In 2009 I did this joint as an ode to the neighborhood I grew up in, Coney Island. With last weeks hurricane Coney Island is nothing like it once was. Homes destroyed, lives turned upside down & utter chaos. I’m re-upping this song to remember C.I. as it once was & to provide a source of inspiration to the remaining C.I. residence. There are some devastating photos of the aftermath after the jump. #PrayforCI
Episode 2 traces Torae’s journey as an MC, starting as a young kid with a maxed out credit card on a self- pressed vinyl single, which lead to his work with The Coalescence and breakout singles “Click” and “Get It Done” with Skyzoo and DJ Premier. Reeling from the support and new fan base he established, he then signed to Duck Down Records where he released the critically acclaimed joint effort “Double Barrel” with producer Marco Polo. The stage is now set for what is next to come: the recording of his debut solo album. With bills to pay and a family to feed, Tor knows he can’t live on props alone; with this album it’s make or break.
Episode 2 features appearances by DJ Premier, Skyzoo, Marco Polo, DJ Eclipse, Rich Ahee, and Noah Friedman of Duckdown Records. You can view Episode 2 HERE.
In the first episode of Torae’s docu-series “Off The Record”, Torae, his mother and childhood friends, discuss his life growing up in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, personal challenges he encountered as a kid, his introduction to Hip-Hop and his first live show. The Urban Daily will debut an episode every Wednesday in August. You can view Episode 1 HERE.
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@Torae hosts the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival for the second year in a row and got BET Digital to provide a glimpse behind the scenes. Features headliner Q-Tip along with Kanye West & Busta Rhymes and interviews with Rah Digga, Nitty Scott, MC, Homeboy Sandman & more.
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Shot this in Harlem at Blackstar Video over a year ago with Skyzoo, Esso, Donny Goines & Poca. Just wanted to have it up here for all that missed it. Shouts to BET Digital & Jomo Davis for having me on. We got some big things planned for the very near future. Also big shouts to the lovely Dana Brewington…
“With the upcoming June 7th release date of Skyzoo’s “The Great Debater” mixtape around the corner, we present “Debate Team Tuesdays”, a weekly series where new music, videos, and content from the tape will be released every tuesday at 12 noon, leading up to the June 7th release date of “The Great Debater”. For week 1 of Debate Team Tuesdays, we present the official trailer for “The Great Debater”, directed by Kenneth Price.”
Bossman Buck performs the remix to Buck ‘Em Down live at Alphabet City. Shouts to Gas Face media on the footage.
Clearly we haven’t leaned anything from slavery cuz Ruste & I allowed the white man to convince us to go on a trip AGAIN. Hey at least it wasn’t on a boat AND we made some money! Pt. 2 coming soon, promoters holla…
Last week I sat down with Out Da Box TV for an interesting Q & A session. We discussed things like: balancing family life with the music business, the possibility of a collabo album with Skyzoo, my upcoming debut LP and much more. Good interview, check it out.
Yall already know this is my brother for life, SK whattup. Here’s the video for easily one of my favorite Skyzoo songs ever. You can cop here.
Since this made it’s way on to the net I have no problem posting it, but I got so many unreleased Sean Price records/verses it’s ridiculous. Said to be a lost track from Random Axe enjoy this one verse madness, P!!!
Sean Price – Untitled (Download)
Marco Polo, Ruste Juxx & myself will be invading Le Cabaret du Mile End in Montreal on December 2nd. Tickets available here. If you’re anywhere in the area don’t sleep on this one yall. A little motivation after the jump…
Skyzoo stopped by “Rap Is Outta Control” to chop it up with me & DJ Eclipse about his new album with Illmind “Live From The Tape Deck”. He also decided to go for about 100 bars all off the top. Rap Is Outta Control airs every Sunday night 10pm-12 EST on Sirius XM’s Hip Hop Nation. (Sirius 40/XM 67)
Last weeks show with Greg Nice playlist & links after the jump…
Here’s an interview I did out in Amsterdam during the Exxecution vs. Double Barrel tour. The quote they’ve been using to summarize it is “I’m Hoodies & Jeans, Not Red Skinny Jeans & Funny Colored Hats” hahaha. Did I say that??? Sure I did. Shouts to Erlyn & Macascene. Enjoy…
This Tuesday October 19th Le Poisson Rouge will be housing two of the illest units in hip-hop. Duck Down Music & Blacksmith Records will be in the house to perform for this years CMJ week. Scheduled performers include: Sean Price, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Smif N Wessun, Torae, Skyzoo, Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, 9th Wonder, Pharoahe Monch & plenty more. You don’t wanna miss this. Ticket info after the jump…
In a rare occurrence, I actually got to see something special in one of the countries I visited. Check Marco Polo & I kicking it at the Eiffel Tower in Paris France. Of course MP is being an ass & of course I’m encouraging that behavior.
The good folks over at 2dopeboyz (Shake & Meka) along with my man’s J Hatch & Don of iStandard graciously requested my services (along with DJ E Holla) for this years A3C music festival. A3C is a 3 day hip-hop festival that takes place in Atlanta annually. This will be my 3rd year rocking out there & their 6th year putting it on. I look forward to it, as it should be a very dope time indeed. Full list of performers after the jump…
Here’s some good footage of me performing Party Crashers & Double Barrel at Skater’s Palace in Munster. It was my 2nd time rocking that spot & the crowd showed lots of love just like the 1st. Germany whattup!!
Thu, 16th – BERLIN/GERMANY – Instore with – http://www.hiphopvinyl.de
Fri, September 17th – BERLIN/GERMANY – Bohannon Soul Club
Sat, September 18th – MUENSTER/GERMANY – Skaters Palace
Sun, September 19th – BREDA/NETHERLANDS – Breda Barst Festival
Mon, September 20th – AMSTERDAM/NETHERLANDS – Bitterzoet
Tue, September 21st – BRUSSELS/BELGIUM – NEXX Club
Thu, September 23rd – VIENNA/AUSTRIA – Replugged
Fri, September 24th – GRAZ/AUSTRIA – Postgarage
Sat, September 25th – TRNAVA/SLOVAKIA – MONKEY CLUB
Sun, September 26th – KRAKOW/POLAND – Forty Kleparz
Tue, September 28th – LYON/FRANCE – La Marquise
Wed, September 29th – TORINO/ITALY – Lapsus Artefatti
Thu, September 30th – ZURICH/SUISSE – EXIL
Fri, 1st – AARAU/SUISSE – Floesserplatz
Sat, 2nd – ARHUS/DENMARK – VoxHall Arhus Festival
Mon, 4th – PARIS/FRANCE – la Bellevilloise
Wassup yall. This blog WILL GET BETTER, soon as I find someone to show me how to finesse it. Until then welcome anyhow. I’d assume you know who I am if you’re here. If not allow me to introduce myself. I’m Torae an MC outta Coney Island, Brooklyn NY. I’m currently signed to Duck Down Records, I also A&R for Soulspazm Records & I co-host “Rap Is Outta Control” on Sirius/XM Radio with DJ Eclipse. That about it for now, if you have twitter holla at ya boy @Torae….