Exponentially fresh.

Head on over to Sutra if you’re in New York City tonight – not only is there no cover and no RSVP required, but there will be an open bar from 11p-midnight accompanying DJ sets by lovely people like Stretch Armstrong, Roxy Cottontail, Jasmine Solano, and more. Go enjoy a beautiful evening.

It’s the homie Pack FM’s birthday, and to celebrate he is having a free show tonight at Drom on Ave. A. GMS and JS-1 on the turntables, some special guests most certainly coming through, and oh yeah…I’ll be  holding down the merch table, and I don’t get out much these days so it would be nice to see some of you! Plus it’s free, so what’s your excuse?

Lots of Curren$y-related news today, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. His new album The Stoned Immaculate will be dropping June 5th, his lead single with Wale is out today (see below for a stream), and his tour kicks off in April in Houston, TX. Damn! Check out the lengthy details in the press release as well:

April 3, 2012: Burbank, CA:

New Orleans’ “Jet Life” ambassador Curren$y will release his newest project The Stoned Immaculate on June 5thth via Warner Bros. Records.  The full-length studio album’s lead single, “What It Look Like,” features Maybach Music Group rapper Wale and premiered on Complex.com today (April 3rd) at http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/premiere-currensy-f-wale-what-it-look-like.  On April 8th, the video for “What It Look Like” will premiere on MTV2’s Sucker Free and beginning April 9th will be MTV Jams’ Jam of the Week.  “What It Look Like” will go on sale at iTunes on April 10th.

In the upcoming weeks, Curren$y will embark on the “Jet Life: The Stoned Immaculate” tour, which kicks off April 19th in Houston, TX.  The tour will preface fans for The Stoned Immaculate and its June 5th release.  Fans eager to pre-order the album can do so beginning April 20th at CurrensySpitta.com.  Dates are below.

The Stoned Immaculate is the latest project from Curren$y, a rapper whose work ethic is unmatched in the Hip-Hop game.  Just last year he released the critically-acclaimed projects Weekend At Burnies’ (its title a play on the 1989 cult classic film Weekend at Bernies’) and the Alchemist-helmed Covert Coupe, which New York Magazine called “a solid ten-song block of underground head-nodding, uninterrupted by pop hooks, production shifts, or anything else that might break the spell.”  Since last year, Spitta has released his Verde Terrace mixtape, with DJ Drama, a 5-song FreEP called Here released to fans via Twitter during Superbowl weekend, and most recently an EP collaboration with Yonkers rapper Styles P titled #The1st28.

Initially signed to fellow New Orleans rapper C-Murder’s Tru Records in 2001, Curren$y was brought over to Master P’s New No Limit Records in 2002.  From 2004-2007, Curren$y enjoyed a stint on Cash Money Records as part of Lil Wayne’s burgeoning Young Money Entertainment before venturing out on his own.  In 2009, Curren$y was selected as one of XXL Magazine’s “Top 10 Freshman” in recognition of his talent and drive amongst the likes of B.O.B, Kid Cudi, Wale and others.  Since then Curren$y has released a series of mixtapes while building his J.E.T.S (Just Enjoy This Sh*t) apparel and lifestyle brand.

Curren$y Ft. Wale – “What It Look Like” by CurrenSy

Thursday is going to be a busy night event-wise in NYC, but one thing that should be on your to-do list is to head on over to SRB in Brooklyn to catch PNC Radio’s “Protect the Cosign” concert series, hosted by none other than my HipHopDX partner-in-crime The Company Man, and featuring performances from people like the homie Kane Mayfield (DMV stand up!). Oh, free alcohol always helps, too.

It sure feels like Springtime out here in Brooklyn today, and I don’t know about you, but when the seasons change I get a serious urge to update my wardrobe. So what better way to do this than hit a sample sale? 10.Deep is having theirs this upcoming weekend at their Brooklyn headquarters on Jay St. in DUMBO…you already know what to do.

