A legendary hip-hop record has sold for $126k at auction.
In a recent auction at Sotheby's, ‘Beat Bop’, a record which has long been sought after as the “holy grail” of hip-hop vinyl, sold for $126,000 after an estimated sale price of $2,500 - $3,5000.
The record, one of 500 copies worldwide, was released in 1983. Gray co-founder Jean-Michel Basquiat, who produced, directed, and issued the Rammellzee vs. K-Rob 'Beat Bop' 12” on his own Tartown label, also designed the cover and label artwork.
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Gang Starr’s DJ Premier went head-to-head in a virtual production battle over the weekend as part of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland‘s Verzuz series.
Over the last decade, Korean pop, a.k.a. K-Pop, has taken the Western world by storm. K-Pop draws influences from numerous genres from around the globe such as hip-hop, pop, EDM, R&B, jazz, house and more and blends this infectious fusion with catchy hooks and flawless dance routines. Even if you’ve never heard of K-Pop as a genre, it’s likely you’ve heard of the global phenomenon, BTS.
A new biopic about hip-hop innovator DJ Screw it set to be released.
Directed by Isaac “Chill” Yowman, the series focuses on the life and music of legendary DJ Screw, real name Robert Earl Davis Jr., who passed away in 2000. He will be portrayed on screen by actor Rosha Washington.
The legendary, Texas-born innovator created the Chopped and Screwed DJing technique, and was a central and influential figure in the Houston hip-hop community. Davis Jr. was also the leader of Houston's Screwed Up Click, a collective of artists including Big Hawk, Big Moe, and Lil' Flip.
US Governer Andrew Cuomo has announced a $3.5 million dollar grant to build the world's first hip-hop museum in New York.
Situated in the South Bronx borough, birthplace of the likes of Slick Rick, Fat Joe, and Mary J. Blige, and also known as the “Boogie Down” Bronx, the district is considered by many to be the home of hip-hop.
Public Enemy's Chuck D has been awarded the Woody Guthrie Prize for 2019, an honour that is given to those who support people in the arts that don't have a platform.
"Woody was a fighter for the people, and Chuck D’s message has consistently aligned with Woody’s: choose a side, fight the power and work for a better world,” said Woody Guthrie Center director Deana McCloud.
British rapper Kano has added more dates to his 'Hoodies All Summer' tour.
After stretches from HAAi, Jasper James, and most recently Esa — who leaves next month — London’s Phonox is launching a hip-hop residency called Mantra.
The party launches on September 21st with residents Bossy LDN, Skinny Macho and Tommy Gold. The party will focus on both UK hip-hop and hip-hop from around the world.