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.
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
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.
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.
DJ Eclipse set off Rap Is Outta Control on Sunday with this joint off Tor’s new EP slated for an August 28th release. It’s the 2nd installment of The Journey he started on Daily Conversation. The Journey Pt. II produced by Marco Polo.
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.
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.
Came across some dope footage of me rocking at A3C this year courtesy of indiemuzikspotlight. Hit the jump for Shakedown & Double Barrel.
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??