Sunday, March 22, 2009

Upcoming Hip Hop Shows @ SOB's

Damn, sometimes I really wish I lived in New Yawk:

Thursday March 26th
S.O.B.’s & Hot 97 Present:
'Hip-Hop is a Universal Language'

Hosted by Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg, this month's Common Ground features:

2 Shows
Doors: 7pm/Shows: 9pm
Admission: $10

On Thursday, March 26th, the hugely successful Common Ground series returns to SOB's with an intense line-up and message... Hip-Hop is a Universal Language!

Common Ground is an international hip hop showcase featuring MCs and DJs from NYC and around the world who represent different cultures and rhyme in various languages, representing their ethnic backgrounds. SOB's has been representing Live Hip Hop in NYC for 25 years, breaking artists like De La Soul, OutKast, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, and many others. In 1983, KRS-ONE performed his first New York concert at this legendary venue. 26 years later, as hip hop has grown from a local urban sub-culture to a global phenomenon, rappers and DJ have spread to every part of the globe. At Common Ground, SOB's features hip hop artists from around the world, as well as New York City, some rapping in different languages, each with styles reflecting their own individual ethnic backgrounds, but all performing on the same stage, and meeting on Common Ground.

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Wednesday April 8th
S.O.B.’s presents:
Sneak Preview & Performace of Album 'Born & Raised'

2 Shows
Doors: 7pm/Shows: 9pm
Admission: $12 Advance/ $15 Day Of

On April 8th, SOBs welcomes the legendary rapper Cormega for a sneak peek of his upcoming album 'Born & Raised'. Throughout a sometimes tumultuous career, Cormega has displayed undisputed tenacity, and above all, a writing style that critics call witty and descriptive. Cormega grew up in the Queensbridge Housing projects, a veritable breeding ground for skilled MCs, having produced such notables as Nas, Mobb Deep, Nature & Capone-N-Noreaga. Cormega formed childhood friendships with all these rappers. Cormega first garnered fame from a mention by Nas on his debut album. On Nas' sophomore album Cormega guest-starred in the song 'Affirmative Action', which also had as guests rapper AZ & Foxy Brown. This group was the first appearance of the rap-supergroup which would become The Firm. From the buzz created by 'Affirmative Action', Cormega was able to secure a recording contract with Def Jam and record the album 'The Testament'. At this time Cormega was unceremoniously replaced in The Firm by rapper Nature. The move led to tension and an eventually feud between Cormega and Nature and the ending of Cormega's friendship with Nas.

The new millennium led to the rebirth of Cormega. The rapper was released from his contract and able to drop his debut album 'The Realness', which was critically acclaimed in many circles, in 2001. His sophomore set, 'The True Meaning', was also well received when released in 2002. Cormega has been able to gain fans despite maintaining an independent and underground rapper status for a lot of his career. In 2005, Cormega reconciled with Nas and even appeared with the rapper on stage to perform with him in 2006.

The year 2009 finds the resilient rapper poised to show his superior lyrical skills once again. April 8th is the public's chance to see Cormega's new album before its official release date.


To the first person* who types "I love Hip Hop Is Read" in the comment section, I'll try 'n get you a free ticket to one of these shows. Really!

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