But it's some stuff that has caught my eye tonight. I'll post more info in the days to come as it comes across my face. But yeah man it's goin' down! CMJ Week is upon us! Here's a few events I'ma try to hit up.
Tuesday Oct. 20th
8 p.m. - papercranes - Living Room, Michael Olatuja - DROM
10:45 p.m. - David Dallas - Red Bull Space
11:00 p.m. - Wiz Khalifa - Southpaw
11:40 p.m. - Puba - Southpaw
Wednesday Oct. 21st
8:35 p.m. - Pac Div - DROM
10:30 p.m. - Azeem - The ROse
11 p.m. - The Very Best - Le Pousouine ROuge
11:30 p.m. - Miz Metro - DROM
12 a.m. - David Dallas - The Rose
Thursday Oct. 22nd
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Across Cultures: Beats And Rhymes Worldwide
NYU Kimmel Center, 8th Floor, Shorin, Room 802
This panel explores international hip-hop and picks apart the nuances, subtleties, obstacles, language barriers, cultural innuendos that affect its success in the U.S. market. Panelists will also discuss the flipside of how U.S. hip-hop is heard globally. (I'm on this, more info in a seperate post)
7:20 p.m. - PRGz - S.O.B.'s
7:50 p.m. - Freddie Gibbs - S.O.B.'s
8:15 p.m. - Pill - S.O.B.'s
9 p.m. - Grand Analog - Arlene's Grocery
9 p.m. - Jern Eye - Southpaw
10 p.m. - Finale - Southpaw
On Thursday, October 22nd, 2009, many of the World's top battle DJs, turntablists and party rockers will gather on the wheels of steel at BB King Blues Club 237 West 42nd St in Times Square, New York City to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Grand Master Roc Raida!
The Grand Master Roc Raida Tribute at the Tableturns Reunionwill bring together many of the biggest names and crews in the art form of Turntablism including Raida's fellow crew members from the X-Men and the X-ecutioners; fellow World DJ battle champions: Craze, A-Trak, DJ Shiftee plus DJ Scratch, DJ Dummy, DJ I-Dee, The Beat Junkies: Babu, J.Rocc, Shortkut and Rhettmatic; DJ Slyce, Roli Rho, DJ Z-Trip and a very special performance by MC legends: D.I.T.C.! Tickets are $20 in advance at Fat Beats NYC, the BB King Box Office and through ticketmaster, $25 at the door. Doors open at 10:30pm. The show begins at 11:15pm! 100% of the show's proceeds will go to his wife and children.
Tableturns, founded by Doug "Sugarcuts" Cohen, was the World's first open turntable event. It occurred monthly from March, 1997 through March, 1999 at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. Not only did it markedly boost the skill level of DJs across the tri-state area, it became an institution!
Since Roc Raida's unexpected passing on Sept. 19th, 2009, at the peak of his career (the 1995 DMC World Champion was DJing for Busta Rhymes) famous friends across the world have organized fundraiser/tributes for his wife and children. The outpouring of sympathy and love has been tremendous! The event on Oct. 22nd will be followed by another star studded fundraiser in NYC on Nov. 25th at Nokia Theater (more info tba). His wife and daughters have also announced that they will continue the very special DJ battle that he created and organized since 2006: Roc Raida's Gong DJ Battle!
Friends who wish to organize a tribute/fundraiser should respectfully seek permission first, from his family, by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Friends who want to make a donation can log on to paypal.com and direct funds to the address: email@example.com. Please support a fundraiser near you and stay posted to myspace.com/rocraida for any and all official information released by his family.
Friday October 23rd
8:15 p.m. - Fat Tony - Bowery Poetry Club
11:30 p.m. - The Foreign Exchange with Yazarah
12 a.m. - Bird Peterson - Webster Hall
Saturday Oct. 24th