Rap veterans Mobb Deep, Slick Rick, Wu-Tang Clan, Dipset and Black Moon have come together to invade their respective New York City boroughs beginning tomorrow (September 25) to perform their classic albums.
According to reports, each crew’s most celebrated album will be analyzed in a workshop before being performed live on stage.
Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, are excited to announce that the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour is stopping in New York City to celebrate the boroughs’ most iconic Hip-Hop albums. Over the course of five days, five classic albums from the five boroughs will be revisited in discussions and workshops throughout the city. From September 25 – 30 Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan will be the landing spots for each lecture and performance that will pay homage to arguably the most influential youth culture of our time – Hip Hop – right where it all began. At night, the artists will re-create their seminal work for a concert, bridging the gap from old to new school hip-hop. (Press Release)
From Mobb Deep’s Infamous to Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the 36 Chambers, each album will be fully examined.
QUEENS – Sun, Sep 25 featuring Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’ Queens, birthplace of hip-hop pioneers such as MC Shan, LL Cool J, Nas, Run DMC and A Tribe Called Quest, will be the first borough focus for the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour. BRONX – Tue, Sep 27 featuring Slick Rick’s “The Great Adventures Of” Slick Rick’s “The Great Adventures Of” has clearly stood the test of time as a classic body of work. STATEN ISLAND – Wed, Sep 28 featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the 36 Chambers” The Wu-Tang Clan effectively bum rushed the hip-hop industry with a debut album that not only put Staten Island on the map but revolutionized the concept of a crew album as all members of the Wu followed “Enter the 36 Chambers” with classic solo albums. BROOKLYN – Thu, Sep 29 featuring Black Moon’s “Enta the Stage” Black Moon’s “Enta the Stage” marked the birth of the Boot Camp Clik, a Brooklyn based crew who would emerge as one of the top independent hip-hop labels of all time. MANHATTAN – Fri, Sep 30 featuring The Diplomats’ “Diplomatic Immunity.” (Press Release)
Mobb Deep are also putting together an upcoming retail project.
“We have an EP coming on Black Friday,” Havoc said, referring to November 25, the beginning of the holiday shopping season. “We didn’t come up with a title yet, but we’ll have a title that will mean something. It will be like seven or eight songs. I did like three. We have some produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Alchemist and this kid named Young Free. It feels good man. It’s a long time coming. Now we could really be in control of our own destiny. It’s all on us now. For right now we’re gonna focus on the Mobb. But the label situation is set up to break other acts. We’re gonna be versatile with it. We’re not gonna just get the homie from up the block. We’re gonna get talent. We’re definitely serious about it.” (XXL Mag)
Dipset’s Jim Jones recently discussed the reasoning behind a delayed Diplomatic Immunity 3 album.
“Everybody’s been working,” Jones said in an interview. “We took a brief hiatus; we came back together. When we came back together, there were still things that we had to figure out. And everybody’s on the same page, but above all we all still have contractual obligations, so it kinda makes it a little difficult to get what we want to do done because we want to put total efforts and total concentration on the new things…We been recording slowly but surely — Me and [Cam’ron] been going back and forth. Juelz [Santana] been trying finish his obligation up with Def Jam — he got a lot of pressure on his back.” (MTV)