[Hip Hop News Now] “Q & A” With “Pittsburgh Song” Artist Jordan York

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The city of Pittsburgh is emerging as an influential region in music. The voices of the city are getting louder and the onlookers are steadily increasing. Recently, Pittsburgh pop artist Jordan York has gained quite a buzz with his Steel City anthem, “Pittsburgh Song.”  York’s ode to Pittsburgh has been featured on both radio and television. Currently the “Pittsburgh Song” video has over 24,000 views and counting since its release just three weeks ago. 

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The Roundtable Empire recently caught up with Jordan York in an attempt to get to know the man behind the “Pittsburgh Song.” We got together for a quick “Q & A” session. Below we have our questions and Jordan’s candid answers.  Check it out and be sure to peep the “Pittsburgh Song” video further below. 

The Roundtable Empire: “Are you originally from the Pittsburgh?”

Jordan York: “No, I was born in Miami, Florida but have lived in Pittsburgh since I was 2 years old.” 

The Roundtable Empire: “When did you first hit the music scene?”

Jordan York: “I did my first show in 2010 at a club in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.”

The Roundtable Empire: “What was it about the music industry that lured you to it?”

Jordan York: “Just being able to express myself and the art of hip hop is an amazing thing.”

The Roundtable Empire: “How would you describe your sound?”

Jordan York: “I would say my style is unorthodox. I definitely listen to a lot of old school music.”

The Roundtable Empire: “Who are your musical influences?”

Jordan York: “I listen to the pioneers, ODB a lot of old school rock, I don’t really have influences I just try to make my own sound.” 

The Roundtable Empire: “Why the Pittsburgh Song? What was the idea behind it?”

Jordan York: “The idea behind it was to tell a story about all the people that played/play a part in the Pittsburgh culture and history. Everyone wants to make a Pittsburgh anthem but I wanted to give a history lesson on everyone who is someone from our city.”

The Roundtable Empire: “How do you feel about the current state of Hip Hop in Pittsburgh?”

Jordan York: “It’s cool, a lot of talented artists in this city. With Wiz and Mac gaining national attention it really opens a lot of doors for artists.

The Roundtable Empire: “What’s next for Jordan York?”

Jordan York: “I don’t like to talk much, I just like to do, but I’ve got some movie I have a role in coming up called Hidden Agenda and working on my album as well as some big shows. So be on the look out for that!”

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Actor Khalil Kain Speaks On Tupac, Hip Hop, and More (Exclusive Interview)

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The Roundtable Empire recently caught up with actor Khalil Kain and he spoke on everything from acting with Tupac to his views on the current state of Hip Hop.

Check it out below…and oh yeah…we got the Juice now!

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] New Unreleased Ol’ Dirty Bastard Track Discovered By RZA

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It’s a rarity that we come across any new material from emcee’s that are longer with us, but when we would do it’s almost a feeling of immortality or timelessness. That sensation is a beautiful thing especially when it comes to those artists who we love to hear from. Most recently, RZA found himself digging in the crates at Wu Mansion and unearthed an unheard never released to the public O.D.B. track. Yesterday, via YouTube, the new track entitled “Obey Me” was released and remixed by Shash’U, its original version is available for purchase through Boombotix.

In this version, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son takes center stage in the visual as he pays homage to the late Wu Tang rapper. Peep the new ODB track below and watch as the apple appears to not fall far from the tree.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Pusha T Appointed President Of G.O.O.D. Music By Kanye West

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As members of the Clipse, Pusha T and his brother Malice were best known for the group’s breakthrough hit “Grindin.” Over ten years later and Pusha is still “grindin,” from the release of his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name, to being featured on countless tracks. Now things are coming full circle for Pusha T as Billboard announced this morning that the Virginia native, born Terrence Thornton, has been announced as the new President of G.O.O.D. Music. 

Pusha is brand new to the position, but is already thinking to the future. He spoke briefly this morning about the new opportunity and about helping to develop younger artists like Kacy Hill, G.O.O.D.’s newest signee. 

