Red Bull Music Academy World Tour – New York “Celebrating The Boroughs’ Most Iconic Hip Hop Albums” with Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Slick Rick, Black Moon, Big Daddy Kane, The Diplomats & Vado

Red Bull Music Academy World Tour – New York “Celebrating The Boroughs’ Most Iconic Hip Hop Albums” with Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Slick Rick, Black Moon,
Big Daddy Kane, The Diplomats & Vado

Over the course of five days, five classic albums from the five boroughs of New York City will be revisited in discussions and workshops throughout New York City. From September 25 – 30 Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan will be the landing spots for each lecture and performance that will pay homage to arguably the most influential youth culture of our time – Hip Hop – right where it all began. At night, the artists will re-create their seminal work for a concert, bridging the gap from old to new school hip-hop.

Red Bull Music Academy has embarked on a World Tour going straight to the heart of today’s most crucial musical movements, and taking listeners beyond the beat. New York City is one of 10 groundbreaking celebrations and explorations around the globe that will feature signature concerts, workshops, art installations, studio sessions and parties in extraordinary locations.

Below is a list of the venues, dates, facilitators and performers for each borough.

QUEENS – Sun, Sep 25 featuring Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’
Queens, birthplace of hip-hop pioneers such as MC Shan, LL Cool J, Nas, Run DMC and A Tribe Called Quest, will be the first borough focus for the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour. “The Infamous,” Mobb Deep’s magnum opus, is still one of the most influential pieces of work to come out of the 90s hip-hop movement and was instrumental in putting the Queensbridge Housing Projects back on the map.

In Conversation with Mobb Deep – The Making of ‘The Infamous’
Performance with Mobb Deep & Lloyd Banks & Mobb Deep
Webster Hall – 125 E 11th St. New York, NY 10003-5301

BRONX – Tue, Sep 27 featuring Slick Rick’s “The Great Adventures Of…”
Slick Rick’s “The Great Adventures Of…” has clearly stood the test of time as a classic body of work. Tracks “Children’s Story” and “Mona Lisa” are two of the most recognizable songs of all time and Rick’s music has been covered by fellow hip-hop heavyweights like Nas and Black Star.

In Conversation with Slick Rick & D-Nice – The Making of ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’
430pm Doors

Performance with Slick Rick – 8pm Doors, 9pm Show
Paradise Theater – 2403 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468 – Tix $10,

STATEN ISLAND – Wed, Sep 28 featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the 36 Chambers”
The Wu-Tang Clan effectively bum rushed the hip-hop industry with a debut album that not only put Staten Island on the map but revolutionized the concept of a crew album as all members of the Wu followed “Enter the 36 Chambers” with classic solo albums.

In Conversation with Wu-Tang Clan – The Making of ’36 Chambers’
430pm Doors

Performance with Wu-Tang (Masta Killa, GZA, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah) – 8pm Doors, 9pm Show
Eve Ultra Lounge – 2354 Arthur Kill Rd. Staten Island, NY. 10309 – Tix $15,

BROOKLYN – Thu, Sep 29 featuring Black Moon’s “Enta the Stage”
Black Moon’s “Enta the Stage” marked the birth of the Boot Camp Clik, a Brooklyn based crew who would emerge as one of the top independent hip-hop labels of all time. “Who Got the Props?,” “I Got Cha Opin” and “How Many Emcees?” remain some of the most revered tracks of all time in New York’s deep hip-hop history.

In Conversation with Black Moon & Dru Ha – The Making of ‘Enta Da Stage’
430pm Doors

Performance with Black Moon and Big Daddy Kane – 8pm Doors, 9pm Show
South Paw – 125 Fifth Ave. (St Johns + Sterling) Brooklyn, NY 11217 – Tix $10,

MANHATTAN – Fri, Sep 30 featuring The Diplomats’ “Diplomatic Immunity”
The Dipset Crew/Diplomats sprung to life off of the success of founding member Cam’ron and his Confessions of Fire album. The Dipset truly emerged as a crew after introducing a young Juelz Santana on Cam’ron’s third album “Come Home With Me.” It was only a matter of time before Juelz, Cam and Jim Jones would orchestrate “Diplomatic Immunity,” the Diplomats’ first crew album.

In Conversation with The Diplomats – The Making of ‘Diplomatic Immunity’
430pm Doors
Harlem School of Arts – 645 St. Nicholas Ave., New York, NY 10030

Performance with The Diplomats & Vado – 8pm Doors, 9pm Show
Best Buy Theater – 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 – Tix $20,

About Red Bull Music Academy
The Red Bull Music Academy World Tour serves as a lead up to the 14th edition of the annual Red Bull Music Academy, which will be held in Madrid, October – November 2011. Other stops on the World Tour include Berlin, Cape Town, London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Rome, São Paulo and Toronto. Each event will highlight elements of the Red Bull Music Academy experience on a unique journey through sound. Encouraging DIY initiatives, exploring technology, crossing generations and letting cultures clash: all the while facilitating creative exchange between music lovers around the globe.

For more than 13 years, the Red Bull Music Academy has scratched beneath the surface of the music that moves us, bringing musical masterminds from over 30 countries together for workshops, concerts and studio sessions, and investigating the intricate musical histories of each host city, as well as the overarching musical threads that unite us all.

Jim Jones – Capo album review

Jim Jones once again graces us with his skills and a new album. Capo will be the 5th studio album for an artist that has earned his stripes. This once hype man turned artist, and now record executive, has taken fully used his talent and know-how to flip his own success. Capo is just one more notch in Jones’ belt. He has come a long way in sound, lyrical content, and style since he was first interviewed by the MVRemix in fall of 2004.

The first single, “Perfect Day” is introspective, thoughtful, and even carries moments of poignancy; all the things that a good single should be. This single showcases the mutli-faceted quality that Jim Jones is known for. “Let me fly” that masquerades as one just for the ladies; but don’t let that smooth beat fool you; the song is for everyone; something to let thump in any stereo. Jones especially with the release of a deluxe album which features an additional 5 tracks: Baggage Claim (Feat. Sen City), Salute (Feat. Camron & Juelz Santana), Hockey Bag (Feat. Camron & Juelz Santana), Dope Boi (Feat. Mel Matrix), Bussa Move (Feat. Shoota,Hard Luck & Mel Matrix) which make the extra work to find the deluxe all the more worth it.

Arguably, some critics and fans have commented that they have heard all this before from Jim Jones; but they have greatly underestimated the elevation of rhythm, lyrics, and overall tone that this album has to offer over those albums previously heard from Jim Jones. This album is one that bridges fans from what was seen before to what talent lies ahead; it is like the preview to what’s next for the un-fade-able rapper.

If you want an album that takes you from the club, to your car, and maybe even the bedroom; Jim Jones’ “Capo” has what you need. This is an mc that deserves a lot of respect for creating an album that exhibits his talent and ability to create music that speaks to the masses along with those who rock to a slower beat.