Watch: Raekwon Brings Out Troy Ave, Bobby Shmurda, AZ & More At 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

raekwon-bk-hip-hop-festivalThis year’s tenth anniversary celebration of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival brought a slew of hip-hop heavyhitters to Williamsburg. Following Jay Electronica’s set featuring Jay Z, J. Cole, Talib Kweli and Mac Miller, the legendary Raekwon had a few tricks up his sleeve for his headlining set as well.

While fans may have anticipated a Wu-Tang reunion on the stage, Raekwon switched things up for the crowd by bringing out Internet rap sensation Bobby Shmurda. The newcomer performed his viral hit “Hot Nigga.” The Chef also brought out other natives of the borough: Papoose, Troy Ave, and M.O.P.’s Lil’ Fame. Fans of classic rap got a special treat as well, with an appearance from AZ, who took the stage with “Life’s A Bitch.”

As if seeing Raekwon wasn’t enough. Peep clips from his Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival set below:
http://www.vibe.com/article/watch-raekwon-brings-out-troy-ave-bobby-shmurda-az-more-2014-brooklyn-hip-hop-festival

The Empowerment Campaign and its Dividends

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There is one image from these last few days in Colorado that is going to stick with me, and it is perhaps an unlikely one.  Gabe Cohen , a 33-year-old white guy in a Patagonia jacket, knocks on the screen door of a ranch house belonging to middle-aged black voter. “Hi there,” he says. “I’m with the president’s campaign.” The voter smiles. That’s it. What struck me right then was the power in the word “president,” and the power of what it meant, in that racially mixed neighborhood on the outskirts of Denver, for that word to mean not “them,” but “us.” And that, for a fleeting moment at least, the “us” here was a kind of community encompassing both a white Jewish kid and an older black man. It is an aspirational “us” that, as we saw last night, drove Latinos, and young people, and women, and African-Americans to the…

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Maxwell Hitting the Road for 6 Super-Sexy Concerts – Will You Be There?

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TUESDAY APR 17, 2012 – BY  BRITNI DANIELLE  – Just in time for summer, soul singer Maxwell recently announced that he’ll be crisscrossing the country to perform at areas in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Newark for two nights only. During his  6 show tour , Maxwell will perform each of his albums in their entirety. On the first night, the  Fortunate  crooner will perform each song from his critically acclaimed debut  Urban Hang Suite  and follow-up effort  Embrya , and he’ll tackle  Now  and his latest effort BLACKsummers’night  the second night. While the shows will definitely be all about Maxwell and his art, the singer wants to give a little something something back as well. At the concerts, fans will also be able to purchase Obama-Biden t-shirts, stickers, and other merchandise that will support the President’s reelection campaign.

Check out Maxwell doing what he does best…live! 

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OutKast To Headline BET Experience 2014 In L.A.

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Outkast can now add another festival to their 40 date comeback tour. The Atlanta duo will be headlining BET Live in Los Angeles, a three day music festival (June 27th-June 29th) housed in the L.A. Live complex downtown. This year’s festivities will include concerts, celebrity panels, wellness expos, exhibits and fan expos. After Maxwell and Jill Scott kick off the weekend with performances at the Staples Center. Outkast is set to hit the stage Saturday (June 28th) night along with A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla Sign, August Alsina, K. Michelle and Rick Ross. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and more are set to perform at concerts leading up to the BET Awards Sunday night (June 29th) at the Nokia Theatre.

Before they hit the BET Live stage, Outkast is slated to perform at the Governor’s Ball June 6th-8th in New York, and then’s Drake OVO Fest in Houston, TX on August 3rd. Check out the full BET Live Line below.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27:

Staples Center
Maxwell
Jill Scott joined by Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Glover

Club Nokia
ComicView Live! Hosted by Sommore featuring Karlous Miller, Lil Rel Howery, Ray Grady, Sydney Castillo and Zainab Johnson

Future kicks off the Late Night Concert series with DJ Khaled and friends

SATURDAY, JUNE 28:

Staples Center
OutKast, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, K. Michele, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina hosted by DJ Khaled

Club Nokia
The Next Comedy All-Star hosted by Joe Torry featuring Red Grant, Gary G-Thang Johnson, Nika Williams, Malik S., Rudy Rush

The Roots Present Hip-Hop with Special Guests

SUNDAY, JUNE 29:

Staples Center
Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and Jennifer Hudson

Nokia Theatre
BET Awards 2014

Recap: Broccoli City Festival Feat. Cam’Ron, Just Blaze, Vashtie, And More

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A cool, calm, and collected Cam’Ron returned to Washington D.C. Saturday (April 19) evening for the second annual Broccoli City Festival. Cam was humble, and far less flashier than when he last visited the city — five years ago. No fur coats, no Lamborghini, and no cape. Instead, he arrived in orange reflective shades, a single gold diamond encrusted Jesus chain, and a bullet proof vest beneath his t-shirt.

He performed a medley of hits from his extensive catalog, inciting attendees with his verses from “Hey Ma,” “Oh Boy,” and the crowd-pleasing “Touch it or Not.” After DJing an energetic set before Cam hit the stage, Just Blaze joined his pal to perform their most successful record, “I Really Mean It.”

The hybrid festival, in its second year of existence, managed to round up a few thousand people in south east D.C. for a day filled with fitness, fun, food, and live music. City officials hope the newly renovated Gateway Pavilion will attract visitors to an area previously known for its high crime. Additional highlights from the day included D.C. natives Reesa Renee and Kelela crooning for the crowd, Karreuche Tran and Teyana Taylor sightings and the Zumba taking place on the lawn across from the stage.

In two weeks, (May 3) Broccoli City will trek across the country to host its second festival in L.A. Cop your tickets now. You won’t want to miss it.

New Music: Jennifer Lopez Feat. French Montana, Big Sean, Tyga And DJ Khaled ‘I Luh Ya Papi (Remix)’

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Here’s a true monster remix to set New York City off for the summer. Ms. Jenny From The Block has finally delivered her much talked about “Luh Ya Papi (Remix).” With DJ Khaled behind the wheel, JLo taps her boys French Montana, Tyga and Big Sean to turn this party up. Taking cues from Jay Z’s 2000-smash “Hey Papi,” Jennifer and the boys show out for the dancefloors. Jenny’s 10th studio album is set to be released on June 17 and features appearances from Robin Thicke, and a duet with Maxwell. Here’s a true monster remix to set New York City off for the summer. Ms. Jenny From The Block has finally delivered her much talked about “Luh Ya Papi (Remix).” With DJ Khaled behind the wheel, JLo taps her boys French Montana, Tyga and Big Sean to turn this party up. Taking cues from Jay Z’s 2000-smash “Hey Papi,” Jennifer and the boys show out for the dancefloors. Jenny’s 10th studio album is set to be released on June 17 and features appearances from Robin Thicke, and a duet with Maxwell.

Here’s a true monster remix to set New York City off for the summer. Ms. Jenny From The Block has finally delivered her much talked about “Luh Ya Papi (Remix).” With DJ Khaled behind the wheel, JLo taps her boys French Montana, Tyga and Big Sean to turn this party up. Taking cues from Jay Z’s 2000-smash “Hey Papi,” Jennifer and the boys show out for the dancefloors.

Jenny’s 10th studio album is set to be released on June 17 and features appearances from Robin Thicke, and a duet with Maxwell.

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