I just look at capitalizing on everything that I feel like G.O.O.D. Music brings to the music industry, our following, and the culture. First of all, we have incredible artists. It’s definitely about getting those albums out in a very manicured fashion. We have great artistic talent that sort of walk the lines of bringing that excitement back in regards to just the art that goes along with it like DONDA, the merch and things like that.

Now that Pusha T is set to make an even bigger impact in Hip Hop, can we finally ask the question we have all been wondering, “What the hell happened to Malice?” Seriously, what happened to that boy?

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[Hip Hop News Now] Unreleased Jay Z Freestyle From 1999

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Tim Westwood has been digging in the crates recently and now he has discovered a true gem. The gem is an unreleased freestyle by Hip Hop Kingpin Jay Z. The freestyle is dated from 1999 and was recorded shortly after the release of Hova’s fourth studio album Vol. 3 … Life & Times of S. Carter.

The freestyle is saturated with some dope lyrics that could be heard later in some of Jay’s most popular songs.

Looks like you don’t need a hot tub anymore to go back into time…just hit play below.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] A Tribe Called Quest Reissuing Classic Album, Pharrell Remixes “Bonita Applebum”

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Legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest is re-releasing their classic debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, 25 years after its original release. The re-release is a symbol of celebration used to mark the 25th anniversary of the group’s record. The reissue is set to feature remixes by many artists including CeeLo Green, J. Cole (in collaboration with Raphael Saadiq), and Pharrell Williams, whose version of the group’s “Bonita Applebum” premiered today and can be heard below.

Rolling Stone reports that this will be the first of more reissues to come from A Tribe Called Quest. People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition) will be released on November 13th.

PEOPLE’S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS AND THE PATHS OF RHYTHM 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TRACKLISTING

1. “Push It Along”
2. “Luck of Lucien”
3. “After Hours”
4. “Footprints”
5. “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”
6. “Pubic Enemy”
7. “Bonita Applebum”
8. “Can I Kick It?”
9. “Youthful Expression”
10. “Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)”
11. “Mr. Muhammad”
12. “Ham ‘N’ Eggs”
13. “Go Ahead in the Rain”
14. “Description of a Fool”

BONUS TRACKS
15. “Footprints (Remix)” feat. CeeLo Green
16. “Bonita Applebum” (Pharrell Williams Remix)
17. “Can I Kick It?” (J. Cole Remix)

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[Hip Hop News Now] Jay Z Announces “Tidal X: 10/20” Event Featuring Beyonce, Prince, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, & More

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Have you jumped on the Tidal wave yet? Well, if you have, you are one of the now one million Tidal subscribers. To celebrate the recent milestone by Tidal, Jay Z has just announced a mega-event. On October 20th, Jay Z will hit the stage at the Barclays Center. I know, I know, this is nothing new for Hov…but what makes this event special is the list of musical artists who will join him on stage.

Some of the biggest names in music will be performing on this day along with Jay Z. Beyonce, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Usher, and more will be joining Jay Z next month for the epic event. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, October 2nd. Tidal subscribers can snatch up their tickets now by clicking here.

Check out the entire lineup below and be prepared for this show to sellout out in record fashion.

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[Hot New Music!] Young Thug – ‘Slime Season’ (Stream Full Mixtape Here)

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It’s no secret that there is some bad blood between rappers Lil Wayne and Young Thug. It’s also no secret that they share a similar sound. But when it was made known that the Free Weezy Album and Slime Season would drop on the same day, the line between Weezy and Thugger was further blurred.

Well, the 4th of July came and the dueling debut never happened. Young Thug’s mixtape was repeatedly pushed back with no confirmed reason. Since then we have been hearing leaks and snippets of new music by Thug, but given no information on where this music was going.

Today we finally give listeners further evidence for the Young Thug/Lil Wayne comparison controversy, with the release of Young Thug’s Slime Season mixtape. Check it out for yourself below and let us know if you will “Pump It or Dump It”?

