New York Hip Hop Talk Radio – Presented by Birthplace Magazine (www.BirthplaceMag.com)
One week short of our one year anniversary, The NY Hip Hop Report will look at hip hop music and culture as a whole, looking back over the past year, looking at certain current events, to ask the question:
We’re sure to get a wide range of opinions on the matter, so tonight, as always, callers are encouraged to contribute to the conversation by calling in during the show to 646-378-1282.
While we prepare the full episode recap, check out the replay here!
For milestone episode number 50 of The NY Hip Hop Report, show hosts Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz of Birthplace Magazine will spend time previewing the 2013 SummerStage NYC free park concert series, an ongoing parade of events scheduled to take place throughout the summer.
Hip hop music and culture turns 40 this year, and New York’s City Parks Foundation, organizers of the series, saw fit to pay tribute to this uniquely American, but worldwide phenomenon, which was birthed within its five boroughs.
As such, a featured subset of this year’s SummerStage series is the “This Is ___ Hip Hop” series, celebrating the diversity of the genre with shows dedicated to hip hop’s cultural legacy, like “This is Latin Hip Hop,” “This is Classic Hip-Hop,” “This is Family Hip-Hop” and “This is MY Hip-Hop.”
We’ll talk about all of the shows scheduled for the summer-long series, featuring New York hip hop icons like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Herc, Rock Steady Crew, Tego Calderon and many more, as well as buzzing up and comers like Flatbush Zombies and more.
For near-milestone episode 049, we kept the NY hip hop discussion going, recapping several New York-area events from the past week, previewing a couple of upcoming events, and interviewed visual artist TTK, who currently has his hip hop and pop culture-influenced artwork on display as part of the 1Plus1Plus1 Art Show, going on at White Rabbit until April 30.
Events recapped included Rabbi Darkside, who just released his latest album Prospect Avenue, celebrating with a great performance at Littlefield in Brooklyn, another album release event by gospel hip hop artist DAY, held at Western Connecticut State University, and finally, a cool-out session enjoying great ’90s hip hop and R&B at Destino Lounge in Elizabeth, New Jersey with the YO! The 90s crew (brought to you by the folks at Hip Hop Karaoke, New Jersery). Our presenting sponsor, Birthplace Magazine, is a media sponsor of YO! The 90s parties, happening every third Saturday, so come on down and hang with us at Destino Lounge on May 17th!
We also spoke about the preliminary announcements from Brooklyn Bodega, as they gear up for this year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.
Listen to the full episode below.
For this action-packed episode of The NY Hip Hop Report, we welcomed several guest callers, discussed high-profile topics of the day and took phone calls, all over the course of a two-hour-long extended episode.
First, we welcomed veteran artist and activist NYOIL to the show. LL Cool J’s controversial duet with country music’s Brad Paisley led NYOIL to respond in the old fashioned way, in the recording booth. NYOIL called it to discuss his position against the song and LL’s contribution. He also spoke on his continuing involvement in youth group/mentoring.
Soon thereafter, Queens’ Homeboy Sandman checked in. Homeboy Sandman recently penned a provocative look at buisness connections between the music business and the private prison industry, connecting some very interesting dots. Homeboy Sandman also spoke on his now-new release Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent, his latest album on the Stones Throw label.
Later in the show, Tru Statement Entertainment’s Baldi called in to recap the latest installment of their ongoing live band tribute series, Props to Hip Hop, giving some insight as to what’s next for the successful show series.
Before, during and after all of these intriguing guests, we did what we do: talk about New York hip hop issues, and welcomed calls from outr wonderful and engaged audience members.
This episode of The NY Hip Hop Report brought to you by Rabbi Darkside and his new album Prospect Avenue. This 17-track album includes production by Da Beatminerz, Nickodemus, Mista Mayday and Sid Suna and features by folks like Rob Swift, IllSpokinn and Homeboy Sandman. Come to Rabbi Darkside’s album release Friday, April 19 at Littlefield in Brooklyn, and check for Prospect Avenue on RabbiDarkside.com
This episode was also brought to you by dynamic duo M-TRI & DJ Leecy T and their current single, “M-Triumph” – Recently reviewed on Ebony.com and in rotation on Video Music Box, M-Triumph is receiving a ton of props for its positive vibe over a headnodding beat with dope cuts and scratches.. Check it out at MTriandDJLeecyT.com
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This action packed show will have hosts Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz talking about LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” (with artist/activist NYOIL chiming in), Rick Ross’ rape lyric controversey and Elliott Wilson’s failure to use his OG hip hop journalist status to chastise Ross. We’ll talk with Props To Hip Hop and recap their recent B.B. King’s extravaganza. Artist/educator Rabbi Darkside will join us to discuss his successful $10,000 Kickstarter campaign and new album, and artist/writer Homeboy Sandman will join us to talk about his recent editorial, that Huffington Post refused to publish.
