Pre-order the new DMX CD Undisputed in-store and receive a wristband, while supplies last, to an exclusive meet and greet with DMX after the show!
Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the reigning, undisputed king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. His rapid ascent to stardom was actually almost a decade in the making, which gave him a chance to develop the theatrical image that made him one of rap's most distinctive personalities during his heyday. Everything about DMX was unremittingly intense, from his muscular, tattooed physique to his gruff, barking delivery, which made a perfect match for his trademark lyrical obsession with dogs. Plus, there was substance behind the style; much of his work was tied together by a fascination with the split between the sacred and the profane. He could move from spiritual anguish one minute to a narrative about the sins of the streets the next, yet keep it all part of the same complex character, sort of like a hip-hop Johnny Cash. The results were compelling enough to make DMX the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at number one.
Talib Kweli, from Brooklyn, New York. is one of the most critically, if not commercially, successful rappers in Hip Hop music. His first name in Arabic means "student" or "seeker"; his middle name in Swahili means "true". Kweli first gained recognition through Black Star, a collaboration with fellow MC Mos Def. Kweli has confirmed the title of his next album will be Prisoner of Conscious, a title derived from Talib's constant labeling as a "conscious rapper" and based on Nigerian reggae artist Majek Fashek's album "Prisoner of Conscience."
Diggy is coming to J&R on Saturday 8/25 at 1pm
Due to time constraints starting tomorrow 8-22 the first 200 people who buy Diggy's CD "Unexpected Arrival" in store only will receive a wristband to meet Diggy. 1 autograph per customer, while supplies last.
Diggy Simmons released his debut mixtape, The First Flight, in 2009. More than 100,000 people downloaded the album from Simmons' blog. Following the album's release, according to Simmons, five record labels showed interest in signing him; he chose Atlantic Records. Early in 2010, Simmons uploaded a video of himself freestyling over the Nas song, "Made You Look". The video became a viral hit and garnered praise from Kanye West, who responded on Twitter: "I knew this kid was [going] to be fresh.
On August 14th singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson releases the smoldering and passionate debut EP Whiskey & Frosting (Wind-up Records). It's an intimate and boldly emotional five-song collection of stately pop from a unique and unflinchingly honest artist. Johnson's commitment to her distinct vision is thorough and uncompromising, from her willingness to explore the raw and controversial in her lyrics, to her unwillingness to give into tempting hot ticket-career opportunities. Johnson audaciously declined a high-exposure spot on the television talent show The Voice to keep her creative autonomy.
Dubbed the 'IT girl' in kids/family music by NY Magazine and 'Sheryl Crow for kids' by the New York Post, Bari Koral is a popular kids/family recording artist. Bari is known for writing great tunes for children (and adults) that are played constantly on toddler radio stations such as Sirius/XM Kids, Music Choice and preschool TV channels. The band's debut full length album Rock and Roll Garden won the NAPPA Gold Award and Silver Parents' Choice award as best album for tots. Their acclaimed new album Anna and the Cupcakes was chosen as one of the top cool albums for kids by People Magazine.
Hot Peas 'N Butter is a children's musical group founded by Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, both professional musicians in New York City. Lapidus and Cotto have been best friends since childhood, both having grown up in New York. The band operates on the principle that one can create music that appeals to children without lowering musical standards. Their style is a bilingual, energetic Latin folk. As a featured group on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Kids Stuff", and with the appearance of their hit videos, "Number 1" and "Deep Down", on Nickelodeon and Noggin on Jack's Big Music Show, Hot Peas 'N Butter's prominence and notability are on the rise.
