NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert – O.C. (Video)

Via NPR Music

As a member of Brooklyn rap collective Diggin’ In The Crates, Omar Credle, aka O.C., helped shape what was known as the golden age of 1990s rap. Marked by loops sourced from jazz recordings and lyrics rooted in one-upmanship, O.C’s two ’90s albums, Word…Life and Jewelz established him as a rapper’s rapper, an underground star.

O.C. was joined at his Tiny Desk by Soul’D U Out, a jazz ensemble led by Grammy-winning trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown. The live instrumentation replicated the sample-heavy original recordings perfectly. The crew kicked off the concert with “New Day,” from O.C.’s 2017 album Same Moon Same Sun, which features young R&B singer Tay Bell on the hook.

The rest of the set was vintage cuts from O.C.’s heyday. “Day One,” a D.I.T.C. posse cut, featured emcee and producer Lord Finesse, and the joy that poured forth during his verse belied its level of difficulty. (It reminded me that it’d been too long since I enjoyed a Lord Finesse album.) Then O.C. treated the crowd to a version of “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” (the one and only song by him, Jeru The Damaja and Chubb Rock). And of course, he had to fit in his seminal banger and arguably most popular song, “Time’s Up,” from Word…Life.

The finale got personal when O.C. relayed the importance of the song “Born 2 Live.” “This is dedicated to a friend of mine who got killed down in Baltimore,” he said. “Everytime I do this record, it’s somber. … But it’s a celebration at the same time. So I’m a just party it out and have a good time with it.” With a little help from Soul’D U Out, we did, too.

SummerStage 2016…

Going thru the SummerStage schedule for this upcoming summer and these are the ones that stood out. I’m hoping to make some time to go to a few of these. I recommend you do the same if you’re in/visiting the Rotten Apple…

Just Blaze and Friends
June 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Red Hook Park
Bay Street between Henry Street and Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY United States

Public Enemy / DJ Tedsmooth
June 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Betsy Head Park
Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.,
Brooklyn, NY

Duck Down BBQ
June 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Betsy Head Park
Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.,
Brooklyn, NY

Grand Wizard Theodore
June 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Herbert Von King Park
Marcy Ave., Tompkins Ave., bet. Greene Ave. and Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Fat Joe / Tony Touch
July 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Crotona Park
Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Av to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East
Bronx, NY

DJ Kool Herc / Little Shalimar / Screening: Rubble Kings
July 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Crotona Park
Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Av to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East
Bronx, NY

Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun
July 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Queensbridge Park
Queensboro Bridge, 41 Rd., 40 Ave. bet. The East River, Vernon Blvd., and 21 St.
Queens, NY

Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia and more
July 31 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Free

Venue:
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY

Jungle Brothers / G-Bo the Pro
August 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Venue:
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301

DJ Spinna celebrates Earth, Wind, and Fire
August 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Free

Venue:
East River Park
East River Park Amphitheater
New York, NY 10002 United States

Fat Beats ’96 cypher w/ Ill Bill, Q-Unique, A.L. Skills & Last Emperor (Video)

Via DJ Eclipse

Fat Beats had so many artists working for the company that at any given time a cipher could break out. Here’s a perfect example. Last Emp and A.L. were hanging out at the store while Q and Bill were working. The following is what would happen all the time. Not an advertised in-store, not promoting a particular project, just 4 hungry emcees showcasing their craft to a store full of customers.