This week will be the last weekly Wednesday for Props at Le Poisson Rouge for a while. We are going back to the drawing board after 9 years at APT, and 3 years at LPR. One love to each and everybody who has supported us over the last few years, and here's to our next good times together. It's been a fantastic 12 year weekly run overall, and it's simply time to rethink things for the future. Special shouts to my partner in crime Akalepse, for riding with me on this crazy trip between Little Ricky's Rib Shack at APT, and Props at LPR. We got more work to do son...know that. Here's to the future...
WHAT: "Rich Who?" Party WHERE: New Parish, Oakland California WHEN: Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Catching up with my old friend Starr and her beautiful family, meeting LeVar Burton in my hotel lobby before dinner, billboard mobbin', J Boogie rockin' the opening set.
WHAT: 99.9% History Discussion WHERE: The Lunch Breaks Show WHEN: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Back on the east coast catching a ride into Manhattan with Grand Wizard Theodore after our afternoon on The Lunchbreaks Show with Crazy Legs and Afrika Bambaataa.
WHAT: Props with Supreme La Rock WHERE: Le Poisson Rouge NYC WHEN: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
The one and only Supreme LaRock doin' his thang at Props.
WHAT: Storyboard WHERE: Salvador Bahia, Brazil WHEN: August 22nd to 25th, 2013.
Them papers, a Pelourinho roda, Pelourinho Square, Mr Carlos Moore, "The Black Pages", DJ Sankofa, Sankofa Bar on fire, remember Sistema Kalakuta, and one last trip to the beach.
WHAT: Wild Style 30 Year Anniversary WHERE: East River Park, NYC WHEN: Monday, August 26th, 2013
With my brother Lee Quinones at East River Park for the Wild Style 30 Year Anniversary Jam. Also with Ahmed Henderson ( Zulu Warriors), Linda Lopez ( B Boy Records) Muhammad Islam ( Zulu Warriors), and Eric Orr ( Orr Designs).
WHAT: Rooftop Bangin' WHERE: San Jose, Costa Rica WHEN: August 28th to August 31st.
Yes, the rhythm the rebel, without a pause, I'm lowering my level - Chuck D.
Welcome to Week 96.
WHAT: Ol' Dirty Sundays WHERE: Crow Bar, Tampa WHEN: Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Another incredible night in Tampa with my ODS crew. Shouts to my cousin Trisha for coming out to rock with me too!
WHAT: Life Is Good WHERE: Tropicana Hotel, Tampa Florida WHEN: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Poolside session and jokes with The ODS crew, a very curious little guy who realy wanted to learn about DJing, and a great chat with the man of the house on my way tot he aiport.
WHAT: Master Of Records Archive WHERE: WHEN: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Cornell University's Rare Books and Manuscripts Archive just purchased Afrika Bambaataa's entire record collection. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the last people to lay hands on this National Treasure before it goes into protective storage forever. Here's a few shots from an insane afternoon of discovery, excitement, and rock solid records from one of the most incredible record collections ever assembled. www.preservinghiphop.org
WHAT: Props WHERE: Le Poisson Rouge, NYC WHEN: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Rock Steady Crew's "Ghetto Made" performance closure at Central Park Summerstage, followed by Crazy Legs joining me and Akalepse for a night of mixing and bboy antics at Props, The Official Rock Steady Crew Afterparty. Foolishness! RSC For Life.
WHAT: Sol Power WHERE: Tropicalia, Washington DC WHEN: Friday, August 2nd, 2013
This shot does the party no justice, trust me. One enormous love to DJ Stylus and Mark aka The Sol Power All Stars, for inviting me to rock with them at Tropicalia on August 2nd. The energy in that room was totally insane...all damn night!
WHAT: Rich Medina 45 Bag Release Party WHERE: Kun Fu Necktie, Philly WHEN: Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
RMxTB 45 Bag Release Party #2 in Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie... Holy shit! Big up to Case Bloom, Li'l Dave, James and Cosmo Baker for an incredible night at home in celebration of our bag collabo.
WHAT: 2nd Street Festival WHERE: North Bowl Parking Lot WHEN: Sunday, August 4th, 2013
Incredible afternoon of yacht rock, dance classics, funk and soul in the sun at The 2nd Street Festival. Thanks and one love to both North Bowl and The Shakedown guys for having me on board. Led Zep for the win today...
WHAT: Camaradas WHERE: Harlem, NYC WHEN: Monday, August 5th, 2013
Me and my brother Kool Bob Love had East Harlem on fire tonight. Strictly analog flavored power in El Barrio. Looking forward to September Bob!
WHAT: Props Presents the Rich Medina 45 Bag Release Party WHERE: Le Poisson Rouge, NYC WHEN: Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
RMxTB Bag Release Party #3 at Props with myself, Akalepse, Li'l Dave, Case Bloom and DJ Scratch, who beat the hell out of the place. Thanks again gents!
Incredible night at my Free Candy monthly alongside fellow resident DJ PQ and special guest DJ Soul. Brooklyn been showing your man a lot of love at this one, and the guests have been off the meters too. Shouts to everyone who's rocked with us so far, and here's to DJ Get Live coming up in Spetember!
What better wat to close out a long string of work that to rock as support for my peoples Hiatus Kaiyote at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. These guys are about to blow. One love to Scott Barkham for doing sucha good job of managing our respective careers dow the right path, and honored to have closed this trip as a team.
Today, I'm a hair behind on my post event news, and I apologize for that. It happens, as I'm sure many of you can attest. Praise God the work is flowing, and there's often not enough hours in the day though. Damn sure beats not having anthing constructive to do with my time. Here's to all my hustlers out there gettting busy doing what they do best. Godspeed everybody, and enjoy this week's newsletter, which ends with July 27th. Next week, we wil bring the entire newsletter up to date and stay there. One love. Rich.
