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

Originally posted on GRNDGD

Mr Complex – Gotta Get Home ft. Dres, General DV, Sadat X, Prince Po, Nadine Michel (video)

Originally posted on GRNDGD

The Robert Glasper Trio & Dres (Black Sheep) — "Just Cause” (AUDIO).

Black Sheep Dres says: Just Cause I’m a huge fan of Robert Glasper’s work.. Just Cause his live version of “The Worst” is just an insanely dope piece of work.. Just Cause I play it all the damn time.. Just Cause I thought it would be really cool to put a beat under it and rhyme on it… Just Cause I thought everyone would appreciate the sentiment… I present… Just Cause.

[Via Insomniac Magazine]

Originally from The Robert Glasper Trio & Dres (Black Sheep) — "Just Cause” (AUDIO).

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.22.16

(Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Hip-Hop legend Afrika Bambaataa accused of sex abuse by three more men.
“I still have a lot of anger about this,” said one alleged victim. “I’ve been dealing with this for years. It’s a shame this didn’t come out earlier.” By Michael O’Keeffe
[New York Daily News]

Afrika Bambaataa Responds To Molestation Allegations.
“There’s definitely some serious propaganda goin’ on. And it’s definitely some serious hatin’ goin’ on.” By Ed Lover & Monie Love
[Ed Lover Show]

Slick Rick Talks Gaining U.S. Citizenship, Having a “Fresh Start.” / Slick Rick Talks U.S. Citizenship, Voting For Hillary Clinton & Possibly Making New Music.
“We went through a lot of appeals,” The Ruler explains. “I was planning to live on Mars” By Elias Leight / William E. Ketchum III
[Rolling Stone & Billboard]

A Photo Essay Tribute to Keith “Guru” Elam.
Featuring images from Jonathan Mannion, Janette Beckman, Al Pereira, and Lisa Leone. By Vikki Tobak
[Mass Appeal]

Inside Ms. Lauryn Hill’s ‘Diaspora Calling!’ Art Exhibition.
“Diaspora Calling! is a collection of works intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from the African Diaspora while also illumining persistent and irrepressible themes.” By Alyssa Klein

Godmother of Soul.
Erykah Badu’s expanding musical universe. By Kelefa Sanneh
[New Yorker]

Freeway Talks New Album Free Will, Battle With Kidney Disease, Donald Trump & Early Days of Roc-A-Fella.
“I’m feeling good after my treatments and I’m actually active on the kidney transplant list.” By Rob Kenner

“Where Are Our Black Panthers?”
An Interview with Dres of Black Sheep about race in America (from February of this year). By Marco Polovision
[Passion of the Weiss]

The Library Podcast: Positive K Interview.
The gift and the curse of his 1992 hit “I Got a Man,” how he almost became Nas’ manager, and his soon to be released album with Greg Nice. By Tim Einenkel

The Cipher Podcast: Allah B of the Nation of Gods and Earths.
History and influence on hip-hop – with one of its earliest members. By Shawn Setaro
[The Cipher Show]

J-Zone’s Fish-n-Grits and the Great Rap Divide.
“Nostalgia is great, but it’s also dangerous.” Zone speaks on his critically acclaimed album what keeps old heads and young cats apart in hip-hop. By Marcus J. Moore

Denmark Vessey On Martin Lucid Dream, Blaxploitation, & Rap’s Generational Divide.
“[MLD] was also inspired by the idea of a post-racial society, which is not true, obviously. We don’t live in the world that MLK envisioned; it’s like a parallel universe version of it.” By CineMasai

Two Turntables and a Saxophone.
DJ Premier, Jermaine Dupri, Ishmael Butler, J-Zone, Lyrics Born, Karriem Riggins, and Freddie Gibbs pick jazz records every rap fan should own and rap records every jazz fan should own.

Sonny Rollins: The Saxophone Colossus.
The 85-year-old legend talks about his long history of civil rights activism and how jazz can be like a spiritual offering. By Hilton Als

Revisiting Loma Records, the L.A. Soul Label That Launched Ike and Tina Turner.
Soul label seen as a farm team for emerging talent. By Kirk Silsbee
[LA Weekly]

Check Out These Basketball Jerseys Inspired by Classic Rap Albums.
Gear designs include A Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, N.W.A., Mobb Deep, and Outkast. By Graham
[Pigeons & Planes]

Originally from (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.22.16

Dres ft. Red Alert, Chi Ali, Sadat X — "Peace Phife" (AUDIO).

(Photo/Artwork: Stijn Coppens / Seth Grym)

Paying respect to the Phifer.

Black Sheep Dres says: Please support and share this tribute to our brother Phife of ATCQ… one of the many things this man shared with us besides his music was a moral compass.. a good man.. I hope in some small way this shows that we gained much from the love that he shared with us… all sales go directly to the family of Phife…. respect.

Produced by Jim B

Originally from Dres ft. Red Alert, Chi Ali, Sadat X — "Peace Phife" (AUDIO).