[Video] Hot 97 “Summer Jam 2012″ Live Stream

Summer Jam 2012 is underway in New York City right now, and Hot 97 has a live stream of the entire event. Acts performing this year include: Rick Ross, J. Cole, Meek Mill, Wale, Slaughterhouse, Big Sean and many many more. The festival villige is on from 2pm – 6pm and the main stage is live at 6pm – 11pm.

Live Video streaming by Ustream

[Interview] Koncept talks about his debut album “Awaken”, how he got into hip-hop, and all things Brown Bag

Interview by: Martin Bauman

You may have heard of the Brown Bag AllStars before, but chances are you haven’t gotten to know the individual members of the group. Queens/Brooklyn emcee Koncept has been putting in solid work as 1/7 of the Brown Bag AllStars crew, and with the release of his debut solo album Awaken earlier this year, he makes a strong case as to why we should know him for more than just his group affiliation. I caught up with Koncept while he was on tour in Dallas along with Tanya Morgan (Von Pea & Donwill), Bodega Brovas, and Playdough, as part of the American Graffiti tour. We talked about his debut album, how he got into hip-hop, his favourite albums of all-time, and the Brown Bag AllStars crew, among other things.

Hit the skip to check out the full interview.

[Video] Kendrick Lamar – “BET: The Backroom Freestyle”

Kendrick Lamar drops in on BET to drop a freestyle for their new series “The Backroom”. Personally i think this was original work at the time of the freestyle, but I’d like to hear your thoughts. Do you think this was written or off the dome? Leave your thoughts below and also check out Chedo’s interview with the Comtpon, CA emcee from last year.

[Album] Muneshine – “There Is Only Today”

The Saskatoon-born, Toronto-based rapper/producer Muneshine recently dropped his latest album offering, There Is Only Today. The inspiration behind Muneshine’s latest 15-song offering comes from an essay of Henry Miller’s called Children of the Earth (more on that here). Given Muneshine’s production talent, it surprised me that There Is Only Today mostly features outside production. This shouldn’t be taken as a negative, though; with the likes of !llmind, M-Phazes, Freddie Joachim, and Buckwild (to name a few) on the beats, the album’s production is definitely in good hands. Even with the variety of different producers, Muneshine achieves a consistent boom-bap sound in There Is Only Today. Upon first listen, I really enjoyed this album throughout. Early favourites include “Home Sweet Home”, “There Is Only Today”, “Back To The Future” (feat. ELMNT & Kydd), “Cry Baby”, “No Days Off” (feat. Ghettosocks), and “So Long” (feat. D-Sisive). Stream the album below and purchase it here (available in digital and physical copies).

[Video] Crate Diggers: Pete Rock & DJ Jazzy Jeff

In two recent editions of the Fuse program Crate Diggers, Pete Rock and DJ Jazzy Jeff showcase their extensive vinyl collections and tell stories. In the Pete Rock episode, the legendary DJ/producer and Soul Brother #1 talks about his early days with cousin Heavy D, his love of funk, and a rare Marvin Gaye record. In the DJ Jazzy Jeff episode, he shows off his record collection and tells Fuse about going on record hunting expeditions with Kenny Dope and J Dilla and how he first ended up DJing with Will Smith. If you love vinyl or hip-hop history, these are definitely for you. Check out the episodes below.

[Event] The Cypher and Angerville presents Jeru The Damaja June 11th @ Revival (Toronto)

Brooklyn MC Jeru The Damaja is coming to Toronto on June 11th 2012 to perform some of his classic east coast bangers. To this day one of my all time favorite tracks to listen to is still Ya Playing Yourself (A line that still rings true in 2012 for sucker MC’s) Get your tickets early you do not want to miss out on this one.

What: The Cypher and Angerville presents Jeru The Damaja with special guest Dizzy
Where: Revival Bar. 783 College st Toronto, Ontario
When: June 11th 2012
Admission: $15 + S.C tickets available at Eventbrite

[Event Coverage] Stylus Awards: “It Starts With The DJ 5.0” Conference May 26th 2012 (Toronto)

On Saturday May 26th, 2012, the Stylus Awards held its annual “It Starts With The DJ 5.0” conference at the AGO in Toronto, Ontario. Each year, the conference helps up-and-coming artists in Canada learn resourceful information from industry insiders, artists, and DJs who have made an impact in urban music. Through panel discussions, keynote speakers, and one-on-one feedback sessions, the conference gives artists looking for exposure an opportunity to gain knowledge about making it in the music industry.

This year’s conference included a panel discussion with producers from Canada who have made an impact with their production. Producers Boi-1da, Arthur MacArthur, Rich Kidd, Adrian Gough of Cirkut, and Bobby Brass of the duo Kuya Productions all took part in the first half of the Stylus conference. The second half was a keynote interview with Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon and his artist’s JD Era, who discussed topics such as why he chose Canada to start his IceH20 label, the Canadian music industry as a whole, and his key to building a successful career in music.

Click on the link to read and see some of the highlights from the conference.

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