Business as usual

PMD. Photo by Leon Laing.

Despite the no-show from Havoc of Mobb Deep, the PMD concert went off without a hitch. PMD represents one half of the hip-hop supergroup EPMD. Club XL, Harrisburg, held the show on Oct. 19. Continue reading ‘Business as usual’

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Stay woke

Dave East. Photo by Leon Laing.

What better way to encourage the youth to vote than through music? On the heels of the midterm elections, Clea Productions held Young Gets It Done at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The voting rally included appearances by LGP Qua, Ari Lennox, Bri Stevens, Nephew, G Herbo, Scottie Beam, Gia Peppers, Wallo267, DJ Flow and DJ Aktive. I chopped it up with some of these celebrities backstage at the event on Oct. 27. Continue reading ‘Stay woke’

Edutainment

Michele Hairston. Photo by Leon Laing.

Michele “Queen Michele” Hairston lectures about hip-hop from 1986-1994. She held the event in Harrisburg on Sept. 21.

The Fresh Prince of Houston

Baby Jay Prince (front) and James Prince (in black hoodie). Photo by Leon Laing.

As James “J.” Prince left the Mini Hip-Hop Museum on Sept. 15, a fan/local Baltimorean asked the hip-hop tycoon to get a haircut at the barbershop across the street. Prince obliged.

He walked across E. Baltimore Street in Baltimore with his bodyguards in tow. The temperature climbed to 85 degrees that day. Prince, 53, and company ascended upstairs to True Masters Barbershop. Like any other barbershop, True Masters is also a hangout, so the record executive chopped it up with the barber and patrons. Minutes later, he sat in the chair to get his haircut. Prince’s visit to the barbershop showed his fans that he remains grounded after becoming a music mogul. His visit also showed respect to the locals. Continue reading ‘The Fresh Prince of Houston’

The Weekender fills a void

Bobby Valentino. Photo by Leon Laing.

The entertainment came to the hood—the hood didn’t have to go to the entertainment. The Weekender, based in Harrisburg’s Hall Manor and Reservoir Park, offered something for kids and adults. Continue reading ‘The Weekender fills a void’

Kanye on 2 Raw for the Streets

After watching two videos about Kanye West, you’ll see how Kanye came full circle. Continue reading ‘Kanye on 2 Raw for the Streets’

In His Lifetime, Vol. 1

Bobbito Garcia (left) and DJ Rich Medina. Photo by Leon Laing.

On the heels of the second season of the What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito podcast, I reflect on the film screening of Rock Rubber 45s. Rock delves into the highs, mids and lows of Robert “Bobbito” Garcia’s life. Garcia’s third film also shows how basketball, music and the sneaker culture are inextricably linked. Continue reading ‘In His Lifetime, Vol. 1’

The mic drop: Fantano triumphs

Anthony Fantano (on right) and a fan. Photo by Leon Laing.

Thanks to modern technology, a music journalist can become an internet personality. Case in point: Nardwuar, the famous and quirky music journalist, and Anthony Fantano. With his popular YouTube channel called The Needle Drop, Fantano was able to take his show on the road. His second to last stop on his tour was in Harrisburg. Continue reading ‘The mic drop: Fantano triumphs’

Famous boutique hits milestone, expands

Round Two employee Richie Hinton. Photo by Leon Laing.

Like the classic Luniz song, Round Two got five on it. The vintage boutique celebrates their five-year anniversary this month. Continue reading ‘Famous boutique hits milestone, expands’

Nightclub celebrates anniversary, books legendary DJ

Dj Jazzy Jeff. Photo by Leon Laing.

Over the years, Level 2 has booked notable DJs including DJ A-Trak, Kanye West’s former DJ. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the upscale nightclub in downtown Harrisburg hired the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff to spin. Level 2 held this milestone on May 31. Continue reading ‘Nightclub celebrates anniversary, books legendary DJ’