Archive for October, 2009

Events: Nov. 2009

Eric B and Rakim II

Eric B. (right) and Rakim. Photo from the group's Gold compilation album.

The legendary rapper Rakim Allah will rock the mic at Dragonfly in Harrisburg on Nov. 14. Rhymefest (co-writer of Ye’s “Jesus Walks”), windchiLL, J. Bair, M.I.H. and others will open up for the celebrity wordsmith. With gems, such as “Paid In Full,” “I Ain’t No Joke” and “Know the Ledge,” Rakim raised the bar for lyricism while schooling the youth with his 5 Percent Nation teachings. Doors open at 9 p.m. Phone: 717.232.6940.

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Jay-Z wearing "all black everything" at PSU. Photo by Andy Colwell.

Jay-Z wearing "all black everything" at PSU. Photo by Andy Colwell.

Talking blues
Jay-Z says he bleeds blue on “Empire State of Mind,” referring to his penchant for the New York Yankees and NYC. On Oct. 9, Hova’s fans bled blue for another team: the Nittany Lions.  Hip-hop icon Jay-Z kicked off his Blueprint 3 tour in front of a sold-out crowd in State College. Lil Wayne’s tour, another major concert of 2009, also began in Pennsylvania. Continue reading ‘Takeover’

Rappin’ royalty visits school

Photo of Queen Latifah by Ann Foster of The Patriot-News.

Photo of Queen Latifah by Ann Foster of The Patriot-News.

Queen Latifah returned to Central Pa. on Oct.14—but she didn’t perform this time. The renowned rapper-turned singer visited Milton Hershey School, which is celebrating its 100th year. Milton Hershey School’s spokesperson told The Patriot-News that Latifah was interested in the home/school’s legacy. The school serves underprivileged students. During Latifah’s visit in Hershey, she spoke with students and signed autographs.

On Oct. 29, 2007, the celebrity performed at The Forum in Harrisburg to promote her Trav’lin’ Light jazz CD. Aside from spittin’ bars and singing, she acts and models. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks will also be part of Milton Hershey School’s centennial. On Nov. 12, Sparks will hold a private concert for the school’s students at Hershey’s Giant Center.

Movin’ on up

From left to right: Charles Miller and model

Charles Miller (left) and girlfriend Ashlee Raines. Photo by Leon Laing.

In 2006, VigorOnline wrote a story about urban clothing line Many Milez Traveled (MMT). Leland Nelson of Harrisburg founded MMT and sold his first line of T-shirts at his alma mater, Delaware State University. Like Nelson, Charles “Pook” Miller has become a staple in the Harrisburg area by launching an urban clothing line in college (East Stroudsburg University). Continue reading ‘Movin’ on up’

Events: October 2009

DJ Hero hits stores Oct. 27, the same day the BET Hip Hop Awards 2009 is aired. DJ Hero is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation consoles and the Wii.

Local concerts/events
Oct 2
: Lancaster County-based rapper Stainless Steele, a longtime collaborator with DJ Image, holds a release party for his mixtape, My Top Friends Are Beat Makers. The event takes place at The Shoppe Revival in Lancaster. Graphic designer Andy Musser displays his artwork during the event. The party runs from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Oct. 3: Maxwell appears at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The falsetto singer helped to usher in neo-soul in the late ’90s. Time: 7:30 p.m. Continue reading ‘Events: October 2009’