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Feb.
4th

Broadway Center still seeks partners for hip-hop event as deadline looms

In December, I reported that Broadway Center had plans to host a local hip-hop gala in June. But those plans could be in jeopardy since the center is still looking for a partner to take on half the production cost.

Click the more button to read the letter that was sent out to event planners. If you’ve got some extra cash sitting around and always wanted to get into the rap promotion game, maybe you’ll give ol’ Luke a call.

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Jan.
27th

Chuck D-affiliated group pays tribute to Michelle Obama

Just got done interviewing Chuck D for a preview of his appearance next week at UPS. And among the many topics we covered were Crew Grrl Order, a group on his Slamjamz label, and the disparity between male and female success in hip-hop. While lots of folks have penned songs about Barack Obama, C.G.O. pays musical tribute to Michelle with “First Lady.” Check it out here.


And it goes without saying that you should check back for clips from the interview in the next few days. Cheers!

Jan.
26th

Yeaaaah boyeeee! Chuck D is coming to UPS


Chuck D — the man who lent his booming baritone to such Public Enemy hits as “Fight the Power,” “Welcome to the Terrordome” and “Bring the Noise” (where I got the name for this blog, actually) — is coming to the University of Puget Sound. He’s been booked to appear at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Schneebeck Concert Hall for Black History Month, UPS announced today. It’s a speaking engagement, not a rap performance; and maybe he’ll touch on his more recent careers stints as a political pundit, Air America radio host and

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Dec.
12th

Broadway Center and the Tacoma Hip-Hop Coaltion

The other day, I posted an earlier version of my story on the Tacoma Police Department and Pantages Theater getting sued over that E-40 concert in today’s paper. And it didn’t have this info from South Sound about the Tacoma Hip-Hop Coalition and Broadway Center’s hip-hop outreach forums. Thought a few of you might be interested:


Local hip-hop fans picketed Broadway Center in the immediate aftermath of the E-40 show being called off, saying they were unfairly profiled and stereotyped by police and local venue owners.


In response, Broadway Center has hosted a series

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Dec.
10th

Rap promoters sue Pantages, TPD as Hip-Hop Coalition plans Broadway Center gala

Remember that controversial E-40 concert that got called off at the Pantages Theater back in March, and the picketing that followed? Well, on Thursday a lawsuit will be filed on behalf of Rottweiler Records’ Kyle Nephew and Tracy Miller, the couple behind said show, seeking an unspecified damages from the Pantages and the Tacoma Police Department, according to the couple’s lawyer, Thaddeus Martin.


In case you’re not up to speed, Nephew and Miller booked popular rapper E-40 to headline the Pantages in March. The couple said they paid for extra security for the event, hiring 19 off-duty police

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Nov.
4th

Q-Tip show called off

Yesterday, AEG Live announced that the Nov. 11 show featuring Q-Tip and up-and-coming rappers, the Cool Kids, to Showbox SoDo has been canceled. No official reason was given, but in Portland the show is being moved from the Crystal Ballroom downtown to the smaller Hawthorne Theatre.

Oct.
6th

RAAAARRGGGHH!!! “Walk This Way” is not the fourth greatest hip-hop song of all time


MC Hammer: A sick dancer, but definitely not responsible for any of the 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time.

RON FREHM/ASSOCIATED PRESS


I missed VH1’s “100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs” shows, and it’s probably for the best since extreme outrage would have morphed me into some sort of rampaging, Hulk-like creature, run amok through T-town’s Stadium District. (Stereogum has the list posted here if you don’t have the patience to surf through the VH1 clips, linked above.


Then again, I was only putting that

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Oct.
1st

Life Cycle, Can U and body painting coming to Jazzbones

Pacific Fusion’s Matt Eklund just sent me some info on a pretty compelling hip-hop and visual/performance art bill he helped put together for Friday at Jazzbones. On display will be local hip-hop acts Life Cycle, Can U, John Crown and DJ Reign. Plus, there’ll be live body painting, which will grab your attention for purely artistic reasons, right? Here, check out the flier:



Say, didn’t the folks at Jazzbones insist they weren’t skewing towards hip-hop a few weeks back? ‘Cause that would make them, like, Hip-hopbones, which isn’t

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July
24th

Hip-hop vs. Bill O’Reilly … again

You remember a few years back when Ludacris and neo-con pundit Bill O’Reilly went back and forth, after O’Reilly called for a boycott of Pepsi, the soda Luda was pitching for. Well guess which rapper has beef with O’Reilly now. Check this out, in case you didn’t see it on “The Colbert Report.”


And while we’re at it, I found this video from YouTube: