The first jam-packed weekend of hip-hop events in 2012 is one that will be difficult to match:
Hip-hop duo Varsity Squad invites Pittsburgh to join them for the celebration of their debut album release this Friday, Feb. 10, at Shadow Lounge. The album, New School Boom Bap, was released Tuesday and is a product of two years of collaborative work by MCs Beedie and Jon Quest. Production from DJ Vex and Shade Cobain, among others, laces the album with the vintage boom bap sound, while Beedie and Jon embody the new-school MC with a mix of bravado and consciousness. Also performing Friday will be fellow-Pittsburgh hip-hop artists The Come Up, B. White and Hubbs, with DJ Drastik on the turntables.
Varsity Squad's New School Boom Bap is available for purchase on iTunes and for free download at DatPiff.com. Hard copies will be available for purchase at Friday's show.
Wu-Tang Clan affiliates and Hazelwood natives WuLords will be joined by Wu-Tang general Raekwon this Saturday, Feb. 11, at VIP Nightclub in Washington, PA. Celebrating the release of their new album, The Art of War: Chapter 1, WuLords MCs Z1 Nation, Lord Elite, and D.I.G.I. look to bring out the cult followers that the Wu-Tang brand has built for two decades. The WuLords sound is reminiscent of the classic Wu-Tang Clan records, and the teenage MCs embrace the rough and rugged sound to express their individual realities.
WuLords' The Art of War: Chapter 1 is available for purchase on iTunes. Hard copies will be available for purchase at Saturday's show.