‘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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Contest: Mobile Mondays! 1 Year Anniversary Tickets

 

The ultra groovy NYC weekly Mobile Mondays! will be celebrating its one year anniversary on September 24. Founded by Operator Emz, MM has quickly become New York City’s premiere 45’s vinyl night for music lovers. Hear an array of sounds, varying from funk & soul, disco, rock & roll, reggae, new wave, salsa – so long as its “classic & danceable,” it goes!

Past guest DJs include Kenny Dope, DJ Spinna, DJ Scratch, Producer Just Blaze, Boogie Blind, BreakBeat Lou, Spinderella, Mr Len, Preservation, Rockin Rob, Cut Chemist, Stretch Armstrong, G-Bo the Pro, DJ Misbehaviour, and DJ Nicole Leone.

Find more details on the party below!

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Event Details
Mobile Mondays! 1 year Anniversary
Monday, September 24
10pm-3am
Tickets: $5.00

Resident DJs: Operator Emz, Natasha Diggs, Joey C

Hosts: Miss Rebecca Lynn & Snkr Joe

Guest DJs: Just Blaze, Large Pro, DJ Spinna, DJ Scratch, Boogie Blind, Chairman Mao, The Undercover Brother, Rockin Rob, Smallchange, Misbehaviour & many more.

Strictly 45′s all night.

Bowery Electric
327 Bowery (@ 2nd St.)
New York, NY

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New Release: ‘Plant Music: Love Me’

 

Plant Music: Love Me is the first of a new compilation series by NYC based record label Plant Music. Curated by Dominique Keegan and Stretch Armstrong of Plant, the collection features upbeat soulful house and dance tunes that’ll keep you twirling about to no end.

Stream the whole project below and be sure to listen to our favorite tune from the bunch, the DJ Mehdi remix for “Love Thing” by Eli Escobar. Not a bad way to start a Monday at all.

Look out for Plant Music: Love Me to drop on April 24!

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SF: Red Bull Music Academy Events This Week

 

The famed Red Bull Music Academy will be hosting three back to back events with some New York musical legends to celebrate the application phase for this year’s program. For those unfamiliar, RBMA is an international music workshop held in a different city each year. In 2011, musicians were brought to Madrid, this year the Academy will be held in New York City.

See below for details all the awesomeness to ensue!

Also, be sure to enter our contest to win a free pair of tickets!

Event Details
The Gary Bartz Project with featured guests Bilal & Aloe Blacc
Wednesday, January 25th
8:30pm @ Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore St.
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The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show (+ DJ Shortkut)
Thursday, January 26th
10pm @ Mighty SF
119 Utah St.
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Masters at Work: Kenny Dope & Little Louie Vega
Friday, January 27th
10pm @ 103 Harriet
1015 Folsom St.
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