Miguel released his debut album, All I Want is You in late 2010. It was preceded by the first single of the same name, which featured rapper J. Cole. The song was a success on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, reaching number seven. However, the album did not benefit from this success, debuting at 109 on the Billboard 200. His next single "Sure Thing" was a bigger success, peaking at number one on the R&B chart. The sustained popularity of the song was able to push its parent album to a new peak of number 37 in mid-2011. At the 2011 Soul Train Music Awards, he won the award for Best New Artist. Miguel was featured on rapper Wale's single, "Lotus Flower Bomb" at the end of 2011. The song also peaked at number one on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
It's rare to find a young songwriter who can successfully transition from behind-the-scenes player to major label headliner, but with the release of R&B newcomer Deon Young's impressive 2011 mixtape, For the Love, the 19-year-old rapper-turned-singer-songwriter proved he has the goods to command the spotlight. For the Love is a seductive collection of midtempo R&B/hip-hop jams, including the popular underground favorite, "Just Another Love Song," which finds Deon Young playing with lyrics by everyone from Usher and Drake to Rihanna and R. Kelly over the addictive beat for Rick Ross' 2010 hit "Aston Martin Music." "I called my first mixtape For the Love because I really love music, not the fame or the girls," Young explains. "I put out For the Love on currenthiphop.com and datpiff.com in September 2011 and the buzz grew fast," he recalls. "Hip-Hop Weekly magazine featured me in its 'Next to Blow' column, I traveled to radio stations across the country--and all of this happened without a video or viral content. It was a great reaction."
One night several years ago, Leah Labelle heard that one of her favorite bands, N.E.R.D., was playing a special show in her hometown of Seattle. An admirer of its lead singer Pharrell Williams, Labelle was not about to let not having a ticket stop her from meeting him. She sweet-talked her way into a backstage meet-and-greet, and when Williams appeared, marched up to him and said, "I'm a singer and I just want to tell you that I'm a huge fan and you're going to produce my album one day."
Something about Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" struck Marcus Canty at 11 years old. Where basketball shorts and Kobe Bryant once held a special place, Stevie's Motown groove stepped in.
"At first I liked music, then it grew into love," he says with a laugh. "Singing just grabbed me. I started singing gospel music, but Stevie Wonder really drew me in. Then once I got a little bass in my voice, I started going into Luther Vandross' music too."
For the 21 year-old who won the hearts of America on Fox's "X Factor" talent show, it appears music loves him back.
Born in Washington, DC and raised in 8 cities across 2 continents, Ryan Leslie was a senior at Harvard by the age of 19. He spent the last seven years producing records for a myriad of artists and releasing 2 award-winning albums of his own. Ryan Leslie's live show is explosive, channeling of the energy of a young James Brown mixed with the swagger of a modern day Marvin Gaye. Fusing thick analogue synths, heavy drums and lush vocal harmonies, he performs songs that he really loves, stories told in a way only he can tell them.
Jitterbugs is a retro-style music class for children ages newborn to five years and their adult. Jitterbugs has been hailed by parents as "the best class in the city" and "an absolute joy of a class." It was named in New York Magazine's Best of New York 2011 issue and has been featured in Time Out New York Kids, the New York Times, the Brooklyn Paper and Mommy Poppins.
Jitterbugs classes feature classic kids music and familiar tunes from the 1920s through the 1970s. Created by educator, musician and mom, Karen Kalafatas (Karen "K"), Jitterbugs develops your child's life-long love of music through a toe-tapping, hand-clapping experience each week, and leaves you feeling like a kid all over again.
Michael Fremer is the editor of Analogplanet.com a new vinyl-centric website that incorporates the content musicangle.com his former music review website. He's also senior contributing editor at Stereophile magazine and contributing editor at Home Theater magazine.
He's produced and hosted two vinyl related DVDs: "21st Century Vinyl: Michael Fremer's Practical Guide to Turntable Set-up," and "It's a Vinyl World, After All." Fremer has presented his Turntable Set-Up Seminar to appreciative audiences around the world.
He's also been on MTV, The Today Show, CNN, and hundreds of other radio and television shows throughout the United States, talking about the high-end audio listening experience and the ongoing, unlikely resurgence of LP vinyl records.