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.
2 days in a row, wow Christmas came early this year. Tonight Tor is going over some dope DJ Premier instrumental. Lyrics after the jump. #DailyBread
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.
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.
iHipHop.com 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.
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.
Yesterday the dynamic duo of DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles were up at RIOC alongside DJ Eclipse and D-Stroy. Make sure you cop their EP “StOoDiOtYmE” that drops digitally on Tuesday 3/6/12 and their full length album “The Kollexxxion” on 3/27/12. AND, if you are in the NYC area you should DEFINITELY check out their album release party at Highline Ballroom on 3/26/12 with additional performances by M.O.P., O.C., Heather B, Big Shug, Kid Capri on the wheels, Flavor Flav hosting and special unannounced guests. Boom Bap at it’s finest!
The album is finally here folks. It’s been getting great reviews from the public & critics alike. Thank you all that’ve supported it. If you’re still looking to get involved here are some direct links. iTunes, Fat Beats, UGHH, Amazon, Bandcamp, Best Buy, Emusic, Rhapsody, DJ Booth, Zune, Napster, Beatport & Juno. Thanks again #ForTheRecord!
This casual convo from last Sunday’s Rap Is Outta Control has taken on a life of it’s own since it hit the net. DJ Eclipse was out & Preem was filling in with me, our loyal listener/caller Greg from upstate ALWAYS has an intriguing question or two & the rest as they say is history.
We had the homie Illmind stop by this week in support of his new project “Behind The Curtain” which is in stores tomorrow. Big shouts to Dennis from Nature Sounds who was in the building as well. DJ Premier filled in for Eclipse who’s still on the road with Heavy Metal Kings getting those euros. DJ Finesse will be on the set next week. Playlist & links after the jump
Dope show this past Sunday. As you can see from the pic above we had a packed house. Playlist & links after the jump.
This is crazy, the big homie Masta Ace performing a live tribute to Guru at Fat Beats for record store day. Ace is performing the 1991 classic “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight”, with the CSC Funk Band and Mista Sinista on the wheels. Salute DJ Premier big up Gangstarr forever. Yall see Marco Polo back there??
Big happy birthday to the OG homie DJ Premier. Long before I met this legend he had already contributed to me as an artist in numerous ways. Then Get It Done/Click happened & changed my life forever. I could never ever thank Premier enough for contributing to my music career but what I could do is help him have his cake & eat it too. So for his 45th spin on this planet earth I had Con Amore bake up some of their usual goodness. What better to get a DJ for his birthday than Technic 1200’s Hit the jump for flicks of the cake.
Currently the MOST slept on MC, I’m right after that though, hahaha. Shout to the homies Reks, Preem, Statik & the whole ShowOff/Boston crew. This shit is a MONSTER!! Oh & YES they hollered at me to be in the video they shot in Coney Island, but I was outta town. #Respect
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