The NY Hip Hop Report. It’s New York hip hop talk radio. Like sports talk radio. Just hip hoppier!
After our amazing journey to Lyon, France to cover the L’Original Festival, (which we covered the previous week, broadcasting live from Lyon!) we’re back on U.S. soil, discussing the rest of our overseas trip and speaking about a few things in our hometown, including hip hop media’s embarrassing self-destructive efforts and Peter Rosenberg’s attempt at proclaiming a “New York Renaissance.”
The conversation stretched these topics, as well as a few tangents, including hip hop media connecting criminals and negativity to hip hop, something normally reserved for unknowing, uncaring media OUTSIDE of hip hop. Host Manny Faces made it clear his opinion that major hip hop media, including outlets like The Source, Vibe and even sites he normally praised like HipHopDX.com, are engaged in an active campaign against the very hip hop culture they cover.
#mediaassassin type stuff.
Toward the end of the show, the duo talked briefly about Peter Rosenberg’s (Hot 97) New York Renaissance mixtape, and whether or not they felt it properly represented the New York hip hop landscape.
Birthplace Magazine was invited to cover the 10th anniversary of L’Original Festival, a huge, multi-day hip hop festival in Lyon, France. Editor in Chief Manny Faces traveled to Lyon to witness the festival first hand, and, despite a 6-hour time difference, managed to host episode 047 of The NY Hip Hop Report live from his hotel room, at Lyon’s Mama Shelter.
Co-host Steve Ortiz, back in the Bronx, helped keep Manny focused despite being smack dab in the middle of his European adventure, asking all the right questions about how hip hop was being celebrated at L’Original Festival.
It was an interesting, fast-paced show, as Manny detailed many of the events he had already witnessed, as well as a little bit of the city life that he was able to discover during brief downtime.
Listen to the full episode below, and tune in to Episode 047 for a bit more recap.
An exciting show, as we welcome Bronx wordsmith YC The Cynic to the show. We’ve been showing love to YC The Cynic over on Birthplace Magazine for some time now, and he’s dropped several dope projects over the past couple of years. We noticed that he had recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for his next project, and we wanted find out more about it.
Aside from some opening banter about Yo! MTV Raps trading cards, show co-host Manny Faces announced the tentative (at the time, it has since been confirmed) plans to attend and cover the 10th annual L’Original Festival, going down from Thursday, March 28th to April 1 in beautiful Lyon, France! The Festival will include performances by artists from throughout the world, including some New York representation by folks like Skyzoo and Public Enemy.
Since we happen to know several New York artists who have traveled and toured throughout Europe, we called on one of them, Brooklyn’s Tah Phrum Duh Bush, to call in and tell us about his experiences in Lyon, and how the international hip hop community treats hip hop.
As the show ended, we delivered the latest song by YC The Cynic, “Hallelujah,” produced by DJ Illanoize.
As mentioned, The NY Hip Hop Report will be live next week, April 1, live from Lyon, France, reporting from the L’Original Festival.
And during the festival, stay with Birthplace Magazine and Manny Faces on Facebook: BirthplaceMag / Manny Faces / NYHipHopReport – Twitter: BirthplaceMag / MannyFaces / NYHipHopReport and Instagram: MannyFacesNY.
With no particular topic at hand, and no guest lined up, The NY Hip Hop Report followed its most basic script, hearty hip hop discussion between show hosts Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz, of Birthplace Magazine, calls from listeners (L.A. on the check in!), and a Manny Faces rant (one in particular against Kim Osorio, editor in chief of The Source magazine).
Manny and Steve reviewed events from the prior week, including Big Daddy Kane’s Blue Note performance with The Lifted Crew and Show Tyme as Las Supper, his new musical mashup, blending classic soul and classic hip hop, as well as a one-on-one inteview event between radio host Sinnamon Love and the inimitable Jean Grae at MIST Harlem.
Also recapped, was the All Hail The Queen event, a Video Music Box event dedicated to celebrating women in hip hop, held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. (Be sure to check out our interview with VMB’s Ralph McDaniels, television icon and hip hop pioneer, discussing Video Music Box’s 30 year anniversary, inclduing previews of events like these).
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Hip hop’s legendary smooth operator Big Daddy Kane joins The NY Hip Hop Report on the Sunday, March 10, 2013 episode. In the interview, Kane speaks on his career, hip hop in 2013, the NY rap scene and Las Supper, his new live band, soul/hip-hop fusion group set to shake up the game.
Big Daddy Kane and Las Supper will appear at The Blue Note in New York City on Monday, March 11. Click here for information and tickets.
Be sure to tune in to hear from Big Daddy Kane on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10 p.m., as Birthplace Magazine founder and Editor-in-Chief Manny Faces and Senior Staff Writer Steve Ortiz bring you The NY Hip Hop Report.
It’s NY hip hop talk radio. Like sports talk radio. Just hip hoppier!