Archive for the Alumni Category

Eric Roberson interviewed on “Out Da Box Tv”

Posted in Alumni, Interview on May 2, 2011 by SOBs

This week Out Da Box TV is proud to bring you a special interview piece with New Jersey based, Singer / Songwriter ERIC ROBERSON.  Eric is a very accomplished artist who has received multiple grammy nominations and gained deserved recognition working with artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Vivian Green, Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff etc.  He took the time to talk with us on subjects such as his musical influences, the songwriting experience, the feedback received from his duet with Lalah Hathaway, Family Life and much more.  Eric Roberson released his last LP entitled“Music Fan First” in 2009 and is set to release his upcoming project “Mr. Nice Guy” in this summer of 2011.    If you’re a fan of soul music, chances are you already are familiar with Eric’s sound in someway.   If not, well, that’s what we’re here for.  Please take the time to enjoy!  And feel free to leave us a comment.  We’d love to know what you think.

Out Da Box TV (Eric Roberson)
Direct Link will be back at SOB’s on May 11th for the next Sol Village Series.

Ghetto Metal Featured In The Source

Posted in Alumni, News, Photos, SOBs Event on April 7, 2011 by SOBs

The Source Magazine sponsors the monthly Bazaar Royale curated Ghetto Metal show here at SOBs, so they know first hand high energy show that happens every time. 

Check out the newest issue of The Source on stands [with Gucci Mane on the cover..

Lil Wayne-6 Foot 7 Foot ft. Cory Gunz

Posted in Alumni on March 25, 2011 by SOBs

Check out this Lil Wayne video featuring Cory Gunz.

Marsha Ambrosius’ “Late Nights, Early Mornings” To Be Released On March 1st

Posted in Alumni, Live Footage, News, Photos, Videos on January 25, 2011 by SOBs

J Records announced late last week that “Late Nights, Early Mornings” will release on March 1, 2011. The album features collaborations with label-mate Alicia Keys, as well as Grammy Award-winning producers Dre & Vidal. Former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius had further postponed her solo debut,” Late Nights, Early Mornings”. After a stretch with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, the English born singer is expected to reveal her premier album via J Records. After reportedly being set to release in October and afterward November of this year,” Late Nights, Early Mornings” was anticipated to release of January of 2011. At present, the album is scheduled to feature Hip Hop artists including Fabolous, Maino, (as heard on “Hope She Cheats On You (Remix)” and others. Previously, Marsha has worked with Game, Outkast, Slum Village and Little Brother.

Marsha – Live from SOB’s

Happy Birthday Jam Master Jay: An Appreciation

Posted in Alumni, Live Footage, News, Photos, Videos on January 25, 2011 by SOBs

Contributed by Suzanne Biello

(Editors Note- This was to be posted on Jan 21st, but I was late to editing. My apologies. Enjoy this great piece!)

It is quite challenging to grasp that this month marks the ninth January since the icon known to the music world as Jam Master Jay was cold-heartedly snuffed out in a recording studio on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica. It’s yet another melancholy twenty-first day of the year; a day when family, friends and appreciative fans commemorate a innovator and his craft, and wonder if the assassin who pumped a .45-caliber bullet into Jay’s head will ever see justice.  As the mainstay of influential trio Run-DMC, Jay transformed the role of the hip hop DJ. He took a somewhat unchanging position and turned it into a lively force of music. Jay was at once composer, choreographer, producer and band leader. Perhaps what resounded most with me was Jay’s admiration for the medium.  He approached the turntable in the essence of a musical instrument; his deft cuts on countless records were the perfect praise to the rhyme styles of DJ Run and DMC. There were records that changed everything.  I can distinctly recall my older brother’s excitement, when he came home with the cassette single for “Mary, Mary” constantly rewinding it just to listen to the brilliantly chaotic chorus pushed by a wild guitar sample and Jay’s harmonious scratches.  Or the day my cousin handed me the historic “Peter Piper/My Adidas”12-inch still wrapped in cellophane with the Nobody Beats the Wiz price tag attached.  I first played “Peter Piper” on a home stereo turntable and quickly became fixated with Jay’s use of Bob James’ “Take Me to the Mardi Gras.”  It was innovative and exhilarating. The compositions took a backseat to learning the most transitory of cuts. The aim was to imitate Jay, to the degree that I lost sight of the talent he provided. Regrettably, it took a hit man’s bullet on Oct. 30, 2002, to remind so many of us of the gift we had in Jay – an exceptional musician who over and over, gave his talent and time to the culture.  On days such as this, we clutch onto memories and the belief that he lives on through the music. We hold on firmly to the image of a glowing DJ dressed in all black, with a fedora crown and spotless shell-toes.  We find relief in his smile and uncontrollable energy. And even if it’s for a short-lived moment, we stop dwelling on the emptiness and honor the manifestation.

For your entertainment- “My Adidas” Live on Solid Soul

The Evolution Of Hip Hop In Preparation For The Grammy’s

Posted in Alumni, News, Photos on January 21, 2011 by SOBs

This year the Grammy Foundation’s Music Preservation Project will look at hip-hop as an art form in a commemoration called “Word Revolution: A Celebration Of The Evolution Of Hip-Hop.” The Grammy Foundation’s objective is to work towards sustaining the music’s abundant history, by focusing on the influences from the genre of Hip-Hop and its impact on America’s culture. The red carpet event will take place on February 10th at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, and will feature a broad list of guests including, but not limited to; 9th Wonder, Marsha Ambrosius,, Arrested Development, Beat Freaks, DJ Beverly Bond, El Debarge, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri, Lil’ Mama, MC Lyte, Chrissette Michele, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Skee and Paul Wall. The Grammy Week festivity, which is being presented by Centric and the BET Network, will not just acknowledge the genre of hip-hop, but will also advance the Grammy Foundation’s mission of educating the public about music history. In addition to a list of great hip-hop contributors, Neil Portnow President/CEO of the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation will be in attendance at the multi-media performance, which will include performances and appearances by other music industry leaders and members of the Recording Academy. The event, which is open to the general public at a cost of $25, kicks off at 6:00 PM PST on Thursday, February 10th.

Def Jam Cipher Sessions Alums in NYC

Posted in Alumni, Interview, Live Footage, Show Recap, Videos on January 19, 2011 by SOBs

Karma Loop & Skee TV caught up with Kidd Kidd, Nesby Phips & cARTer in NYC on the heels of their performance at the SOB’s Def jam Cipher Sessions: Southern Edition. Make sure you come out on January 27th Def Jam Cipher Session: West Coast Edition featuring some of the hottest hip-hop artists on the west coast YG, Fashawn, Skeme, Diz Gibran, El Prez and more!!