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Torae Returns to Italy (10/31-11/7)

Next week Torae returns to the motherland of his buddy Marco Polo, Italy. Marco along with Bassi Maestro & Ghemon Gilmar are gearing up to release their collaborative EP Marco Polo Presents: Per La Mia Gente (For My People). Torae will be performing a set of his own as well as joining the guys for “Get Live” their collaboration from Per La Mia Gente. Tor is very excited about getting to Italy for his 3rd time. More info after the jump.


Torae’s A3C Schedule

For the fourth consecutive year Team Torae will be trooping down to the dirty south for the A3C Festival in Atlanta. This time in addition to Tor’s rapping & hosting duties he’s added panel speaking to his repertoire. Check the flyer for times & dates to catch Torae while he’s in town. Peace.

— Team Torae

Torae Judges 106 & Park’s Freestyle Friday

This past Friday our very own Torae had the opportunity to judge 106 & Park’s “Freestyle Friday” segment along with producer 9th Wonder & Torch of Maybach Music Group. You can watch the awesome battle between Capili & Voss HERE.

Torae x Maffew Ragazino x Soul Khan

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

Torae Live at Serious As Cancer Concert

Here’s some footage shot by Zoi of 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.

Masta Ace, OC, Torae & More are “Serious As Cancer”

On Monday August 27, New York’s Highline Ballroom will play host to Serious As Cancer. The charity event is promoted by DJ Eclipse and DJ JS-1, and will feature performances by Masta Ace (with Marco Polo and Stricklin), O.C., Sadat X, Rahzel, Large Professor, Torae, PackFM, Rasheed Chappell & many surprise guests. 100% of the proceeds from the show will go towards children’s cancer research. The deejays for the evening will be DJ A.vee and DJ Riz with D-Stroy as host. Tickets may be purchased HERE.

Off The Record docuseries Episode 2 “What It Sound Like”

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.

Off The Record docuseries Episode 1 “Alive”

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.

Torae x iHipHop Interview caught up with Coney Island’s own Torae at the Rock Steady Crew’s 35th Anniversary show in Lincoln Park, NJ to discuss a variety of topics. In this exclusive interview Torae talks about the generation gap in New York Hip-Hop, getting respect from the older generation of MCs, his upcoming EP “Off The Record,” whether he prefers 9th Wonder or Khrysis on the boards, and who he’d like to collaborate with.

Rocksteady Crew 35th Anniversary x Torae

This weekend marks the 35th Anniversary of the Rock Steady Crew featuring B-Boy battles and live performances by Torae, Consequence, Maffew Ragazino & more. Peep the flyer for further info.

Catch Torae, Kev Brown, Edo. G & More at Beatshot Music Festival

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.

Skyzoo & Torae at RedKiva on 7/30

Dart Tosser Academy presents “The Orientation”


RedKiva: 1108 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
21+ event

Torae Talks SXSW With Fuse TV

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.


Torae x SXSW 2012

It’s about that time again ladies & gents. #SXSW is upon us & we’re honored to be participating in 2 official showcases this year. Big shouts to HipHopDX, DJ Booth, Allhiphop & A3C for having us be in their 2012 showcases. Hit the jump to peep the flyers for both shows & for everything else #SXSW related go here.

UPDATE: Brooklyn Bodega & The Couch Sessions Present CircusSXSW March 14th & 15th.


Torae x Dooinit Festival 2012 (Teaser)

Dooinit Festival 2012 (Teaser) from Dooinit Music on Vimeo.

Time to pull out that passport again as Torae & DJ E Holla head out to Paris France on April 5th for the Dooinit Festival. Other Performers include OC, Apollo Brown, Oddisee, Lords Of The Underground, Ali Shaheed Muhammed & more. Peep the teaser video & if you’re in town click HERE for tickets.

Barrel Brothers (Torae & Skyzoo) Euro Tour Dates

Torae & Skyzoo will be hitting the road in December for a European tour. Be sure to check them out when they’re in your town. Dates, venues & flyers after the jump.

