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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

May 16th, 2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...
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Stars Pay Tribute To Beastie Boys' Legend Adam Yauch

May 4th, 2012 3:18pm EDT
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will.i.am, Q-Tip, Travis Barker, and Fred Durst are leading the tributes to tragic Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch following his death on Friday.

Rapper Yauch, also known as MCA, was diagnosed with a tumor in his salivary gland in 2009, and he lost his battle with cancer on Friday at the age of 47.

The hip-hop pioneer's passing has sent shockwaves through the music community and now dozens of celebrities are speaking out to share their grief on Twitter.com.

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am writes, "restinpeaceMCA 1 of my favorite hiphop groups...hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to w...
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Q-Tip To Perform At Michael Jackson Birthday Concert

August 27th, 2011 10:30am EDT
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Rapper Q-Tip is set to pay tribute to Michael Jackson at his New York show on Saturday to mark the late King of Pop's upcoming birthday.

The former A Tribe Called Quest star is playing the Irving Plaza with DJ Spinna, and the duo will use the gig to remember Jackson, who would have turned 53 on Monday.

Q-Tip says, "Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!"
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Tribeca: Beats, Rhymes & Life Of A Tribe Called Quest

April 30th, 2011 7:40am EDT
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Once upon a time, someone in the hip-hop community decreed that Bill Clinton had earned the “Black People Card”. I’m not certain, but it sounds like something Chris Rock would’ve said, so for now I’ll credit him with this. The argument was that Clinton was so cool, so down with black people, that had it not been for the colour of his skin, he’d be considered black on street cred alone. Think of the Black People Card as the Black Amex of the hip-hop community: you can’t apply for the card. If you ask, chances are you can’t afford it. No, you have to be sent an invitation. The hip-hop communi...
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Q-Tip Doesn't Support Michael Rapaport's Documentary

December 3rd, 2010 5:09pm EST
Q-Tip
A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Q-Tip has hit out at actor-turned-filmmaker Michael Rapaport's documentary about the legendary hip-hop group, insisting he is "not in support" of the project.

The My Name Is Earl star started work on the film in 2008 to tell the story of A Tribe Called Quest's rise to fame, their 2008 reunion and their subsequent fall out, which led to another break-up.

The independent documentary, Beats Rhymes and Life, was unveiled as one of the official pictures for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival - but Q-Tip has moved to distance himself from the film, insisting the p...
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Outkast: In a Class of Their Own

March 27th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Outkast
As one of the hottest rap groups out today, Outkast has etched a mark in hip-hop history as perhaps the best rap group ever. They're in fair competition, however, with groups like A Tribe Called Quest and EPMD riding dutch. These groups, by coincidence, never took to transforming the perceptions of what many outside the South considered as nothing special into worthy rhyme sayers, putting Atlanta on its back and giving listeners something to nod to.

Outkast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi came together as a group in 1991 and signed to Laface Records in 1992. They were the label's first hip-h...
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Blue Note Records To Release 'Droppin' Science' Feb. 12

January 11th, 2008 7:30pm EST
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On February 12, Blue Note Records will release Droppin' Science, a unique collection of the legendary label's classic late 60s through mid-70s jazz-funk tracks, all of which have featured prominently as samples in some of the greatest hip hop cuts of the late 80s, 90s and beyond.

Hip hop artists ranging from Dr. Dre to the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest have sampled Blue Note grooves by such jazz greats as Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Donald Byrd, and Lonnie Smith. All of these original Blue Note tracks have been compiled for the first time on Droppin' Science, which Blue Note w...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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A Tribe Called Quest To Join Snoop Dogg & Others At 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors'

August 21st, 2007 3:39pm EDT
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A Tribe Called Quest will take the stage along with honorees Snoop Dogg, Whodini, Missy Elliott, and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for New Jack Swing at the fourth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." VH1 will also honor the seminal hip hop film "Wild Style."

Hosted by Tracy Morgan, VH1 will once again pay tribute to the hip hop luminaries who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon.

Taping at New York City's famed Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, October 4, and premiering on VH1 and VH1 Soul on Monday, October 8 at 10PM*, this year's show will feature pe...
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Steve Austin Unleashes His '800 lb. Gorilla' On The Music Charts This Spring

June 4th, 2007 3:12pm EDT
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YMC Records and Dallas-based rapper, Steve Austin, brings the banging beats of the dirty south to the mainstream this Spring with the release of his album, 800 lb. Gorilla. Austin, known for his smooth delivery, flawless production and relentless energy is taking a hold of the rap game with his unique southern perspective and flow. The 800 lb. Gorilla is a mood-inspired, upbeat album that features the new hit single 'Bussa Move,' featuring Tum Tum.

"My music is a mirror image of my soul and the life experiences I have gone through," said Austin. "I have many different moods and influe...
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Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

March 7th, 2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...
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Rage Against The Machine Add Shows With Wu-Tang Clan

February 26th, 2007 4:37pm EST
Rage Against The Machine
First it was the reunion of the Wu-Tang Clan in 2004. Then it was A Tribe Called Quest later that year. Now, Rock The Bells will make history again as Rage Against The Machine announces their plans to perform three exclusive engagements with the critically acclaimed world-class hip-hop festival this summer. The epic line-up will see Rage Against The Machine join Wu-Tang Clan for two dates on the west coast (August 11--NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, CA, August 18--venue TBA, San Francisco) and for Rock The Bells’ inaugural venture into New York City (July 28-- Randall’s Island) for their...
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Consequence's Debut Album, "Don't Quit Your Day Job," Out March 6; Check Out The First Single

February 14th, 2007 3:08pm EST
Consequence
Consequence was born in Queens at the dawn of the hip-hop era, when all rap was East Coast rap and all of rap's influential early artists were based in the New York City area. Throughout his career, Consequence gained credibility not only on the streets with his peers but with the critics as well. A gifted storyteller, he has a keen and unwavering sense of what he is all about. His objective realizm provides a clear alternative not only to gangsta rap but also to the watered-down and overly calculated pop-rap. "What I rhyme about is what I see around me, I'm a result of the hood, my rhymes ...
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True Crime: New York City To Feature Over 80 Authentic New York Music Tracks

November 7th, 2005 10:10am EST
True Crime: New York City
More than 80 eclectic songs from NYC raised or transplanted bands that span such diverse genres as punk, hip hop, hardcore and rock bring true East Coast flavor to Activision, Inc.’s highly anticipated True Crime: New York City video game. The in-game soundtrack features licensed tracks from some of the biggest names in music from Bob Dylan, The Ramones and Blondie to Run DMC, Public Enemy and DMX, as well as new music from Redman, including “Rush The Security” from his upcoming album Red Gone Wild and two original tracks written for the game. True Crime: New York City, set to hit store s...
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