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All The Way Live: Action Bronson Celebrates Mr. Wonderful In His Hometown, Baby

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

“It’s been a long time coming, man. What the fuck.” That was Action Bronson, pausing for a moment to address the sold out crowd at Terminal 5 last night as he attempted to make sense of everything that’s happened these past four years. This shit is not a fluke, bruh. Action Bronson has worked his ass off to become one of the greatest rap stars New York City has ever given birth to, and anyone who disagrees at this point is completely out of touch with what’s popping right now in the Big Apple, and beyond.

Last night was the first of back-to-back shows celebrating Bronson’s major label debut Mr. Wonderful. And to properly pay homage to his glorious new body of work, he—along with The Alchemist on the wheels and Party Supplies on the instruments—performed the album in full from start to finish. As Action emerged from backstage and raised his fist to the uproarious crowd (who had waited outside on a ridiculously long line wrapped around the venue to see him), it was clear that this was going to be a special night.

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Diggin’ In The Crates: Twelve Jewelz (Volume 3)

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Our Twelve Jewelz series is back again with more rap rarities, remixes, and mixtape gems for you to enjoy. Keeping the focus in that ‘90s to early 2000s sweet spot, Volume 3 picks up where 1 and 2 left off, with carefully-selected joints by rap giants Redman, KRS-One, and Prodigy, as well as early material from El-P and Eminem. Plus, some crazy collabos, a ridiculously hot Jay Z blend, and a never-before-heard exclusive by one of the Bronx’s best kept secrets. Let’s dig.

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The Green Room with Lil Dicky

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Lil Dicky is a funny guy, but his talent ain’t no joke. Watch his video for “Lemme Freak” once and you’ll instantly understand. Dude is legitimately nasty with the bars, an insanely skilled songwriter and storyteller, and a natural comedic performer. And the most exciting thing about LD is that he’s just getting started.

With the spring leg of his Professional Rapper Tour kicking off this week (a follow-up to his first tour ever last year), we got on the horn with Lil Dicky for our latest edition of The Green Room to get a detailed look at what life is like on the road for the blossoming rap star. Turns out things aren’t as glamorous backstage as you might expect, though it sounds like that might all change this go-around. Read below to find out about Lil Dicky’s live show steez, in front of and behind the curtain.

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Diggin’ In The Crates: Twelve Jewelz (Volume 2)

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

We’re still diggin’, y’all. Yes, this is another edition of the new NahRight column Twelve Jewelz, focusing in on gems from rap’s yesteryear. This week, we’ve got a dozen joints by everyone from Gang Starr to Biggie to State Property. Just a reminder and a heads up for those who missed Volume One—Twelve Jewelz was created to take a break from the daily onslaught of new music to revisit some rarities from the ’90s and early 2000s. This is not an attempt to overly-impress you with shit you’ve never heard, but rather highlight some past favorites for you to bump (that you may or may not be up on). Hope you enjoy the selection. Let’s dig.

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Interview: Krayzie Bone Says a Final bone thugs-n-harmony Album is on the Horizon, Recalls Three 6 Mafia Beef

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

The final hurrah. The last leg. The 70th star in Mario 64. That’s what Krayzie Bone is on right now when it comes to music. The Cleveland native and bone thugs-n-harmony member is in his last chapter as a solo artist. You see, Krayzie is over two decades deep in the rap game and has decided that his forthcoming individual effort, Chasing The Devil would be his last go around in the studio.

Slated for a March 1 release, Krazie Bone’s latest melodic look into his life is perhaps the perfect tool to bring things full circle in his career. Chasing The Devil is a project that has been in the making for years. Its reflective and self-cleansing nature is the perfect tonic for a career that began battling demons. After all, B.O.N.E. was on quite the horrocore tip early on, often alluding to the other side of reality.

“I would say it has the usual dark, eerie B.O.N.E. feel to it but it’s a lot of storytelling,” Krayzie says describing Chasing The Devil. “The majority of the album is telling the story of what I’ve seen, being a part of the business, things that I’ve experienced myself and what other people have gone through. It’s kind of like a movie. It all comes together from the beginning to the end.” This isn’t the real end for Krayzie though. It may be the 70th star but remember; you have to collect 120 in order to officially beat the mid-90s Nintendo classic. Television and music management are what’s next for Krazie Bone and he’s already a few years ahead. Continue reading this post…

Next Up: Raven Sorvino

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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From Roxanne Shanté and Queen Latifah to today’s crop women have always been a part of hip-hop culture. Some of current day hip-hop’s women receiving the most notable attention often yield more controversy than memorable music. Take Iggy Azalea for example. Or Nicki Minaj. Or even Azealia Banks. Many rap critics find themselves asking, “Where are all the other female emcees?” Well, there are plenty, if you spend any amount of time looking.

