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

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hip Hop + Hip Hop = Hip Hop

Just trying out some online programs. This one is called Twitterfountain. It marry's Twitter w/Flickr.

I used the tag 'hip hop' for both and this is what comes up:

Do your thang hip hoppers ... kfox

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Monday, May 25, 2009

The Roots Former Bassman Hub

The Roots former Bassman "Hub" (Leonard Hubbard) is much loved. But he gave up all the road trippin for a somewhat normal life. But he turned his towel in just prior to The Roots accepting their steady gig as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Check out the full article about what Hub's doing and some pics too.

Okayplayer article on Former Roots Bassman Hub.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Roots Summer Tour Schedule 2009

So I am trying to keep up w/The Roots. I need to get in where I fit in. Only problem is that on Ticketmaster, I see a Roots performance at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, but that's not what's on the sked that is below. Will check and provide clarity as soon as I can:

The Roots Summer Tour Schedule 2009 (from the Okayplayer Forum)

** PLEASE NOTE: All events listed as "The Roots Jam Session" are not full Roots shows. They are Jam Sessions featuring various members of The Roots and a slew of special guests.***

Tuesday 5/26/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Saturday 5/30/09 San Francisco Roots perform at Davies Symphony Hall as part of SF Jazz Spring Festival

Tuesday 6/2/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom


Wednesday 6/10/09 Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Saturday 6/13/09 LONDON ROOTS perform at Meltdown Festival at Royal Festival Hall w/ Ornette Coleman

Tuesday 6/16/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Tuesday 6/23/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Saturday 6/27/09 Chicago Roots perform at Rock The Bells @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheater

Sunday 6/28/09 Detroit Roots perform at Rock The Bells @ DTE Energy Ampitheater

Tuesday 6/30/09 Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Thursday 7/2/09 Minneapolis Roots perform at First Avenue

Friday 7/3/09 Milwaukee Roots perform at Milwaukee Summerfest

Sunday 7/5/09 Burlington, VT Roots perform at Festival at Burlington Waterfront Park

Tuesday 7/7/09 Las Vegas Roots perform at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Outdoor Pool

Sunday 7/12/09 Baltimore / DC Roots perform at Rock The Bells @ Merriweather Post

Tuesday 7/14/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Saturday 7/18/09 Boston, MA Roots perform at Rock The Bells @ Comcast Center

Sunday 7/19/09 New York, NY Roots perform at Rock The Bells @ Jones Ampitheater

Tuesday 7/21/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Tuesday 7/28/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Saturday 8/1/09 Montreal, CAN Roots perform @ Osheaga Music Festival

Sunday 8/2/09 Grand Bend Ontario Roots perform @ Cutting Edge MusicFestival

Tuesday 8/4/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

Saturday 8/8/09 Los Angeles, CA Roots perform at Rock The Bells @ Glen Helen Ampitheater

Sunday 8/9/09 San Francisco, CA Roots perform at Rock The Bells @ Shoreline Ampitheater

Monday 8/10/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom

** For tix to The Roots Jam Sessions @ The Highline Ballroom, ($10 ADV/ $12 Doors), visit or call 866.468.7619

And now you are up to day hip hoppers ... kfox
**image borrowed from Netmix

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Soundset '09 Is Almost Here

Folks are getting amped for this year's Soundset '09. It's just days away in Minnesota. Sunday, May 24, 2009. The lineup is stellar. And the all day festival is recession-friendly at $30.

Check out my previous post on Soundset '09.

Brother Ali has been talking it up on Facebook and I'm chattin it up here. Just don't want you hip hoppers to say that you didn't know. Check for the viral videos on Sunday. kfox.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Best White MCs

This is not a new discussion, but I was on YouTube and I somehow came across this vid about "The Best White MCs". Everybody's got an opinion, right?

Well, check out the vid if you get a chance and weigh in on the conversation.

I like Jonathan Toth. His style is not to be classified. It's a little weird and at some times disgusting, but I like the weird. Still he's got the fundamentals down - good beats and rhymes.

Stay classy hip hoppers ... kfox

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Wow, the timing of this awesome project ... not so good for me. I just found out about this one ... but, I also can't remember the last time that I bought a cd. Thing is, I was saving up to splurge on the new project from The Roots in June.

To go bring this to my attention now is just wrong. It's wrong because I'm lootless. That's right I bust my ass working five days a week and I still don't have enough disposable cash to buy an $12 cd. Whatever ... and don't judge me.

Dillanthology gives the appearance of something magnanimous. Any why not? We're talking another tribute to J. Dilla. As I see it, the tributes for Dilla will never end. Just like there's a new Madden game annually, why not a Dilla tribute? Btw, Dillanthology is volume 1.

Mucially, Dilla touched a lot of people. This anthology shows some of that. 13 tracks w/some high profile artists like Common and Slum Village. Those are a given, right? Throw in The Pharcyde, The Roots (also a given), A. G. f/Aloe Blacc and several others. Good stuff.

So, hip hoppers, if you're not down w/Dilla, Dillanthology is like 'Dilla 101' ... let's get schooled. kfox.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

It's Festival Time 09

So, we've miss Coachella and the Paid Dues Festival. Or should I say, I missed Coachella. I did get to see Public Enemy rock it live on the web. That was cool.

But let's get our festival calenders in sync. In 'these touch economic times', there's got to be one hip hop fest in your hood that you can afford, right?

Soundset 09
Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Roots Picnic
Saturday, June 6, 2009

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Thursday, June 11, 2009 through Sunday, June 14, 2009
Manchester, TN

Rock the Bells Festival
Dates and cities vary: Saturday, June 27, 2009 until Sunday, August 9, 2009

Okay ... what did I miss? Help me out here hip hoppers. kfox.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Soundset '09

You will be happy to know that Soundset '09 is not until Sunday, May 24, 2009. And I know that you had not planned on traveling to Minnesota, but now, you have good reason to be there.

The line up for this year's Soundset is beastly! It's a blessing that this all day festival is on Sunday because you will need the next day and then some to recover. The ticket prices are reasonable too ... starting at $30 for general admission.

Now to the lineup:
The Pharcyde
Brother Ali
MF Doom
Freeway & Jake One
Immortal Technique
Eyedea & Abilities
Sage Francis w/B. Dolan
El P w/Mr. Dibbs & TMQ
Prince Paul
Blueprint w/dj Rare Groove
Buck 65
dj Numark
Abstract Rude
Aceyalone & Myka 9 = Haiku d'etat
Blue Scholars
Sims of Doomtree
I Self Devine
One Be Lo
Unknown Prophets
Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak
Toki Wright
Little Buddy Mclain
Kristoff Krane

When you can get all of these heads in one place, it is creative chaos. You don't want to miss it. Only I am the exception since I work on Sundays. I know, crazy, right?

So hip hoppers, make it happen and be where the action is. kfox.

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