Hip-hop royalty turned out to the Bronx, the home of hip-hop, last week to attend a ground-breaking ceremony that marked the official launch of building for the new Universal Hip Hop Museum.
The likes of LL Cool J, Nas, Lil Kim, Chuck D and Fat Joe were all in attendance, as well as a number of New York politicians, including mayor Bill De Blasio.
Eric Prydz has announced four massive New York shows across two consecutive weekends in winter 2021.
The events will be held at on 26th and 27th November, and 3rd and 4th December at an undisclosed warehouse space. The latter dates will also see Adam Beyer joining for a Cirez D set.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that most New York venues can begin lifting some capacity restrictions from May 19th.
The new rules will allow large-scale event venues to operate at 30 percent capacity, an increase on the previous limit of 10 percent. Large-scale outdoor event venues, meanwhile, will be able to increase their capacity to 33 percent.
A fundraiser has been launched for the funeral of influential New York disco DJ Tony Smith.
Lil’ Kim has announced a memoir.
Brooklyn-born rapper Lil' Kim, real name Kimberly Denise Jones, has revealed details of her forthcoming memoir, The Queen Bee.
Incoming via Hachette Books on the 2nd November, the memoir will document Lil' Kim's meteoric rise from living on the streets to becoming an early member of Notorious B.I.G.'s Junior M.A.F.I.A. collective, and her legacy as a Double Platinum-certified solo artist.
DMX is in a serious condition in hospital following a heart attack.
New York-born rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was admitted to intensive care on Friday (2nd) and initially placed on life support following a heart attack, according to various U.S. media outlets. Simmons' lawyer. Murray Richman, said that he couldn't confirm reports that drugs were responsible for the heart attack.
A digital vaccine passport app has been made available to New Yorkers in a bid to speed-up the reopening process for business and venues in the state.
The “Excelsior Pass” is a free, voluntary app that uses secure technology to confirm if a person has been fully vaccinated against coronavirus, or has recently tested negative for the virus. The app will then generate a QR code for the user, which participating venues and businesses will be able to scan upon arrival.
Parisian techno DJ and producer Anetha has announced a new compilation series on her label, Mama Told Ya.
Each compilation in the four-part series will be inspired by one of the elements. The first, ‘L'eau repousse les feux agressifs’ – which translates as ‘Water repels aggressive fires” – is inspired by water, and features 16 tracks from the likes of Croatian Amor & Varg²™, Tommy Holohan, Sugar, Isabella and more.
A new documentary on the power of dance music, Where Love Lives, is out this week.