Hip-hop pioneers Slick Rick, Rakim, Biz Markie and Special Ed to rock the House Friday, Aug. 24, in the latest Legends of Hip-Hop show.
The legends of hip-hop are many, but only a select few are recognized as true pioneers.
Some include Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh, Beastie Boys, KRS-1, MC Lyte, Sugar Hill Gang, and …
Rakim, Slick Rick, and Biz Markie, who will join Special Ed (remember his "I Got it Made" song?) tonight, Friday, Aug. 24, at the House of Blues at Showboat in Atlantic City.
Watch some videos below from these hip-hop icons and read interviews with Slick Rick, Parrish Smith of EPMD, Chill Will and more:
Finally, a tribute to the late KMG of the Cali gangsta rap crew Above the Law, who, like N.W.A, brought rap music to another level in the late 1980s.
Plus the Album of the Week, Drew Toonz, and this weekend's Jazz Vespers salute to Art Blakey, featuring Keith Hollis.
"Same way shit happens in [the record business]: you get a letter; you get a call. Someone calls and tells you that somebody’s been looking for you. I got a letter from him out there and he wanted to sit down with me and that’s the way shit happens. He said he wanted to meet up and that’s where I was so there was no chance of us meeting up any place else!"
Hip-hop isn’t what it was during the late 1980s when there were a number of incendiary acts, none larger than Public Enemy, which rapped about what mattered with a palpable intensity. That was a golden era. A minority of contemporary hip-hop artists are rapping about what matters. You can put Jay-Z and Kanye West onto that list. The iconic recording artists aren’t like their peers, many of which are content to wax about conspicuous consumption.
Grammy Award winning artist, crowned the "Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B,” Ashanti hosted an exclusive party and sang at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City on Wednesday, May 9.
"At this point, it’s kind of like I have what I do. You know, beat-orientated, blues-driven, acousticky kind of music. You know folk, hip-hop, country, whatever you call it, I have what I do."
"It’s cool to get up with Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, you know, Doug E. Fresh, who leads the pack with the most shows each year, and everybody’s catching up. So it’s more than just a show, it’s kind of like checking who weathered the storm, who has stood the test of time, and it’s about a second coming coming back around because [hip-hop] music of today is not what it was yesterday."
Matisyahu is morphing. The West Chester, Pa., native who grew up in White Plains, N.Y., still sports a black suit with a broad brimmed hat and wire-rimmed spectacles. However, Matisyahu is evolving musically.
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