Like Pete Rock from the second installment in our Hudson series, Afrika Bambaataa threw down as only the godfather of hip hop can. Here are some photos from the night - enjoy!
Giant Step presents Philly's very own Rich Medina to Hudson on June 1. A man capable of turning a party out with just his left pinky finger, Big Rich will hold it down playing hip hop, jazz, house, Afrobeat and bass heavy future soul.
This is the only Monday night party you can count on (even if we say it ourselves), so make sure and come through for one of the most consistently quality selectors in the scene.
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In true Giant Step style, alien princess Janelle Monáe gave an unforgettable performance to celebrate the opening of Hudson Hotel's Private Park with Charity Water. In her girl-android persona, she was convincing yet funky in songs like "Many Moons," and her frantic energy was infectious. Later she slowed the vibe down when she sang "Smile," showing off her stunning vocal skills. With the crowd beckoning for more, she closed her set with what has become Janelle's rock star signature finale: crowd surfing into a sea of fans.
Hosted by Hudson, Giant Step, and Charity Water, the event raised enough money in donations to build a Hudson Well and provide more than 225 people with clean water.
Marking a foray into new frontiers of D.C.'s ESL Music, Ancient Astronauts' debut We Are To Answer is a melting pot of funk, dub reggae, and pure unadulterated hip hop. Featuring vocal collaborations with Bootie Brown and Imani of legendary hip hop group the Pharcyde, Azeem, Tippa Irie, Bajka, Phat Old Mamas, Ulf Stricker, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik, it's a block rockin', boom-bappin' sonic tour-de-force.
Their very name, Ancient Astronauts, implies a mash-up of the distant past and the far future; traits exemplified in their melding of genres with forward-thinking flair and production technique. The artists behind Switchstance Recordings, Kabanjak and Dogu hail from Cologne, Germany...via outer space! Coy with their true origins, the duo can only confirm that they returned to planet Earth in 2001 after traveling the musical cosmos for thousands of years.
Click here to download "I Came Running" and stream more tracks from the album.
Enter to win tickets to the 2nd Annual Roots Picnic and a VIP weekend package in Philadelphia, the home of The Roots! Held June 5 - 7 at the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on the waterfront, The Roots Picnic stars the Grammy-Award winning hip-hop stars and newly minted house band of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," The Roots, Santigold, Kid Cudi, King Britt, The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Asher Roth and more. There will also be a special feature performance by Public Enemy, playing It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, backed by Antibalas and The Roots.
The prize weekend includes:
• Two free tickets and VIP access to The Roots Picnic and Picnic Pre-Party
• Round-trip transportation on Amtrak*
• Two nights hotel accommodation for you and a guest at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing
• Signed copy of the limited edition Philly 360° book featuring The Roots
• Dinner for two at one of Philly's spectacular restaurants
• A gift basket filled with goodies from local boutiques and restaurants and more!
*Roundtrip transportation provided by Amtrak on scheduled service from northeast corridor train station closest to winner's residence served by Amtrak to Philadelphia.
Enter to win at two.one.five magazine.