Tech N9ne's Independent Grind Tour 2018 starts in October! • Word Is Bond

Tech N9ne is about to embark on a national tour this fall, and he has released the dates on what venues he will be hitting up with Dizzy Wright, Futuristic, and Krizz Kaliko. Included in those dates are a couple of festivals he will be performing at as well. Check out the dates below, and watch the promo video above. If you want more tour date-related info, or purchase tickets and VIP packages, go here.

Side note: Before the tour starts he will be in New Zealand and Australia in September, so if you’re in the area, make sure you purchase your tickets soon!

10.06.2018 – Kansas City Power & Light District – Kansas City, MO

10.08.2018 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE

10.11.2018 – The Hangar – Bar Nunn, WY

10.12.2018 – Fiddler’s Green – Englewood, CO

10.13.2018 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO

10.14.2018 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

10.16.2018 – Knitting Factory [Boise] – Boise, ID

10.18.2018 – Knitting Factory [Spokane] – Spokane, WA

10.19.2018 – Greater Tacoma Convention Center – Tacoma, WA

10.20.2018 – Midtown Music Hall – Bend, OR

10.21.2018 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

10.23.2018 – The Senator Theatre – Chico, CA

10.24.2018 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

10.25.2018 – The Catalyst Club – Santa Cruz, CA

10.26.2018 – Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company – Fresno, CA

10.27.2018 – The Majestic Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA

10.28.2018 – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

10.29.2018 – House of Blues San Diego – San Diego, CA

10.30.2018 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

10.31.2018 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

11.01.2018 – The Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ

11.02.2018 – The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

11.04.2018 – The Historic El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM

11.06.2018 – The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX

11.07.2018 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX

11.08.2018 – Emo’s – Austin, TX

11.09.2018 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX

11.12.2018 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL

11.13.2018 – The Ritz YBOR – Tampa, FL

11.14.2018 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

11.15.2018 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL

11.16.2018 – Mavericks Live – Jacksonville, FL

11.18.2018 – Cone Denim Entertainment Center – Greensboro, NC

11.19.2018 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

11.20.2018 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

11.23.2018 – The Worcester Palladium – Worcester, MA

11.24.2018 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY

11.25.2018 – The Agora – Cleveland, OH

11.27.2018 – Clyde Theatre – Fort Wayne, IN

11.29.2018 – The Rave / Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI

11.30.2018 – Myth – Saint Paul, MN

12.01.2018 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City – Sioux City, IA

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Evidence releases visuals for 'The Factory'; Plus European Tour Dates • Word Is Bond

Check out the 6th video from the Weather or Not rapper – which includes a compilation of pictures depicting the city of Los Angeles from various time frames. Surprisingly it includes Evidence without his hat. I’m not sure if anyone has ever seen him without his hat – but this is my first! Track is produced by Twiz the Beat Pro.

 “This is my real hair before I cut it. Hope you enjoy!” – Evidence

Evidence will be on tour this fall in Europe, and tickets are already on sale now, which you can purchase here. Check out the full tour schedule below. 


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World's Fair – Win4 feat. Jeff Donna, Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel • Word Is Bond

New York’s own World’s Fair returns with a new video dropped for their upcoming album, New Lows. The song Win4 is a “triumphant ode to Queens and the freedom, danger and spontaneity of a night in New York,” according to the press release.

“Using the corner store/bodega as a common checkpoint surrounding what occurs in most inner cities, Win4 loosely depicts the nature of different experiences in past and present NYC,” Jeff Dona says about the video. “As the song progresses, a light and lively tone darkens to touch on very real issues in our communities.”

With the release of this video, they released a tracklist from their new album. New Lows will be out on July 20th via Fool’s Gold Records. Check the tracklisting below.

  1. WF001 feat. Remy Banks, Jeff Donna, Cody B. Ware, Dounia
  2. Win4 feat. Jeff Donna, Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel
  3. Elvis’ Flowers (on my grave) feat. Nasty Nigel, Lansky Jones, Remy Banks
  4. Doobie Wrap feat. Remy Banks, Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel, Kilo Kish
  5. Denny Devito feat. Remy Banks, Prince SAMO, Nasty Nigel, Lansky Jones
  6. It’s Raining Outside And In Our Hearts feat. Prince SAMO, Nasty Nigel, Remy Banks, Cody B. Ware
  7. Much Much
  8. Birdman feat. Lansky Jones, Jeff Donna, Prince SAMO
  9. New Lows feat. Remy Banks, Cody B. Ware, Jeff Donna, Nasty Nigel
  10. Dundas Street West feat. Nasty Nigel, Cody B. Ware, Freaky Franz
  11. WUWI Reprise
  12. Read 9:07 PM feat. Prince SAMO, Nasty Nigel, Cody B. Ware, Lanksy Jones
  13. Untitled feat. Cody B. Ware, Dounia

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VIDEO: Redman – I Love Hip Hop • Word Is Bond

It’s been almost three years since Redman has released Mudface, but it doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working. We’ve heard him on Snoop Dogg’s Neva Left album, but anything before that has been more guest features. He’s alluded since 2010 that the sequel to his classic album Muddy Waters will be coming out. According to DX, there’s been interest between him and 9th Wonder to work together on the project, but nothing has been said since about it.

Then a week ago happened.

Redman dropped a video along with a free download of his newest release, called ‘I Love Hip Hop’. It hasn’t been said whether or not this drop is off the long-awaited album, but what’s being reported is that the album will be out sometime this year.

