On Monday May 14, 2012, Curren$y took over Alife in NYC to hold an exclusive listening session for his upcoming album “The Stoned Immaculate.” The event was hosted by Shaheem Reid and numerous guests were in attendance including Stalley, Shiest Bubz, Skyzoo, Audra The Rapper and Miss Info. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the night’s event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
On Saturday April 28, 2012, EA Sports partnered with Virgin Gaming to celebrate the success of FIFA 12, Madden 12 and NHL 12 by hosting a tournament for dedicated gamers at Terminal 5 in New York City. The tournament was hosted by Gerard “HipHop Gamer” Williams. Following the tournament, Jadakiss and Just Blaze took the stage for a set of special live performances. Click through this exclusive slideshow to take a look at all of the action. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
The newly redesigned twin-turbocharged V-8 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is mean. It features 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, the power is sent through the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G Tronic automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel drive system with front, center and rear locking differentials. Aesthetic changes come in the form of a newly designed grill with chrome accents over black mesh that helps cool the inner workings of the V-8. Expect the G63 AMG to cost upwards of $125,000 USD.
On Monday April 16, 2012, Jim Jones held an exclusive listening session for his upcoming mixtape, “Vampire Life 2: F.E.A.S.T. The Last Supper” at his studio in downtown Manhattan. In addition to The Cappo himself, Freekey Zeekey, Maybach Music Group’s Audra The Rapper, and porn star Mellanie Monroe were in attendance for the Ciroc-sponsored event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
XXL’s 2012 Freshmen Live Tour made its final stop at the Best Buy Theater in New York on Monday. Freshmen Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea and Roscoe Dash were joined by special guests Cipha Sounds, DJ Khaled, Red Cafe, Schoolboy Q and Tech N9ne. Photos by Bernard Smalls
On Monday March 26, 2012, DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles held a release party for their collaborative project, KoleXXXion, at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. In addition to the veteran rap duo, several legends including Pete Rock, Sweet T, Heather B., M.O.P., Kid Capri, Eric B., DJ Kool Herc, Naughty By Nature, The Cold Crush Brothers, O.C., Grandmaster Flash, Big Shug, Lord Finesse, NYG’z, and more attended. The event was hosted by Flavor Flav. Click through to see photos from the event. Photos by Bernard Smalls.
There was never a dull moment in Austin, TX during SXSW 2012. For those in attendance, it was an eventful week filled with non-stop music, energetic fans and plenty of events to keep attendees occupied. With so much going on, iHipHop was everywhere, from the streets to the nights’ hottest shows. Allow us to share with you our recap of SXSW, from behind our lens. Enjoy! Photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.