Archive for July, 2010

Lauryn Hill’s “Repercussions”

It’s been 12 years since L. Boogie dropped the classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She’s been through some ups and downs. But now she’s on tour. Check out her song that currently leaked. No one is sure when it was produced, though.

Blackston’s bars

Mr. Blackston rocks the mic in Harrisburg. Photo by Leon Laing.

Here’s some witty wordplay taken from the Facebook page of Harrisburg-based rapper Mr. Blackston. According to Blackston, the bars are from “Turn The Channel,” his new song from the upcoming project The Great E and J Drought of 2010 Vol. I: Liquor and a Lineup. See the lyrics below. Continue reading ‘Blackston’s bars’

Mike Posner’s ‘Please Don’t Go’

Posner drops his debut album next month. Photo taken from the Web.

Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” has been climbing the charts, and it’s currently in the top 10. The singer from Duke University (sidenote: I’m a Duke basketball fan) drops his debut LP 31 Minutes to Takeoff on Aug. 10. Download and enjoy “Please Don’t Go” in the meantime.

Young Cream

Photo of Justin Barnes by Ann Foster of The Patriot-News.

It’s been a week since Justin Barnes’ unfortunate run-in with the police in downtown Harrisburg. The media said he’s a promoter, but we in the local, urban music community also know him as Young Cream—a talented rhyme spitter from Guttaville Entertainment. The incident was a learning experience for everyone. Continue reading ‘Young Cream’

Meek Mill in York

Philly-based rapper Meek Mill will perform in York on Aug. 6. Doors for the show open at 10 p.m. at Club XS. Mill is beginning to attain a national status, appearing in XXL magazine’s July/August 2010 issue. Call 717.324.8361 for more info about the concert.

A star is born

J. Cole headlined Heineken's Inpsire concert. Photo by Leon Laing.

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, covered some mega rap stars in concert, including Jay-Z and Lil Wayne.  Upcoming acts, including rapper J. Cole, opened up for Jigga at State College on Oct. 9, 2009. Continue reading ‘A star is born’

Phene’s ode to York

Phene (bottom row) spits bars in his video. Photo from Phene's files.

Last month Hotlanta-based Phene returned to his hometown of York to shoot the video (directed by Stephen Philms) for “Writing on the Wall.”  The song pays homage to York.

Upcoming events

Trey Songz will perform in Upper Darby on Aug. 25. Photo by Leon Laing.

July 23: Charlie Mack’s Party 4 Peace ft. Bell, Biv, Devoe, Naughty By Nature, Heavy D, Doug E. Fresh and MC Lyte. 9 p.m., Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Web:
July 24: Killah Priest with opening acts windchILL, LaDii J and Ra Dash. 10 p.m., Dragonfly Club in Harrisburg. Web:
July 29: Nas and Damian Marley. 8 p.m., House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ. Web:
July 29: La Roux. 8 p.m., Trocadero in Philalphia. Web: Continue reading ‘Upcoming events’

Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Children of the World’

Like David Banner, rap newcomer Big K.R.I.T. reps for Mississippi, crafts dope beats and spits nice bars.

Wayne Marshall’s ‘My Heart’

Reggae artist Wayne Marshall collaborates with Mavado on this joint with an ill stacatto beat.