Torae Performs at UGHH

After the in-store signing Torae decided to spit a few joints live for the fans. Double Barrel, That Raw & Get It Done got ’em open in Boston.


Boston In-Store x Performance

Shouts to Leedz Ent for putting together this release party & performance at The Western Front up in Cambridge, MA. Before we rock there we’ll be headed to UGHH in Boston for an in-store CD signing & give-a-ways. If you’re in the surrounding areas be sure to be there & kick it with ya folks! Tickets for the show can be purchased here.

R.I.P Heavy D.

Damn this one really saddened me. Although I never got to meet Heavy D he seemed like a really positive dude, always smiling, dancing & having a good time. He had COUNTLESS hits, but I remember when “You Can’t See” dropped I started looking at Heav in a new light. I was like damn dude spits. Condolences to his fam.

Torae Live at SouthPaw on 10/26

Tomorrow night Torae will be performing at SouthPaw in Brooklyn along side Natural Elements, Maffew Ragazino, St. Joe Louis, AP & Scienze with Music By DJ Wonder (The Shade45 Morning Show)

Hosted By: PH & Mazzi with the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Come out hear the new album & support a good cause. Win, win!!

Torae x RockSmith x CMJ 2011

The fine folks at RockSmith included me in their CMJ showcase this year along with Dom Kennedy, STS & others at The Samsung Experience. Definitely gonna be some For The Record songs in the set so RSVP if you bout that life!

Torae – That Raw (Live)

Came across some dope footage of me rocking at A3C this year courtesy of indiemuzikspotlight. Hit the jump for Shakedown & Double Barrel.


Torae at A3C 2011

It’s about that time again yall, A3C is upon us. This is my 4th year attending the festival & it truly gets better & better with each one. You can find all the info you need HERE & follow their tweets HERE. I got a pretty full plate for A3C 2011 so I figured I’d put all the info in one place. I’m so considerate I know, I know. If you’re in Atlanta & plan on attending the festival I hope to see you when I look off the stage.


Album Preview at The 7th Annual A3C Hip Hop Festival

Unique Squared Mobile Studio, Internal Affairs Entertainment and Avid, Maker of Protools Presents…

Torae’s For the Record Album Preview Event at the 7th Annual A3C Hip Hop Festival

Come by the Unique Squared Mobile Studio Bus at the 7th Annual A3C Festival for a FIRST TIME LISTEN of Torae’s new album For The Record.

What: FIRST LISTEN: An Album Preview for Torae’s For The Record
When: Friday, October 7, 2011

Where: Unique Squared Mobile Studio at the 7th Annual A3C Hip Hop Festival
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Space is extremely limited so please RSVP if you want to attend. RSVPs granted on a first come, first served basis.

For press interviews, questions or any other inquiries, please e-mail

Follow @Torae, @A3C, and @MobileUnique for updates!

For The Record is available everywhere on 11.1.11.

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Known for a roster of impressive collaborations, Torae has assembled an awe-inspiring crew of beatsmiths for accompaniment. From the renowned Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Diamond D and Large Professor; to those Torae labels “new legends,” 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Fatin, Illmind, Eric G., Marco Polo and Nottz.

“The combination of stellar production and a focused and more introspective Torae makes this his best work to date,” states Brooklyn legend, Masta Ace

For The Record raises the bar Torae has set with previous releases. A refreshing return to the multifarious nature of 2008’s “Daily Conversation”, the project is a notable change from 2009’s Double Barrel with Marco Polo, and this year’s mono-thematic Heart Failure EP. Fans will hear his skills sharpened; an array of cadences and intricately weaved rhyme patterns. He is also at his most vulnerable and transparent; providing a view through a wide-angle lens at the man behind the MC, as heard on “Panorama” and “Reflection.” Still there’s no shortage of the hard-hitting audacity we love on tracks like “Shakedown” and “You Ready.”

Also distinct is the absence of other voices on For The Record. According to Torae, the choice to forego lyrical assists was deliberate. “No one can tell my story like me.”