Check Prof out at a venue near you as he delivers his 'Eulogy'… • Word Is Bond

Prof just delivered his ‘Eulogy‘, through the help of Will Moses and Tomas Aksamit that directed the new visuals. The video paints a stunning backdrop for the lush audio. Speaking about the track and the visuals, Prof says, “We live in heaven right now. Don’t ignore the signs. This is my eulogy.”

Aside from his Rhymesayers’ brother Atmosphere being on tour, Prof will be heading out on his in a little over a week for his Pookie Baby album. Go ahead and make arrangements now so you can see yourself at one of these venues below.

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Black Moon's 'Enta Da Stage' 25th Anniversary Show at SOBs! • Word Is Bond

In the words on DJ Evil Dee (linear notes):

“This album was done on blunted terms. Anyone who is offended by the contents of the album, FUCK YOU. Nuff said.”

In the 90s, Black Moon was basically EVERYTHING hiphop fans wanted to be like.

The idea of having huge crews in your music videos was something unheard of until Black Moon stepped on the scene. Despite the main people involved can be at least 3-5 on average, you wouldn’t have known that especially when you see at least 20-30 heads in one music video. The west coast artists wasn’t doing that in music videos at the time.

Black Moon’s debut album Enta Da Stage will be turning 25 on the 19th of this month. To celebrate their quarter-century-old album, they’re having a celebration over at SOBs in New York, with the help from Move Forward Music & Funk Flex on the decks. Tickets are now available for purchase.

This album alone introduced to the world the Boot Camp Clik.

It also did a lot for Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee – who saw their early beginnings in high school. They eventually linked up with Mr. Walt and dropped this album on Nervous Recordings in ’92 (Walt & Dee are brothers who became infamous on the production as Da Beatminerz). First single came from this album was ‘Who Got Da Props?’ All the while, Buckshot was trying to get people to take him seriously as a manager at the age of 18 – under being 5’6. He met Dru Ha at the label and the two formed a management company called ‘Duck Down Management’ – which later became Duck Down Records. For Buckshot, it was a really hard time for him personally.

When they dropped the video for the single in late ’92, what was to follow in the later years was unexpected: the fashion sense of dressing in baggy clothes and the 6″ boots; the idea of having more than 15 people as a part of your crew in your music videos (as stated above), the grittiness in the rhymes – especially the location of the music videos to match, the overlaying of jazz samples and production being dark (thanks to DJ Evil Dee) and – the term ‘backpack rap’. In this video, Buckshot, 5ft, and a few others are the more notables that are wearing them while wildin’ out.

“Booming like a speaker with my 100 dollar sneakers
Baggy black jeans, knapsack, and my beeper…”

They’ve dropped four singles, but two of them have been came hits – Who Got Da Props? and ‘I Got Cha Opin’ (remix). The remix itself was given life with a video (above), new lyrics, and new music – everything that the original didn’t have.

That changed in 2013 when Eminem remade the original, titling it Don‘t Front. It was him paying homage to the crew that showed him love during his early beginnings, which in turn let the world know who he would’ve signed to if he didn’t sign with Dre.

According to AllMusic‘s Vincent Thomas (at the time), this album played a huge role in re-emergence of NY street hiphop, setting the precedence for the west coast dominance to end.

“It set the tone for much of the hip hop to follow. Biggie Smalls suicidal thoughts and Noreaga’s boisterous thuggery both have their roots here. The album marked a turning point in hip hop.”

Even though the album was huge in popularity, the sales unfortunately didnt match, selling a little over 350,000 copies. Despite that fact, it’s still one of the most prominent hiphop albums of today’s time, again – opening up avenues to albums like Nas’s Illmatic, Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers, Biggie’s Ready To Die, Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, (and so forth) to ‘enta da stage’.

Congratulations to the crew that heavily influenced NY rap in the 90s, and happy 25th!

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Atmosphere: 'Mi Vida Local' album; 'Jerome' video; Tour Dates • Word Is Bond

Here are the visuals to Atmosphere’s ‘Jerome’ latest single, which is directed by Evidence and Stephen Vanasco. The album, Mi Vida Local is out now. Also, he brought some friends with him, so catch him on tour with deM atlaS, The Lioness, & DJ Keezy when they come to your town.

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Mac Miller tribute concert taking place on Halloween in Los Angeles • Word Is Bond

An all-star cast will pay tribute to the late Mac Miller at the end of the month at the Greek Theatre. The cast will include those who Miller collaborated with in music, friends, and associates in music.

The “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” concert will feature acts like Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and more. They will help bring the house down on Halloween night, while assisting with the launch of the Mac Miller Circles Fund (MMCF).

