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RECAP: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Summer 2014

2 weekends ago I was honored with the chance to attend the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Tickets were provided, so I had to make the pilgrimage to NYC to check it out.
The festival similar to the A3C Fest in ATL is celebrating it’s 10th year in operation this year.

Hosted in a vacant lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (right off the East River) it was a beautiful sunny day for an outside concert for sure. When I arrived Tanya Morgan joined by Spec Boogie were getting on stage. I dipped out and missed a few acts including Brand Nubian, Beatnuts, and who knows who else. Luckily I looked at the BKHHF website that morning, and noticed that Jay Electronica’s set time had been moved up to an earlier time. The post mentioned his set would be epic, and there would be special guests you didn’t want to miss.

30 minutes after his initial set time though, his DJ was still spinning his actual songs to the crowd. The host Uncle Ralph McDaniels and other staff looked like they were stalling, the sound engineer kept checking mics (as if the mics weren’t crispy already from the last performance). I started thinking to myself did this just turn into a Jay Elec listening party? Is he here? Will their be a show?

And FINALLY... Jay graced the stage flanked by a crew of brothers dressed in F.O.I (Fruit Of Islam) garb. Once he appeared, I must say he definitely gave the crowd a show. The hour long set featured all the joints you would probably expect to hear in a Jay Elect set: “Eternal Sunshine,” “Exhibit A (Transformations)”, “Exhibit C,” etc. Special guests included Mac Miller (who straight forgot whatever verse he was supposed to be spitting) which turned into freestyle session between the two. There was also Talib Kweli, and J-Cole who seemed to appear and disappear rather quickly. The show was going great and had no one else appeared on stage with Jay, I would of been perfectly fine with that.

But being the magician Jay Elect is, or course he had a trick up his sleeve and that was none other than Jay-Z himself. Hov didn’t just pop up to rock the couple cuts he has with Jay Elect, he set it off by his rendition of “Young, Gifted, and Black,” and even gave the crowd a treat of “P.S.A.” as well as his joints with Jay Elect including the latest “We Made It.”

I took a bunch of camera phone pics, and even got some video. Then I saw all these fly pictures and HD video, and put my stuff in the archives. HA.


Oh… and before you see these videos, I must mention I ran into Spike Lee who had a 40 Acres Pop Up Shop set up at the fest. I treated myself to a T-shirt and a “Do The Right Thing” behind the scenes book which Spike actually signed… Not too bad considering where we were a few years back! HA.


Jay Z Joins Jay Electronica For "Young Gifted… by BKHipHopFestival

Jay Z and Jay Electronica – "We Made It" at… by BKHipHopFestival

After this.. CJ Pro Era rocked, and Raekwon did his thing with a few brooklyn guest including AZ, Masta Killa, Troy Ave, and Papoose. But too be honest nothing quite surpassed the energy of the moment seen above.

Pics courtesy of Tyrone Z. Mccants of Zire Photography. Video from BKHHF
Shouts to the homie Navani, Suce, Dillon, E Holla, and everybody else I got a chance to connect with during my brief stay in NYC.
Until next time…


Jay Z Announces New Album Title & Release Date Via Samsung Commericial

If you caught the NBA Finals Game 5 this evening you might saw this Samsung ad spot featuring Jay Z in the studio with Timberland, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, and Rick Rubin. During this 3 minute spot, Hov announced his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” will be coming out on July 4th, 2013.

Samsung Galaxy phone users will get the opportunity to download a special app starting on June 24th, where they will be able to download album for free on July 4th, 3 days before everybody else can download it. SMART, VERY SMART Samsung.

Not sure if your remember SXSW this year, where there was a special concert with Prince & A Tribe Called Quest that only Samsung Galaxy users could attend. Phone companies are using cool in a brand new way to get consumers to purchase their product. Like the end of this commercial says “The Next Big Thing Is Here.”

Looks like Ye will only have a couple of weeks to really get it in, before Jay comes and makes everybody “tuck they whole summer in.” Looks like Summer just got REAL interesting.

Check for more details.


Music: Jay Z & Common – Open Letter Part 2

Got a chance to check the Jay Z “Open Letter” joint about a week ago along with everyone else. I don’t keep up with the news much, so I didn’t even know Jay or the President were in Cuba, I mean it’s not like they brought a brotha no cigars back or nothing. HA.

