Phone Tap with @Easy_Mo_Bee

A man who is a legend in his own right needs no introduction.

Easy Mo Bee has worked with hip hop powerhouses such as The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Alicia Keys (which earned him a Grammy for his work on The Diary of Alicia Keys), and with late jazz great Miles Davis. Although he doesn’t consider himself a fulltime DJ, Easy loves his records. You can catch him every second Friday at the Meatpacking District’s Subrosa with his Soul in the Horn party and every third Fridays at his Recordnition party at Brooklyn’s Kinfolk, spinning his behind off. He has an album out called …And You Don’t Stop!, a beat record that dropped earlier this year and the man is still doing big things. I had the supersized honor of sitting down with the producer as he spoke about his love of hip hop, crate digging, the East. vs. West Coast issue and a great memory while working on Miles on this episode of Phone Tap.



@rapperredrum – Crack The Surface

Redrum releases his new mixtape, Crack The Surface and let fans know who he is as an artist. The Rapper, beatboxer and graffiti bomber offers up something more then just tracks. He worked on it like an album to give fans something extra, such as the hot single “Crash Symphony” with the remix ft. Mic Handz & Napoleon da Legend, “She Got A Wicked Way of Expressing” ft Melodiq and his current hit, “I Burn”. Several producers contributed to the album such as Kajmir, AllRounda, NY Bangers, Cartier Jones & Corbett.

The album was recorded with Melo Uptown Recording Studio, the same people who built up singer Jerzee Monet. “It took me 4 & a half months to get this album downpacked,” Redrum explains. “It’s hard being an artist with your own sound, especially when it comes to continuity. I had to do a whole lot of beat digging. Of course, having to sync with the team and recording schedules always takes a little longer than anticipated. It was tedious, but it got done.”

Redrum is releasing the mixtape to get fans ready for his second album coming 2016.

Crack The Surface out now on audiomack.



@therealMICHANDZ – The Prelude (Just Tired of Waiting)

It has been two years since Mic Handz has released a project, I know most of you fans are waiting for him to drop some gems and now the wait is over. Handz brings us The Prelude and although it’s not an album, this project is the personal playlist and travel log bumping in his headphones and it speak volumes for itself. Mic Handz has enlisted barbarian support from notable emcees like Ruste Juxx, Rockness Monsta, Sadat X, Tragedy Khadafi, Innocent?, Dready Kruger, General Steele, (The late great) Sean Price and more.

The production has been handled by the international arsenal of beat makers such as Dichter 2 Productions, Cool FD, Aaron “Freedom” Lyles, Lyve 1-OH and Ozee. The Prelude also inlcudes the Dre Knight-produced Handz/Sizzla Kalonji reggae-laced collabo track “Rydin’ High”, a track never before released in the States. This project is the dope ear candy before he drops his long-awaited My CoDeez album, coming soon.

Remember in the words of Handz himself, “It’s never me it’s always them”!

Get the project now on Bandcamp.



Big Beat Records’ (@wearebigbeat) First Annual Friendsgiving!

For those who have never heard of Big Beat Records, the label was created in 1987 by Craig Kallman and was brought into the Atlantic Records stable 1991 after gaining clout as an indie label in the underground dance music scene. The roster included Changing Faces, Robin S. The Bucketheads, Artifacts, and Jody Watley. They relaunched in 2010 as Atlantic’s dance-oriented imprint and brought EDM powerhouses such as David Guetta, Martin Solveig, Icona Pop, and Rudimentary to their roster.

Thursday night, the fantastic people at Big Beat welcomed staff and media at their first annual Friendsgiving at the Big Beat HQ in the Warner Music Group building in Manhattan. “We actually do this a few times a year,” Big Beat’s Head of A&R Gina Tucci explained. “This time, We wanted to open our doors to people to celebrate and enjoy themselves with the sounds of EDM music.”

The DJs exceeded expectations. Not only the headliners Matoma & Jenaux spuns some awesome EDM tracks, but some of the Big Beat staff did their magic as well, which made it a plus for the event. Big Beat also did a canned food drive for people and families in need for the holidays.

The catering was done by Brooklyn’s own Dinosaur BBQ, which placed a fantastic array of pulled chicken, bbq chicken, a super rich mac and cheese and plenty of greens. Note: Watch out for their Wango Tango Habanero BBQ sauce, which was off the chain, but not for the faint of heart.

It was good food, good music, great people, and greater fun. Big love to Big Beat Records for the wonderful invite and their continuance of service to the less fortunate.

