Mutual supporters since day one, FLüD watches caught up with Torae for their “On The Clock with FlüD” series. Here Tor discusses shooting the video to “What It Sound Like” in Thailand, the craziest thing he’s seen in New York & the “Off The Record” docuseries. Big shouts to Doug, Mel, Henry & Blue.
The Industry Cosign’s head honcho Big Ced caught up with Torae for their infamous 5 Questions. See how Tor answered what he’d do differently if anything, what the future holds for him, his style of writing & more HERE or after the jump.
With every passing day, Torae’s international presence continues to grow. This time East London’s The Blu Mile chops it up with Tor about his musical influences, dream collaborations & Hurricane Sandy. Check the interview HERE or after the jump.
Even though Hurricane Sandy kept Torae from being able to perform in Italy, his Italian fan base is still keeping up with his every move. HipHopRec.com caught up with Da Young Veteran to discuss coming up in Coney Island, Brooklyn, working with DJ Premier on For The Record & his appearance on Per La Mia Gente with Marco Polo, Bassi Maestro & Ghemon. Check it out HERE.
Presented by: FLuD Watches & 9Face Clothing
Official music video for “What It Sound Like” featuring Pav Bundy. Produced by !llmind off Torae’s album “For The Record“. Available now.
Directed by: Todd Angkasuwan
Filmed on location in Bangkok, Thailand
“Hello, Brooklyn” is an interview series here at BrooklynBullshit that sets out to profile various Brooklyn residents – who are these people that live in this glorious borough of ours? What do they do? Where do they live? How does Brooklyn look through their eyes? Meet your neighbors and learn about various things happening in Brooklyn…and to start off the series, we turned to Coney Island native Torae, a well-respected Hip Hop artist who many know through his various works released over the years.
Read the interview HERE.
On September 19th Team Torae invades The Highline Ballroom in New York City along with Maffew Ragazino & Soul Khan (of The Brown Bag Allstars). Here’s your chance to see Torae do a full set of music & run through whatever he chooses from his catalog of 5 full length releases & features. We also got word he’ll be bringing some friends along too. The Highline Ballroon is located at 431 w. 16th street (btwn 9th & 10th Ave) doors open at 6pm showtime at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance & can be purchased HERE $15 at the door. For further in check out Highlineballroom.com
Here’s some footage shot by Zoi of Bad-Perm.com of Torae performing “That Raw” & “For The Record” during the Serious As Cancer event in NYC. Enjoy & make sure you come out to The Highline Ballroom on Sept 19th to catch some of this live.
In the final episode of rapper Torae’s “Off The Record” docu-series, his debut album is finally complete and Torae is back on the road to the A3C Festival in Atlanta, GA to rock the stage and do a live listening session for his album, For The Record. A who’s who is in attendance and the reception from the press, supporters and colleagues is fully supportive.
Back in BK, Tor goes on a media blitz hitting DJ Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesdays, Live From HeadQcourterz w/ DJ Premier, and The Halftime Show with DJ Eclipse. After that is his Boston show and instore at UGHH, and his Brooklyn instore at the Fat Beats pop-up store.
Tor then heads to Europe where he finishes out the year and asks the question…is it all worth it? The finale episode of Off The Record, will definitely answer that question and more. Guest appearances include DJ Eclipse, DJ Tony Touch, DJ Premier, Sha Stimuli, Masta Ace & more.
Music by: Eric G.
Directed by: Mike Quigley
Now in the final stretch – and with a deadline to meet – Torae hits the road to Norfolk, VA to work with producer Nottz. After interviewing with DJ Bee of 103 Jamz and finishing the track “Thank You”, he drives to Bright Lady Studios in North Carolina to record with 9th Wonder, Khrysis, E. Jones, Fatin and the rest of The Soul Council. Upon his return to NYC, he heads back to the studio to finish the title single “For The Record” with DJ Premier and to get the album mixed and mastered. With all the travel and marathon studio sessions, will he get the hit song he’s looking for? Will the album be completed in time? For The Record is due soon, and with no more money, and even less time, Torae is in the race to the finish line.