Miller passed away last month from a drug overdose. He has struggled with substance abuse in the past, and even spoke about it in his music. For example, in his song Self Care’ from his newest album, Swimming, Miller referenced his DUI and arrest back in May, ‘That Mercedes drove me crazy, I was speedin’ / Somebody save me from myself, yeah / Tell them they can take that bullsh– elsewhere / Self care, we gonna be good / Hell yeah, they lettin’ me go.’ In the music video for the same song, he carved the words ‘Memento mori’ into a lid of a coffin – which in latin means ‘remember you have to die’.

Miller was set to go on a 26-day tour towards the end of this month in San Francisco, but that got cancelled following his unexpected death.

Tickets for the tribute concert started selling today via MMCF.



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Fat Beats Returns To Los Angeles • Word Is Bond

On Saturday, September 22nd 2018 Fat Beats Los Angeles reopened its iconic doors. 

Fat Beats closed its doors in Los Angeles back on September 19th, 2010. The New York location closed down earlier that same month. For many, the closure of Fat Beats marked the end of an era. The record store being closed left a tremendous void in the city. Fans no longer had that go to hub for celebrating Hip-hop culture. Fat Beats was a place where music was pushed to the forefront, you could discover new artists and see incredible live performances on any given night.

Thats why when it was announced that Fat Beats would make its return to LA, the Hip-hop community spread the good word like wildfire. House Shoes had a particularly great post on his Instagram about the grand opening of the new store.

The grand opening was incredible, two of our Word Is Bond team members George and Eric were able to attend. So many pillars of the Hip-hop community in LA were there to show support. The lineup up of performers was special as well. The lineup included the most talented beatsmiths and DJs from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, Dibia$e, House Shoes, Ras G, Exile and DJ Babu. One after the other, these talented artists spun dope records that had the new store packed to the brim with fans. Check out some photos taken from the grand opening of Fat Beats below.

Exile went on at 7:15PM and had one of the best sets because he brought along a handful of special guests. Most notably, he brought out his longtime partner Blu. After his surprise performance with Exile, we had the opportunity to speak with Los Angeles legend Blu.

When asked about what Fat Beats meant to him, Blu shared his nostalgia associated with the record store.

“The record store was the source. It was the source, it was where everybody touched down at. We used to come by bus and ditch school to get to Fat Beats. That was way back in the days and we’re glad Fat Beats is back! Plus we don’t have to ditch school anymore haha.”

Blu went on to discuss what performing at the grand opening of Fat Beats was like.

“It feels good, it feels really good man. Exile brought us out and had us here as special guests. We’re honored to be here.”

Blu also shared some information about future events and shows at Fat Beats from him at the Dirty Science crew.

“We have some new records coming out with Fat Beats. So we are definitely looking to do more in-stores in the future.”

DJ Babu arrives to spin around 9PM for his attendees. The Beat Junkie turntablist decides to play some new music from his upcoming projects that will be available through Fat Beats, such as a 45″ series, the fourth installation of Duck Season, and Super Duper Duck Flips. Before he starts his set, he takes people back in time to when he discovered Fat Beats in New York, and how he and the rest of the Junkies eventually worked for Fat Beats when it opened for the first time in LA. The opening of the LA store happened 6-8 months after Babu and Fat Beats founder Joe Abaijan (aka DJ Jab) initially met.

According to Babu, he went to his first DMC battle, and somehow he heard about the record to store that took over the space over the Beatles’ old shoe store. He and the Bay Area legend DJ Shortkut went to go pay the store a visit.

“And so I walked in and they’re playing my DMC battle tape on the TV,” Babu said. “And my man Joe was behind the counter and was like, ‘Yo, Shortkut, Babu… what’s up,’ and it became like family ever since.”

Abaijan acknowledged that the resurrection of the store was important to his team and the community. Ever since the store closed, the element of even having a great store that was dedicated to the hip-hop community, went along with that, too. The idea of an underground community nowadays seems to fall on ears of those who have apparently been unaware.

“Hip-hop has all these different meanings, but there’s a void of all the good stuff that’s (kind of) not being pushed,” Abaijan said. “There’s an underground community that’s really big but people don’t know about it.”

When the store was open back in the ’90s, it was for the meetings of the minds. Customers would either come in and shop, or even just hang out and listen to dope music that would be playing by the DJs that worked there. Abaijan hopes that this element of the experience will also return to today’s crowd once they step into the store.

Plans to reopen a store in New York aren’t currently in the works. For Abaijan, the possibility of a chain opportunity has to be reasonable.

“I wouldn’t go open a store in New York,” Abaijan said. “But if the situation presented itself that makes sense, there could be one there.”

Talks among the attendees were nostalgic when it comes to the memories of their past experiences at the store. Now that the store is back and running, more memories are expected to be made.

“Congrats Joe, we’re glad to have you back,” Babu said.

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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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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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