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News by Andrew O'Brien

Andrew George Latore O'Brien, better known by his stage name The Notorious A.O.B. (or O'Biggie Smalls) is an iconic American rapper consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. O'Brien was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. 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.

  • Category: News

    Whoopi Goldberg To Host Otis Redding Tribute Starring The Dap-Kings At The Appollo

    Early next year at Harlem’s historic Appollo Theater, a very special “Evening of Respect” will be held in honor of iconic late soul singer Otis Redding, featuring The Dap-Kings as the house band at entertainment heavyweight Whoopi Goldberg as the evening’s master of ceremonies. “An Evening of Respect” will take place on Thursday, January 25th 2018, celebrating the 50th Anniversary […]

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  • Category: Announcements

    Widespread Panic To Release First-Ever Live Album, “Light Fuse, Get Away”, On Vinyl

    Twenty years after its initial debut, one of Georgia jam-rockers Widespread Panic‘s most beloved records, live LP Light Fuse, Get Away, will be getting the official vinyl treatment. The 1998 live album, recorded over the course of several concerts in 1997, features top-notch renditions of a number of classic panic songs, including a version of “Pickin’ Up […]

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  • Category: Announcements

    Oteil Burbridge & Friends Announce New Brooklyn & Philly Dates

    Today, Oteil Burbridge & Friends have confirmed the dates for upcoming added performances. The three upcoming dates include their rescheduled New York show on January 15th, 2018 at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge and a performance at Brooklyn Bowl the next night, January 16th, with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger filling in for Eric Krasno. From there, the band will […]

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  • Category: Exclusives

    INTERVIEW: Kamasi Washington On Truth, His New EP, Working With Jam Bands & Hip-Hop Stars

    Kamasi Washington‘s latest EP, Harmony of Difference, wasn’t conceived as an album at all. It was created as the audio portion of a multi-media exhibit at New York’s vaunted Whitney Museum as part of their long-running and highly-regarded biennial survey of American art. “Normally when I write, the music comes first, and then I basically try to figure […]

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  • Category: Features

    Celebrate The Late Phife Dawg’s Birthday With Live Performances From A Tribe Called Quest’s Heyday

    Today, hip-hip legend Phife Dawg would have celebrated his 47th birthday. Sadly, Phife (born Malik Izaak Taylor) passed away on March 20th due to complications resulting from diabetes, making him one of an unreasonably long list of incredible artists to leave us this year. Phife Dawg co-founded universally renowned hip-hop crew A Tribe Called Quest with MC/producer Q-Tip, DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White (who […]

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  • Category: Announcements

    A Treasure Trove Of Ultra-Rare Grateful Dead Memorabilia Is Being Auctioned Off Next Week

    Jesse Kant, the widow of the Grateful Dead’s longtime lawyer is auctioning selling off her extensive collection rare treasures from throughout the band’s career. Jesse’s late husband, Hal Kant, represented the Dead in addition to acts like Cher and Janis Joplin dating back to the 1960’s. The couple amassed an extensive inventory of memorabilia over the years, and Jesse has plans to […]

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  • Category: Electronic

    Disco Biscuits Cover Ginuwine, Make It Snow Indoors In Colorado Finale [Full Video]

    Last night, The Disco Biscuits finished their three-night Colorado run with their second of two shows at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium (following a Thursday performance at Boulder’s Fox Theatre). The band got started with the surprises right off the bat with “Bionic Helix”, a song comprised of a jam that used to appear in “Helicopters” in the band’s early […]

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  • Category: Cool Ish

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Play SNL With Dave Grohl, On This Day In ’94 [Video]

    In the wake of Tom Petty‘s sudden passing in early October–which came immediately following an extended celebratory 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers–we’ve all been digging back through our favorite gems from the larger-than-life rocker’s prolific career. That brings us to today’s selection from the archives of Petty greatness: On this date in 1994, Petty & the […]

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  • Category: Genre

    Chance The Rapper Leads Boyz II Men-Inspired Obama Ode & More On SNL [Videos]

    Last night, multiple GRAMMY-winning Chicago artist Chance The Rapper joined Saturday Night Live (SNL) as their weekly guest host. The famously against-the-grain young artist proved to be a highly entertaining MC for the evening. First, in his opening monologue, Chance explained that he wasn’t there to promote any project–he was just trying to become the “Mariah Carey of […]

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    Kamasi Washington To Be Joined By Robert Randolph and Break Science In NYC

    Next Wednesday, November 22nd, modern jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington‘s will continue his ongoing national tour at New York’s Terminal 5, featuring a special guest appearance by slide guitar master Robert Randolph. Today, Kamasi’s camp has announced that fan favorite hybrid hip-hop/electronic duo Break Science has been added to open the evening’s festivities, rounding out an exciting and eclectic night of music […]

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