I heard a lot of different feedback about it. I personally liked it. I didn’t dig too deep into it, hearing Jay talk his ish (which is what he does best) is alright with me.

I must say though I was SUPER surprised when I saw Common jump on this track for a lil remix action. Shouts to J. Period for coming through on this one. From the man who truthfully wants to rhyme like Common Sense, you’d think we would of heard something with these two in the past 10 years. I guess this is a good start though. Hopefully it leads to an official collaboration. Until then… Y’all gone learn today!


And it looks like I’m gone learn today too. The man who fought so hard to bring the Nets to Brooklyn is selling his portion of ownership in the team? Interested to see how this will play out. Until then, enjoy the music.

Spotted at OkayPlayer.


Stories: A Glimpse At Señor Kaos’ Cornerstone Mixtape Collection


Cornerstone is a marketing firm based in NYC that started in the later half of the 90′s by music industry insider Rob Stone. I’m not sure how long they’ve been cranking out the Cornerstone Mixtapes actually, by the time I heard of them, the series was on around Volume 16 and that was around the year 2000. What I do know though, is the mixtapes were never sold at retail, they were only sent to DJ’s, promoters, tastemakers, industry insiders, etc. via mail. In order to get a copy you had to be in the know. Each volume featured the newest music straight from the labels (before you could download something off a blog). Receiving a mixtape in the mail meant you were getting a new mix from some of the best DJ’s from NYC and around the country as well as something exclusive. It also meant you were in the know and probably a person people needed to know in your city.

In addition to new music, the cornerstone mixes also promoted the latest products from various brands including: Levis, Brand Jordan, Dodge, Trojan (Condoms), Converse, etc. They were the first to create a real synergy between Hip Hop mixtapes and corporate marketing.

It took a while before I made it on the list (Shouts to DJ Mega). Over the years it seems as if I’ve ended up with a whole collection of these things. Every once in a while I would take some time and listen to these old mixes. Some are still great, while others sound very dated.

Some of my CD’s include mixes from the Beatminerz, J. Period, Aphiliates (Drama, Don Cannon, Jaycee, Jamad, Ox), Mick Boogie, Clark Kent, Mark Ronson, etc. I just went through my collection today, and snapped a few pics, and wanted to share this story for those who may have never heard of these mixtapes. These are true collectors items.



Video: Stretch And Bobbito Reunite In San Francisco

I was on hand to witness history a few weeks ago in San Francisco. Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia reunited during a few days of Red Bull Music Academy events to highlight the Academy being in New York City this fall. As a BIG fan of the radio show, I was honored to hear stories of the show’s creation, what artist stretch & bob thought were going to be large and in charge, etc.

Check out some pics… then check out some video footage… THEN… listen to Stretch & Bob spin live at Mighty SF on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. WOW! What a way to start 2012!!! Don’t sleep on Red Bull Music Academy.


Presented for your viewing pleasure: Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia of the famed Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show – a/k/a, the greatest hip-hop radio show of all-time! – sit down with our own Chairman Mao for an entertaining and insightful hour-and-a-half interview/lecture at last week’s Red Bull Music Academy “NYC to SF Bay” program in San Francisco. Yup, long-time fans – it’s all covered here: the nervous early days when, as Stretch puts it, “at least 15 people were listening,” the classic freestyles (Big L with Jay-Z; Nas) and world premiere appearances (Wu-Tang; B.I.G.), the 4AM “Krunchtime” snap sessions – even the time a desperate listener called in seeking legal counsel from Bob after allegedly bucking someone down. Also discussed: why the show eventually ran its course (and episodes of playing records the other person wouldn’t like to piss him off), moving on from hip-hop, and how this particular broadcast with all its quirks and mystique will forever represent a classic New York City sensibility. “Eighty-nine tech-nine” 4eva! Spotted at Ego Trip Land.

If you watch towards the end you will see a cameo by yours truly Señor Kaos. I was really just trying to get an answer to a question I always wondered about.

