the most organic and unified PeterPalooza yet!

 Watch the announcement clip for “The Number One Jewish Birthday Hip-Hop Concert In The World” above, tickets for the show are still available HERE

 

Spencer is wondering who’s going to put on the Survivor Series of rap concerts- Follow him on Twitter @sjeezs

Watch As Peter Rosenberg Apologizes To Chuck D

Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg mans up and apologizes to a living legend

Last month, the radio personality and P.E. frontman had some choice words for each other, but now, Rosenberg is waving the white flag.

On “The Realness” segment of his show this morning, the Hot 97 talk jock, apologizing for his previous statements that he made to Chuck less than a week after Summer Jam 2014. The Maryland native also said that “Fight The Power”, the theme song for Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, was inspirational to his career.

After last month’s Summer Jam, which is sponsored by Hot 97, the founder of the legendary Public Enemy had this to say about the event;

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The look on my face once I heard what a sloppy fiasco @hot97 in NYC has made of Hip Hop. #culturalcrime” -Chuck D on Twitter

Rosenberg replied in a video, stating, “Listen, Chuck, I respect the hell out of you, but you sir are trolling and you are above that. First of all, Chuck D has always hated radio. He hated WBLS and KISS when they were Black owned and now you hate HOT 97. Hip-Hop’s doing pretty well. Last time I checked we had some amazing artists out there selling tons of albums. Last time I checked there are two tours selling out football stadiums with Hip Hop. Not too bad. Now is Hip Hop perfect? Absolutely not. But was it perfect when Chuck D was active in the game? Absolutely not.

Lastly two things and this first one’s gonna upset some people. Chuck D, no one elected you President of Hip Hop. We love you, you’re a father of this game. You contributed. But we did not elect you President of this culture. No one owns Hip-Hop. I don’t own Hip-Hop. Ebro doesn’t own Hip-Hop. HOT 97 doesn’t own Hip Hop. It’s a collective culture and we all do our best to support it. Speaking of which, last thing, Chuck, what are you doing to support this culture besides Tweeting confusing messages in 140 characters or less. Are you going out to shows? ‘Cause we’re all at shows booking new artists every single day. Working with them. Getting them on the festival stage, getting them on the main stage, and building artists. What are you doing? ‘Cause if all you’re doing is trolling on Twitter, you ain’t doing that much.”

Let’s see if this is the end of their war of words.

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

Chuck D And Hot 97 Are In A War Of Words, Rosenberg Speaks

chuck ddThis years Summer Jam was by all accounts, save for Slowbucks, a great time and a healthy moment for hip hop, fans and media alike. However, while everyone was in a state of euphoria and feeling chum, one legend wanted nothing to do with the festival; in fact, he renounced it as deplorable. Chuck D, a godfather and pioneer of the game, took to twitter to sound off on what he claimed was a disingenuous use of hip hop. He claimed that the festival and the radio station that hosted it, Hot 97, were having a negative impact on the culture. “What a sloppy fiasco (the station) has made of hip hop.”

Chuck D found the flagrant use of the N-Word abhorrent and thought that there this attitude needs to change in the mindset of everyone involved.

However, Hot 97 didn’t take his words sitting down. Today, Peter Rosenberg dedicated his “The Realness” segment to the feud, responding to Chuck D with some heavy words. While he did admit that he is a fan and has nothing but respect for the emcee, but he never elected D “President of Hip Hop.” He claimed that the pioneer was just trolling online and should actually leave the computer to help hip hop.

Chuck D has returned to his computer though, in response to Rosenberg. This is an ongoing story, so keep your eyes glued to his twitter page. Check back here fore all of your updates.

Jimi (@Nativejimi)

Nicki Minaj Teases Dropping Her New Album Out Of Nowhere On Twitter

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Pink Friday, anyone?

Nicki Minaj‘s rappity rap resurgence in 2014 (see: “Boss Ass B*tch”, “Danny Glover Remix”, “My N**** Remix”, “Lookin’ A** N****, “Chi-Raq”) has everyone excited for her return to the hip-hop scene, which she strayed away from slightly with a large percentage of her previous work, most recently Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and the biggest single from that album, “Starships”.

Still, not even Peter Rosenberg–who infamously prompted Lil’ Wayne to pull the entire YMCMB conglomerate out of Hot 97’s 2012 Summer Jam concert with his comments about Nicki Minaj not being hip-hop–can deny how strong Nicki has come on in the new year, and just how much she’s backing in each punch, while still maintaining her mainstream appeal and even donning a new, more natural look in the process.

Right now (like, right now, as you read this) on Twitter, the Barbie is teasing her new fans with new music, namely, her third album, The Pinkprint. It has prompted a cult-like response (of course…only a cult leader could have grown men refer to themselves as Barbies) on social media, with fans responding with everything from angry tweets and emojis to full-on memes dedicated to their thirst for a new Minaj project.

How plausible is this? She did say she’s giving us a new trick every week until her album drops, and we got “Chi-Raq” ten days ago, its time for a fresh joint, no? Stay tuned to The Source to find out.

 

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.

Jay-Z “G-Checks” Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg

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Hov sons the Hot 97 personality and Rosenberg reflects on it in this video
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‘Real Late’ Peter Rosenberg & Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa chops it up with Peter Rosenburg for his ‘Real Late’ show.VicMensaVic

Vic Mensa is one of the hottest talents coming out of Chicago and he just continues to get better and better. As part of Hot 97’s Who’s Next show series, Vic Mensa is preparing to rock the stage tonight at SOB’s in New York city and chops it up with Peter Rosenberg before. Peter Rosenberg & Vic Mensa talk about a variety of topics and Vic reveals that he has been working on new music. If you’re in New York the show at SOB is not one you want to miss.

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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.