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West Meets East

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by SOBs

There was a time when it was rare for an emerging hip-hop artist from the west to have any type of presence in the east, especially in New York (remember the early 90s?). But times are different and all for the better! As Crooked I is set to rock the stage at SOBs this Wednesday, May 25th, 2011, it represents that change! Hip-hop is headed towards a different route, bridging coasts and giving artist the opportunity to venture out further than their hometowns across many state venues. Crooked I is set to put his stamp in New York City with  yet another great performance! And he will be bringing his fellow Slaughterhouse brethren (which includes Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce Da 5’9) to support and add to the feel of an authentic unified Hip-Hop show. Expect up and coming, (half Latino) MC Emilio Rojas to also rock the house, along with Horseshoe Gang and CMR. This event is sure to excite the hip-hop world, so don’t be the one to hear about it the next day, buy your tickets now!

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The Come Up – The Rise of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2011 by SOBs

It is very rare in today’s music climate to successfully maintain a label with various artists as oppose to having one quality superstar. Yet, Rick Ross has attempted to build himself an empire, short of paying to trade for artist such as Wale (a’la Miami Heat with Lebron), and attaining new talent such as Pill. The “Self-Made” CEO is on the way to push out other artist as much as his own music. With the signing of the talented D.C. bred rapper Wale it is evident that the empire Ross has build will have a polished lyricist who brings a truth and soulful inspiration. The Maybach Music Group’s roster is not short of talent, Meek Millz, who has patiently been working in the industry, is a Philly veteran who has been making noise in the game since 2007 and was once signed by T.I. but after setbacks of the label was able to join Rick Ross’s team. He was also one to amaze the industry in 2010, as he has graced the cover of XXL Mag’s Freshmen of 2011. The signing of Pill brings more variety to make the roster quite impressive, as he is anAtlantanative who has been on the scene since 2009 and was once on the cover of XXL Mag’s Freshman of 2010. Hmm… that actually isn’t a coincidence. This impressive young men have all been featured in the XXL’s Freshmen of the year (Wale was on the same cover of the magazine in 2009) so it seems that Rick Ross knows what he is doing, he is seeking out young talent that are developing their own music and wants part of the success. (he even made offers to Wiz Khalifa, story goes). Now with the release of the mixtape “Self-Made Vol. 1” it appears that Ross is in top form while giving these young fresh faces a spot at the high life, which they had not found on previous labels. The opportunity is there for these new up-established up and comers, now all that’s left to be seen is whether the empire will last or will the roster perish once they go on to build their own careers, only time will tell.

Afrika Bambaataa and Celebrating 35 Years of Hip Hop Culture

Posted in Photos, Show Recap with tags , , , , on November 18, 2009 by SOBs

Sunday night, the legendary Afrika Bambaataa came with an all-star lineup to salute the anniversary of Zulu Nation and Hip Hop Culture. The guest list read like a hip hop history book. We’ve got the wrap up below.

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Treach from Naughty By Nature

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Coming Soon: Cormega

Posted in Interview, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by SOBs

On October 29th, Hip Hop legend and Queens native Cormega returns to SOBs to perform songs from his new album ‘Born and Raised.’ Renowned for his ability to vividly describe the life and struggle of street life, Cormega has earned his stripes as one of the best MCs in the game. His most recent album has met critical acclaim with Hip Hop DX giving it a coveted multi-platinum (XXXX) rating.  All Hip Hop wrote “Cormega’s rich allusions and commanding narrative voice keep you engaged.”


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“This album is the truest look into me not just as an artist, but as a writer and as a person.  I came into my own in a lot of ways on this album,” Cormega explains. He describes his music as “mature and sophisticated, steep rap with feeling” not something that can be easily said about a lot of the music out today.  SOBs spoke with the Hip Hop veteran to talk about who he’d like to collaborate with, female MCs, giving back to the community and what it’s like to work with your heroes. Hit the jump to read more.

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