***Peep the first track with special guest…Lil Wayne.***

        

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[Hip Hop News Now] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Grandmaster Caz, Mellie Mel and Kool Moe Dee – “Downtown”

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It has been a year since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis came through and shook the walls of Hip Hop (Picture Snoop Dogg in the “New York, New York” video).  After selling over 13 million units of their three hit singles, snagging Grammy Awards, and pissing part of Hip Hop off, the duo is back to drop a new jewel that comes as a visual. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new track is titled “Downtown” and features Hip Hop pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Mellie Mel and Kool Moe Dee.

The new “Downtown” track almost sounds like a mashup of “Thrift Shop” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”. Listen to the new track below and let us know what you think. “Pump It or Dump It?”

In the “Downtown” video below you can watch Macklemore & Ryan Lewis exploit showcase Hip Hop legends Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, and Mellie Mel as they hit the downtown streets of Anytown, USA. Be on the lookout for the duo and “friends” to take over the stage at this Sunday’s MTV VMAs.

Is this really Hip Hop? 

Is that Ken Griffey at the 4:00 minute mark?

So many questions…. Answers? Comment below and let’s talk about this one.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] ‎DJ Afterthought Presents: “King of the Burgh 5”

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Western Pennsylvania has been on Hip Hop’s radar ever since Wiz Khalifa put on for his city. The city of Pittsburgh is home to some of the most talented emcees you will ever come across.  The city’s underground movement is where you can discover the genre’s next ‘big thing’. To showcase this talent, ‎DJ Afterthought presents “King Of The Burgh 5.”  This event will give 19 emcees an opportunity to perform and make their claim for the crown. The winner of the competition will be taking a seat at the city’s throne and also be awarded over $5k in cash and prizes. Pittsburgh’s DJ Afterthought is delivering what may be one of the city’s biggest events this summer.

“It’s a platform for artists to go on and showcase their stuff in front of actual fans,” said DJ Afterthought. “I encourage every entity of Hip Hop music to come out and network and meet people. It’s really an opportunity for everyone and anybody.” Afterthought also mentioned how the prizes can truly help the artist. Studio time with ID Labs, promotion, merchandise, and much more are all bundled into the prize. “It gives me satisfaction to see good people get an opportunity,” said Afterthought.

Pittsburgh Emcee Cory Eaux is excited about the upcoming the event. He is one of the 19 rappers who will be hitting the stage on September 5th. “I love performing. I usually don’t enter too many competitions, but I feel that this one will be beneficial for me. There’s actually fans at these shows. Usually at showcases you end up just rapping for a bunch of rappers, but with this one you are going to have at least a couple hundred people there. So there’s actually an opportunity to gain some fans,” said Cory Eaux. “Winning would be nice, but that’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it because this is an opportunity to get in front of a receptive crowd, a crowd that is there to hear some real Hip Hop.”

Also gracing the stage will be western Pennsylvania emcee Chris DeVille. “For me, it is an opportunity to showcase my talents in front of a demographic that’s not familiar with my music,” said DeVille. “I’m excited and looking forward to the show. I plan on bringing a lot of energy. I also want to show my versatility when it comes to my music.” 

DeVille’s goal is simple. “I want the crown, and the title ‘King Of The Burgh,’ but I’m also looking forward to the opportunity the show itself presents. Whether it be new collabs  new fans, etc.,” said Chris DeVille. It’s going to be an epic night, I think everybody should want to be a part of it. This night could be the reason a star is born.” 

King Of The Burgh 5″ will be going down Saturday, September 5th at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. Doors open at 8 pm and you can catch performances by Cory Eaux, Chris DeVille, Army Strong Music, District 9, Vorpy D, OSFM LOLO, Pure Fuckery, Matty C, Ramaj Oei, Seymour Banks, Shul Z, Grady Gill, Padgelek Productions, Gwappo, GP is Going Places, Aaron Romeo, Mike Tomlin, Born Ready, Billy Wolfe, and H & T.

Check out the “KOTB5” promo below and click here for ticket information.

 

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