LIVE: Nas: Time Is Illmatic Film and Concert at Lincoln Theater [DC]

photos: Victoria Ford/Sneakshot Photography “Who woulda thunk?” That’s the opening line in Nas: Time Is Illmatic; an independent film about the making of Nas‘ legendary first album. Time Is Illmatic is not just a track by track breakdown of the album but a full background on Nas’ childhood and what created the mindset for the [...]

October 13, 2014 Toronto Alsbrooks Featured, Live 0

LIVE: Renegades Of Rhythm Tour Los Angeles

LIVE: Renegades Of Rhythm Tour Los Angeles

Friday, October 3rd followers gathered in the church of Hip-Hop for a service presided over by Ministers Shadow and Cut Chemist.  This week’s sermon was in praise of the prophet Afrika Bambaataa, who in the days of the 19 hundred and 70s helped bring peace to the gang violence of the South Bronx with the [...]

October 6, 2014 Dominic Painter Live 0

LIVE: Big K.R.I.T. at The Howard Theatre

Friday night at Howard Theatre, Big K.R.I.T. proved once again why his show is a can’t miss. Performing over 30 songs for the sold out crowd, K.R.I.T’s intensity puts his live show above most rappers today. With the line wrapped around the block and some fans getting caught in the rain there was an obvious excitement [...]

October 6, 2014 Toronto Alsbrooks Featured, Live 0

TOUR: Renegades Of Rhythm with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist

Photos by Mathieu Bredeau Hip-Hop in the late 70’s took the definition of a Disc Jockey and, similar to the Bronx B-Boys dancing on linoleum, spun it on its head.  There are many proclaimed Grandmasters but there is only one “Master Of Records”, Afrika Bambaataa.  This Fall, DJ / Producers Shadow and Cut Chemist are [...]

October 2, 2014 Dominic Painter Live 0

LIVE: Luke James captivates the audience at the Hamilton Live DC

photos: Victoria Ford/Sneakshot Photography Friday night at The Hamilton, singer-songwriter Luke James gave a stellar performance to the intimate crowd.  The young artist has developed quite a following, considering his first official album only came out last week.  Born in New Orleans, he began his musical career singing background vocals for Tyrese. He was picked to be the opening [...]

October 1, 2014 Karl Ott Featured, Live 0

LIVE: HOME Album celebration w/ Ne-Yo, Elle Varner, Malik Yusef and more at The Howard Theatre [DC]

photos:  Sneakshot Photography The Hip Hop Caucus celebrated the forthcoming release of HOME, an album dedicated to raise awareness about climate change at the Howard Theatre. The event was hosted by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., the Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO. With performances by NE-YO, Elle Varner, Raheem DeVaughn, Crystal Waters, Kumasi, Choklate, Jessica Care moore, Antonique Smith to [...]

September 25, 2014 gravity508 Live 0

LIVE: AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Kickoff Rally featuring Miguel and Mack Wilds [DC]

Photos: Sneakshot Photography I had the pleasure of attending AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Kickoff Rally at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC this past Friday, September 12th. This free concert event celebrated the annual college football game between rivals Howard University and Morehouse College. The event was hosted by Elle Varner and Fonzworth Bentley, with special appearances [...]

September 17, 2014 Karl Ott Live 0

MUSIC: Afropunk Music Festival 2014

Photos: Reggie Duvivier and Sneakshot Photography Afropunk touched down at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn on August 23rd and 24th. In its tenth year, Afropunk finds itself still ahead of the festival curve as far as fashion, music and most importantly fun is concerned. Every year I show up, every year I am surprised on [...]

September 2, 2014 Reginald Duvivier Live 0

LIVE: Run The Jewels X Jeremih at Fade X Vitaminwater’s #Uncapped

Fader and Vitaminwater recently had another installment of their #uncapped series where they throw live concerts with quality live acts. This time they between hardcore hip-hop classicalists Run the Jewels and R&B lothario Jeremih. First up was the rap duo (and supergroup) Run the Jewels. If you did the math between members El-P and Killer [...]

August 21, 2014 Reginald Duvivier Featured, Live 0

LIVE: KING serves up a touch of royalty at U St. Music Hall in Washington DC

photos: Sneakshot Photography KING, the Los Angeles-based trio of Anita Bias and twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother, brought the house down at U Street Music Hall this past Saturday night. These beautiful ladies possess a smooth vibe, intricate production and harmonic arrangements to create own their very uniquely soulful sound which is so refreshing and soothing [...]

August 12, 2014 gravity508 Featured, Live 1

LIVE: Fader X Goose Island Bring Vic Mensa and Tanlines to Rough Trade NYC

Fader and Goose Island brought their Analog Migration party over to New York and it was a doozy. Celebrating Goose Island’s Chicago area code having 312 Pale Ale it was a night of good times, good tunes, and of course good beer in the back venue of record store Rough Trade. It was appropriate for [...]

August 10, 2014 Reginald Duvivier Featured, Live 0

LIVE: Liam Bailey At Bardot Hollywood [LA]

Some argue that weekends are for beginners.  Ostensible proof of this theory is the weekly School Night party and showcase held at Hollywood’s Bardot, the upstairs of Avalon, a venue across from the iconic Capitol Records building on Vine and Hollywood Blvd.  Monday, August 4th was particularly packed as a sold out crowd of Angelinos [...]

August 7, 2014 Dominic Painter Featured, Live 1