Archive for November, 2009

CD review

R&B singer Alonda Rich. Photo by Michelle G.

So Provocative
Mantra Records

On November 28, 2008, Alonda Rich gave an impressive performance at Hollywood Casino in Grantville. The bashful singer, who moved from Williamsport to Harrisburg, was one of the opening acts for the Denm Inc.-promoted Jaguar Wright concert. During Rich’s performance, she sang her song “ So Amazing” and SWV’s “Weak.” Continue reading ‘CD review’

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Emerald Serum CD

Emerald Serum by stainlessinsaness

Stainless Steele, a talented rhyme spitter/producer, represents the Lancaster area. Peep his instrumental mix CD titled Emerald Serum—Steele has always been on some surreal ish. Click here to download the CD. We’ll post more info on Steele in the near future.

Graf art

Danny Devine spray paints a mural in 2008. Photo by Leon Laing.

On August 9, 2008, specialty car company WRTeam shut down Harrisburg’s State Capitol and threw a memorable car competition/festival called WRevolution. Aside from whips, WRevolution offered breakdancing, a performance from D.C.-based rapper Tabi Bonney and live graffiti from Danny Devine of Pittsburgh.

CD review

Much Ado About Nothing: The Nothing will perform at Gettysburg’s Ragged Edge Coffee House at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28. Photo by Leon Laing.

Digital Villains
On 2008’s Closer, The Nothing crafted an eclectic album. The production ranges from jazzy horn loops to soulful grooves, which includes the somber instrumental from James Brown’s classic “King Heroin.” Influenced by the Soulquarians, such as Common, J Dilla, Mos Def and De La Soul, the group delivered witty, lighthearted lyrics and skits on Closer

One year later, the Gettysburg-based collective returns with Digital Villains. On the previous album, the group preached on songs, such as “Invest.” The group continues to kick the truth to the young urban youth on Digital Villains. “Use your degree, go ahead, get a real profession,” Wally suggests on “Kick It.” Continue reading ‘CD review’

Upcoming events


The 2009 American Music Awards airs tonight, and the attention-grabbing Toni Braxton/Trey Songz kiss on the 2009 Soul Train Music Awards airs Nov. 29. See below for local events.

Concerts
Nov. 27: Wiz Khalifa. Doors open at 7 p.m., Gemini Entertainment Center in Harrisburg. Phone: 717.623.0956 and 610.931.5665.
Dec 3: Lady Gaga w/ Kid Cudi. 7:30 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center in New Jersey. Phone: 215.336.2000.
Dec. 4: BET Live! 106 & Park Tour ft. Mario with Pretty Ricky. 9 p.m., Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia. Continue reading ‘Upcoming events’

Fabolous, Trey Songz in Harrisburg

Fa-bo-lo-us performs in Hershey in 2003. Photo by Leon Laing.

Most recently, they’ve done the collabo for “Say Aah.” Now Fabolous and Trey Songz will grace the stage at Harrisburg’s Farm Show on Dec. 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 for general admission, $75 for floor seats and $100 for front-row seats. For more info on the concert, call promoter Dream Catcher Entertainment at 520.548.6979.

Rakim concert rescheduled

Rakim rescheduled his Nov. 14 concert at the Dragonfly in Harrisburg. Dragonfly owner Judd Goodman told vigoronline.com that Rakim’s bus broke down. To compensate for Dragonfly’s change of plans, people who bought advance tickets entered the venue for free last night and watched the opening acts perform. Dragonfly will also honor those tickets when Rakim makes a second attempt on Dec. 19. Call Dragonfly at 717.232.6940 for more info.

Upcoming events


Undaunted by his recent split with Warner Bros. Records, Wiz Khalifa will drop his album Deal or No Deal on Nov. 24. Three days later, he’ll rock the house in Harrisburg, which is next door his hometown of Pittsburgh. Held by local promoters Big Shotz Entertainment, the concert takes place at the Gemini Entertainment Center on Cameron St. College junior William Steele and college senior Chima Soribe formed Big Shotz in summer 2009. Doors for the concert open at 7 p.m. Call Steele at 717.623.0956 or Soribe at 610.931.5665 for more info. Continue reading ‘Upcoming events’

Beanie vs. Jay

Beanie Sigel

Beanie Sigel at TLA, which is in his hometown of Philly. Photo by Leon Laing.

It’s still in limbo. Beanie Sigel hasn’t inked a deal with G-Unit yet. Here’s some footage about his falling out with Jay-Z. And here’s a video illustrating the heyday of Beans/Jigga Man.

Local CD releases

Phene

Phene in a b-boy stance at the York-based High Off Life concert. Photo from Phene’s archives.

Rapper Phene relocated to the ATL, but he still reps for York, which is his hometown. Peep this video of Phene in the lab. He drops his next project called God On A Greyhound in the first quarter of 2010.