It may lack the history of the Apollo, but the Highline Ballroom has seen quite a few memorable performances over the past few years. Last night was no exception.Â A packed house jammed inside the Highline to see Malice and Pusha T tear down the stage â€“ and they were not disappointed. Prior to the Thornton brothers hitting the stage, Charles Hamilton and XV warmed the audience up. After that, Clipse hit the stage to a thunderous applause. It was the set youâ€™d normally expect from the Virginia lyricists â€“ â€œKeys Open Doors,â€ â€œIâ€™m Good,â€ â€œKinda Like A Big Deal,â€ â€œMr. Me Tooâ€ and what is a Clipse show without hearing â€œGrindinâ€™â€ at least once. Fellow Re-Up Gang member Ab Liva would eventually join the two on stage.
Approximately midway through their set, the music stopped and to the crowdâ€™s astonishment, â€œThe champ is here!â€ began blaring through the venueâ€™s speakers. Yonkersâ€™ own, Jadakiss, came out and ran through a brief set which included one of his first hits â€œKnock Yourself Out.â€
Afterwards, The Clipse took some time out to chop it up about a few topics pertinent at the moment. A few days ago Pusha announced that he and Malice would be working on solo album â€“ so he offered more light on that revelation. Also, the two spoke on what life was like in their circle since the conviction of their manager Anthony â€œGeezyâ€ Gonzales for drug trafficking who is currently serving 32 years in a Virginia prison. Till The Casket Drops is in stores now. Read rest of storyâ€¦
A continuation to Civilized Talk: Fabulous â€œThe Buried Editionâ€. We sat down at chopped up about what trends he would like to see die, what artist career resurrect from the dead and what artist he toe tagged lyrically and much more. Read rest of storyâ€¦
Today, I went to a funeral service. A joyous and upbeat one at that. After weeks of push backs, 11th hour recordings and a few back and forth squabbles with DJ Drama on Twitter, their highly anticipated mixtape, There Is No Competition 2, was finally released. So hereâ€™s how the story goesâ€¦
I met up with Loso at the Ace Hotel in New York for the â€œfuneral gathering.â€ You could tell he was really embodying the funeral aspect. While speaking with me, Fab was preparing his outfit for the occasion: an all black tailored Fendi suit. We chopped it about his own favorite eulogies (records) from the tape and which fads in Hip-Hop heâ€™d like to see with a toe tag on them. At the same time, he also spoke on whose career he would like to see resurrected. He even goes on to say who he believes he bodied with this new tape.
Itâ€™s been awhile, but the newest edition of â€œCivilized Talkâ€ finds us with one of 2010â€™s most promising acts, Gary, Indianaâ€™s, Freddie Gibbs. By now, his story is known to most who follow his music. From signing to Interscope, to being shelved by Interscope, to being dropped by Interscope, to returning to the dark callings of the streets only to return to musicâ€¦thatâ€™s Freddieâ€™s musical life in a nutshell.Â I recently had the chance to speak with Freddie on a pool of subjects including: Read rest of storyâ€¦
We have Trill Entertainment/Louisianaâ€™s own, Lilâ€™ Boosie. I recently caught up with the understudy of the late Pimp C where we chopped it up about;Â His new album, Superbad,Â Working with Young Jeezy,Â Who and what we can expect to see on the new album.Â Afterward, Boosie answered several questions from the audience at his listening session.
The next installment of Civilized Talk centers around Mike Posner. With the help of his band, The Brain Trust, the crew have been creating quite the buzz around their name. Recently, I had to a chance to chop it up with Posner regarding;Â His Don Cannon assisted mixtape, â€œA Matter of Timeâ€œ,Â What to expect from him now and in the future,Â His parents feelings about him pursuing a career in music andÂ An awkward run-in with Camâ€™ron.
Recently, I had a chance to sit down with one half of the Young Gunz, Young Chris. It was a pleasure to sit down with Chris, who has been attacking his own solo career aggressively for quite some time now. He spoke candidly on;Â â€œThe Networkâ€ mixtape hosted by Don Cannon,Â His affiliation with Roc Nation,Â His upcoming album andÂ His highly popular â€œ30 verses, 30 daysâ€ campaign