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VIDEO: Prof – Light Work • Word Is Bond

The latest signee to Rhymesayers (and long time affiliate) has dropped an album back in April called Pookie Baby Here are the latest visuals from his release, called Light Work. If you do recall, he’s also on Murs’ latest release as well.

(I have done an interview with the artist, which will finally be up soon. After a number of unfortunate things that have happened, it prevented me from posting it – for a few months. Now that is all over, it’s coming – introduction to you guys and all!)


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RBMA: Engineering the Wu-Tang Clan's '36 Chambers' Album • Word Is Bond

A little over a week ago, the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) did a segment called ‘Mixing & Mastering’ which gives you a closer look at the last stages of recording a project. They’ve covered a number of artists, one of them in particular, is the Wu-Tang Clan and their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).  RBMA’s Phillip Mlynar has caught up with the engineers behind the project and gave their take on how it all came together.

The 36 Chambers album was put together at a studio called the Firehouse in Brooklyn, which was owned by Yoram Vazan. It was called the Firehouse because it was stationed in an old fire station on Dean Street before moving to Manhattan. It was the home of many hiphop legends like MC Lyte, Guru, Das-EFX, and even the cousins RZA and GZA (who were going by Prince Rakeem & The Genuis) who cut their solo demos there to eventually get signed to Tommy Boy & Cold Chillin’ Records.

Unfortunately the labels dropped them, which on the flip side helped them form the Wu.

“We’re gonna show everyone they were wrong,” Vazan recalls RZA telling him. “You’re gonna hear the new style now: this isn’t Rakeem, it’s RZA, the RZArector!”

READ: Engineering The Wu-Tang Clan.


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WATCH: DJ MUGGS – Death Wish (feat. MF DOOM & Freddie Gibbs) • Word Is Bond

The gruesome animated visuals to DJ Muggs’ first single is now here. Make sure you cop that ‘Dia De Anniversario’ album on August 3rd.

Two reminders: Kool G Rap’s ‘chapter’ is next up to bat, so stay tuned. Also, this Saturday, meet Muggs and cop his ‘Death Wish’ vinyl at his pop-up event at RappCats.

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Rakim x The Midnight Hour: NPR's Tiny Desk Concert • Word Is Bond

It has been close to a decade since we’ve heard Rakim released some new music, but that didnt mean that he wasn’t busy. He and Eric B got together to tour for the first time in 25 years back in April, and also linked up earlier this month for the Yo! MTV Raps! 30th Anniversary show.

If you’ve been watching the newest season of Marvel’s Luke Cage off Netflix, you’ll notice from the premiere of the show that you heard the God MC’s new song called “King’s Paradise”. Some of NPR staff got to hear it for the first time a few days prior to the season premiere at the Tiny Desk – with the Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge) and orchestra backing him up. The song pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance and to the fictional superhero.

Watch the performance below, and also check Rakim perform ‘Paid In Full’ and ‘Know The Ledge’.


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DJ Muggs Announces New Album, releases single with MF DOOM & Freddie Gibbs • Word Is Bond

DJ Muggs has just announced a new album called ‘Assassination Day’, which is scheduled to be released August 3rd through his Soul Assassins imprint. The album itself will feature a “chapter” concept with a number of emcees.

For example, MF DOOM has a two-song “chapter” with one of the collaborative tracks featuring Freddie Gibbs (as the first single, which you could hear below). This “chapter” of the MUGGSxDOOM concept will be released next Friday, June 29th. You can already pre-order the vinyl now.

According to Madlib’s website, Assassination Day “is a thematic album with a vigilante concept where hip-hop takes corruption head-on, figuratively killing off powerful evildoers in positions of power as the story unfolds.”

Soul Assassins Records will be releasing a limited vinyl of 1000 pressings (already being sold on the website) of the two-song project between Muggs & DOOM. A portion of that (300 copies) will be distributed with colored vinyl packages and will include an exclusive Kool G Rap’s remix of “Corona” and also two unreleased instrumentals by Muggs.

In addition to this, there will be 300 handmade copies that will be sold on Rappcats, packaged in five unique screen-printed jackets. The other 300 will be sold in Europe via HHV. The last 100 will be sold at a pop-up event at Rappcats HQ in Los Angeles (Highland Park) next Saturday, June 30th. The event is free, and it’s from noon-6PM, so be sure to arrive early!

Listen to the song ‘Deathwish’ below. Also, check out the preview to the animated video, which will be out Tuesday.

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LA: The fourth installment of JAZZISDEAD returns this saturday! • Word Is Bond

After three successful events that included Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, two orchestras, Novena Carmel (the youngest daughter of Sly Stone), the emergence of two outstanding women who would be the leading talent called Voices of Gemma, and one hell of a lineup which included amazing local talent – here comes the fourth installment of awesome jazz that will be taking you on an journey through the Harlem Renaissance and then some, brought to you by ArtDontSleep. These actions you’ll be witnessing sonically is what came as the result of the latest release from Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad called ‘The Midnight Hour‘ (<—- stream here).

As more details about this event has surfaced, the astounding maestro behind Jamla will be the special guest spinning a special jazz set for the evening. Along with 9th Wonder, DJs Al Jackson & Sacred will be assisting with the vinyl as well.

All of the magic will be taking place at the Lodge Room Saturday evening. Tickets are already being sold, so don’t miss out on this evening.

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