With the doors opening a little after 7.30pm, Brixton’s Plan B quickly filled with eager fans awaiting Mac Miller and The Internet. With the DJ spinning a variety of songs from the past 2 decades ranging from Notorious B.I.G. to RiFF RAFF, the crowd was ready. The Internet took to the stage around 9pm and Mac Miller followed suit a few minutes later to deafening roars from his fans.
Mac opened the show with the lead single from his album Watching Movies With The Sound Off, SDS, with the Flying Lotus produced beat ringing off the walls. The crowds were heavily into this track with Mac Miller rhyming word for word at some points.
Although Mac Miller did later go on to tell his fans he would not be performing songs from his extensive back catalogue due to time constraints, to show love to his grassroots fans that were present, Mac went into the fan favorite Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza off his K.I.D.S mixtape at which point the crowd immediately got even more hyped than before with the sea of snapbacks bouncing along to the beat. After performing that, Miller decided to borrow an electric guitar from The Internet and strummed a few chords before going into another fan favorite, Best Day Ever but rather than stick to the traditional version, Mac breaks it down and harmonizes over guitar chords with the atmosphere changing immediately into a high energy guitar solo from Mac. Read more
On Wednesday night, the 17th, Big Boy’s Block Party went down at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. It was hosted by the Power106 DJ himself. Lupe Fiasco headlined the concert, but there were other big performances from Tayf3rd, Hit-Boy, Nipsey Hussle, and Big Sean. There was definitely something for everyone at this concert. While Fiasco may have been the headliner, Big Sean easily drew the larger crowd. He was energetic and engaging. His set featured songs from both his mixtapes and full-length. The high point of the night was when Big Sean brought out Tyga as a surprise guest. The crowd went wild! They performed “Do What I Gotta Do,” and then the Last King also performed “Faded.”
I was at the concert and got some videos. Check them out below!
The evolution of Nicki Minaj has been quite the journey, and entertaining to sit back and watch. Dating back to when I first heard her on Lil Wayne’s “Drought 3” mixtape, I always thought she was pretty dope. Unaware if it was Lil Wayne ghost writing for her or not, I wasn’t too sure how long or how big she would get. Well, I think we are all aware now. She has grown to become one of the biggest pop icons in the world.
Yes, I used the word “pop” on purpose, because let’s be honest. Is she really much of a female rapper anymore? That’s a whole different discussion though. We’re here to focus on her newest album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” I don’t think there has ever been a time that I went into an album completely unaware of the direction it’s going in, and then leaving it even more confused. After that debacle of a performance at the Grammy’s, Nicki had some explaining to do.
As songs were getting leaked, and singles being released, I just couldn’t really figure out what was going on. Is this going to be a rap album? Pop? Soundtrack to a musical theater act? Is she mad (figuratively and literally?) I wasn’t sure. So, with that being said, let’s just press play and try to figure this album out. Read more
As we close out the year 2011, and we look back on the albums that came out this year, we realize it was a great year for music. Some new faces made their debuts, while some of the more familiar ones released more quality music. Too soon to call any of them a classic, we’ll just settle with listing them in order. Over the next 5 weeks (to the end of the year) I, Mike Da Silva, will give you the Top 10 albums of 2011. Two albums each week and a brief summary of each. Keep in mind this list does NOT include mixtapes. That is a separate countdown, because I can already see the comments now. With this being the second week, we will go over numbers eight and seven. They are…
Everyone is addicted to something. Whether you admit it or not, there is something in your life that you choose to use, do, or watch at an excessive amount. This could be good or bad obviously depending on what it is. For example, if you’re addicted to sunflower seeds then it’s obviously much better than being addicted to cigarettes. I know, thank you captain obvious. I say that to say this: I am addicted to concerts. Read more
Anybody who suffers from “winter blues” or crazy allergies in the fall knows that sometimes things are just too much to handle alone. Especially us cats in the northeast. We didn’t even have autumn this year. It went from summer to winter like nothing. With that being said, it seems like we had the holidays early. Music galore. Find a girl for cuff season and trying to set that mood? Download Trey Songz “Anticipation 2.” Trying to stay in shape through the winter and need to get motivated? Buy Wale’s “Ambition.” Had enough for the day and trying to just vibe out and listen to some deep shit? Buy J. Cole’s “Cole World: Sideline Story.” Shit, even Tyrese put an album out. There is music for all situations and proves my theory that music is medicine and therapeutic.
Ever since I started writing for KillerHipHop I’ve come to notice quite a few things about our readers. All positive qualities that makes doing this job so fun. For one, all the comments I receive or any of us receive on our posts are very passionate. Shows that not only do we have a strong fan base, but a caring one also. Also, points that are made are usually backed up with their point of view and shows how knowledgeable they are. Finally, I’m a huge fan of the debates you all have between each other. It’s awesome to read, and to see that I’m not the only person who loves to argue and debate for entertainment.
With that being said, I started to think back to when my first time was that I was comfortable enough to argue my points. What got me into hip hop, and what was it that took it to the next level that hip hop became a passion of mine? With that being said I came up with a Top Ten list of my most memorable moments involving hip hop in my life. Everyone has their own, here is mine. Read more
Merry belated Cole World everyone. The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally come and we now have the answers we’ve been looking for in two simple words. Cole World.
J. Cole’s debut album has finally dropped and whether you listened to the leak, or stayed faithful like most true hip hop fans and I, I hope you all bought the album. Then there’s those select few who actually got to go to the listening party that I’m very jealous of (Shout out to @DJEricKidd.)
Now, I did a blog a few weeks back asking which album of 2011 you all were anticipating more: Take Care or Cole World. With the release of Cole World, I figured why not stir up some more controversy and give my opinion on which debut album I enjoyed more: Thank Me Later or Cole World. Read more
Here’s a hypothetical situation for you: You’ve been banished to a deserted island and you’re allowed to bring 5 albums to listen to for the rest of your life. The only catch is that they have to each be from a different artist. Leave your 5 in the comments below or on Twitter. Here are mine.