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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Photos: iHipHop & Friends @ SXSW 2012

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On Saturday March 17, 2012 iHipHop, Babygrande and The Madbury Club put on a one of a kind SXSW showcase at Haven in Austin, Texas. Thousands left happy after witnessing the legendary GZA of Wu-Tang Clan perform alongside Grammy Award winning Latin funk band, Grupo Fantasma (Brownout). In addition to this monumental performance, Jet Life, Marz Lovejoy, Flatbush Zombies, T. Mills, The Airplane Boys and Mod Sun all took the stage to deliver incredible showings, while DJ Statik Selektah held down the wheels of steel for the evening. For those in attendance, click through this slideshow to relive this eventful occasion, and for those who couldn’t make it, click through to check out some tremendous photos from the showcase. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future. Copyright 2012 Gadfly Communications, Inc.

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After the success of last year’s Shady Records Pop-Up Museum and Slaughter House show in New York City, Brisk Bodega is back.  This time Brisk partnered with Star Wars in celebration of the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace.  The Brisk Bodega opened the second of their three Star War’s themed pop-up stores in New York on Thursday night, February 23.  “The Cantina” was set up at 540 W. 21 Street in NYC.  The event featured DJ sets by Just Blaze and DJ Soul with an opening set by NXNY as well as Brisk and Star Wars inspired artwork by Artek, Mark Dean Veca, Jasper Wong, Pose, Leo Eguiarte, Dual Forces, Eye One, and Tristan Easton.  Earlier this month, Just Blaze hosted a similar set-up in LA  and the third event will be held at SXSW in Austin on March 12 at the Molotov Lounge. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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Renowned battle rapper, Iron Solomon held an album listening party for his full-length debut, “Monster,” at Fight Klub Studios on February 22, 2012. The event was hosted by Peter Rosenberg with music by DJ Meka of 2DopeBoyz. Click through to see photos from the event. Photos by Bernard Smalls.

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Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Taylor gives us a glimpse into some of the recent studio sessions between Common, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi The Prince and Hit Boy. Check out the new photos of G.O.O.D. music chopping it up with each other as they work on the upcoming compilation album.

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