Buzzing Through NYC The Rooks Release New Music "Wonder Why" (audio) • Word Is Bond

Renowned music group The Rooks, release the second single “Wonder Why” off their upcoming album. The trio’s been creating a  large buzz and continue to gain further acclaim from major media and music outlets, and music awards.

This latest record gives off head bopping, body shaking, and soul satisfying vibes. Listeners will embrace the ‘Maxwell meets amped-up Adam Levine’ concert feeling.  “Wonder Why” is a boisterous harmony about digging someone who doesn’t feel the same, and the tussle to stop thinking about them.  This is an ode to faithful men trying to score the one.  With the sounds of R&B blended with soft rock and soul, this is sure to score on the charts nationwide.

 

 

 



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The Midnight Hour is going on tour next month! • Word Is Bond

After six successful ‘JAZZ IS DEAD’ events in Los Angeles, The Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad) will be taking their talents across the country! The duo has a seventh LA show, making it 22 tour dates to finish off towards the end of the year. They’re kicking things off in the middle of next month, starting in Seattle. Purchase your tickets now.

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John Jigg$ Follows Up EP Release With Visuals For "Good Friday" • Word Is Bond

Just mere weeks after the release of his “Teflon John” EP, John Jigg$ releases a new project “Good Friday” produced entirely by DJ Concept. The EP is available for digital streaming and purchase.

The lyrical monarch gathered his team and headed West to shoot visuals for “Good Friday” the single.  The crew compassed downtown, the walk of fame, city lights, and event the streets of Crenshaw for images to coincide with the record. Jigg$ describes  “Good Friday” as days he doesn’t resort back to the street, ounces of powder, or loading revolvers. He owns his grown man status and is evolving his deserved shine.  It’s evident his only mission is to “turn dreams into fortune.” 

Jigg$ doesn’t skip a beat and bar for bar sets flame to his own A-game. This ultimate alliance of rhymes and distinct arrangement of beats classifies “Good Friday” as a classic for the Hip-Hop books.

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There is a Jean-Michel Basquiat musical in the works… • Word Is Bond

A Broadway music focused on the life and works of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century is currently in production by Jon Batiste. Batiste, who’s currently the bandleader & musical director for the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, will be showcasing the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1980s New York – from the time he started writing graffiti to the time he became an inspiring figure post-pop art before his works changed the game in the art world.

According to producers Alan D. Marks & Barbara Marks, the show’s development team will be working closely with the Basquiat Estate, and has secured the rights to his artwork and personal archives.  Set Tony winner John Doyle will be the director of the piece.

“Over the years, many people have approached us about telling our brother’s story on stage, but having discussed this project with the Marks over many months, our interest was piqued once we understood that their approach to telling our brother’s story treats his life, his art and his legacy with respect and passion,” said Basquiat’s sisters Lisane and Jeanine in a statement. “With Jon Batiste and John Doyle leading the creative team, we are thrilled with the possibilities. We cannot wait to begin the developmental process. Broadway is a new world for us, and we looking forward to sharing our brother’s life and art.”

So far, according to OKP, the crew got Motown’s own Eric LaJuan Summers to play the prolific artist.

Basquiat started writing as SAMO with another member in the LES in the late 70s. In the early 80s, his career catapulted to various heights with doing tv appearances and being featured in Blondie’s ‘Rapture‘ video (instead of Grandmaster Flash), doing collaborations with Andy Warhol, having his very first art show with Lee Quinones (The Time Square Show) and then having his work shown internationally in Italy, and plenty more.

His work uses ‘suggestive dichotomies’ like wealth/poverty, intergration/segregation, inner vs outer experience, with social commentary in the pieces to address issues like racism, politics, class struggle, etc.

As reflected in JAY Z & Skyzoo‘s works, Basquiat’s work has managed to have influenced hiphop music. As Detroit’s beatsmith Apollo Brown tells XXL in regards to the song, ‘Basquiat On The Draw’ from the 2016 collabo with Sky on The Easy Truth:

“Jean Michel stayed absolutely true to himself. Just like us, he made the type of art he wanted to make, even if it was the less popular choice at the time. Look at the impact of his work now though! There’s always a niche audience for what you create, and always a group of people who understand your vision. We, as hip hop artists prove this everyday.”

The first reading of the forthcoming production is scheduled for June 24th 2019.

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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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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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Charismatic – “9-5” (Video) |

Charismatic begins his new video by painting a picture of the stress a “9-5” lifestyle brings to those in the matrix. He flips it into a true hustler’s anthem, “I stay on my grind, so Fuck a 9-5 (yeah)”.

Brief backstory, Cole Pitter formerly known as “Charismatic” in Queens, New York. Charismatic (Matic) later moved to Georgia to live with his father when the time arose. He frequently went back and forth to his hometown every year of his childhood. Coming from humble means and a middle-waged household, Charismatic has a vision to change the world and help people struggling all over to achieve what they’ve always wanted to in their lives! He also has a passion to change the stereotype that in order to make it huge in the rap game, you must fit a “specific image”, or ultimately have a “gimmick”.

“9-5” is off his new project, ‘Blue Lemonade’.

Watch the new video above.

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Uncle Murda with Dave East get aggressive on "Tonite" • Word Is Bond

With work complete on his Don’t Come Outside Vol. 1 project, Uncle Murda serves us the third single from the body work and it is called Tonite. With the beat already sounding like burial music, you already understand the angle Uncle Murda is working. As far as he is concerned, if there needs to be something handled then it is going down tonight. Dave East is featured on this material and of course the emcee does what is required of him. To all the heads who have been seriously complaining about the decline in authentic New York hip hop, this here is what you are looking for. Watch out for the video to this too as Uncle Murda has assured it will be dropping real soon. Also, make sure you check all streaming sites for the Don’t Come Outside Vol. 1 project out now.

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