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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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Smoke DZA and ASAP Rocky are putting Harlem back on the map. iHipHop obtained exclusive photos from the set of Smoke’s latest video, “4 Loko,” directed by Kory Smith and Cristopher Schafer on behalf of Visually Inklined. The song will be featured on Smoke DZA’s forthcoming album, “Rolling Stoned” which drop August 30th. The album features guest appearances by Bun B, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, ASAP Rocky, Fiend, Trademark Da Skydiver, ScHoolboy Q, Big Sant, and Den10. All photos by Brock Fetch. Copyright 2011 Gadfly Communications, Inc.

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Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music partnered with Heineken for this summer’s Heineken Red Star Access. The 18-date tour kicked off at NYC’s Santos Party House on June 28th with performances by CyHi Da Prince and Pusha T, accompanied by a full band. All photos and videos by JaimLou. Copyright 2011 Gadfly Communications, Inc.

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On May 13th, Odd Future stormed into the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan and took control of the stage….and the crowd. From OFWGKTA wreaking havoc on stage to Tyler and company diving into the crowd, we’ve got it all on film.

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iHipHop returned to Austin to co-sponsor a tremendous showcase featuring Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, Yelawolf, Fishbone, Marz Lovejoy, Rocky Business, Trouble Andrew, and more. Until next year, we invite you to take a look back at this memorable event and enjoy these performance and backstage photos. All photos by Brock Fetch. Copyright 2011 Gadfly Communications, Inc.

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