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Birthplace Magazine, the award-winning publication covering New York-area hip hop music and culture, presents The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, a weekly listener call-in “talk radio” program that will create a platform for discussion and dialog regarding New York-area hip hop news, music, artists, events and organizations.

Birthplace Magazine, the award-winning publication covering New York-area hip hop music and culture, presents The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, a weekly listener call-in “talk radio” program that will create a platform for discussion and dialog regarding New York-area hip hop news, music, artists, events and organizations.
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Birthplace Magazine, the award-winning publication covering New York-area hip hop music and culture, presents The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, a weekly listener call-in “talk radio” program that will create a platform for discussion and dialog regarding New York-area hip hop news, music, artists, events and organizations.






Sean Price, Wyclef, Produkt Plus Rock Steady Crew Anniversary And End Of The Weak Recaps & The “Real” NY Rap Scene

The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces once again proved itself to be the single most informative New York rap resource on the planet (probably) with another hour-plus long episode recapping the latest in NY rap news, new releases, event recaps and upcoming event previews. Host Manny Faces, who was a guest as several premiere industry events including a private listening party for Wyclef’s The Carnival III, Sean Price’s Imperius Rex and Produkt’s Change The Frequency, and relayed the...

Duration: 01:11:49

Joe Budden & Hip Hop "Journalism," Jay-Zs 4:44, More #RIPProdigy News and more

In this episode of The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, Manny speaks on the current state of hip-hop journalism, in response to the Joe Budden vs Migos uproar at the BET awards. As an award-winning new media journalist, Manny has plenty to say about the subject. Upcoming releases from prominent New York-area hip-hop artists were also discussed, including Nitty Scott, a posthumous release from Sean Price and Jay-Z's upcoming 4:44. As always, Manny brought much deserved attention to...

Duration: 01:10:58

RIP Prodigy, JSWISS Interview, Event (P)reviews

On this episode of The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, we pay tribute to the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Few MCs personified gritty, visual, memorable New York rap better than Prodigy, and his contributions will surely be treasured for years to come. We also spent some time kicking it with JSWISS, a talented young artist, as he announced his upcoming monthly summer residency at Rockwood Music Hall, bringing together an assortment of incredible musicians and special guests. As always,...

Duration: 01:12:59

Will the Real Hip-Hop Museum/Hall of Fame Please Stand Up

Episode six of the new format, and The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to smart, passionate discussion about New York-area hip hop music and culture. For this episode, Manny Faces recapped outstanding recent hip hop-related happenings in and around NYC, including the inspiring and innovative #HipHopHacks event held at Spotify (at which Manny was the opening speaker), as well as an album release party for internationally touring, independent...

Duration: 01:21:00

Summer of NY Hip Hop // #ForTheCulture? // Event recaps [S05E05]

In this episode, Manny Faces recapped a few exciting events from the past week, and broke down some of the many upcoming events scheduled for the next few months in NY hip hop music and culture, including Freestyle Mondays, the Tools of War old school hip hop park jams, and the (overpriced??) Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

Duration: 01:01:42

Napoleon Da Legend, Black Privilege, NY Hip Hop Event (P)Reviews, Ticket Giveaways & More [S05E04]

The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces continued with its new format and flow, airing another episode via the Facebook Live platform. In this episode, as always, Manny Faces shed much needed light on the plethora of New York area hip-hop-related happenings, by recapping the past week (including star-studded concerts by iconic veterans like T.I. and buzzing up-and-comers like A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) and previewing upcoming events (including the lyrical legend Kool G. Rap’s album release...

Duration: 01:06:05

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Hot 97 Summer Jam Plus NY Rap News & End Of The Weak [S05E03]

Both the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and Hot 97’s “Summer Jam” released schedules and lineups in past days. Manny Faces provided a breakdown of the artists set to perform, as well as — particularly in the case of the multi-day Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival — information regarding other events scheduled to take place. The episode’s sponsor, aside from New York hip-hop’s #1 website and event calendar,, was End of the Weak, a staple of underground and independent hip-hop music...

Duration: 01:24:42

New York Hip-Hop: New Releases, Event (P)Reviews, Illspokinn & Freestyle Mondays [S05E02]

Well, we managed to pull this off for a second week so I guess it’s official. The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces continued its new season and new format with another episode aired via Facebook Live, featuring news from around the NYC-area hip hop world. New releases from Talib and Styles P, Homeboy Sandman and others were discussed and previewed, and Manny Faces interviewed Illspokinn, host of the long-running Freestyle Mondays event series. We shared information about upcoming...

Duration: 01:12:30

New York Hip Hop: Don't Call It (or us) a Comeback [S05E01]

The return of The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces to a weekly schedule, with a new live video show format, touched on recent NY-area hip hop events, new releases, New York rap radio and more.

Duration: 01:11:21

Blues to Hip Hop, New York hip hop events and more

Hey all! We're taking it from hip hop, back to the Blues, and kicking it with Beareather Reddy and Nadii about the upcoming Big Eyed Blues Festival. They are kicking the 10th annual event off with a discussion about the Blues and Hip Hop, that our host Manny Faces is participating in, so tonight,we'll chat a bit about that connection. Plus, event previews and more.

