For the last six years, Guerilla Union has made it clear that festivals and hip-hop are not mutually exclusive. Seeking to establish themselves as a bankable promotion company with the longevity of say a Goldenvoice, Guerilla Union continues to expand by developing all of their groundbreaking festivals (Paid Dues, Smokeout). However, the foundation for Chang Weisberg’s company is Rock the Bells. From their reunions (Rage Against the Machine, Pharcdye, Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, last show with all original members) and surprise performances to their dedication to showcasing artists passionate about the culture, Rock the Bells is more than a festival; it is a historic experience. After each festival comes to a close, fans provide suggestions as to who they would like to see at the next installment, but somehow Guerilla Union is able to always surpass it. The …
URBHD.tv sent Jeremiah Alexis the Urban Nomad on the hunt for Ms. Hill in Northern Cali. And while he caught some serious vibes at one of America’s longest running festival, plus some rare live footage of the elusive star, she wouldn’t speak to us. The hunt continues.
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While the LA rave scene was imploding last week, waaaay up in Northern Cali, a few hundred freaks were getting their techno-hip-hop-yoga-camp on at Harmony Fest, a two day celebration of all things colorful and hemp. URB roving correspondant Urban Nomad ventured up north to get the story, and to stalk one Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Last month, URB let loose a whale of a news item stating that Lauryn Hill and A Tribe Called Quest would be performing at this years Rock the Bells. Then came the RTB press conference and neither artist was announced. Of course there was the expected pile-on of haters saying we blew the call—but it turns out we were just so far ahead of the curve suckas couldn’t see it. …MORE
Dessa of the Doomtree crew took some time out from her busy touring schedule to discuss the past, present and future of her career. From humble origins in the Minneapolis slam poetry scene to selling out shows alongside P.O.S. on the Every Never Is Now Tour, Dessa has emerged as one of the most diverse and talented artists in indie rap. When she’s not on the mic she finds time to write thought-provoking works of creative non-fiction and poetry and teaches a hip hop diploma program at McNally Smith. Also check out the video for “Dixon’s Girl” from her stellar full-length debut A Badly Broken Code at the end of our interview.
URB: Who were your influences when you first got into writing and performing?
DESSA: It was a writer of creative non-fiction named Dave Eggers, who was …