‘NY Loves Dilla’ at Inaugural Event Hosted by Ma Dukes

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Words by Korby Benoit

Since my earliest experiences listening to acts like Run DMC, The Fat Boys and UTFO the sound of hip-hop always made sense to me.  No one had to explain it to me or tell me that this was the “cool” music to listen to. Hip-hop has provided my musical foundation and my entry into the world of the arts.

In the spring of 1996, I was a high school student attending the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. By that time, I was a hip-hop geek who took great pride in his TDK and Maxell cassette collection of rap radio shows. I used to record Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito, The Underground Railroad with Jay Smooth, and DJ Evil Dee on Hot 97. Nevertheless, it was another Hot 97 show that introduced me to James Dewitt Yancey a.k.a. Jay Dee the artist later known as J Dilla. Future Flavors was the show and it was hosted by two of the genre’s most important and influential producers, Marley Marl and Pete Rock.

As I recall, at some point during their mix, Marley and Pete got on the mic to announce they were about to play a remix by Jay Dee. While I don’t remember if this was a remix for De La Soul, Busta Rhymes or Keith Murray, I do remember the level of excitement in the voices of the two hosts. I remember enjoying the song and like hip-hop itself, the sound just spoke to me. Yet this time in a way that was a little different; The sound was more melodic and the bass groove was simply groovier than anything I’d ever heard. At the time, it sounded like hip-hop from the future. Later I learned that Dilla was also responsible for Pharcyde’s “Runnin,” which was already one of my favorite songs in their catalog. It was evident that the producer had emerged with a new sound that rap luminaries and fans loved and longed for.

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NYC: The RPM Show feat. Robert Glasper & Pharoahe Monch + Guests – Aug 30

 

In celebration of the soon to be released film, Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), Robert Glasper and Pharoahe Monch will be headlining a free show on Tuesday, August 30th at Drom. Other performances will include Brooklyn experimental duo Live Footage and B Young. Finally, you’ll also get to catch an art exhibit by Samir Arghandwall.

As you might guess, the Glasper and Monch are involved with the film’s soundtrack. Legendary hip-hop producer, Nottz, has also contributed original music to the soundtrack. Not sounding too shabby at all.

Event Details
The RPM Show ft. Robert Glasper & Pharoahe Monch
Tuesday, August 30th
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm
18+

Drom
85 Avenue A (btw 5th and 6th)
New York, New York

Free w/ RSVP
RSVP@RPMTheMovie.com

Robert Glasper on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Pharoahe Monch on Facebook | Twitter

The Green Album and Stay True

Check out this album which features remixes of Al Green’s classics with artists such as Jay Z, Common, Fugees, Method Man, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, Notorious B.I.G., De La Soul, AZ, Nas, Pharaohe Monch and Mos Def.

The Green Album is a free download! But if you love the album as much as I do, please donate to Stay True. Stay True is a Philadelphia based non-profit organization dedicated to offering under-privileged, at-risk youth the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to become powerful agents of social/political change in their communities.