Lecture: Stretch and Bobbito (San Francisco, 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

After the lecture with Chairman Mao, Stretch And Bob rock the party at Mighty SF. Shouts to the homie Rubix who came thru. Dave Chapelle was in the building, a snapped a quick pic of him (Dave doesn’t really like taking pictures) on stage with Bobbito, then I danced until my clothes were sweated out and my knee was killing me! Oh What A Night... check out the audio, broken down into 3 parts below. This audio was recored by the good people at Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Bet you didn’t know Red Bull had a music academy or a radio station… doing BIG things. The station is CRAZY too. Music from various genres, mixes, live performances, interviews, a lot more diverse than the same 8 songs you hear on your local radio all day for sure, check it out.

The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show is the best hip hop radio show of all time, period. Broadcasting out of Columbia University’s WKCR every Thursday night from 1am to 5am between 1990 and 1998, Adrian “Stretch Armstrong” Bartos and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia launched the career of countless MC’s from the East coast, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G, Big Pun, and Busta Rhymes to name but a few. With their witty commentary, razor-sharp mixing skills and obsessive passion for unearthing the next freshest beat and rhyme in the universe, they had fans around the world on lock and inspired generations of radio hosts to come. Big L and Jay-Z freestyling back to back? Check. Dubplates cut from demo tapes at Sugar Minott’s Brooklyn studio? Check. Legendary on-air phone calls with aspiring rappers? Check. The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show was more than a radio show. It was the epitome of 90s New York rap, the backbone of an industry (without ever being part of the industry), and still ranks as one of the greatest documents of that era. Both Stretch and Bob have long gone on to engage in other ventures, running labels, making movies and of course DJing solo around the globe. In January 2012 though, they reunited for a lecture and DJ set during the Red Bull Music Academy Session in San Francisco. Hear them tear the Mighty SF apart with an impeccable selection of tunes that inspired their show back in the 90s, as well as legendary Bay Area DJ, Shortkut of Invisbl Skratch Piklz and Beat Junkies fame, warming up and paying homage to his contemporaries from the East Coast. – RBMA Radio.


Un-Official Video: Jay-Z & Kanye West “The Throne” – No Church In The Wild

Although this video is labeled on You Tube as the official video for The Throne’s 88 Keys produced “No Church In The Wild,” we don’t quite think that’s true. However… It is a very well directed artistic visual that compliments the record.

Concept is pretty simple: a view of life in the American 1800′s reversed. What if Black people were in charge, and white people were slaves?

Thoughts? Leave it in the comments section. Keep it clean.


Video: The Throne (Jay Z & Kanye West) – Otis

You are now watching the throne…

I was JUST wondering if there were going to be any videos from this project. If your looking for physical copies, they drop today at Best Buy.


Download: DJ Mick Boogie – Prelude To The Throne (Mixtape)

As everybody knows the highly anticipated collaboration album between Jay Z & Kanye West “Watch The Throne” drops tomorrow finally via iTunes before the physical copies hit Best Buy’s nationwide on Friday. After the listening party last monday at New York’s Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History the net was going crazy with rave reviews. Yeezy and Jay have pulled off the impossible by also not letting this album leak to the masses before it’s proper date. Something I can’t say I’ve seen in the past 10 years. I guess we’ll all have to wait till tomorrow to “Watch The Throne”

In the meantime… check out this mixtape DJ Mick Boogie put together “Prelude To The Throne”


Via:Mick Boogie

Just for fun… a treat for the Kanye/Jay-Z fans. Some remixes/blends that we did previously, some rarities, some live audio, and of course, the hits. No, it’s not mixed, so delete whatever you don’t like. Yes, it’s a good listen, so enjoy it. I’m looking forward to their forthcoming “Watch The Throne” project.

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver: Monster
Kanye West & Jay-Z: Power (Remix)
Kanye West, Jay-Z and Nas: We Major (Mick Boogie Mix)
Kanye West & Jay-Z: Never Let Me Down (9th Wonder Remix)
Kanye West: Everything I Am (Terry Urban Remix)
Kanye West & Jay-Z: Diamonds (Remix)
Kanye West, Jay-Z & Rihanna: Run This Town
Kanye West & Jay-Z: The Bounce
Kanye West & Jay-Z: Hate
Kanye West, Jay-Z, TI and Lil Wayne: Swagger Like Us
Kanye West & Jay-Z: Big Brother (Live) / Encore
Kanye West & Jay-Z: Excuse Me Miss (Kanye Remix)

DOWNLOAD: DJ Mick Boogie – Prelude To The Throne


Television: Big Daddy Kane (Unsung) TV-One Documentary (VIDEO)

At the end of June the long awaited “Unsung” documentary on Big Daddy Kane aired on BET’s TV-One network. I caught it on Okay Player a few days later, and I thought I posted it. BUT looks like I never did. So just in case you haven’t caught it yet, here it is for your viewing pleasure.

