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Black Girls Rock!

Posted in Live Show, Photos, Show Recap, SOBs Event on November 10, 2011 by SOBs

It was definitely a phenomenal event held at SOBs on October 13th which celebrated women of color in a showcase with several acts from various genres of music. The first act of the night was Be’la Dona, an all female band that brought the house down with their rendition of songs by popular artists. If you were in the building that night, you would have enjoyed performances by Lil’ Mama, Rah Digga, Melanie Fiona and Estelle, all of whom showed why they rock with their amazing stage presence and vocals.

If you weren’t at SOBs last night you missed out!

Posted in Live Show, Show Recap, SOBs Event, Uncategorized on September 29, 2011 by SOBs

Photo Credit: Lance Drummonds

If you weren’t at SOBs last night you missed an amazing show! Our acts included Leila, Dallas Lewis, Kwamie Liv and our headliner, Allen Stone. Words cannot express the intensity and emotion I felt during Allen Stone’s set but simply enough, this guy gave me chills. One of my favorite songs he performed was his Bob Marley cover of “Is This Love,” I have to say this song is what captured the crowd. If you’re not familiar with him or any of the artist mentioned above, please look them up, you won’t be disappointed!

What a performance by Ginuwine!

Posted in Live Show, Show Recap, SOBs Event, SOBs Radar, Songs, Uncategorized, Videos on February 15, 2011 by SOBs

Ginuwine heated up the stage last night for our SOBs Valentines day performance. Make sure you check out his latest album “Elgin”, especially the tracks Kidnapped & Batteries

Hope everyone had a very special night, and we will see you on wednesday when Eric Roberson hosts Sol Village.

Machine Gun Kelly Live In Boston, MA

Posted in Live Footage, Live Show, News, Show Recap, SOBs Radar, Uncategorized, Videos on February 11, 2011 by SOBs

Phenomenal Machine Gun Kelly show footage from this past weekends show in Boston courtesy of our friends at MostDope. If you’ve ever seen MGK perform live you know that he’s a beast, i’ve never seen someone put so much pride and energy into their live performances. This show was no exception with Kells swinging upside down from a pole on the ceiling while rapping in the middle of his performance… see for yourself.

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!!


Looking Back – Drake

Posted in Alumni, Photos, Show Recap on January 11, 2011 by SOBs

Contributed by Amanda Beyer

Sob’s has been a springboard for artists and their careers.  Numerous artists have gotten their start here or had a show that jumped their career to the next level.  Artists such as Kanye West, John Legend, Immortal Technique, Erykah Badu, Common, and more have boosted their careers early on with a show here, that is in addition to all the world music acts that have found their home here.

Canadian Rapper, Drake is a notable example of an artist that really pushed his career with a show here at Sob’s.  On May 26th, 2009, he played his highly anticipated show in New York here.  The show was for Hot 97’s “Who’s Next” Showcase and was hosted by Peter Rosenberg.

After his show at Sob’s, it was no longer Drake as the who’s next, but rather as the right now.  During the show, Drake performed his hits like “Best I Ever Had,” “Successful,” and “Unstoppable,” he performed “Uptown,” with UGK’s Bun B.  Some of the fans that came by to support Drake and shmooze after the show with him included Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, Talib Kweli, and DJ Green Lantern as well as other celebrities, music industry professionals and dedicated fans.  GC & Soul Mafia and Folk & Stress also hit the stage that night with music played by DJ Juanyto and DJ Quiz.

The show brought him a ton of hype and even more so when all the videos of it were posted online.  When he first played here at Sob’s, there was a bunch of buzz about Drake, and now he has blown up to become an award winning mainstream platinum album selling artist.  His mix-tape, So Far Gone, was released online in February of 2009, his show here three months later pushed his stardom and he has since released the albums Thank Me Later and Take Care. Coming from the acting world and starring in Degrassi in his younger years, Drake has shifted his path and made a huge name for himself in the music industry as a rapper with a new and unique style with great beats and a even better flow.  From selling out Sob’s to selling out arenas, Drake has come a long way and Sob’s is proud to have been a part of that.


Top 10 Shows of 2010

Posted in Alumni, Show Recap on December 31, 2010 by SOBs


J. Cole @ SOBs. Photo Credit: Ernest Estime (

1. J. Cole w/ Surprise Guests Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek & Young Chris
(March 30th)

2. Fat Joe w/ Surprise Guests Joell, Redman, Buck shot, Juru the Damaja, MOP, DJ Premier, Mic Geronimo & Diamond D
(July 27th)

3. Nneka
(February 2nd)

4. Bun B w/ Surprise Guests Lupe Fiasco, Big Daddy Kane, Wale, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Termonology & Slim Thug
(June 2nd)

5. Eric Roberson
(July 29th)

6. El Debarge w/ Surprise Guest Chico DeBarge
(October 6th)

7. Marsha Ambrosius & Teedra Moses
(November 18th)

8. Joe Budden
(August 10th)

9. Ryan Leslie w/ Surprise Guests Lloyd Banks & Fabolous
(Novemeber 22nd)

10. Los Amigos Invisibles
(April 29th)

There’s no denying J. Cole put on an amazing show for his fans this night. We won’t lie, he’s a staff favorite and we had been trying to get him to our stage for almost a year. But during a pre-show interview, we realized we weren’t the only ones who had been waiting for the show to happen [J.Cole Speaks On Sold Out SOBs]. Cole was at the legendary Kanye SOBs show back in 2002 and had been dreaming of making history here ever since. He did not disappoint: he tore through his mixtape material in front of a packed house and brought out special guest Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek & Young Chris. Oh yeah, he also premiered ‘Who Dat‘. Even the NY Times checked out the show. See Pics here & here.

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