Photos: iHipHop & Friends @ SXSW 2012

 |  March 21, 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.

Whitney Houston has died. The cause of death and location are unknown. She was born on Aug. 9, 1963 and lived to be 48.

TMZ is reporting Houston died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The cause of death is still unknown. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

TMZ is also reporting that Houston was found underwater in the bathtub. The singer had been taking Xanax, which were subscribed to her, and drinking heavily before her untimely death. The Los Angeles County Coroner will perform an autopsy today to determine whether or not she died of overdose, drowning, or other causes.

The last footage we have of the legendary Whitney Houston doing what we remember her best is said to be this clip of her and singer Kelly Price on stage while she sings “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” during a pre-Grammy party on Thursday night.

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