FYI… Big Daddy Kane is one of my favorite emcee’s ever. I can’t talk about my top 5 without mentioning Kane. He mixed Style, Content, and Showmanship like very few. His rapid-fire delivery set the bar and ushered in the next wave of emcees like Jay-Z, Big Pun, and Señor Kaos.

I can say during my lifetime I’ve not only had the pleasure of listening to BDK’s music during it’s era, but I’ve also gotten a chance to see him perform live at least 3 times, as well as met the man in person. Whether your a BDK novice or die hard fan, this documentary is a must see. Check it out.


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Back in 2008 I re made “Warm It Up Kane” and changed it to “Warm It Up Kaos.” It was featured on my Swagger Is Nothing, Talent Is Everything project.


Mixtape Mondays Part 1: Outstanding: Charlie Wilson & The Gap Band’s Hip Hop Legacy: Mixed By DJ Synapse

The influence of Uncle Charlie Wilson on r&b and hip-hop is extraordinary. From being the main force in the legendary Gap Band, who’s classic songs “Yearnin For Your Love”, “Outstanding” and “Dropped A Bomb On Me” have been sampled in countless hip-hop, r&b and pop songs, to being featured on many newer artist’s current songs. Join DJ Synapse, who takes listeners through some of the greatest Charlie Wilson compisitions and Gap Band songs, and the songs that sampled them, as well as newer songs by Kanye West, T-Pain and Lil Kim that have featured the seminal r&b star.

Make sure to look out for Charlie’s new album “Just Charlie” and the single “You Are” which is getting mega-airplay on urban radio.

Info about DJ Synapse:

Synapse has been a fixture on the New York scene for over 10 years, and he’s known as a “culture purveyor”, as he schools his audiences on way more than just music. His connection to the founders of DJ culture is undeniable, becoming respected by the originators, and the new guard.



Outstanding: Charlie Wilson & The Gap Band’s Hip Hop Legacy: Mixed By DJ Synapse

1. Yearning For Your Love – Gap Band (Original)
2. Runnin’ (Jay Dee Remix) – The Pharcyde (Samples “Yearnin’ For Your Love”)
3. Life’s A Bitch – Nas (Samples “Yearnin’ For Your Love”)
4. The Joy FT. Pete Rock, Jay -Z – Kanye West
5. There Goes My Baby – Charlie Wilson
6. All Of The Lights – Kanye West (Feat. John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, KiD CuDi, Rihanna & Elton John)
7. Download (Remix) – Lil Kim Ft. T-Pain, Charlie Wilson, The-Dream & Soulja Boy
8. Computer Love Remix – Zapp Feat Shirley Murdock & Charlie Wilson
9. Boy You Knock Me Out – Tatyana Ali feat. Will Smith (Samples “Outstanding”)
10. Happy – Ashanti (Samples “Outstanding”)
11. Summer Bunnies – R. Kelly (Samples “Outstanding”)
12. Alright (Humps For Your Trunk Mix) – Kris Kross (Samples “Outstanding”)
13. Da B Side – Da Brat Feat. Notorious BIG (Samples “Outstanding”)
14. Every Little Thing I Do – Soul Four Real (Samples “Outstanding”)
15. Outstanding – Gap Band
16. Blow Your Mind – Redman (Samples “Outstanding”)
17. Snoop’s Upside Ya Head – Snoop Dogg Ft. Charlie Wilson
18. Oops Upside Your Head – Gap Band
19. Mo Pussy – DJ Quick (Samples “Oops Upside Your Head”)
20. Burn Rubber On Me – Gap Band
21. Humpin’ – The Gap Band
22. Supa Sexy – Charlie Wilson Feat. T-Pain
23. You Dropped A Bomb On Me (Remix) – Gap Band
24. Fake Hair Wearing Bitch – 2 Live Crew/No Face (Samples “Oops Upside Your Head”)
25. Tommy’s Groove Outro

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