For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

If you’ve ever stumbled across one of the many outdoor festivals New York City has to offer and swayed to the lush, island rhythms emanating from musicians on a nearby stage, odds are that you were listening to an incredibly gifted band from south shore Long Island called Noah’s ARC. Formed by a group of friends and family who all shared a love of Ska, Rock Steady, Dub and Roots Reggae, the band has been showcasing their own unique brand of groove-based music since the late 90′s.

Noah’s ARC (aka “No One’s ARC”) is composed of Carl “Hookey Dookey” Obrig (saxophones, penny whistles, percussion), “The Mouse” Mark Rios (drums), Craig “Padre” Pagano (guitar/vocals), Scot Gropper aka “Blip Blopper”(keys/guitar/vocals), James “The Conspiracy” Pipa (bass/guitar/vocals) and “The Criminal” aka “Deathwish”, Noah Pagano (bass/guitar/vocals). Aside from festivals, the group also perform at colleges and clubs throughout the northeast U.S.(Note: The writer of this article saw them at the Garibaldi stage at Washington Square Park & they were phenomenal!)

So check out the band when they’re in your area. You’ll be amazed at how they incorporate elements of rock, funk and free jazz into their performances without losing the essence and purity of the musical traditions of Jamaica. Noah’s ARC may be a local group at the moment…but this powerful band will soon be embraced by the world.

Below, the group performs with legendary vocalist, Watty Burnett of the world famous Congos(who plays select dates with the band).

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Comedian, Kathy Griffin has her own unique take on the Ice Bucket Challenge. According to The New York Post, she is offering a special proposal to Nicki Minaj – A booty challenge. Kathy stated, “Of course, everyone’s talking about that “Anaconda” video and it’s fantastic. It’s a lot of boo-tay and I would like to challenge Nicki to a boo-tay-off…It doesn’t even have any charity associated with it at all. It’s completely gratuitous.” We know this challenge will never see the light of day, but it does make us laugh. Here’s Kathy on the Queen Latifah show struggling to say a few nice things about celebrities.

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Nicki Minaj makes the news again. Her “Anaconda” video received 19.6 million views within 24 hours of its release on Vevo. That’s a new record for the video hosting service. I guess that means we should play the video again. Okay, that one’s for you. But you know we also have to get in a throwback clip too. Since Nicki lands on top again, there’s only one choice. Check out “I Am Your Leader.”

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Twista showcases his dark side in the impressive video for “Devil’s Angel.” Don’t watch this before bed. It’s sure to induce nightmares.

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On Wednesday, Lupe Fiasco appeared on Twitter to offer fans a special treat – a one verse song…for $500!!! It was only a matter of time before another rapper chimed in with a comment. Kid Cudi was first to step up to the plate. He Tweeted: “What are you doing with the money your makin from this? Are u givin some of this money ur about to make to a charity orrrrr??” Lupe responded by writing, “The same thing I do with money from my non-personalized verses.” Hey, even if Tupac or Biggie were to come back, we’d be hard pressed to pay $500 for a verse…but that’s just us. Lupe, don’t let anyone knock your hustle.

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