Duration: 01:26:20

Hip hop talk radio: New York area hip hop news, updates, (p)reviews

As we do every week, we're here to bring you the best of New York's vast hip hop music and culture, in a talk radio format. Tune in to catch timely topics, and hear about new music, upcoming events and more. Tonight, we'll go over some recent releases by area-artists, review events, preview others and as always, we'll be keeping the phone lines open for your calls on any topic related to NY-area hip hop music and culture. Tonight's episode is brought to you by, New...

Duration: 01:20:12

Ageism in hip-hop, The Pioneers & Macklemore and more

Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore recently dropped a song, "Downtown," which featured hip hop pioneers including Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers, Melle Mel of Grandmasster Flash and the Furious Five, and Kool Moe Dee, know for hits like "Wild, Wild West" and "Go See The Doctor." While many praised Macklemore for putting veteran hip hop architects on a song -- something few have seen fit to do -- there were plenty who looked at the situation differently. Some felt that the...

Duration: 01:57:56

Sean Price Remembered, Taking YOUR Calls, plus NY Hip Hop Event Recaps & more

The hip hop world received another shock this weekend, as news spread about the passing of veteran rap artist Sean Price. The Brooklyn rap heavyweight has been making braggadocious, clever, hard-hitting music as a member of Boot Camp Clik's Heltah Skeltah, with Black Milk & Guilty Simpson as Random Axe, and as a successful solo artist. The Duck Down Music representative reportedly passed away in his sleep on Saturday, August 8, 2015. We will, as we have in the past for other fallen members...

Duration: 01:34:00

Hot 97, Ebro, Ghostface vs. Action Bronson, ghostwriting & more

The hip hop music world has been abuzz for the last couple of weeks as explosive, divisive events have spurred conversation and controversey. Queens-bred upstart Action Bronson's flippant response to a question regarding what many consider the father of his style, Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah, received backlash from many hip hop purists and Tony Starks himself! Meanwhile, Meek Mill's assertions that Drake resorts to the use of ghostwriters, with the help of NY's own Funkmaster Flex backing...

Duration: 01:34:46

Supreme BARS, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Hip Hop Saved My Life

Did hip hop save your life? We're talking about what that means and welcoming calls on the subject. We're also speaking with the folks from Supreme BARS, the monthly MC & producer battle that pits lyricists and beatmakers against each other! Tune in, call up!

Duration: 01:40:15

RIP Pumpkinhead, plus Props to Hip Hop and Rhymes & Designs

The independent hip hop community lost a veteran MC and, by all accounts, a genuinely cool cat this week, as word spread that Brooklyn-based battle vet PH fka Pumpkinhead passed away. Social media quickly and feverishly spread word of the family man's passing, as countless members of the hip hop world, from New York and around the world, expressed shock and sadness. We'll talk about the life and career of the fiery BK spitter, and plan to hear from some who know him directly. We'll also...

Duration: 01:44:59

Is Gentrification Killing New York's Hip Hop Soul?

Year three of The NY Hip Hop Report on BlogTalkRadio kicks off with this important, and polarizing topic. In our three years covering, discussing and receiving your insight on the New York-area's thriving, progressive hip hop musical and cultural scene, we can't help but to notice the elephant in the room: Gentrification. The influx of outsiders moving into the five boroughs, changing neighborhoods, iconic New York establishments disappearing, skyrocketing rents and the continued focus by...

Duration: 01:34:01

New York and Kendrick Lamar, I Am Strong Island Concert Series and more

For this episode, we talk a little about Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly," what it means for hip hop in general, what New York thought of it, and why some people need to shut up about how great it might be. We also have a talk with DC3 of Long Island's Central Station, who has been running a series called the I Am Strong Island Concert Series, highlighting talent from the sixth borough. He'll share his thoughts about the state of Long Island rap, as well as some thoughts about why...

Duration: 01:38:22

New NY Rap Releases, Netflix Casting, Grand Daddy I.U.

Bringing you the best hip hop music and culture news and releases from the region in the form of a talk show, a la sports talk radio. The NY Hip Hop Report is back for another week, and we'll be discussing new releases from some of NY rap's fringe artists, who are nonetheless making much noise, like Ratking and Heems. We'll discuss the new Laz Buhrmann Netflix series,The Get Down, and remind folks that they have two days left to audition. The show has stated they want authenticity so...

Duration: 01:38:02

F The Grammys, Plus Ralph McDaniels, NY Rap Roundup & Your Calls

Ah, Grammys night. Time for all the non-top-40 rap fans to call out the Academy's lack of "real hip hop" understanding. Yet, as the masochists they are, they'll watch. And moan. And complain. And walk away with the reinforced, yet still false, assertion that hip hop is d-e-d dead. What they should be doing, is tuned in to Episode 115 of our live talk show, where we highlight many aspects of hip hop music and culture that the Grammys, and even our hometown hip hop media, ignore. We'll give...

Duration: 01:40:13

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