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DJ Premier & Kendra Morris

Crate-digging bible Wax Poetics pimps its affiliated label artists and their influences with a monthly showcase. DJ Premier made history backing Guru in the sample-heavy Gang Starr, then by producing Jay-Z, Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Jeru the Damaja, and more. Now he’s leading his own label, Year Round Incorporated. WP signing Kendra Morris shares Premo’s love of soul, and her big voice can belt out her updated take on the genre with enough force to live up to its long history.

Thu., Sept. 29, 10 p.m., 2011

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Biz Markie+Lost Boyz+Rakim

Dust off your old school Adidas, ‘cuz tonight’s “Hip-Hop Legends” concert features the genre’s forgotten heroes. Say what? Biz Markie was the original “Just a Friend,” Lost Boyz released the single “Lifestyles Of the Rich & Shameless” (a hit until DJ Spigg Nice was arrested for multiple bank robberies), and Rakim (alongside MC Eric B) boasts an album titled The Seventh Seal, set for (non-Bergmanesque) release this fall. Also look for reprisals of UTFO’s “Roxanne, Roxanne,” Jeru Da Damaja’s “Ya Playin’ Yaself,” Lovebug Starski’s “Amityville (The House on the Hill),” and Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’s “Genius Rap,” featuring the first ever Tom Tom Club sample in history. Holla, Tina Weymouth!

Fri., Aug. 21, 11 p.m., 2009

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GET YOUR JUICES FLOWIN’

Can Studio B’s stage handle nearly all of Brooklyn’s hip-hop community?
After indie label Creative Juices had a minor hit with its mix tape Endless
Varieties––a compilation of hip-hop by Brooklyn artists—it was clear that a second volume was needed. Endless Varieties 2 has a gaggle of hip-hop mixers and MCs, including Breez Evahflowin, Mista Sinista, L.i.f.e. Long, Jedi, Spae, LoDeck, and many (seriously many) more. The insane thing is that almost all of them will be performing at Studio B, with Heltah Skeltah and Jeru the Damaja headlining. The party also features an open bar, free giveaways (including classes at Dubspot Recording School), and T-shirts by Methods NYC.

Fri., March 14, 10 p.m., 2008