Taking a page from Rock the Bells, the Red Bull Music Academy will be celebrating the iconic album releases from New York City hip-hop giants, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, The Diplomats, Slick Rick and Black Moon with a series of concerts at the end of the month.
Each act will host a performance and represent their respective boroughs, along with a preliminary discussion about each of their seminal releases. Starting on Sunday, September 25, Queens duo Mobb Deep will perform their seminal LP, The Infamous, along with a special appearance by fellow Q-Borough native Lloyd Banks at Webster Hall. On Tuesday, Septermber 27, The Bronx’s Slick Rick will recite his debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, in the Paradise Theater after a discussion with DJ D-Nice. The Wu-Tang Clan will come home to Staten Island and rock out to their first disc, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), at Shaolin’s Eve Ultra Lounge the following Wednesday and Brooklyn’s Black Moon will come to Southpaw to play Enta Da Stage on Thursday along with a lil’ help from hometown hero Big Daddy Kane. Closing out the week will be The Diplomats, who will perform Diplomatic Immunity in full, at the Best Buy Theater on Friday, September 30 along with Harlem associate Vado. Earlier in the day, the Dipset members will talk about the making of the CD at the Harlem School of Arts.
For a complete list of show times and information on how to purchase tickets, visit Red Bull Music Academy’s Web site here. —Elan Mancini