R.I.P. Baatin

Titus “Baatin” Glover, one third of the original Detroit hip hop group Slum Village, was found dead this Saturday morning; he was 35 years old. The cause of death is still unannounced, but it’s clear that he had been sick for some time. In 2002 he told the Free Press that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Later his illness led him to leave Slum Village. But recently he rejoined a new incarnation of the group, with plans to record and tour.

It’s a bittersweet ending when music is rescued from obscurity only after death. J Dilla’s death weighed heavy on the entire hip hop community, but at the same time it sparked a huge increase in appreciation for his production and the music of Slum Village. The Detroit hip hop family is clearly close-knit, so it’s comforting to know that Baatin’s family and friends have full support in each other, along with support from fans around the world. Our thoughts are with the Glover family, and we’re truly saddened by the loss.

Thanks to Black Milk for this video with his reflections and a bit of footage of the original SV’s last video shoot.

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Giant Step Presents: DJ Spinna Every Thursday

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Giant Step and Spinna are piloting a Thursday night weekly residency called JOURNEY at Santos Party House, recently touted by The New York Times as “the nighclub of the moment.” The party officially begins on August 6th, so tell your friends, RSVP, and expect the unexpected.

Santos Party House
$10 at the door. $5 reduced admission with RSVP.
21+ w/ID
10 PM – 4 AM

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Planet Hip-Hop: Summer Scoops Live

hip-hop-flyer1Planet Hip-Hop will be a panel discussion between Bajah, ?uestlove, Chuck D, and record exec Steve Stoute, moderated by the Journal’s culture editor Christopher John Farley, about why hip-hop has gone global and where it’s headed next.

The evening will wrap up with a DJ set by ?uestlove.

Tuesday, August 04, 7:30 PM
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Ticket Price: $20
($15 with Discount Code WSJ10)

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Colin Munroe at SOB’s on July 29 + Free MP3 Download of “Get Even” by The Kickdrums ft. Colin Munroe

flyerColin Munroe is making his first NY headline appearance at SOB’s on Wednesday, July 29th!

You’ve probably heard the dope mixtape, Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero featuring Wale, Drake, Joell Ortiz, Black Milk, and more. If you haven’t, download it here: www.myspace.com/colinmunroe.

The full-length album Don’t Think Less of Me, will be released this fall on Universal Motown.

On Wednesday, Colin will be supported by Cleveland duo The Kickdrums, and Giant Step has a free, exclusive track available to you. Download The Kickdrums “Get Even” feat. Colin Munroe HERE.

SOB’s, Wednesday, July 29th, Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm

Advance tickets at SOBs.com and TicketWeb.

$13 advance, $15 day of show

Download “Get Even” by The Kickdrums featuring Colin Munroe (right-click to download)

Friends We Love: 120 Seconds with K’NAAN

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Toronto, Canada
Somali-born MC & musician, K’NAAN shares his views on language as not only a tool for communication but also as a cultural carrier and its influence in the way we view ourselves and our surrounding environment.

For more on K’NAAN check out: http://www.4real.com/profile.asp?p=knaan