Tools of War Presents Crotona Park Jams 2018

Incredible lineup again this year…as usual. Donations and sponsors are always welcome, so please email toolsofwar@gmail.com for more info. link

2018 Crotona Park Jams presented by The Friends of Crotona Park + Tools of War grassroots Hip Hop in assoc. with NYC Council members Vanessa Gibson and Rafael Salamanca

July 5th: DJ Rockin Rob, DJ Chuck City + DJ Jazzy Jay
July 12th: Lord Finesse, DJ Cheese + DJ Jazzy Joyce
July 19th: Grand Wizzard Theodore, Kool DJ Red Alert + PopMaster Fabel
July 26th: GrandMaster Caz, DJ Johnny Juice + more tba!

Sound: DJ Jazzy Jay
Forever Host: Grandmaster CAZ

Every Thursday in July from 4-8pm at the Crotona Park Amphitheater – Charlotte St & Crotona Park East Bronx NYC. 2 or 5 train to 174th. www.facebook.com/crotonaparkamphitheaterBronx

No drugs. No alcohol. No filming. Still photography is fine. No guests behind the ropes. No drama! No vending.

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City Parks Foundation Presents SummerStage 2018

Full calendar here, but here are my choice cuts. And remember, start/end times for City Parks shows are strictly enforced, so get there early.

Sunday, July 8th @ 5pm-7pm
EPMD + DJ Sylk
Springfield Park
147th Ave. & Springfield Blvd., Queens, 11413

Sunday, July 15th @ 4pm-7pm
Jungle Brothers + Kool DJ Red Alert + O.C. + DJ KOOL Flash + Dres
Queensbridge Park
41st Ave. & Vernon Blvd, Queens, 11101

Thursday, July 19th @ 7pm-9pm
George Lamond + Soul Sonic Force
Corporal Thompson Park
Broadway between Markham Rd. and Wayne St., Staten Island, 10310

Thursday, July 26th @ 7pm-9pm
Judy Torres + TKA + Grand Wizzard Theodore
East River Park
FDR Drive between Jackson St. & Cherry St., Manhattan, 10002

Saturday, July 28th @ 3pm-7pm
Pete Rock + The Soul Brothers
Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

Friday, August 3rd @ 6pm-9pm
BreakBeat Lou (Ultimate Breaks and Beats) + Special Ed + Nice and Smooth + Lord Finesse
Crotona Park
Claremont Pkwy and Crotona Ave., Bronx, 10457

Saturday, August 4th @ 6pm-10pm
The Originals (Stretch Armstrong + Clark Kent + Rich Medina + D-Nice + Tony Touch)
Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

Thursday, August 9th @ 6pm-10pm
Wild Style 35th Anniversary
East River Park
FDR Drive between Jackson St. & Cherry St., Manhattan, 10002

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NPR Plays Host to the Legendary O.C. for His Jazz Infused Tiny Desk Concert • Word Is Bond

NPR studios take us back to the 90s as they host legendary DITC member O.C on their newest Tiny Desk feature.  As expected O.C comes through with classic cuts from his extensive catalogue which is augmented with live instrumentation from jazz outfit Soul’d U Out, and an appearance by fellow D.I.T.C. member, Lord Finesse. Need we say more?

The set list runs through the new, old and classic cuts that would surely bring wide smiles across faces of die-hard fans.  He sets the tone with “New Day” off his recently released “Same Moon Same Sun: A New Dawn LP” and goes down memory lane with the DITC posse cut “Day One” with Lord Finesse in tandem.  This is followed by the classic verse from “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” and the oft-sampled signature cut “Time’s Up” before wrapping things up with “Born 2 Live,” .

That record hits the hardest and provided a glimpse into the life of a rapper who’s been consistently delivering dope music for nearly three decades. Before delivering the first verse of the Word…Life cut, O.C. says that he “always feels happy and sad” when he performs the record. For those unaware, he wrote and recorded the track following the death of a close friend in Baltimore. While this brought about a clearly somber vibe to the performance, the mourning quickly turned into celebration as O.C. and the band put their all into it performing “Born 2 Live.” It was a fitting end to a stellar Tiny Desk Concert, and one that crowd will certainly remember.

 

O.C.’s latest project, Same Moon Same Sun: A New Dawn, is now available through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via Slice Of Spice/DITC. Stream/Download (Smart URL): HERE

Set List:

• “New Day”
• “Day One”
• “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers”
• “Time’s Up”
• “Born 2 Live”

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See Original Article: The Word is Bond

Wax Only: Lord Finesses’s “Funky Technician”

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(seen) Tools of War “Summer Park Jams”

Some of my photographs from the 2017 Tools of War summer park jams. More jams to come!

If you’re interested in being a sponsor and hanging your banner next to the likes of Rane, Shure, etc., or if you’d simply like to offer a donation to keep these absolutely free events going, here’s the info:

– http://toolsofwar.ezregister.com

– www.paypal.me/christieztoolsofwar

– email: toolsofwar@gmail.com

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

(seen) tools of war “summer park jams”

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D.I.T.C. – Rock Shyt feat. Fat Joe, Lord Finesse, and Diamond D (video)

Fat Joe and Diamond D did their thing, but that Lord Finesse verse though…

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