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@wearebigbeat | @Dinosaur_BBQ

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@Kingkeil feat. @Raekwon, @therealMICHANDZ & @Dj_FastCut – “Kopf Des Kartells”

What do you get when you put together a DJ, 3 dope emcees with some killer animation? One bitchin’ video.

Wu-Tang’s Raekwon and THEM’s Mic Handz collaborates with German emcee King Keil and Italy’s cut master DJ Fastcut putting some international flavor in the Alterbeats- produced single, “Kopf Des Kartells” (“Head of the Cartel” in German). The video, brilliantly directed and animated by StreetHearted Videos,  is actually the 3rd part of a story visualized by King Keil, himself, Street Hearted just edited it to make the story more, in their words, “flowing”.

“The first video followed him and his crew rising through street ranks and taking over the underground by taking out their opponents and doing illegal things of course,” they explained. “The third video follows the culmination of everything, because the police tracks them finally, but they manage to escape the prison and retaliate to the one that ratted them out. Since they were using tanks and killing a lot of people the military had to react, and in the end it left the story open for the 4th installment.”

The additional animation of the emcees gave the video a great touch, but the track over all is a real smooth head nodder. To catch up on the animated story, check out King Keil’s Dopebaron (feat. Ghostface) and Takeover (feat. Busta Rhymes) on’s YouTube channel.

@Kingkeil | @Raekwon | @therealMICHANDZ @Dj_FastCut


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Celebrities Supports Cosmo Girls Glam’s Fashion for a Cause

Celebrity publicist MarieDriven hosted the 4th Annual Cosmo Girls Glam Event held on Saturday, Oct. 24, The event brought together celebrities, designers, music artists, and influencers to help raise funds and awareness for autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Valarie Person, the creator of Cosmo Girls Glam, designed this platform for young upcoming entrepreneurs, fashion designers, models and music artists—to showcase their fashion and talents, while donating funds to well deserving organizations such as The Breast Cancer Association, American Heart Association, Center Against Domestic Violence, and the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center.

The evening began with Chef Roe presenting hors d’oeuvres during the VIP cocktail reception. Patrons mixed and mingled, while jamming to music played by DJ Easy; and then Reggae/Pop artist Barbee opened up the show with her hit single, “WHOA”; and then she passed the microphone to trending Hip-Hop artist, SaeItAintSo, and he performed his single, “On Fleek” (feat. Jerry).

An amazing fashion show followed, and the presenters were Le Rever, Bonna Collection, Mimmy Yeboah, Kholyns Couture, and Light But Heavy Clothing; and in attendance was Lil Mama, WBLS’ Indy Smith, HipHopWeekly’s Cynthia Horner, pop artist Inas X, real estate broker Katherine Salyi, and stylist Phillip Bloch and Kidear Youmans.

The special guest speakers were Sharon Turnages and Eva Thomas, and they educated the crowd on Leukemia and wellness. Sponsors included Empire Beauty School, Deity America, Luis Danvers, Chef Roe Catering Service, Oni-Bodi, My House Gram, Women Chamber of Commerce, and Vitamin water.

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COTC TV: Episode 5 Featuring @TalibKweli, @9thwonder & More

Resurrecting the days of crews and collectives, COTC (Colours of the Culture) is an artistic powerhouse of visionaries aligned for a common cause. COTC includes but is not limited to Thanks Joey (producer) NIKO IS (MC) Chaz Van Queen (MC, producer), Talib Kweli (MC), Truly Def (MC), Krikos (producer), YousTheJuice (visual artist) Chris Smith (filmmaker), Henry Daher (producer), Paulina Vo (singer), Seth Byrd (comedian), Anthony “Townsky” Diaz (Filmmaker, Producer), The Narcysist (author, musician, actor, professor, filmmaker), K’Valentine and Palmer Reed (MC, singer, songwriter, musician).

COTC TV is their online web series highlighting behind the scenes tour footage, in the studio moments and the daily adventures of the crew. The 5th episode, released yesterday, featuring studio footage of 9th Wonder and Talib Kweli working on their upcoming album Indie 500, which releases this Friday, November 6th.

The episode is titled “Rap Psalms” and also features Killer Mike, NIKO IS, DJ Spintelect, Thanks Joey, Rapsody, Slug from Atmosphere, Royce Rizzy, Sean Falyon, and Federiiiico.

COTC TV releases new episodes every Tuesday on their youtube channel.

@TalibKweli | @9thwonder