You have both Brazilian and American influences in your music - how do you think that distinguishes you as a DJ?
I think because it's a whole different culture and it's so accepted - Brazilian is so in fashion and in style; anything in Brazilian culture; Brazilian music, food, etc. I think bringing a little bit of that and mixing it in with everything I live and breathe in New York City makes a big different.
I heard you are going to be launching a Brazilian party series in December. Can you tell us about that?
It's something that I did this past December at a coffee shop with some friends. I was doing a party at The Darby and then I moved to Coffee Shop, but now we are in talks about doing something else Brazilian at Hotel Chantelle. We are shopping around for different ideas, but hopefully by the Fall we will have something solid together. I want to do something more classic Brazilian, like Bosa Nova and some newer stuff.
"A Tribe Called Go Figure," Phife Dawg mused towards the latter end of the documentary. Cat fights, name calling and pre show fall outs; this documentary really delves into the grittiness involved with one of the worlds most influential hip-hop groups of all time.
The mastermind behind showcasing their times and trials, Michael Rapaport, has over twenty years of notable film credit, which include True Romance and Mighty Aphrodite, along with appearances in the TV programs My Name Is Earl, Prison Break and Friends. Rapaport's self funded creation is a remarkable insight into the inner trappings of the four characters that make up the legendary rap group, A Tribe Called Quest.
This is the first installment of Joonbug's weekly live music preview. Check back here every Monday to see who's coming to town and why you should overcome your crippling agoraphobia.
Tuesday May 10th
Donald Glover - Bowery Ballroom
Donald Glover is making us all look bad. He was hired as writer for 30 Rock straight out of NYU. He’s a staple of the comedy series Community where he gets to riff with Chevy Chase. His videos with Derrick Comedy and Funny or Die have been the bane of any computer bound procrastinator. And to top it off he lashes his razor wit through a mic when he moonlights as the rapper Childish Gambino. Yes, he makes us look lazy, but he also makes us laugh.
The bus stops here, as The Roots, Q-Tip and other surprise guests will be performing Thursday, October 14th at Cipriani Wall Street for their final show on Hennessy's Artistry Tour 2010. This exclusive concert series is a blend of art, music and culture and of course mucho amounts of the world's number one selling cognac, Hennessey. The tour is in it's fifth year and has made just a slight change to the program called Artistry GIVES. It's a partnership with America for the Arts that (AFTA) supports emerging arts and artistry education. The spectacle will also feature some specially designed labels for the emblamatic V.S bottle created by emerging talent that were hand-picked by The Roots and Q-tip, that will later be auctioned for charity.
Mark Ronson's status as a solo musician is a topic frequently subjected to scrutiny. After all, he's known as a 'celebrity D.J.' and comes from a famous family (sis Samantha is Lindsay Lohan's infamous lesbian dalliance and other sis Charlotte is a successful fashion designer). Although Ronson relies heavily on the famous talent he showcases, his own musical prowess never wavers.
Like a scientist, extracting the best of each artist he works with, Ronson helped thrust Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen into the international spotlight, producing their debut albums and featuring them prominently on his own breakthrough record: 2007's Version.
"It's my family down here," said Talib Kweli, who made a surprise appearance and was seated beyond the rot-iron gate and hexagonal bar, under the vibrant stain-glassed portraits of naked women in the dark, swanky, dropped-down VIP lounge at Deity in Brooklyn on Friday September 17, where DJ Pete Rock and Q-Tip performed for I Love Chocolate, a hip-hop fueled night dedicated to high-class drinks, a lively crowd, and even more enthusiastic music.
It's no wonder why over 300 people packed into the acclaimed downtown Brooklyn venue, a central spot for neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy, DUMBO, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, and Cobble Hill. DJ Pete Rock has been a driving force in the New York hip-hop scene since the early 1990s, with heavy collaborations with The Wu-Tang Clan, gaining acclaim with his innovative integration of jazz and funk influences into the gritty, street hip-hop of the day.
As we all know, our current economy is in a major slump, and job opportunities are at an extreme deficit. So how do we get out of it? We party our way to economic justice! On June 22nd, an organization called the Nightlife Preservation Community (NPC) is hosting a huge launching event over at M2 (formerly known as Mansion). The purpose of this reception is to raise awareness about the challenges that not only affect the nightlife industry, but also the restaurant and bar industry and the many individuals in small businesses that rely on the vibrant night time economy that NYC has to offer. Come meet the owners, operators, employees, entertainers and businesses who help in making NYC nightlife the most prosperous in the country. This event is sure to be a blast, hosted by Chloe Sevigny, and Natasha Lyonne, and including famous DJs such as Qtip, Marky Ramone, Junior Vasquez, Danny Krivit, to name a few. Our own Jon Gabel, and Joonbug Productions are helping organize such a launching along with Track Entertainment/ClubPlanet, by gathering lists of over 700,000 Manhattanites who are frequent nightclub attendees.
My first reaction to hearing that A Tribe Called Quest’s former front man Q-Tip would be playing a drug dealer in an upcoming movie - was to yawn. The whole genre of movies based on the thrills and spills of drug dealing seems to have been running empty for the last few years, and there isn’t really anything revolutionary about tapping a rapper to take a role in one.
But I became a little more interested when I found out that Q-Tip would be playing an Ethiopian ecstasy dealer. And than, my interest piqued when I found out that the other main character in the movie (who will be played by Jesse Eisenberg) is a Hasidic Jew who imports ecstasy into the United States and distributes it. Q-Tip, who recently released his solo album The Renaissance, is no stranger to film, he starred in 2001’s Prison Song, and last year had a role in Cadillac Records.