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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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Last night (March 20, 2012), the Wild Boy himself, Machine Gun Kelly celebrated the release of his Half Naked & Almost Famous EP in NYC at the Hiro Ballroom. MGK played host to a packed crowd as he performed some of his latest joints and also had some surprise guests show up including French Montana and Travis Porter. Pretty ladies were in attendance as well as Ciroc on deck. Photos by Marvin Harris in case you missed this wild night!

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On March 15th, an official press release went out that day and Reebok announced they’ve teamed up with Rick Ross, Mike Posner & Tyga for their newest campaign “It Takes A Lot To Make A Classic” (Tyga was unable to attend due to his tour schedule but is apart of the campaign). The campaign will highlight Reebok’s “Icon” footwear, Ex-o-Fit, WorkOut and Freestyle, while celebrating its rich history as The Classics brand.

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Stalley enjoyed a solid run in 2011 with the release of his third mixtape, Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Muzik). He hopes to keep the momentum going this year with the release of his next project, Savage Journey to the American Dream which will drop March 30th. Yesterday (March 12th, 2012), Stalley made his way to the Beats by Dre flagship store in New York City to put on display his latest work. Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill and others were in attendance to support one of MMG’s latest artists. All photos by Andrew Fennell.

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On Thursday March 8th, Big K.R.I.T. celebrated the release of his third critically-acclaimed mixtape, “4evaNaDay,” at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. NYC showed love for K.R.I.T. and K.R.I.T. showed it right back by putting on a tremendous performance. Smoke DZA, Big Sant and more were also on-hand. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.

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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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Southpaw, one of the most infamous venues in all of New York City, located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, hosted one of its final hip-hop shows on February 9, 2011. The show was headlined by Action Bronson and featured performances by Mr. Mutherf*ckin eXquire, Kyle Rapps and Soul Khan, as well as special guest appearances by acclaimed producer and spitter El-P, Smoke DZA, Despot, and many more. Click through to view performance and backstage photos from this historical event. All photos by YAHWEHone. Copyright 2012 Triumph Media Holdings, Inc.

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To say Marz Lovejoy has had an incredible 2011 would be an understatement. Opening the year on the heels of the release her debut EP, “This Little Light Of Mine,” Marz performed alongside Wu-Tang Clan and Erykah Badu at SXSW, putting on a show that New York Times’ writer Jon Pareles described as “among the best” at the festival. In October, she put on yet another stunning performance and stole the show at the A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta. She went on to win over crowds while opening for M.O.P. at CMJ and by opening for Curren$y, The Jets and special guest Wiz Khalifa at the “Jet World Order” album release party in November.
This year, she also made her feature film debut in director Sheldon Candis’ “LUV,” appearing amongst an all-star cast including Common, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, and Michael K. Williams. The film has been selected to compete in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. On the experience, Marz commented, “I’m very grateful and humbled by this opportunity. I got to be around creative professionals such as Common and director sheldon Candis who exposed me to new experiences and made my first film performance feel as natural as being myself. I’ll be honing in on this new love of mine as time progresses…and going to Sundance is really the cherry on top, I get to go to Sundance with a purpose, that’s exciting! ” Producers Gordon Bijelonic and Datari Turner added, “Marz Lovejoy is an incredible new talent and we look forward to working with her on more films in the future.” The 2012 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through January 29 , 2012 in Park City, Utah.

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On November 28th, 2011, Curren$y & The entire Jet Life Crew celebrated the release of the album “Jet World Order” at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. Wiz Khalifa, Marz Lovejoy & Statik Selektah also performed at the event. All photos by Anita Brathwaite. Copyright 2011 Triumph Media Holdings, Inc.
Jet World Order is now available worldwide.

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Smoke DZA celebrated the release of his new album, “Rolling Stoned,” last night at S.O.B’s. DZA packed the house and had the crowd going crazy, playing his new album in its entirety as well as some fan favorites. Photos 1-26 by Brock Fetch. Photos 27-106 by Talent. Copyright 2011 Gadfly Communications, Inc.

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