Ninjasonik’s No Swords Or Masks EP is dropping, and to celebrate there will be festivities going on at Drom Lounge (85 Avenue A, NYC) on Tuesday evening. I’m not big on going out these days, but there’s no RSVP or guestlist, it’s free, and they’re giving out free Heineken from 10-11pm. Music by Josh Madden, Jasmine Solano, and more. Flyer below!

I hate that I didn’t get this posted earlier, but man oh man what a week this has been. Many of you have never actually heard my voice, but have read many of my words. The fine people over at Words, Beats, & Life invited me to be a part of a panel discussion this evening in Shirlington, VA at Busboys and Poets. It goes a little something like this:

Blurring the Lines: Journalist, Scholars & Fans

Sun. 1/29/12 7-9:30pm

We sit at the beginning of an overwhelming social media explosion. The creation of social media tools like blogs, twitter, tumblr, etc., have turned many of us into “experts” and in some cases, journalists of the world as we experience it. The use of technology has blurred the lines and impacted the role of scholars, journalists and fans, for better and for worse. The movement away from singular standards for credibility are not unique to hip-hop or even media. We see a similar tug of war taking place in universities, school districts and corporations. The value of training and certification has been on the decline for at least a generation.

This panel is dedicated to looking at what we think the democratization of media means, vs. what it actually does, the rise of the blogger and the impact of perceived direct contact with artists and it impact on sales of books, films, and music related to hip-hop.

I’m actually pretty under the weather (not sure how I even made it to Virginia tonight, special shout out to my mom and one particular Godsend of a friend, because with out them I’d still be in Brooklyn knocked out in bed), but I’m here, and I’m ready to talk. Well, kind of. I actually lost my voice, so this will be interesting. If you can’t make it out, cross your fingers for me that this tea with honey I’m drinking right now kicks in enough to make me audible. If you can make it tonight, I greatly appreciate your support. After what is undoubtedly the longest, most painful week I’ve had in a long while, it would be nice to see your (hopefully) smiling faces. I’ve always felt like I write better than I speak, so I’m actually a little nervous. Being sick doesn’t help either.

So, yes! Come see me looking ten shades whiter than usual and sounding like a cheap Craigslist tranny-for-hire speaking about intellectual things related to Hip Hop. Doesn’t that sound entertaining? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, folks, because under no other circumstances would I be seen outside right now. But really, you should also go to hear well-versed industry peers of mine such as the homie Modi of DCtoBC, Saaret Yoseph, and Renina Jarmon. And to see a thought-provoking film about the thing you probably love and is the reason you visit this site in the first place: Hip Hop.

Hope to see you tonight.

Busboys and Poets (Shirlington location, NOT DC): 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA

Hello Brooklyn…it’s not too late to get your asses on over to Mo’s on Lafayette Ave in Fort Greene if you’re looking for a good place to watch this evening’s football festivities. The family over at PNC Radio plus the homies at Global Rhythm Group bring you another rendition of their tried-and-true food+drink+sport trifecta. No cover, free food, and $5 drink specials. How can you say no?

If you’ve been to one of the 2dope charity BBQ’s during the summertime, you know you don’t want to miss this. Good music, great location, free giveaways, and more await you at this event. Frequent readers of my site know that I don’t usually promote events that involve cover charges, but the $10 you give at the door will be donated to The Remix Project. Charity acts always get my vote, especially when it’s fam like 2dopeboyz involved. Come out and support and have a great time, even if you’re a Scrooge like me.

And if you’re looking for something else to do while you’re out, the homie Eddie Huang of Baohaus fame put me onto “the WHUT?,” a club event happening at Submercer (147 Mercer St.) featuring Just Blaze, Stretch Armstrong, and more. Best part? No cover. Party on, party people!

I’m not big on the holidays (yeah I know, Scrooge, “bahhumbug,” all that shit), so I’m always thankful for something to do or someplace to go when seemingly everything is shut down. Thanksgiving day you can take yourselves on over to Recess in Washington D.C. for the Soul Baby party. No cover, great music, and Belvedere drink specials from 9-11pm. Sounds like a great way to dance off all those dinner calories. Or just get drunker. DJ Jahsonic spinning the finest in old school, soul, breaks, and reggae.