Jay-Z & Kanye West – N*ggas In Paris (live)

I got a chance to see one of my most anticipated tours recently when The Throne touched down in San Jose for one night. The concert was groundbreaking in that Jay and Kanye separated themselves from hip-hop act or MCs to full-on performers. This concert from production, setlist, staging, and confidence was at the level of U2, Coldplay, or The Who. Much like on the album, Jay was the more reserved elder statesman when compared to the emotional, relationship-driven Kanye on stage. What did strike me though was that although Jay has more classics and icon in the game, it was clear that Kanye was more popular and who the crowd came to see/enjoy.

The vid above is of them ending the night with the anthemic “N*ggas in Paris”. Unlike LA’s 10 times in a row, we only heard it 3 times.

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Posted on December 16th, 2011

Hennessy – The Art of Blending

Hennessy (or Hen Rock as Prodigy calls it) has sponsored a few hip-hop tours the last few years.  Most notably one with the Roots, Q-Tip & Common.  Some have argued that having an alcohol sponsored hip-hip tour is detrimental to the urban communities they soliciting to and the above artists have caught some flack for it.  I am on the fence but will hold off opinion for another post.  Anyways, there is a 30 min documentary about the artists and tour that you can find on the  Hennessy’s Facebook , starting Thursday, June 30th from 5pm EST. (via TSS)

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Posted on July 1st, 2011

Stretch & Bobbito – Final/20th Anniversary Show

Last night was an iconic night for hip-hop.  The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito show reunited for a final hurrah before the doors were closed.  They went to their original time slot (1am to 5am EST) with a few homies, then kept it going for one more hour. They did what they normally did on the show – busted out jokes, played freestyles, and ridiculed callers.  Combat Jack & DP, who were doing their radio show on Thursday night, even called in – it was that big.  By 2am (PST), the internets, hip-hop heads, and fellow DJs were on their laptops listening to show.  It was a familiar feeling to listen to a radio show with your friends in the late night, feeling you were the only ones privy to this culture.  There was a dope twitter discussion between Platurn, Matthew Africa, Byze One and myself about the impact (or lack of) the show had on the West Coast.  Props to Ivan Rott for the stream.  Shout out to the West Coast Radio pioneers – KDAY, Wake Up Show, & Friday Night Flavas.  Salute to AtotheL & Fool’s Good for the content.

Stretch & Bobbito – Final/20th Anniversary Show

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Posted on October 22nd, 2010

T.R.O.Y. – Pete Rock & CL Smooth (Live)

Pete Rock and CL Smooth were seen in Europe over the last year performing. To my knowledge, this is the first time that I have seen them two perform live in the states. This was filmed last weekend at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival. Which like the Roots Picnic in Philly, I also want to attend the BHHF next year. Great to see these two rock the stage. New MCs take note, notice how you can understand everything that CL spits. Source: NR.

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Posted on July 14th, 2010

DJ Jazzy Jeff X Questlove (Live Set)

Last Month at The Roots Picnic in Philly, Questo and Jazzy Jeff got together to do their rendition of the DJ/Drummer set (a la Travis Barker & AM, Bobo & Rhettmatic). While the others have looked to party-out or dance, this set takes much more “digging” approach. Pulling out alot of the originals into the sampled hip-hop song is a great move. Not that Jazzy Jeff cares but I was really happy to hear him do the same intro/mix that I do with Ms. Fat Booty and One More Chance. Anyways, its an entertaining mix. Khal hooked up this one.

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Posted on July 13th, 2010

DJ Franchise – 6.21.10 Live DJ Set

A quick practice set of some of my recent hip-hop joints I’m feeling and some early bangers. Feel free to listen and comment. Critiques, compliments, and comments welcomed. I’ll try to do more sets at my ustream (www.ustream.tv/djfranchise) regularly now that I know how to hook up my computer to it. Thanks for listening!

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Posted on June 21st, 2010

Fuggin Awesome presents Yelawolf (SF)

The Atlanta-based concert series known for great hip-hop, drunk energy, and bringing you the energy that is seriously lacking at most hip-hop shows will be in San Francisco on June 21st. Yelawolf, an MC who has converted me to fan will be in tow.  I am equally excited to see one of my favorite DJs and remixers – B.Cause on the decks.  We’ll be there to cover it.  See you there, people!  Click info for full event info.

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Posted on June 15th, 2010

Just Blaze & Jay Electronica – Live in San Francisco

Last Saturday, Just Blaze did a DJ set at Yoshi’s in SF. After having a great night at Santos (NY) with his Guru tribute mix, he came to the Bay inspired. Which led him to get on the drums and play for the crowd. Then, as a special treat, brough his friend and fellow “Exhibit C” teammate, Jay Electronica, to the stage. Hip-hop history ensued. Props to Buggin Out for the video.

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Posted on April 28th, 2010

Notorius B.I.G. – Party & Bullshit (live at Lyricist Lounge)

Just some classic footage of Biggie performing Party & Bullshit at the defunct Lyricist Lounge in NY. Not sure year this was though. If anyone knows, please pass the info. Definitely entertaining. After the jump, Biggie’s classic battle freestyle in Brooklyn when he was 17.

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Posted on March 12th, 2010

Jay Electronica – Exhibit C (Live in Amsterdam)

Man, pure dopeness. Imagine how dope that would feel to be in the middle of crowd reciting your words and they don’t even speak english. Shock you like an eel, electric feel, Jay Electra. Thanks, Frank.

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Posted on February 25th, 2010