Directed by: Mike Quigley
Music by: Eric G.
Guest Appearances: DJ Premier, Nottz, DJ Bee, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, E.Jones, Fatin, Rapsody, Young Guru, J57 & Rich Ahee.
Watch episode 3 HERE.
So now it’s time to make the album. The creative piece is key, but there’s also a business aspect that can sometimes go ignored. In episode 3, Torae meets with his business and creative consultants to answer the following questions: How do we build buzz? What producers will take us to the next level? What deal should we go with for distribution? Finally; we follow him into the studio as he records with Large Professor and we finally see how “Norbert” came to be.
Guest Appearances: Large Professor, Combat Jack, Dallas Penn, 9th Wonder, Soul Khan, J57, Amber Ravenel and Lena Kasambalides.
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.
This year we are pleased to announce Torae will head out to the 4th Annual Beatshot Music Festival featuring: EDO. G, El Da Sensei, J-Live, Kev Brown and many more. The event will be held at Red Square Albany 388 Broadway Albany New York. The dates are Friday, July 6. at 7 PM to 2 AM and Saturday 4 PM to 2 AM. $10 per day/$15 for both days. Full line up after the jump.
Dart Tosser Academy presents “The Orientation”
FEATURING SKYZOO W/ SPECIAL GUEST TORAE
HOSTED BY RHYMEFEST
WITH PERFORMANCES BY:
LS AND AVIAN NALEJ
DJ RTST ON THE 1’S & 2’S
“In a time where being lyrical is considered illegal, I continue to give you That Raw”
Our very own Torae has released the video for That Raw, the latest single from the recently released “For The Record”. Directed by Brian Robinson of Hyerground, the video is a three vignette story set in a time where being lyrical is considered criminal and selling “That Raw” is illegal. Scene one features “Street Hustler” Torae dealing words to a hungry customer in need his finest product. Scene two is set in an abandoned warehouse where product is being bagged up for shipping in this homage to the famous scene from “New Jack City.” In scene three, Torae pulls up to the final meeting spot, where he makes his biggest score yet – an ending that is sure to be both surprising and thought provoking.
Team Torae & the good folks at DJBooth are proud to present the inaugural entry in Re-Produced, an exclusive series in which three hand-selected beatsmiths each offer his or her own spin on a record by a reader-approved artist. The first EP in the series is based around “Do the Math,” by our very own Torae. A reader-acclaimed single off Tor’s For the Record LP available on CD, Digital & Vinyl. The cut features boardwork by Large Professor. In addition to the original record, this four-track EP includes brand new remixes by Beewirks, BroadNMarket and King I Divine. Download HERE enjoy.
In celebration of For The Record dropping on limited edition red vinyl Torae decided to go in over one of his favorite current Pete Rock beats. Enjoy.
While out during SXSW in Austin Texas, Esteban & Fuse TV caught up with Torae to discuss his thoughts on major label acts invading SXSW. They also discussed the success of the For The Record music video. Hit the jump to catch Torae & Holla performing For The Record at the HipHopDX show.
Official music video for the title track off Torae’s album “For The Record”. Available now at all physical & digital retailers. Directed by Anthony Sylvester, cinematography by Ant DeRose, produced by Kevin Lopez for LPZ Media.
The lovely Zoi of Badpermdotcom made her way out to the Brooklyn portion of the “For The Record” video shoot to catch up with Torae & get the lowdown on the concept of the video, what it was like working on the album & his thoughts on where New York’s current place is in hip-hop.
Here’s a quick clip of the wonderfulness that will be the “For The Record” music video. Look for that to debut as early as next week. Shouts to Fred Bear, Anthony Sylvester, Kevin Lopez, Anthony Derose & Team Torae for making it happen.
Hip Hop Nation gave the listeners the chance to preview For The Record live on the air before it’s release. Parts 2 & 3 after the jump
Big shout to the guys of Dead End Hip Hop who I had the pleasure of meeting while down at A3C in October. They do these very thorough album reviews & this week “For The Record” is on deck. I’ll let them take it from here…