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Vast Aire’s “Battle of the Planets”

It was only a matter of time. Vast Aire, Cage and El-P have traded barbs all summer on their respective MySpace pages. Now, Vast Aire has finally responded with a Cage dis, “Battle of the Planets.” The “video” for the … Continue reading

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Vast Aire tour in progress

Vast Aire launched a tour for his recently released album Dueces Wild at the beginning of October. It’s now October 14. But don’t fret…there’s still plenty of shows left, as the tour lasts until the beginning of next month.

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Vast Aire throws “Dueces Wild”

Fresh from his Mighty Joseph collabo with Karniege, Vast Aire isn’t waiting the requisite two years to drop another project. Instead, he’s following up with his first solo project since 2004’s Look Ma, No Hands. Vast Aire’s Dueces Wild is … Continue reading

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Mighty Joseph builds “Empire State”

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When Vast Aire Kramer began a brief U.S. tour last month, I noted how the Harlem giant had recently disappeared from the national radar. I also mentioned that he and Brooklyn MC Karniege had formed a new group, Mighty Joseph, and would release a new album soon.

Well, how soon is now? The duo has finished its debut album, Empire State, and set a release date of February 26. It will be released by Urchin Studios, the upstart label that issued C-Rayz Walz Collectable Classics trilogy this year.

"Shaped over a 3 yeard period, Empire State unravels a unique perspective, documenting not only much personal change between the two emcees but also the changes in the streets of New York City," reads a press release for the album. "From poverty, to the September 11 attacks, to the abuse of Hip Hop culture in general, Empire State stands strong as a snapshot of the city."

Guests on Empire State include Murs, Poison Pen, and Vordul Mega, Vast Aire’s old partner from Cannibal Ox. Madlib, J-Zone, the Beatminerz and Karniege lend production.

The track listing for Mighty Joseph’s Empire State is below.

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Vast Aire works the angles

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Remember Vast Aire Kramer?

As a member of the late, lamented Atomz Family, he immediately stood out from the pack with "Adversity Strikes," a track on the groundbreaking compilation The Persecution of Hip-Hop. Then he teamed up with Vordul Megilah to form Cannibal Ox and, with El-P on the boards, dropped the classic The Cold Vein in 2001. Unfortunately, fans of the cosmic-oriented Can Ox weren’t sympathetic when he flipped his style to thugged-out and dropped the 2004 album Look Ma, No Hands.

Vast Aire has been on the grind ever since, dropping mixtapes, and forming a new group with homie Karniege (Mighty Joseph) and a new crew (LXG – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). But heads outside of New York haven’t been aware of his movements. So he’s heading out on a tour, which kicked off in NYC yesterday (November 14), to spread the new gospel. The shows lay the groundwork for a new album, Deuces Wild, that should drop next year.

The dates are listed below.

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