For all my New York hip hop fans, FIVE local concert updates...
1) Awesome lineup here: Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Beanie Sigel, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, Lyfe Jennings and DJ Kid Capri (hosted by Diddy and Peter Rosenberg) on Tuesday, Sep 8 @ 9:00 PM at Santos Party House in NYC (21+: Tickets:). This just seems like a miniature version of Rock The Bells with general admission at $30. One word: Amazing.
2) Jay-Z will be putting on a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Sep 11 @ 8:00 PM and will air live on Fuse TV(Tickets go on presale Mon, 08/31/09 10:30 AM). Jay is also promoting the release of his new album The Blueprint 3 on the same day (expect the album review and download soon!!). All proceeds will go to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund (expected almost 1 million dollars). Thanks HOVA, very smart. More info at http://www.answerthecall.org
3) If you can't afford Madison Square Garden, or Jay-Z sold it out (for the 8th time), Naughty by Nature will be playing their hits and some songs off their upcoming album at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, Sep 11 @ 11:00 PM. This joint is usually a weekly dance party called The Freedom Party (21+: Tickets $10).
4) Wanna see a bunch of crazy white rappers blaze the mic? Jedi Mind Tricks and R.A. the Rugged Man are coming to the Highline Ballroom on Sunday, Sep 13 @ 9:00 PM for the Hell Awaits Tour (Tickets $19 day of show). Show also featuring Reef the Lost Cauze (not white / less crazy) who is simply amazing live. Expect a bangin' show.
5) Common will be a featured artist at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Monday, Sep 28 @ 7:30 PM for Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night Tour also featuring Chrisette Michele. With Com, you can always expect him to do a mix of his new and older stuff.
Check out some old school Common with his alternate version of Resurrection below. Gotta love the handshakes in the video.