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To celebrate NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving’s success in the NBA this year, Alife teamed up with Pepsi Max, the A$AP Mob, and French Montana for what should’ve been a crazy night. Unfortunately, Irving and the A$AP Mob were unable to attend. Chief Keef, however, came to the rescue and made a surprise performance. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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To celebrate the release of their album “Self Made Vol. 2,” Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group set up a pop-up shop at Alife in NYC. Ross, Stalley, Meek Mill, Omarion, and Wale were all in attendance, signing albums and meeting fans. During the event, the group also performed a couple of tracks off the album. The event was sponsored by Ciroc and Reebok. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

Photos: Chief Keef @ SOB’s, NYC

 |  June 26, 2012
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Interscope’s newest signee, Chief Keef, graced the Sob’s stage for his first ever performance in NY on Monday, June 25th.The event was hosted by Low Key and Hustle Simmons with music being provided by DJ Meka, Vic Lloyd and special guest DJ Funkmaster Flex. Special guests on the bill included Money Team, Black Dave, Sean Falyon, Tim Vocals, and Young Giftz. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

Photos: Ab-Soul @ SOB’s, NYC

 |  June 22, 2012
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Black Hippy/TDE member Ab-Soul took the stage at SOB’s on Thursday, June 21st for his first solo NYC show. The event was hosted by LowKey and featured performances from Kris Kasanova, Mike Jaggerr, Maffew Ragazino, and Joey Bada$$. Meka from 2DopeBoyz provided the music for the night. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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Waka Flocka Flame had his “Triple F Life” album release party during Webster Hall’s “Girls Night Out” on Thursday, June 14. Waka was joined by his Brick Squad crew and hundreds of amped up fans. Photos by Lucas Alvarado/Far Fetched Future.

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On Thursday, June 14, Nas held a listening session for his upcoming album, “Life Is Good” at the New Musuem in New York City. Guests in attendance included, Eric Sermon, DJ Khaled, and Swizz Beatz. Photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.

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Rick Ross and the MMG crew invited hip-hop’s who’s who out to Sin CIty in Bronx, New York to listen to their forthcoming album “Self Made, Vol.2.” In attendance was Rick Ross, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Wale, Omarion, Meek Mill, Gunplay, Stalley,Teyana Taylor, Elliott Wilson, Low Key, and DJ Self. All photos by Bernard Smalls

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Saturday, June 2, 2012 marked the start of the two day Roots Picnic, now in its fifth year. Held at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA, the event featured performances from The Roots, De La Soul, Wale, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Danny Brown, Mr. MFN eXquire and many more. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.

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On Thursday, May 31, 2012, Ryan Leslie gave a performance at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY for “Step Into The Black,” an event hosted by Fader and Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum. Nick Catchdubs provided DJ sets for the night. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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On Wednesday May 30, 2012, Travis Porter, the trio from Decatur, Georgia, held the release party for their debut album, “From Day 1″ at Greenhouse in New York City. The event featured guest performances from Elle Varner and Da Youngfellaz. Valerie Lora, DJ Self and Kazeem Famuyide were among the guests in attendance. DJ Sanity provided the opening set while Big Ben held it down for the remainder of the night. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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On Wednesday May 23, 2012, 1982, the producer/MC duo of Statik Selektah and Termanology, held a listening party for their new album “2012.” The event was hosted by Bun B and featured guest performances from Lil Fame and REKS.. Statik and Sammy Needlz kept the records spinning throughout the night, while the MCs took the stage. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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On Thursday May 17, 2012 Yo Gotti brought the trap to NYC when he performed at SOB’s on the Road To Riche$ Tour. Gotti was also joined by Zed Zilla, D-Shep, DJ Greg Street and more. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos and videos from this performance. All photos and videos by Bernard Smalls

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On Tuesday May 15, 2012, Big K.R.I.T. held an exclusive listening session for his forthcoming debut album, “Live From The Underground.” The event took place at Fight Klub Studios in NYC. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from this intimate event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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This year’s Internet Week kicked off on Monday May 14, 2012 and to celebrate, Mass Appeal and LastFM hosted an official first night after party at the Tribeca Grand in NYC. Internet Week New York is a week-long festival celebrating NYC’s thriving internet industry and it is now in its fifth year of operation. The event featured performances from Mr. Muthaf*ckin eXquire, Rye Rye, and Blaqstarr, and also included DJ sets by Blue Jemz and Dirtyfinger. Click through to see photos from this exclusive event. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.

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