Meet the Only Rapper on Earth Who's Collaborated With Nas and the Dalai Lama

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Dwagie
There's only one rapper on the entire face of the Earth who has collaborated with both Nas and the Dalai Lama, and his name is Dwagie. A living legend, Dwagie is widely credited with releasing the first all-Chinese rap album, 2002's Lotus From the Tongue. His latest, Refuse to Listen, further bridges the gap between Taiwan's and America's hip-hop scenes, boasting both an appearance by Nas, on the title track, and production from DJ Premier. The Taiwanese MC is playing a rare American show Friday at Highline Ballroom along with his country's two other biggest music stars, A-Lin and Ascent, and an additional show Saturday at Coco 66. We spoke to Dwagie about having pioneered a hip-hop scene in Taiwan, as well as if it was harder to get the Dalai Lama or Nas on a track.

See also: Meet Logic, the Punctual, Seinfeld-Loving Rapper Who Turned Down a Deal With Nas

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A Complete Guide to Hip-Hop at CMJ 2014

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Joey Bada$$ Brings Pro Era to CMJ
It's the most wonderful time of the year as CMJ has once again descended over the good people of New York City. The College Music Journalism festival is bringing over 1,000 acts across all genres to the city, which makes planning a five-day foray into the fires of college radio a touch daunting. Those among you who are hip-hop heads (i.e., the coolest kids) are in luck: We've assembled a rundown of everything beats-and-rhymes happening at CMJ this year.

While you've probably heard about the Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era showcase on Thursday, or the free Tommy Boy showcase on Wednesday, one of the best parts about CMJ has always been the opportunity to see acts that are never really in New York. Hip-hop especially benefits this week, and this year is no exception, as artists from such exotic locations as Taiwan and Alabama will be showing what they can do with a mic. Here's a day-by-day breakdown of everything CMJ.

See also: The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: The Complete List

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Can You Spot the Fake CMJ Panels?

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There's a lot to be learned at the many CMJ 2013 panels. "How to Survive as a Musician in 2013," for instance, will teach you everything there is to know about surviving as a musician in the year 2013, all of which can be learned in around an hour. Similarly, the panel discussion called "Jam Packed: The Explosion of Music Festivals" is guaranteed* to make you an expert** about the explosion of music festivals next time that particular topic is brought up in casual conversation***. (* not really guaranteed; ** "expert" used loosely; *** almost never). But, like any speaker program with lots of holes to fill, some of the panels seem to be reaching a bit--like a few haphazard ideas were tossed out over lunch and a couple of people decided "It'll do. Put it on the schedule." Is "It's going to be a lot harder for you than it was for me, kid" a real CMJ 2013? No. We made that one up. But it is the overarching theme to most panels. We've made up a few more panels below, and mixed them in with some honest to goodness real ones. Can you spot the fakes?

Full list of conference panels here.

See also: What I Learned At the CMJ Panels: Not Much

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How To Maximize Your CMJ Experience

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Catch Hunters at CMJ 2013

It's that time of year again where the venues of New York City--in particular, the Lower East Side and Williamsburg--are flush with eager music fans hoping to catch a secret show with an artist they love or discover their new favorite band from Iceland/the UK/New Zealand/etc. The CMJ Music Marathon kicks off Tuesday, and there are a plethora of events--including rock n' roll yoga and film screenings--to choose from.

See also: What I Learned At the CMJ Panels: Not Much

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Photos: The People and Hats of CMJ 2012

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Lots of people wore hats at CMJ this year. Here's proof. All photos Laura June Kirsch.

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- Photos: The People and Acts of CMJ 2012
- Photos: CMJ 2011

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What I Learned At the CMJ Panels: Not Much

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Last week, as a self-assigned endurance test (and out of an occasional true interest in the subject matter), I attended as many CMJ panels as I possibly could -- the good, the bad, the sparsely attended, and the boring -- with a tape recorder, a cup of iced coffee (not quite willing to submit to the looming hot-coffee weather), and what was probably a poorly camouflaged smirk. The future of radio, social media, crowdfunding, launching a music start-up: I heard experts weigh in on it all in 10 panels. And it wasn't pretty.


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You're Invited To The Village Voice CMJ Showcase Day Party Tomorrow

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So come, won't you? Doors open at noon thirty at Cake Shop, and you're all welcome. All of you. Even if you don't have a CMJ badge. It's zero dollars, and we've got a stellar lineup which includes much buzzed-about ukele retiree Dent May, ramshackle trash-blues duo Deap Vally, the delicate Delicate Steve, the heavenly Heavenly Beat and New Orleans sissy bounce phenom Vockah Redu. Go and drink and dance and eat cake. We'll see you there. Set times and details in the giant flyer beneath these words.

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AraabMuzik - DCTV Firehouse - 10/18/12

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Better Than: Assyrian Muzik

The joys of, private, unheralded CMJ events: free drinks, no lines, no crowding, and no pressure to challenge yourself and connect with a new artist. It's a luxury seldom afforded in a world of door quotas, fire-code violations, and leaps of faith.

See Also:

- Best of NYC, Best Producer: AraabMuzik
- Live: AraabMuzik Bridges The Gap Between Old And New At East River Park


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Make Time for These Hip-Hop Shows at CMJ 2012

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By all means, enjoy the whispy waifs warbling their sensitive indie ballads up and down the city during CMJ. But make time for some hip-hop while you do. Here are a few acts worth your time.

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- Don't Miss These Bands At CMJ
- Handy CMJ Flowchart Panel Selector

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A Handy Flowchart For Selecting Your 2012 CMJ Panels, Day 3

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Welp, here we go again--Day 3 of CMJ 2012 serves up 23 music biz panels during the day which are accessible only to people with the all-access badges, followed at night by another frenzied shitstorm of concerts, the best of which probably will decide not to let you in even if you do have one of the damn things. For our money, the finest venue at CMJ is certainly NYU's Kimmel Student Center, on the southern end of Washington Square Park. Won't you join us?

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