Rapsody is dope. Nitty Scott, MC is beginning to build her empire. And then on the west coast, there’s Raven Sorvino. The Leimert Park resident and Richmond, Texas native has been making a name for herself in the rap game as of late but she’s way more than a dope spitter. The 25-year-old’s unique style and whit is just as eye opening as her knack for ear-catching lyrics. Continue reading this post…

Heavy Rotation with Fashawn

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Fashawn has been one of the dopest MCs on the underground circuit for years now. And thanks to a strong co-sign by Nas and a deal with Mass Appeal Records, Fresno’s finest is in position to take his already blossoming career to another level. His new album, The Ecology (available on iTunes now go get that), puts his full range of rapping and songwriting talents exquisitely on display over perfect production by Exile, The Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Beewirks, and more (Esco makes a guest appearance on “Something to Believe In” and he executive produced the LP as well). Yup, Fashawn’s more than living up to his potential, and all the praise he’s getting right now is well-deserved, for sure.

Since we’ve been rocking with Fashawn at NahRight for a minute now (we still knock The Antidote on the reg), we figured we were overdue to tap him for our Heavy Rotation series and find out what he’s been listening to lately—so that’s what we did. And for those already on the wave, it should come to you as no surprise that his taste is impeccable. Check out five songs that Fashawn has in Heavy Rotation below.

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Diggin’ In The Crates: Twelve Jewelz (Volume 1)

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

The way we discover music has changed a lot over the years. I used to spend nuff time back in the day hitting all my local spots in Westchester, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, searching for the dopest new rap joints and also older gems I wasn’t up on yet. Sadly, those spots don’t even exist anymore. But on the bright side, all the fire is now right at my fingertips, thanks to the wonderful World Wide Web.

Yes, I miss the experience of shopping for records and CDs and mixtapes, but as a married father of three whose down time is limited to the late night hours after my family is asleep, I’ve grown to truly appreciate a nice home-based, digital digging session. And yes, I still have my own bountiful collection of CDs and records I keep stashed at the crib to pull out and sift through as needed.

In my new column here at NahRight, which I’ll bill as a slight spin-off of our Mixtape Memories features, I will be presenting you with a series of random yet carefully selected mixtape classics, freestyles, demos, white label rarities, B-sides, blends, remixes, and more, all spanning the ‘90s and early 2000s. These are joints that I either have in my own physical collection or that I’ve found or re-discovered online (thank you Internets). Disclaimer—this is not my attempt to impress you with the most obscure rap tracks and artists ever, but rather an opportunity to take a break from the constant new music we post here at NahRight and revisit some worthy piff from the past. Let’s dig, shall we?

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Right or Nah? with Your Old Droog

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

We’re still less than a year into Coney Island MC Your Old Droog’s ascent to rap stardom, and dude continues to make more waves. His latest project, the Kinison EP which debuted last week on Rolling Stone’s website, features yet another outstanding overdose of beast-mode bars, this time atop a rock-inspired, sample-based soundscape concocted by his prolific production trio—El RTNC, DJ Skizz, and Marco Polo. And next week, he’s heading out on the PRhyme Tour with Royce da 5’9’’ & DJ Premier (and Boldy James), a well-deserved slot after a more-than-buzzworthy 2014. If you haven’t been paying attention to Droog, it’s about time you started.

Since we’re still in the process of getting to know what Droog is all about both on and off the mic, we hit him up to participate in our first ever Right or Nah? feature, where we learn what what our favorite hip-hoppers do and don’t fux with through a short sequence of cultural inquiries. If they’re a fan, then the response should be RIGHT. If not, NAH. Get it? Okay, let’s set this new series off with Brooklyn’s own Your Old Droog, and find out a little more about the man behind the rhymes.

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Next Up: Al-Doe

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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Al-Doe is the epitome of New York but not the “New York rapper.” The 29-year-old Bronx native’s early roots in the entertainment biz came far from the hallways of Big Apple project houses and high school lunch tables. Instead, his story began through a visual medium.

You see Al is Puerto Rican. It’s something that has been both a help and a hinder for him. He got a lot of his initial exposure as an actor during his childhood. Being featured in both soap operas and primetime TV programming, Al-Doe got a taste of the big time before he was even a teenager. It wouldn’t be until much later that he would even pick up a mic and rap.

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