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Andrew George Latore O'Brien was an iconic American rapper, consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. O'Brien was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip-hop was dominant in the mainstream. The following year, O'Brien led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, O'Brien was heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip-hop feud. On March 9, 1997, O'Brien was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc album Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification. O'Brien was noted for his "loose, easy flow," dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities, sometimes changing his pitch on songs. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.

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    Road Jam Music Fest Announces Lineup Featuring Twiddle, Pimps Of Joytime, And More

    Today, Stratford, Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company has announced the lineup for their fourth annual Road Jam Music Fest, set to take place on June 24th. The Road Jam 2017 lineup features a talented cast of artists including Twiddle, Mates of State, Pimps of Joytime, The Fogcutters, The Alpaca Gnomes, West End Blend, and Arc & Stones. The $35 ticket price for the brewery event […]

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    Gorillaz Announce First North American Show Since 2010

    It’s been an exciting week for Gorillaz fans. After officially announcing their new album, Humanz, last Thursday, the band shared four tracks from the release, complete with beautiful animated videos. The next night, the “animated” group performed their new material at a secret show in London, their first in five years. Early this week, they announced that all of […]

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    Amazon To Produce New Grateful Dead Biographical TV Series Written By “Straight Out Of Compton” Screenwriter

    It’s been well documented on this site and others that the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be released to the masses on Amazon on May 26th. But according to a report in Deadline, that’s not the only Dead content the streaming company has brewing–Also in the works, say sources: a biographical TV series that will be written […]

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    “Game Of Thrones” Orchestra With System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Is A Perfectly Ominous Combo

    The Game of Thrones live concert experience has been crossing the country over the last month, bringing the Seven Kingdoms to a city near you. In addition to its shock-inducing plot twists unforgiving treatment of its characters, an integral part of the award-winning HBO show’s thematic brilliance is its score. One tune that comes up on various […]

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    Col. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday Blowout In New Podcast Episode

    The latest episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth should appeal to a wide variety of cerebral music fans. In this week’s episode hosts Rob Turner and Seth Weiner conduct interviews with members of Moon Taxi as well as Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield. In addition to all that, the new episode features conversations with the one […]

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    Weedmaps To Host Legal “Marijuana Oasis” During Coachella, Right Near Festival Grounds

    It’s no secret that our society’s views on marijuana have relaxed significantly over the past decade. More than half of the 50 states currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. Most recently, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all passed measures in November legalizing recreational marijuana. California’s Prop. 64 measure allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one […]

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    Warren Haynes To Lead All-Star Tribute To Little Feat’s Classic Live Album “Waiting For Columbus” In NOLA

    Today, Blackbird Presents announced its annual “Second Weekend at the Saenger” concert series during Jazz Fest with “New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus,” set to take place Saturday, May 6th at the Crescent City’s historic Saenger Theatre. The all-star event celebrates classic live album Waiting For Columbus, the most beloved album in Little Feat’s expansive catalog. The show will be led […]

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    It’s Never A Bad Time To Watch Prince Get Down To “No Diggity”

    On August 13th, 2004, Prince brought his Musicology Live 2004ever tour to Washington, D.C.’s MCI Center. The band lineup for the tour featured drummer John Blackwell, bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith, guitarist Mike Scott, keyboardists Renato Neto and Chance Howard, a horn section comprised of Greg Boyer, Maceo Parker, and Candy Dulfer and, of course, Prince, who did a bit of everything–from vocals to guitar to bass to keys to drums. […]

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    Watch These Two Reporters Trade Low-Key Phish References On MSNBC

    When you’re a fan of Phish–or, really, any band–half the fun is nerd-ing out about your musical obsession with fellow enthusiasts. To show that “we are everywhere,” for example, fan art and lot t-shirts are omnipresent both at shows and in the real world, inscrutable to the uninitiated but amusing to those in the know. These […]

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    “Long Strange Trip” Grateful Dead Documentary To Be Screened At San Francisco International Film Festival

    On May 28th, the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be made available to the masses via Amazon Prime Video after years of planning and buildup. Before the exhaustive examination of the iconic band is released on Amazon, the producers are taking the film on a trip of its own, showing it at various festivals and film events nationwide. One […]

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