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"A setback is just a setup for a comeback." --from Bebe Moore Campbell's "72 Hour Hold"

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's All About Nas

I knew that I could count on YouTube to have the vid of Nas performing last night on David Letterman. Love that.

It was a nice performance. I'm sure that Nas will get down even more tonight in Clev-burg. He's got dj Green Lantern and Talib on the bill too. Nice.

So if you can't peep that show, well, this YouTube vid might give you solace, though I doubt it. Check it anyway:

And don't forget, the Ten Friends Annual Labor Day Party is set for Sunday. It's a good time hip hoppers, you already know! kfox.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ohio Hip Hop Awards :: 9.20.08

In just a few weeks, Cleveland will be a buzz w/the all that is hip hop. The annual Ohio Hip Hop Awards is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2008. Actually, it's a weekend full of activities w/the awards ceremony as the focal point.

~The 3rd Annual Ohio Hip Hop Awards Show - A Black Tie, Red Carpet Affair~
On Saturday, September 20, 2008
@ the Cleveland Convention Center Music Hall
1301 E. 6th Street in downtown Cleveland
Red Carpet entrance starts @ 4 p.m.; show begins exactly @ 6 p.m.
Hosted by Z107.9'S Sam Sylk ... For more info, call 216.659.4780

But here's how the weekend jumps off ... Friday, there is a MC Battle and Pre-Party @ Metropolis @ 9 p.m.

Of course there is an After Party on Saturday night. That will be @ Club Cyrus.

Here are just some of this year's categories:
  • best lyricist
  • best mixtape dj
  • best club dj
  • best battle rapper
  • promoter of the year
  • and many, many more
Actually, voting is still open in most categories. For real. And I need to cast my vote for Arnold Hines/Word of Mouth Promotions for the constant hustle he's got goin on (yeah, I know School House is all over the place, but ...).

Oh and of course there are multiple categories where you can throw your support behind dj G-Spot, Mick Boogie or even dj EV (former student of mine). They are all good peeps.

So go get ya vote on hip hoppers and mark your calendars too ... kfox.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

The Roots Fall Tour Sked

The Roots are always on the road; always! So after they complete their international festival schedule they posse up and bring it back home.

Here's an article w/the details. The fellas are touring w/Gym Class Heroes and Estelle:
Oct. 3: Baltimore (Rams Head Live!)
Oct. 4: Norfolk, Va. (The Norva)
Oct. 5: North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
Oct. 6: Atlanta (The Tabernacle)
Oct. 7: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House of Blues)
Oct. 8: Miami (The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason)
Oct. 10: Houston (Meridian, w/ Estelle only)
Oct. 11: Dallas (The Palladium Ballroom)
Oct. 12: Austin, Texas (The Backyard)
Oct. 14: Phoenix (The Marquee)
Oct. 19: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Oct. 21: Denver (The Fillmore Auditorium)
Oct. 23: Milwaukee (Eagles Ballroom)
Oct. 24: Chicago (Congress Theatre)
Oct. 25: Detroit (The Fillmore Detroit)
Oct. 26: Toronto (Sound Academy)
Oct. 28: New York (Roseland Ballroom)
Oct. 30: Worcester, Mass. (The Palladium Downstairs)
Oct. 31: Asbury Park, N.J. (Asbury Park Convention Hall)
Nov. 1: Albany, N.Y. (Washington Avenue Armory)

Check out or some other happening webbie if you want to overindulge on info. Stay clear of the haters ... kfox.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mark Your Calendars ...

... it's the Ten Friends Annual Labor Day Weekend Party! So much fun to be had by all.

The DJ: Mick Boogie!

The venue: Sunset Lounge (in the Warehouse District) in downtown Cleveland

The day and date: Sunday, August 31, 2008

This is a really nice set; it starts out kind of mellow w/some Neo-Soul hangin in the background along w/some complimentary beverages and hor d'oeuvres.
Then as the crowd begins to thicken, the vibe adjusts: the music tempo increases and it is all good. The music is usually a mix of old school and new jams. The party-goers are out to have a good time and it shows.

Check it out if you get the chance. Shout to Arnold Hines for promoting and coordinating.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More International Music

It's nice to see MTV expand it wings, this time to Africa:

MTV Awards, African Version

The awards program will take place in November. Should be interesting, right?

Expand your horizons hip hoppers ... kfox!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Rock the Bells Pix

No, I did not make it to the popular hip hop festival Rock the Bells. However, not one but two illustrious djs did - Mick Boogie and Terry Urban.

They were kind enough to share their pix:

Pix from Rock the Bells - Columbia, Maryland

For more on Rock the Bells, check here.

If you attended Rock the Bells, you should share your experience w/us ... it's the right thing to do hip hopper, kfox.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Atmosphere was on David Letterman

Not many nights go by when I don't see The David Letterman Show*. Been watching that for decades. Crazy. Stupid. Silly. Free.

Well, sometimes I see the previews on who will be on, but it really does not make a difference, since Dave is the real draw for me, oh and I likes me some Biff too. However, I did receive an email from Rhymesayers to notify me that Atmosphere would be on my fav nighttime talk show pimpin his "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold" project.

Enough of my ramblings ... check out the vid of the performance for yourself:

So whatcha waitin on hip hoppers, go and get you some lemons and do what you do, kfox.

NOTE: I call it "The David Letterman Show" when it is indeed officially "The Late Show with David Letterman" ... details, details.

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