I ain't no joke, I used to let the mic smoke, now I slam it when i'm done & make sure it's broke - The God MC.
Welcome to Week 95.
WHAT: 4th Of July WHERE: Brooklyn WHEN: Thursday, July 4th, 2013
Salute DJ CLark Kent for the invite to rock at his annual $h of July BBQ. Craziness.
WHAT: Latinique WHERE: The Shrine, Chicago WHEN: Thursday, July 11th, 2013
One love to David Sabat & DJ Leggo for having me rock with them at Latinique. There's always something very special aout playing house music in Chicago, and tonight was no exception to that fact. Thank you gents, and here's to the next one! Shouts to the brother who hit me off with the Chicago Soul shirt too. My dumb ass forgot to pack a shirt, so not only is your your shirt dope, it was also key to me not stinking someone out of their seat on my flight the next morning haha.
Zoo levels as usual, alongside my man DJ PQ and special guest DJ Parler. Holy crap!
WHAT: Props WHERE: Le Poisson Rouge, NYC WHEN: Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Another rock solid night at Props, praise God. This week our family from St Petersburg Russia came through to rock with us. Pictured is DJ Slava. After they treated us so lovely over there, it was only right to invite them to our side for the same respect.
WHAT: Tony Allen Tour WHERE: 1015 Folsom, San Francisco WHEN: Friday, July 19th, 2013
Beyond capacity less than an hour after doors. What a fucking treat it is to rock as support talent for one of my musical heroes Baba Tony Allen. Amazing show put on by everyone involved.
WHAT: Tony Allen Tour WHERE: Fresno, California WHEN: Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Happy birthday Baba Tony! Enroute to Fresno. Tour van moments with your idols are priceless...
WHAT: Giant Step Party WHERE: Le Bain, New York City WHEN: Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Another banger on to of the Standard Hotel in New York City.
WHAT: Black Bird Ordinary WHERE: Downtown Miami WHEN: Thursday, July 25th, 2013
The devil is in the details. Shouts to Blackbird Ordinary for the ill chalk drawing hanging over the bar, and an amazing party. Spooked me at first, but I loved it shortly thereafter haha.
WHAT: Rich Medina 45 Bag Release Party #1 WHERE: No. 308, Nashville Tennessee WHEN: Fridau, July 26th, 2013
10. WHAT: The Garage WHERE: The Standard, St. Augustine Florida WHEN: Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Post party with The Garage crew, Lazy Afternoon crew, affiliated Garage family, and my brother Ian Rock. Incredible night in St. Augustine. Thanks guys, and here's to more!
Cornell University. June 2013. Teaching a lecture with Steve Pond and Ben Ortiz on breaks and ther place in Hip Hop's early growth stages to The Class of 1983 at Lincoln Hall. By the way, we just posted some of our latest acquisition, the archive of The Master Of Records Afrika Bambaata. Peep game here: http://gavinbrown.biz/home/exhibitions/2013/afrika-bambaataa.html
Y'all still followin' Lindsey, you don't see that low hand? - KRS One - AZTECHNICAL.
Welcome to Week 94.
No photo gallery this week. Your man had a few days off believe it or not. This week we get it poppin' with The Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival early Wednesday night followed by Props at LPR with my dude Akalepse. Thursday, we're off to Chicago for Latinique at The Shrine with David Sabat and DJ Lego, and Saturday we're back in BK at Free Candy for Revival with DJ PQ and special guest DJ Parler.
This past Friday, The Rich Medina 45 Bag posted for presale on www.tucker-bloom.com. We plan to go full retail on July 22nd, but you can pre order your very own bag on the site. The pre sale Press Release is posted below, once again. I'm really excited about this project, and I can only hope that my digging and craftsman friends can get excited about it too. One love everybody.
Conceived by DJ Rich Medina, powered by Tucker & Bloom
Tucker & Bloom, a Nashville based bag company touting 30 years of industry experience proudly announces a new branded artist collaboration. Introducing the Rich Medina 45 Bag, a collabo with renowned Philadelphia taste-maker, DJ Rich Medina.
“After decades of touring with bags that would eventually wear down and be replaced by the newest flavor of the month, this collaborative opportunity with Tucker & Bloom presented me with my first chance to help develop a product that is not only practical for the working class DJ who carries 45 RPM records, but further, almost any other working professional looking for a durable, high quality shoulder bag to add to their tool kit or traveling luggage."
A sleek attaché style carry on, the Rich Medina 45 Bag was designed to carry the DJ's 7 inch records attractively and safely on the road. Filling a market void for high quality, stylish over the shoulder bags with an emphasis on practicality, the roomy protected main chamber was specifically designed for multipurpose functionality. As Tucker & Bloom co-founder, Case Bloom puts it:
“We challenged ourselves to maintain the highest of standards needed for a record bag throughout the entire development process. While the bag was specifically designed to carry Rich’s 7 inch records, it became clear in the early stages that our focus on storage and protection meant the bag would work with almost anything. In short, if this bag is good enough for Rich’s records, it’s going to work for whatever else you need to carry, be it camera gear, laptops, cosmetics and anything else that needs protecting in transit.”
With a tastefully modern aesthetic, the Rich Medina 45 Bag wears as well at the office as it does behind the DJ booth, or in the overhead compartment.
Constructed with heavy weight 1680 denier ballistic nylon, and sturdy leather covered AVS molded frame with steel steel rivets, the Rich Medina 45 Bag is encased in a sleek exterior, with a rich padded velvet interior.
The bag will be available for pre-order Friday July 5th on www.tucker-bloom.com with the official release to follow shortly after.
Tucker & Bloom is a father son bag company headquartered in Nashville, TN. They are committed to clean functional design and domestic manufacturing.